Left: Sheetal Rawal, scientist (human genetics) & founder of Apsara Skin Care
By: Marty S.
Even though we all want to grow thick, luscious hair, none of us wants to wake up in the morning and see that hair...around our lips! If you’re not actively trying to grow facial hair, it can be embarrassing and a pain to deal with. We don’t want our facial hair to give a whole new meaning to the phrase “peach fuzz.” It may be cold, but our “lip sweaters” are not the solution to stay warm.
There are many ways to deal with unwanted facial hair, but a lot of them aren’t worth it. Prescription drugs designed to inhibit hair growth fill your body with harmful chemicals. Waxing is a more natural approach to hair removal, but it is often painful and it can burn your skin. Waxing may also cause acne breakouts. Of course, you could opt to shave, but that requires more upkeep than waxing.
What most people don’t know is that there are natural approaches for hair removal. These methods use natural ingredients, and most of them are painless. Plus, these remedies do not require a lot of hassle. Here are 6 home remedies that you can use to remove those pesky whiskers at home.
1. A Sugar(ing) Sweet Remedy to Remove Facial Hair
If you like the effectiveness of waxing but you hate the pain associated with it, sugaring can be a natural, less painful alternative for hair removal. Unlike hot wax, when warm sugar is applied, it sticks
to the unwanted facial hair, not the skin. While you could use strips of paper or pieces of cloth to remove the sugar, it is easy to take it off by itself after it hardens into a soft gel. Sugaring will also not irritate the skin so it is a good option for people with sensitive skin. Your skin will still be sensitive after this process, but because of sugar’s exfoliating properties, your skin will also be soft and the hairs will grow more slowly. Furthermore, sugaring involves three simple ingredients: sugar, lemon, and water. There are no harsh chemicals involved with sugaring, and you can still get the results you want. There are plenty of places where you can get a professional sugaring, but if you want to do it at home, follow this remedy:
2 cups of sugar
¼ cup of lemon juice
⅛ cup of water
Before starting, make sure your face is cleansed, not oily, and dry.
Mix ingredients together in a saucepan over medium heat.
Slowly bring mixture to a boil. Keep mixing so it does not burn or stick to the pan.
After it starts to boil, turn the heat down and let the mixture simmer until it turns golden brown.
Let the mixture cool down for at least 15 minutes. Before you start sugaring, the mixture should be warm but it should not burn your skin.
When it’s cool, apply the sugar gel to the affected areas.
Once it hardens, pull it off against the direction of hair growth. You can also flick the gel off into tiny balls.
Follow with your lotion to soothe sensitive skin.
Before you follow this recipe, make sure that your unwanted hair is at least a quarter inch long.
2. Potatoes & Turmeric: An Ayurvedic Hair Removal Speciality
Potatoes and turmeric are a very popular remedy in Ayurveda for fading unwanted facial hair, as well as body hair. Moreover, potatoes also contain an enzyme called catecholase, which helps brighten the skin and hair. So even if some of your facial hair is too short to be removed, they will at least be less noticeable to everyone. Meanwhile, turmeric is a spice that has been used for centuries in Ayurveda to inhibit excess hair growth; it is known to reduce hair over a period of very regular usage. In fact, turmeric is so popular that most Apsara Skin Care products have turmeric in them.
2 tbsp. of potato juice
¼ tsp. of turmeric powder
Mix ingredients together.
Apply mix on your skin with a cotton ball. Leave on your skin for 20 minutes
"I have been using Apsara for about 3 years now and I love it. I love it because my skin used to peel all the time and I think Apsara has calmed my skin down and made it beautiful. I love it!"
3. Oatmeal to Scrub those Chin Hairs Away
Oatmeal is a gentle exfoliator for your skin, peeling away the dead skin cells on the surface and revealing the soft, supple skin cells underneath. If you scrub oatmeal against your unwanted facial hair, those hairs will be more likely to fall off.
1 tbsp. of oat flour
Water, as needed
Mix ingredients and add enough water until you get the consistency of ketchup.
Apply on skin and allow to dry about 90%. Massage your skin in circular strokes in the opposite direction of hair growth, and roll up the particles of oat flour into a ball. Let the oat flour particles fall off.
Wash off with warm water. Follow with your toner, serum, and lotion.
By massaging the mix into a ball, you are trapping hair and causing them to break off.
4. Papaya to Break Down Stray Hair Follicles
leading to less unwanted facial hair over time.
1 tsp. of papaya pulp
½ tsp. of powdered brown sugar
1 tbsp. of wheat flour
Rosewater, as needed
Mix ingredients and add enough rosewater until you get the consistency of ketchup.
Apply on skin and allow to dry about 90%. Massage your skin in circular strokes in the opposite direction of hair growth, and roll up the particles of papaya into a ball. Let the papaya particles fall off.