3 types of exfoliators that will help you combat ingrown hairs.

Have you ever had an ingrown hair?  If you have you know that they can super suck.  When a hair is ingrown it will curl back or grow sideways into the skin.  This is caused by dead skin build up over the hair follicle and there's a chance that left untreated they can actually get infected (yuck..) so it's best to deal with them right away!  Here's my 3 favourite exfoliators for preventing and maintaining ingrown hairs.

 Northlore Glacier Salt Soaks $28

 Northlore Glacier Salt Soaks $28

Bath Salt Soaks
I'd consider myself to be a "lazy" skin care product user, especially when it comes to body care.  The less work I have to do the better, am I right!?  When I've been wearing my skinny jeans several days in a row I sometimes get ingrown hairs on my legs (especially near the ankles).  Soaking in a bath with epsom or glacier salts is the easiest way to release those stubborn Ingrown hairs with minimum effort. 

Northlore Wild Rose & Mint Scrub ($22) Photo by November Wild

Northlore Wild Rose & Mint Scrub ($22)
Photo by November Wild


Salt Scrub
Okay, if you're a little more ambitious then I am (or you don't have time to soak in the tub becoming a raisin) you can also use a scrub to exfoliate those dead skin cells off and release those ingrown hairs from under the skin surface.  A salt (or sugar) scrub will remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells, leaving your skin softer and smoother, without causing pain.  This is a good choice for exfoliating between sugaring treatments!    

 

Enzyme Peel
For really stubborn hairs (or an area that is a bit more sensitive like your bikini line!) you can also use an enzyme peel.  An enzyme peel usually contains fruit (and other plant) extracts that will accelerate the process of skin cell turnover / replacement.  It works by creating a chemical reaction necessary to bring forth newer, plumper cells and to digest off older, dead skin cells.  The band ORG Mineral Peel makes an awesome enzyme peel in spray form (available in an 8oz bottle in our studio for $42.90)

Exfoliating is key to keeping those ingrown hairs in check.  Even if you're not prone to Ingrown Hairs you should be exfoliating at least 2-3 times a week to slough off dead skin cells.