My Glow 2 - Apr 1 2022
5 ways to get rid of ingrown hairs for good
We all know just how annoying ingrown hairs can be. They can be itchy, painful and extremely irritating. According to medical experts, ingrown hairs occur when "hairs have curled round and grown back into the skin", which can result in pimples, blemishes, redness, pigmentation and itchiness.
Ingrown hairs can appear anywhere, from the the bikini line to under arms and legs to the jawline. So the question we are all asking is, how do we get rid of them for good?
Here are our 5 expert tips to eliminate these annoyances once and for all.
1. EXFOLIATE OFTEN
According to the medical experts, “ingrown hairs occur when hair follicles become clogged with dead skin cells". This can force the hair to grow sideways (ouch!!). However, by exfoliating weekly you can remove and prevent the build up of dead or dry skin cells to unclog the surface of the skin.
Furthermore, deciding on the best exfoliator can be tricky. There is a lot of misleading information out there and some exfoliators can actually cause more harm than good. The best type of exfoliator is one crafted from tightly woven, gentle fabric such as silk. Silk exfoliators have been used for centuries and are known to offer a multitude of skin benefits which include preventing ingrown hairs.
Our favourite exfoliator to prevent ingrown hairs is of course the My Glow 2 Original Glove.
2. HAIR REMOVAL CREAMS
It is known that shaving can be the biggest cause of ingrown hairs due to the prickly nature of the hair when it grows back.
The easiest way to avoid this is to allow your hair to grow naturally (which we are all for) or if you prefer to de-fluff, we recommend trying hair removal cream as an alternative to shaving.
3. AVOID OLD, BLUNT RAZORS
We know it is tempting to use that razor that’s been left in the shower when you are in a rush but pleaseee don’t!
Your skin will be thankful when you don’t break out in a bumpy, itchy razor rash that leads to ingrown hairs. If you do like to shave, ensure you use a good quality, sharp razor.
It is also a good idea to leave time between shaves to allow for your hair and skin to complete a natural cycle prior to reshaving.
4. SHAVING CREAM
Whenever you use a manual razor, you need to be using a good shaving cream to avoid ingrown hairs. It prevents the blades from dragging along your skin which allows you to avoid irritation and dryness causing ingrown hairs.
Image: Normal hair vs. ingrown hair.
5. DIRECTION IS KEY
If you shave in the opposite direction to your hair growth, your hair will be cut at a much sharper angle which can lead to ingrown hair. Always shave in the same direction as your hair growth to avoid irritation, blemishes and ingrown hairs.