I am a very hairy person and although that sounds way unattractive, it’s my truth. I grew up under the supervision of old school southern beliefs where the lady was never to cut her hair. Therefore, I never shaved until I was well into my mid-20s. However, once I started shaving, I realized just how much I hated it. The upkeep, skin irritation, ingrown hair and razor bumps made for an unpleasant experience.
Shaving Methods I’ve Tried
In my early 20s, I tried a number of razor and shaving cream combinations yet I suffered with ingrown hair and razor bumps. In my late 20s, I had the not so smart idea to do body waxing. Let’s just say that was short-lived because the pain was horrible and too much for my taste.
Prepping for Hair Removal
The one good thing that came from my wax sessions was learning proper prep and maintenance for hair removal. My Esthetician advised the following:
- Trim hair down to about one inch before waxing as this will cut down on pain and discomfort during hair removal.
- Exfoliate before and after waxing to keep ingrown hair and razor bumps to a minimum. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells and allow the hair to push through the surface of the skin versus getting trapped underneath which causes skin irritation and discomfort. Exfoliating also helps fade dark spots caused by ingrown hair and razor bumps.
- Use calming oils immediately after waxing to help calm the skin and reduce inflammation. Lavender oil is known for its ability to offer relief and healing to the body. It inhibits bacteria that cause infections and reduces hyperpigmentation. Because lavender oil is an essential oil, it should be diluted with a carrier oil and/or added to moisturizer. Never apply it directly to your skin.
- If you develop ingrown hair or razor bumps, pluck the hair and treat the site with something like Tend Skin which I keep on hand at all times. This stuff is amazing. It’s highly potent and will sting a little but it dries razor bumps quickly. I never use it on my face, only on underarms and bikini area.
- These rules are also applicable to at-home shaving and waxing.
Electric Shaver for the Win
Recently, I had the opportunity to review an electric shaver for a vendor and have been thoroughly impressed with performance, upkeep and low irritation factor. I used it from head to toe and it removed all hair perfectly. My skin was left feeling smooth, similar to body waxing but with a lot less discomfort. Speaking of discomfort, my skin felt a little tender the first 48 hours after use but it was tolerable. Since then, my skin has not experienced any discomfort.
Dark Spots, Ingrown Hair and Razor Bumps
The electric shaver is very effective at removing thick, coarse hair which is a plus for me. I’ve had a number of Estheticians tell me my hair is very coarse and difficult to wax. With using the electric shaver, my hair is growing back much slower, thinner and finer. I recently went four weeks without shaving!
The electric shaver has not caused ingrown hair and razor bumps in the bikini area and I’m noticing fewer ingrowns on my chin. I never really struggled with ingrowns under my arms so all remains good there. Even though things are going good, I still keep my skin exfoliated with my Salux Cloth for safekeeping. I’ve noticed my underarms getting lighter and having a more even color. While my underarms still have a ways to go before I can claim perfection, they are not as dark as they once was. That’s definitely an added bonus that I wasn’t expecting.
Cleanup and Maintenance
The head is removable which is great for removing hair shavings and cleaning the device.
The unit is a bit difficult to clean thoroughly. You cannot submerge it in water so your only option is to wipe it down. I prefer using sanitizing wipes. I also use a toothbrush to clean from underneath and around the blade. Even with my best efforts, hair is left behind. Just when I think I’ve removed all trapped hair, more resurface. I find that aspect annoying and is my only gripe so far.
I’m pretty sure there are plenty of hair removal options and devices out there but this one is a pretty cheap alternative that you can use at home with minimal discomfort compared to some methods.
What’s Your Fix for Ingrown Hair and Razor Bumps?
Reference: Health Benefits of Lavender Oil