I have been swimming competitively since I was 11 years old and since I was old enough to shave, I have been plagued with ingrown hairs near my bikini line and arm pit area. I tried all sorts of chemical laden products - 'ingrown hair serums' and even waxing instead of shaving, etc.
After some trial and error in the last year, together with my passion for remedy making and DIY prowess, I made a reliable product to help prevent ingrown hairs without the use of chemicals or expensive products.
Traditional Methods for Preventing Ingrown Hairs
- Not wearing tight clothing or panties (but sometimes you have to ya know?)
- Use non-shaving methods to remove hair (but who has the time or money for that?)
- Use a sharp razor (and keep cycling through a pack of expensive razors every month!)
- Exfoliate and Moisturize the area!! (ding ding ding)
I do find more success in lowering the amount of ingrown hairs by waxing my bikini line (I really like European Wax Center - they are experts in safe and clean hair removal waxing practices). But even after a visit with the waxer the battle begins to prevent those ingrown hairs from making your bikini line look bumpy and unpleasant!
I found exfoliation and moisturizing to be really useful but it was difficult to find an inexpensive product that did both of these things. After toying around with some homemade products, I was able to make one with a few simple ingredients that effectively exfoliated and moisturized at the same time. In addition, the coconut oil base also helped to fade ingrown hair scars that I had over the past few years.
How to Make and Use Your Own Exfoliator
- Procure an organic oil base (I recommend coconut oil, emu oil, or almond oil). You can also buy an already made Exfoliator from me as well!
- Find an exfoliating source that is as grainy as a sugar (brown or white is fine) and dissolves easily in a shower or tub.
- Find one or two organic essential oils that are great anti-bacterial agents but won't irritate your skin (your bikini line, armpits, etc are really sensitive areas on your body!)
- Combine sugar and oil (2:1 ratio is good)
- Add a couple of drops of essential - start out with a few before adding more - the exfoliator should not strongly smell of the essential oils
- Mix well and put in an air tight jar. Does well in a shower and lasts for several months.
- Apply a small amount to shaved/waxed areas in circular motions, once every two to three days (depends on the sensitivity of your skin); do it after you finish showering/bathing (give time for the heat from the shower to open up your pores); leave the coconut oil residue on your skin to help moisturize after you exfoliate