How To Prevent Ingrown Hairs
You probably thought ingrown hairs were just a normal part of life by now. After waxing or shaving, those pesky hairs seek revenge on your bikini line as if to say "sorrynotsorry. Well, while we can't stop your hair from curling...or growing back for that matter, we have a few tricks up our sleeve to minimize ingrown hairs...and maximize your beach time. A little refresher on ingrown hairs- they're caused by hair that curls inward and gets trapped under the skin as hair grows back after shaving or waxing. Curly girls are high on the radar for ingrowns...sorry ladies. When dead skin cells become trapped in the follicle and exacerbate the problem, the result is inflamed skin around the ingrown hairs or "razor bumps". So what to do?
- Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate
One more time for good measure. Exfoliate. Try dry brushing, scrub cloths, and salt/sugar scrubs to help the skin regenerate by removing dead skin cells. Exfoliating before shaving (or waxing) not only removes the dead skin cells that could potentially clog pores, but it also helps to lift the hairs away from the skin, allowing the razor to cut closer to the skin.
- DON'T dry shave
We get it, you're rushing out the door and forgot all about shaving, but dry shaving is the pits! Really, you thought we could resist that? A great, non-irritating shave means there's a barrier between your skin and the razor- whether an oil or cream. Ideally, at the end of a shower when the hair is softened and easy to remove. Dry shaving leads to irritation, so we say wear pants or rock the stubble until you can shave the right way.
- Shave with the grain
No one wants to hear that they won't get the world's smoothest shave. After all, you've been sold images of ultra smooth women frolicking on the beach with a hot stud not far behind. But when it comes to your sensitive skin, sometimes it takes a little sacrifice to keep the peace. When shaving with the grain, there's less risk of cutting curly hair below the skin (this usually occurs with multi-blade razors), and less risk of it becoming an ingrown hair in a few days.