The Best Ways to Exfoliate Your Legs
In the past years there are many methods of removing ingrown hairs from your legs. You can use various products like cream, gel, salicylic acid (SA), vinegar, etc.
Some of these methods have been proven effective while others do not work well at all.
So which method is the most suitable? Which one will give you the longest lasting results? What’s the difference between them?
These questions are very important because they determine if you should use any particular product or not.
Ingrown hairs are small growths that grow into the skin near your hair follicles. They cause irritation and pain when they get infected and start growing out again.
If left untreated, ingrown hairs can become infected and spread to other parts of your body.
There are several types of ingrown hairs:
1) Nonshaving hairs – These are those that don’t grow back even after repeated shaves.
They may be caused by too much friction during shaving or by using a razor with a sharp edge.
2) Pseudoingrown hairs – These may appear after a few days of shaving as the hair starts to grow back.
3) Recalcitrant hairs – These are ingrown hairs that keep growing back even after several weeks.
Because these hairs grow into the skin, they need to be removed carefully using proper methods to prevent infection and skin irritation. There are several methods you can use to remove ingrown hairs from your legs.
1) Wet Waxing.
This is a method of exfoliating the skin using wax. It can be done at home and is very effective in getting rid of ingrown hairs.
To do wet waxing, you need to mix sugar with lemon juice and a drop of water. The mixture must have the consistency of a thick paste. Apply it on your skin in the direction of hair growth and then use a cloth strip to remove all hairs.
2) Dry Waxing.
This is similar to wet waxing except that no wax is used during the process. Instead, you will need dry cloth strips to remove hairs after applying the paste on your skin.
Dry waxing can be done in the comfort of your home and does not require any special equipment. However, it is not as effective as wet waxing since not all ingrown hairs can be reached using this method.
3) Sugar Paste.
This is a method of removing hairs using a mixture of sugar and lemon. Its advantage is that it requires no special equipment.
All you need is lemon juice, sugar and water to prepare the paste. Using your fingers, rub the paste on your skin in the direction of hair growth. Wait for about two minutes and then use a cloth strip to remove all hairs.
These are substances that can be used to remove body hair. They work by breaking the disulfide bonds that hold the hair in its follicle.
The main ingredients in depilatories are thioglycolate, calcium hydroxide and sodium hydroxide.
If you have been looking for an effective way of exfoliating your legs, you should try using wet waxing. It is simple, easy to do at home and more effective than other methods.
Wet waxing leaves the skin feeling smooth and bump free for weeks. Other methods like sugar pastes or depilatories may be cheaper, but they are not as good and may contain harmful chemicals that can be absorbed through your skin.
Thinking of waxing your legs?
Here are some tips that you may find useful:
If using wax strips, apply the wax on your skin in the direction of hair growth and then wait for about 30 seconds before peeling it off against the direction of hair growth. This will ensure that all hairs are removed completely.
When using a hot wax warmer, check its temperature before dipping the wax strip in it. Hold the inside of your wrist over the warmer and if it is too hot to keep it there for a couple of seconds, then let it cool down before using.
Hot wax applied on skin that is not at the right temperature can cause burns. Applying cold wax on warm skin can also result in skin irritation.
When using a container of pre-made wax, always check its temperature before applying it on skin. The wax should feel neither too hot nor too cold when you dip a cloth strip in it.
If it feels too hot, let it cool down slightly before applying it to skin.
Always apply wax on skin that is clean and free of any oils, creams or lotions. Folds and creases such as the elbow, knee and ankle are the most difficult to wax.
To avoid getting frustrated, apply a small amount of baby oil on these areas before waxing. After waxing, apply a small amount of lotion on the skin to avoid it from getting too dry.
If you have applied too much wax and find it difficult to remove, chill the area of skin that has been waxed by placing it in ice for about 5 minutes. This will contract the pores and make it easier to remove the wax.
If you prefer, you can leave a bit of hair on your legs. This is called a “landing strip” and is very fashionable these days.
No matter which method of hair removal you use, it is always best to exfoliate your skin before waxing to remove dead skin cells. This allows the wax to come into better contact with the hairs.
If you have not done so already, you can try using a sugar and honey scrub that is not only good for your skin but also good for the hair.
When using a depilatory, it is always best to test a small portion of your skin first as some people may have an allergic reaction. Wait for 24 hours to see if your skin develops any rashes or bumps.
So far, no serious side effects have come to light with the use of depilatories. However, you should read the label on the package of your depilatory of choice before using it.
A depilatory is an alternative to waxing. It works by applying a creamy substance that chemically dissolves hair without having to be scraped off later.
Always ensure that you apply a thin coat of the cream and do not get it anywhere else except the area you wish to treat. Take care around your genitals, genitals, nostrils, eyes and ears as these are sensitive areas.
The manufacturers supply a special muslin cloth on a stick for removing the cream. You can also use your hand or a soft cloth but be sure to test it first in the same way as mentioned above.
The hair should start to disappear within a couple of minutes and will be gone completely in about an hour. You can then wash the area or go for a swim!
When using a razor, you can either shave against or with the grain of the hair. Shaving against the grain can give you a closer shave but it is more likely to cause ingrown hairs.
Shaving with the grain is less likely to cause ingrown hairs but may result in a less close shave.
Make sure that the blade on your razor is sharp. A dull blade can not only cause cuts but can also irritate the skin.
It will also not effectively cut the hairs and usually results in having to do the areas more than once.
Do not apply any sort of alcohol based products such as after shave immediately after shaving as this will dry out your skin. If you do not have any lotion or moisturizer on hand, rubbing some baby oil into your skin will help to prevent it from drying out.
After you have finished shaving, rinse the blade off under hot water and dry it. Then apply a drop or two of oil or creme onto the blade to prevent it from rusting.
Store your razor in a dry place away from light.
Before you apply any sort of chemical to your skin, test a small portion of your skin first to see if you are allergic to it or have any other negative reaction to it. You do not want to end up with an irritated or burned area of skin because you did not do a patch test first.
It is important to thoroughly wash the bleach from your skin when you have finished as even diluted bleach is damaging to the skin over time.
You do not need to soak your clothes as the bleach breaks down fairly quickly in water. If you do not want to ruin your favorite underwear, you can either place some paper towels in your underwear or simply remove your clothing before applying the bleach and then throw them away afterwards.
When you first apply the bleach it will look as if it is not doing anything but keep applying it every few minutes to dry damp areas and within half an hour the stains should start to disappear.
Bleach is a good stain remover but works faster on fresh stains. The sooner you get rid of the stain, the easier it is to get rid of.
Bleach is not only good at removing stains but can also be used to remove mold and mildew. The bleach needs time to soak into the infected area and then you just clean it off after about an hour.
When cleaning with bleach, always make sure that you wear gloves as it is not good for your skin in the long term no matter how much protective gear you wear.
Bleach can also be used to clean your toilet. Let the bleach sit in the toilet bowl for about an hour and then just rinse it off.
Do not pour the bleach directly into the toilet as this can harm the septic system.
When cleaning your toilet with bleach, always make sure that you wear gloves as it is not good for your skin in the long term no matter how much protective gear you wear.
If you have some stubborn stains in your bathroom such as around the toilet or the bathtub, a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide will help to remove them. Apply the paste to the stain, leave it for about half an hour and then just scrub it off.
You do not need to wear gloves when cleaning with baking soda as it is not harmful to your skin in the short term.
You do not need to wear gloves or safety goggles when cleaning with bleach as it is not harmful to your skin in the short term.
When using any of these cleaning solutions, make sure you open some windows to provide ventilation as they can cause dizziness and nausea if you inhale too much of the fumes.
It is best to wait until the weekend when you have time to thoroughly clean the house.
To clean a carpeted area, you need to get down on your hands and knees and scrub the dirty area. This will allow you to reach all the dirt that you cannot see.
You also need to use a hard brush to get in between the fibers of the carpet. A toothbrush is good for this as it has relatively tough bristles while remaining soft enough that it will not damage the carpet. You should change your toothbrush every year as a precaution and to prevent the transfer of bacteria to the carpet.
When you have finished cleaning, you can place protective covers over any areas of the carpet that are not getting stains to protect them in future.
Sealing your carpet can be beneficial as it helps to lock in the color and protect against stains, especially if you have children or pets. Make sure you follow the instructions on the bottle carefully and give it time to dry thoroughly before using the carpet again.
When cleaning your carpet, wear old clothes as it can be hard to get rid of stains and you do not want to accidentally transfer them onto your clothing.
After cleaning your carpet, you should take the opportunity to clean any furniture or other objects in the room. Wipe down furniture with a damp cloth and dry with a second cloth.
Sources & references used in this article:
Gas scrubbing apparatus by JD Brady, KM Graves – US Patent 4,334,897, 1982 – Google Patents
Scrubbing device by C Manuel – US Patent 2,191,642, 1940 – Google Patents
Exfoliating apparatus by BR Nasca – US Patent App. 11/715,004, 2008 – Google Patents
A three-dimensional passive-dynamic walking robot with two legs and knees by SH Collins, M Wisse, A Ruina – The International Journal of …, 2001 – journals.sagepub.com
Scrubbing machine by NF Brown, MW Lutz, HJ Kimmerle – US Patent 3,197,798, 1965 – Google Patents