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Here’s How To Prevent Ingrown Hairs For Smoother Skin

Here’s How To Prevent Ingrown Hairs For Smoother Skin

Unless you’re completely hairless (lucky you) you have probably noticed a pesky little ingrown hair or two appear on your skin a few days post shaving. But, what actually is an ingrown hair and how do you treat them?

Keep scrolling to discover how to prevent ingrown hairs, what they are and how to use our iconic exfoliating bodycare to help keep your skin smooth, fresh and ingrown hair free. Razor bumps? Banished. 

what is an ingrown hair

What Is An Ingrown Hair?

An ingrown hair is a common skin concern that occurs when a shaved, tweezed or waxed hair grows back on itself and into the skin. This can cause inflammation and can sometimes lead to an infection; resulting in tiny, painful bumps around the area. Common areas for ingrown hairs to appear include the armpits, legs, pubic area and symptoms can include:

  • Pain
  • Itchiness
  • Solid, small round bumps that are called papules
  • Small, puss-filled and blister like bumps that are called pustules
  • Hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin)

Everyone is prone to developing ingrown hairs, however you have a higher chance of getting them if you shave and if your hair is coarse and curly. Ingrown hairs often improve on their own and without the need for treatment.

How To Prevent Ingrown Hairs

The simplest way to prevent ingrown hairs from forming is to stop all methods of hair removal. But, this isn’t always an option for most people so we have put together a list of tips and tricks to help prevent ingrown hairs from ruining your radiant glow:

  • Shave in the direction that your hair grows
  • Apply a shaving cream or gel a few minutes before shaving to soften the hair follicles
  • Avoid pulling your skin taught when shaving
  • Use a sharp razor each time that you shave and rinse the blade thoroughly after each stroke
  • After shaving, rinse your skin and apply a moisturising body lotion

The Best Ingrown Hair Treatment

Using bodycare that contains Lactic Acid as a key ingredient will help speed up the process of removing dead skin cells on the surface of the skin that can contribute to the formation of ingrown hairs. Our transforming skincare therapies are supercharged with our unique LaH6 Skin Hydration Complex; a combination of 6 active ingredients including Lactic Acid, Sodium Lactate, Urea, Serine, Allantoin and Hydrolysed Milk Protein to help smooth, hydrate and support the skin’s natural exfoliation process.

Lactic acid is thought to penetrate the skin much slower than other AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) as its molecule size is larger. This ensures a much gentler exfoliation process which helps remove dead skin cells on the upper layers of the skin.

what is an ingrown hair

Your Ingrown Hair Prevention Routine

Step One: Exfoliating Body Mitt

Begin your ingrown hair prevention routine with our Exfoliating Body Mitt. Made from an innovative fabric weave that is much gentler than a natural or synthetic loofah, this super effective body mitt sweeps away dead skin cells and reveals a smoother, healthier complexion.

Suitable for all skin types and gentle enough to be used daily, kick start your exfoliation process and massage in circular movements on dry skin before showering or bathing.

Step Two: Smoothing Body Exfoliant

Before stepping in the bath or shower, massage our Smoothing Body Exfoliant onto dry skin 2-3 times per week and leave on the skin for a few minutes to allow the ingredients to work their magic. Supercharged with Biodegradable Bamboo Granules and Lactic Acid, this ingrown hair exfoliator both physically and chemically exfoliates above and below the skin’s surface for optimum results. Infused with a combination of Cocoa and Shea Butters along with Coconut Oil, this exfoliating treatment is clinically proven* to significantly increase moisture levels in the skin for up to 8 hours.

*Independent clinical trial

Step Three: Transforming Body Lotion

Finally, smooth our bestselling Transforming Body Lotion over your skin to lock-in moisture and gently resurface. An Ameliorate hero, this lightweight lotion is charged with active ingredients including AHAs, Sweet Almond Oil and of course, our adored LaH6 Complex. This nourishing body lotion both exfoliates and renews skin cells whilst drawing moisture into the skin to soften, protect and unblock hair follicles.

Designed for very dry, rough, bumpy, normal skin and Keratosis Pilaris, this hero product will exfoliate and renew skin texture, leaving your skin feeling amazingly soft, smooth and radiant. Clinically proven* to significantly increase moisture levels in the skin for 24 hours and with regular use, consumer trials revealed that it helped improve the appearance of ingrown hairs.**

Choose from our iconic original scent, or if you’re feeling like your bodycare routine needs a floral and zesty Spring makeover try our uplifting floral, yet fruity Transforming Body Lotion Orange Blossom or our zingy Green Tea Scent.

*Independent clinical trial

**Tested on 60 people with ingrown hairs in a 2 week independent consumer trial.

 

 

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Heleayner Davies

Heleayner Davies

Beauty Editor

Heleayner is an Online Content Editor with over three years' experience in the beauty industry. She has a Batchelor of Arts degree in Beauty Promotion and has interned at a number of media publications including British Vogue, Elle and Stylist. She is obsessed with all things skincare, fragrance and loves being in nature.