After months of hiding yourself behind layers of woollen clothes, warm weather in the form of spring is here and you are overjoyed to finally come out donning those stylish sleeveless tops, hot pants or cute short skirts. Well, undeniably you might just prefer to shave your arms and legs to flaunt that smooth skin instead of going for waxing due to the pandemic. But suddenly after a clean shave, you notice small red or dark bumps peeping out and appearing all over your legs and arms. The spotty skin can literally play a big downer and ruin your glam quotient! Wondering, what those are? Well, they are nothing but ingrown hairs that are often mistaken as pimples or strawberry spots.
What Are Ingrown Hairs?
Ingrown hairs are natural body hairs that curls and grows back into the skin, forming a loop like structure instead of growing outward. This hair that remains trapped under the skin layer usually appears like a bump and are darker than the individual’s skin tone. Quite often these ingrown hairs can also get infected and become inflamed, itchy or filled with pus.
What Are The Causes Of Ingrown Hair?
A build-up of dead skin cells is the primary culprit behind ingrown hairs. By clogging the pores, these dead cells force the hair to grow under the skin sideways, and not outwards. Ingrown hair can also happen when you shave using a rusted razor, stretch the skin too much while shaving or shave in the opposite direction of hair growth. Additionally, plucking and tweezing your skin can also irritate the skin, forcing the hair to curl and clog the pore instead of growing outward. You can even get ingrown hairs while using waxing strips, if you pull them in the opposite direction. Even wearing ill-fitted or over-tight dresses, especially in the summer months can eventually rub the skin hard and cause ingrown hair.
Well, if something you must not do even if that seems easy is poking, pricking or simply scraping ingrown hairs. Rather, if the condition is severe, consult a dermatologist for employing the safest option. However, if you have slight ingrown hairs, you can even get them out going for home remedies like warm compress, toners with salicylic acid or exfoliators.
How Can Exfoliators Help?
One easiest way to get rid of pesky ingrown hairs is by the use of Exfoliators that are curated at home. These homemade scrubs not only eliminate ingrown hair and reduce redness and inflammation but also prompts the hair to grow in the right direction, removes the dead skin from the top and opens up the clogged pores allowing the skin to breathe, Additionally, in the homemade variety, you can add nourishing ingredients to moisturize the skin and prevent hair breakage during waxing.
Without further ado, we bring you 3 easy to whip body scrubs using natural ingredients to eliminate ingrown hairs and venture out confidently with glamorous, smooth skin.
Homemade Body Scrubs For Ingrown Hairs
Sea Salt And Almond Oil Scrub
5 tbsp sea salt
1 tbsp honey
3 tbsp sweet almond oil
2 drops of lavender essential oil
Mix everything into a coarse paste.
Apply it on the skin
Massage it in circular motions.
Wash off with cool water and towel dry.
How It Works:
Imbued with minerals like calcium, sodium, magnesium, and potassium, sea salt actively exfoliates the skin and removes dead skin cells, while rubbing off dirt and grime particles and tightening the skin. The addition of almond oil provides moisturization and nourishment to the skin, whereas lavender essential oil not only soothes irritated and inflamed skin but also brightens complexion. Honey prevents buildup of bacteria and prevents sun damage.
Coffee And Curd Scrub
5 tbsp grounded coffee
3 tbsp curd
1 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp jojoba oil
Blend the ingredients to get a coarse mixture.
Apply it all over your arms and legs.
Massage every part for 5-10 minutes in a circular motion.
Wash off with cool water and apply some moisturizer.
How It Works:
Coffee packed with incredible antioxidants and anti-bacterial properties offer a magical remedy to gradually remove ingrown hairs from the skin. It not only absorbs dirt, grime, and dust particles but also offers deep pore cleansing. Curd locks in the natural moisture of the skin and diminishes inflammation and redness. The addition of jojoba essential oil minimizes appearance of scars and nourishes the skin, whereas lemon containing vitamin C prevents sun damage and arrests the various signs of ageing.
Baking Soda And Oatmeal Scrub
1 tbsp baking soda
3 tbsp ground oatmeal
3 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp mint essential oil
Blend all the ingredients into a coarse mixture.
Smear it all over your skin and gently massage in circular motions.
Exfoliate every part for 2-3 minutes.
Wash the scrub off your body with lukewarm water and pat dry.
How It Works:
Baking soda is an excellent exfoliator that extensively helps reduce and prevent ingrown hairs, whereas oatmeal has a soothing effect, and reduces redness and irritation caused during exfoliation. The addition of coconut oil offers smooth, moisturized skin while presence of antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties in mint oil treats dryness and itching, speeds up healing process to bless you with smooth, soft skin.