Summer is here, and it’s time to dig the shorts and bathing suit out of storage and check out your hair situation. Everyone wants smooth hair free body as having too much hair on your skin can make you hot and sweaty which can sometimes lead to body odor issues.
Even though waxing and shaving are the two most to temporarily remove hair from undesirable spots, including your legs, underarms, upper lip, and nether regions, there are lots of cons of these techniques.
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Shaving is not really a good option because it causes ingrown hairs and makes the hair thicker plus you might end up with some bumps and a few cuts. Increasingly spiky hair will leave you frustrated and embarrassed by the areas hair removal was meant to make you confident about.
Along with the pain that you have to face during the waxing process, you will also expose yourself to potentially harmful ingredients in the wax (e.g. parabens, mineral oil, glyceryl rosinate, fragrances) and several possible side effects.
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Waxing even causes skin irritation, discoloration, burns, infections, and even allergic reactions. You even have to be homebound for a minimum of 24 hours after waxing if your skin is sensitive during this period and vulnerable to infection.
There are some natural remedies that can slow down the growth of your hair, reduce body hair, and even remove it completely. Going all natural can save your money and also works just as well as other known methods.
We've rounded up 6 of the best below for you to try yourself, in the comfort of your own home as these are also cheap as chips.
1. Raw Papaya
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Even though papaya won't remove hair in just a minute, over time, a special enzyme called papain inside the fruit will weaken hair follicles, preventing re-growth which makes the fine hairs become less visible and even helps to improve the smoothness and texture of the skin.
Make the paste of papaya and turmeric and rub onto the skin liberally, massaging the mixture in so it reaches hair follicles. After leaving it for 20 minutes, rinse it off with warm water.
After your skin dries, use a natural moisturizing cream to reduce dryness and protect the skin. Use this natural method 2-3 times per week to see a reduction in hair growth.
Turmeric has the property of conquering hair growing beside being great for one’s complexion as well as the antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory abilities.
Mix a tablespoon of turmeric powder with the equal quantity of gram flour. After stirring well in order to combine, pour in the sesame oil until a thick paste is formed. Using your fingers, Apply the paste using your fingers in the areas with unwanted body hair.
Rinse off with warm water after keeping it for 30 minutes. Use a gentle scrubbing motion to get rid of the paste, and a bit of hair will come off. You can repeat this remedy once weekly in order to get rid of unwanted hair.
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Sugaring is a safe, sweet, and natural hair removal method. Sugaring does not adhere to the skin, so it only removes the hair and skin irritation is mild. Sugaring also is less painful, doesn’t involve exposure to any potentially harmful ingredients, can be done at home, and costs pennies compared with professional waxing.
Combine the sugar, water, and lemon juice in a saucepan and stir often over low heat. Once the mixture has turned golden brown in color, remove the pan. Pour the ingredients into an airtight container and leave to cool for around 30 minutes.
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Spoon some wax into your hands, and roll it into a ball in between your palm. After cleaning the area you want to remove hair apply the sugar wax in the opposite direction to which the hair is growing. Let it sit for a minute, then lift a corner of the sugar wax (enough to give you a good grip).
After cleaning the area with warm water to remove any residue, apply some moisturizer. Sugaring also is less painful, doesn’t involve exposure to any potentially harmful ingredients, can be done at home, and costs pennies compared with professional waxing.
4. Egg and Cornstarch
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Eggs are not only extremely nutritious but have some useful properties when it comes to beauty too. When egg dries, it hardens into a sticky, waxy substance that makes for a perfect mask. Adding cornstarch help the mask to be thick enough to pull out even the most stubborn hairs.
Whisk 1/2 tbsp of corn flour, 1 egg white and 1 tbsp of sugar to it, then apply a thin layer to clean, dry skin. After leaving it dry for twenty minutes then, peel the mask off from the out in.
The mask will not only lift light facial hair but also extract impurities.
5. Sugar and Lemon
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This simple remedy will work more like bleaching than a proper wax. The acidic liquid will not only help to bleach your facial hair but also to scorch the hair follicles, weakens them and slows down hair re-growth.
Mix 2 tsp of sugar, 2 tsp of lemon juice and half a cup of warm water and stir it. The sugar will partially dissolve as it will have some sugar grains left providing the granular effect. Gently apply the mixed formula in the opposite direction of hair growth and let it sit for about 20 minutes.
Rinse it off with warm water using a gentle motion. It will help to exfoliate your skin and ensure the lemon juice/sugar mixture is absorbed into the follicles.
Repeat this remedy 2-3 times a week for maximum results and you will start to notice the reduction of hair. You will notice the decrease in overall body hair growth after a couple of weeks.
6. Potato and Lentil
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Potato is a natural bleaching agent. When potato juice is mixed with lentil, potato juice not only makes your hair light in color but also works with dried lentil paste in pulling the hair off the face.
Soak 1 bowl of yellow lentil in water overnight and ground it to get its paste in the morning. Mix 1 tablespoon honey, 4 tbsp of lemon juice, and 1 tbsp potato juice to the ground lentil. Use it on your own affected areas then let it dry.
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Finally, remove it by rubbing with the fingers. You will notice the hair coming along with the dry lental paste. This is also an Ayurvedic way of removing unwanted hair from the face, legs, and hands using natural ingredients.
These home remedies for the removal contain antioxidants and vitamins that also benefit your skin. They don't contain harmful chemicals. Also, the ingredients used in these techniques are budget-friendly and easily available in your own kitchen.