With the entire nation-wide lockdown extension due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are slim to no chances of getting out to see a beautician and meet your beauty needs. Facials, pedicures, manicures and other services can stay but what to do about the unwanted hair? Many women struggle with excess hair growth on arms and legs and it is a major embarrassment even while wearing nightgowns. The safest option is to either accept having unwanted hair growth or to try the process of waxing right at home.
One might think, that shaving can be another alternative, but it is not as effective as waxing. Unlike razors used in shaving, the waxing technique chiefly yanks out the hair from its roots, hence it takes a longer time to grow back.
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Even though, it might sound quite difficult, believe it, as the process is much easier and safe when you finally execute. Waxing at home is not only a great way to save time and money but also you can make your hair removing recipe using natural oils and other easily available herbal ingredients. It is not only easier to clean-up, maintain sanitation but also reduces the risk of getting burned.
The waxing ritual consists of 3 simple steps. First, exfoliate the skin to remove grime and other dirt particles clogging the pores. Second, apply the wax while it is warm and remove the unwanted hairs. Third, massage the waxed parts with a soothing moisturiser to prevent pain and inflammation and thwart off infections.
Make use of the ample time at hand, and try this simple hair-removing ritual right at home to get a smooth and satin-soft skin:
1/2 cup of oatmeal
4-5 tsp honey
1 -2 tbsp yogurt
1 tbsp lavender essential oil
Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl until it becomes a homogeneous mixture.
Apply it all over your hands, legs neck and back where you want to remove hair.
Massage every part for 5-10 minutes in a circular motion.
Wash off with cool water and pat the parts dry.
Apply talcum powder over the parts to make it completely dry so that the wax sticks to the hair follicles effectively.
How It Works:
Imbued with strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, the oatmeal scrub is a blessing for almost all skin types. It effectively unclogs the pores, removes dead skin cells and clears dirt and oil. Both yoghurt and honey moisturise the skin, make it soft and also reduce suntan, whereas lavender oil prevents bacterial infection. Also Read: Want To Make Your Skin Look Vibrant And Healthy? Try These Awesome DIY Scrubs
Application Of Wax
1 cup granulated white or brown sugar
2-3 tbsp honey
3-4 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1-2 drops of tea-tree essential oil
Water as required
Pour all the ingredients in a thick bottomed vessel and place it over the heater or microwave the mixture for 2-3 minutes.
Check that you have a thick syrup-like consistency.
Allow it to cool for some time.
Apply the warm wax on a small section of the hand or leg, in the direction of the hair growth.
Now place a thin strip of cotton cloth on the waxed part and press it slightly and smooth it out with your fingers.
Rapidly pull the cloth rapidly against the direction of the growth of hair, just like ripping off a bandage.
Continue to repeat this process until you have removed the unwanted hair from your hands, legs and back.
How It Works:
Sugar granules on caramelizing become thick and help in removing hair naturally. Laden with antioxidants and anti-bacterial properties, honey not only smoothens and moisturises the skin but also prevents it from ageing. Tea tree oil, on the other hand, bestows a refreshing aroma to the skin and prevents infections afterward.
After-Care Soothing Gel
Aloe vera- Coconut Oil Moisturiser
4-5 tbsp of aloe vera gel (fresh/ store-bought)
2-3 tbsp coconut oil
1-2 drops of peppermint essential oil
Mix all the ingredients into a smooth paste.
Apply it all over the skin where you have waxed.
Massage the affected part for 10-15 minutes.
Allow it to stay on as it gets absorbed by the skin.
How It Works:
Imbued with nourishing and soothing properties, both aloe vera and coconut oil when massaged gets absorbed by the skin and provides immediate relief from redness and inflammation. Peppermint essential oil protects from any infections and soothes the skin by giving a cooling sensation. The after-care gel is pivotal for making the skin soft, supple and smooth after the waxing process. Also Read: Got Waxed? Try These 3 DIY Creams To Soothe The Skin