Homemade Hair Removal

An article on different types of safe, non-toxic homemade hair removal options along with some instructions for those who may want to try them.

An article on different types of safe, non-toxic homemade hair removal options along with some instructions for those who may want to try them.

Looking for some homemade hair removal options that don't contain toxic chemicals? You've come to the right place! We'll look at several chemical-free options for removing body hair in the comfort of your own home. You may be surprised at how many ingredients or tools you have in your home right now.

Body Sugaring

This recipe for homemade sugar wax uses ingredients you likely already have on hand.

Gather together: 1/4 cup honey, juice from half of a lemon, a drizzle of molasses, 1 cup of white sugar, and a small amount of cornstarch at the ready. You'll also want a tool like a spatula or butter knife to use to spread the mixture over your skin. Cotton fabric scraps are also needed for body sugaring.

Mix the honey, white sugar, and lemon juice in a bowl and heat on high in the microwave until the mixture begins to bubble. It should have a glassy appearance if it's mixed properly. Remove the bowl from the microwave and allow the mixture to cool to the point that you can touch it without getting burned, but still warm.

The skin area you wish to remove hair from should be dry and clean. First, use the cornstarch as a dusting over the area - this causes the skin to be a bit more taut so the hair is removed easily.

Spread a little of the mixture over the area so it's thinned out, but evenly distributed. Lay a cotton fabric scrap over that and then rub the area against the natural growth of the hair. After this - grab the cotton fabric and pull off in one swift motion. Store any leftover sugar wax in a glass container to use later.

Yogurt and Chickpea Flour

Make a paste using plain yogurt and chickpea flour. You will probably have to play around with the amounts of each to make sure it's a paste, not a runny mixture.

Once you have a good paste consistency, apply it to the hairy area. Grab a good book and read while the paste dries - usually about 15 or 20 minutes.

Using your hand, rub the paste off by rubbing the skin in the opposite direction the hair would grow naturally.

Rinse thoroughly and then apply a good moisturizer like pure aloe Vera or shea butter lotion. At first, you will need to do this three times in one week for roughly 12 weeks. Following that time, hair growth will be inhibited significantly and it will take less time to maintain.

Is Electrolysis for Hair Removal at Home a Good Idea?

The answer to this question isn't cut and dry like you might think. Yes, there are kits on the market today that will enable you to conduct electrolysis in the comfort of your own home. The bad news is that manufacturers of these products will not tell you that many people experience skin irritation following the use of these products.

The skin can be burned, irritated, inflamed, or in some cases, damaged and discolored. People with sensitive skin should be especially wary of this method because of the risk involved. The answer to the question then could be that other homemade hair removal options might be better options for people with sensitive skin.

Can Shaving Be Healthy for Sensitive Skin?

Shaving is probably one of the most inexpensive and easy methods to follow to remove unwanted hair. The drawbacks are that you have to keep up with it regularly - sometimes a few times a week, and you can nick your skin or irritate your skin with razors.

The good news though is that using shaving creams with organic and natural ingredients can help lessen the risk of skin irritation. Look for razors that are recycled and make sure they're sharp so you get the best shave possible.

Always follow up shaving with the application of pure moisturizers such as pure aloe Vera, avocado oil or olive oil.

A Quick Tip...

People with sensitive skin must weigh their homemade hair removal options carefully before deciding which one is best for them. You might try these techniques on a small area of skin as a test to see how you react before applying the technique to large areas of the body.

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