Believe it or not, spring is almost here, and the rise in temperature means that it won't be long before you'll want to show off your glorious gams. Unfortunately, that means getting rid of unsightly leg hair. While hair removal can be annoying under the best of circumstances, it can also lead to the development of ingrown hairs. Luckily though, there are a handful of tricks you can use to stop ingrown hairs from forming.
One of the best ways to keep ingrown hairs at bay is to regularly exfoliate. By removing dead skin on your legs, you decrease the likelihood that a follicle becomes blocked and the hair becomes impacted beneath the skin. Also, the buildup of skin cells can increase the risk of painful nicks. So do your legs a favor and exfoliate at least once a week.
You need to get your legs wet before shaving anyway, right? Well, make sure that the water is hotter than usual. That way your pores will be more open, your hair follicles will be more maleable, and the razor will have an easier time gliding over your skin. All of that means your chances of developing ingrown hairs will be significantly lower.
In the quest for smooth skin, getting rid of unwanted hairs is just the first stage. Afterwards, you want to make sure to properly treat the skin to soothe it and help stop ingrown hairs in their tracks. To that end, there are numerous products on the market that contain salicylic and glycolic acids, which will gently break down dead cells without damaging your skin.
For most of us, getting rid of leg hair is something we like to do as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, in all that haste you may be pressing too hard with the razor or scrubbing too hard with the towel. That's a good recipe for creating -- you guessed it -- ingrown hairs. So as much as you just want the hair to be gone, remember to go slowly and gently.
Without question, razors are the simplest, most convenient hair removal tools. On the downside, however, they do lead to more ingrown hairs, so if you really want to reduce your risk, then consider switching to a depilatory cream. Be forewarned, you may have to find a product that doesn't irritate your skin, and cleaning up all of the cream afterwards can get messy, but it can be a safer option.
No doubt about it, ingrown hairs are awful. But if you follow these tips, you can seriously reduce your risk and keep your legs looking great.
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