Ingrown Hair Scars Be Gone! Tips on how to get your beautiful legs back!

Ingrown hairs are pesky little buggers and can often have lasting effects even after you’ve removed them.  If you don’t treat the problem properly, you could risk damaging your skin permanently. While scarring is quite common, take comfort in knowing there are treatments available to help reduce the appearance of ingrown hair scars.
 
Stock up on:
  • Body scrub (such as St. Ives Apricot Scrub)
  • Loofah
  • Sunscreen
  • Bleaching cream
  • Cocoa butter

Here’s how to tackle the problem at home:

  1. Exfoliate the affected area, using a body scrub (my fave is St. Ives Apricot Scrub) and loofah. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, encouraging new skin cell production. Less damaged skin cells will be apparent sooner when you exfoliate regularly.
  2. Wear sunscreen on the scarred area. The sun darkens the appearance of ingrown hair scars, so keep the area protected from the sun’s damaging rays. Choose a full-protection sunscreen with a high SPF factor.
  3. Apply a bleaching cream to the scars like a spot treatment. Ingrown hair scars usually have darker pigmentation than surrounding skin. A bleaching cream will lighten them, helping them to blend in with the rest of your skin. You’ll need to apply most over-the-counter bleaching creams twice daily for several weeks before you see results – but the long-term effects are worth it.
  4. Try rubbing cocoa butter on the ingrown hair scars. Cocoa butter has been shown to fade scars and encourage healthy skin.

If all else fails…

  1. Visit a dermatologist, who can prescribe stronger bleaching or fading creams such as Retin-A creams. These topical treatments encourage cell regeneration, meaning that you’ll have a fresher, more even skin tone with regular use.
  2. Get laser treatment on the ingrown hair scars. Laser light will target the hyper pigmentation in the scars, thereby lightening the area. In addition, laser treatments encourage collagen production so your skin will look firmer and more even. Laser treatments can be quite expensive, and you’ll generally need multiple sessions to achieve satisfactory results.
  3. Talk to your dermatologist about chemical peels to lighten the ingrown hair scars. Depending on the severity of the scars, you can opt for light, medium or deep chemical peels. Your skin will be burned by the chemicals, but after it heals, younger skin will be revealed. If you opt for a series of peels, you’ll generally have better results.
  4. Consider microdermabrasion on the scarred area. The top layers of your skin will be buffed away by a mini sandblaster-type device. The skin below will be younger and less damaged so the scars will not be as apparent.

Are you wearing perfume correctly? Here are the DO’s and DO NOT’s you need to know

Half the fun of being a girl is to dabble and play with clothes, makeup, jewellery, and of course, perfume! But, like anything else, how do you know you’re maximizing on your scent?

We’ve got you covered with total perfume 101 right here!

  1. Apply perfume on your skin preferably after a bath/shower when skin is nice and clean, pores are open, and can properly absorb the fragrance.
  2. Less is definitely more. Your fragrance should attract people to you, not the other way around (it’s awful to smell someone for 10 minutes after they’ve left a room). Discretion is the key regarding amount. If you are using a splash, moisten your fingertips and dab perfume lightly on your pulse areas. These are your wrists, décolleté (neckline in French), behind your earlobes and neck, on your chest, elbow area, behind your knees and in your inner thighs. Why? Since blood is closer to the surface, skin is warmer causing the scent to be more rapidly diffused.
  3. If your favourite perfume comes in a spray, you may want to squirt some on pulse areas from one foot away to get an even distribution. You could also spray it into the air 2 or 3 times, form a perfume cloud and “walk” right in.
  4. Heat does rise, so you should perfume yourself from the bottom up. This allows the scent to last longer throughout the day.
  5. It is a fact that men and women with dry skin don’t retain scents as long as people with oily skin. This is due to the fact that oils in the skin join with the perfume oils thus making it a slower process of evaporation. Solution: reapply your preferred scent once or twice a day or use a good moisturizer before applying your fragrance.
  6. Allow the scent to dry. Many people put on perfume and immediately dress, which rubs some of it off and prevents the fragrance from really being absorbed. It takes about an hour for the perfume to develop with your natural scent. Realistically, who has that kind of time? So, just apply directly after you’ve dried from the shower.
  7. Be aware of how many scents you use in a matter of minutes – shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion, deodorant, etc. – this causes a mess of smells. It is almost impossible for the perfume to really stand out or even last long when it’s mixed with everything else. So, if you want to make your perfume or cologne last longer, then “layer it”. Use body products scented preferably like your perfume or better yet products from the same brand. Start with a shower gel and then seal the scent with body lotion or after shave and finish by locking it all up with your favorite fragrance. For example, vanilla or floral scents are easy to layer.
  8. Be aware of the weather. During the summer months, scents tend to last longer whereas cold weather has the exact opposite effect. So, vary the amount of perfume you wear with each season.

Now you know what to do, but it isn’t everything if you don’t know what NOT to do. Here are some pointers you should watch out for:

  1. Don’t perfume with clothes or jewelry on. Some fragrances do tend to stain clothes, metals and pearls, ruining your favorite apparel. Also, you are perfuming yourself, not your clothes.
  2. Don’t rub your wrists together when applying perfume in this area, since the scent does change considerably.
  3. Don’t perfume ALL your pulse points. You might just over do it, so choose carefully. Madame Coco Chanel did say, “Put on perfume where you’d like to be kissed.” Advice from an expert should never be ignored. Three sprays for Eau de Parfum or five sprays from Eau de Toilette (they are less concentrated than Eau de Parfum) perfumes should be more than enough.
  4. Don’t spray perfume directly into your hair. Some hair products might react to the fragrance negatively causing strong odours.
  5.  If you did all the right steps and you still don’t smell like you want to, don’t reapply your favorite scent. It is most likely that your olfactory glands are already used to the fragrance, therefore not recognizing it. Solution: Vary your scent from time to time. Expand your perfume wardrobe.

Now that you’ve got all the basics covered on perfume application, get out there and smell your best! Heck, why not treat yourself to a new scent while you’re at it!
xo

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