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January 21, 2017

15 miraculous ways to remove unwanted body hair naturally

As much as your overall attire is a reflection of your groomed personality, there are certain features that may prove to be a major setback in your overall look. Body hair, especially facial hair, is one of the significant cosmetic issues that deserve special attention by ladies and this is why we bring you a number of all-natural ways to get rid of this beauty menace.

There is no doubt in the fact that every one of us has experienced the pain of unwanted hair on different body parts. Some of us may be lucky to have them on arms and legs which are accessible enough to remove by waxing and threading. However, unwanted hair on the back, shoulders and genitals are definitely harder to get rid of. Worry no more because we won’t let them taint your beauty in any way.

What causes excessive body hair ?

The growth of body hair including facial hair is under the control of a hormone called androgen. The concentration of this hormone rises in the blood around puberty hence accounting for the sudden growth of beard in males and genital hair in both sexes.

Androgens are responsible for converting the tiny hair follicles into larger intermediate and terminal follicles that give rise to dark, thick and pigmented hair. There are certain diseased states like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome in females where the concentration of this hormone rises to several folds. This increased concentration leads to the appearance of facial hair in females that resemble facial hair in males. Interestingly, androgens have an opposite effect on the scalp hair. Contrary to elsewhere in the body, increased androgen activity in the scalp is associated with baldness, a condition called androgenic alopecia.

Apart from PCOS, many other conditions like irregular menstrual cycle, pregnancy and hormonal imbalance is responsible for excessive hair growth on the body.

How to get rid of unwanted body hair ?

The following article is a complete guide on how to remove these unwanted hairs permanently. All techniques mentioned below use natural ingredients to keep your skin smooth and moisturized hence you don’t have to worry about the side effects that are encountered with almost every hair removing cream. No more do you have to spend thousands of bucks for salons, electrolysis and laser treatments.

Natural ways to remove unwanted hair at home

Trying the following methods may help you get rid of the weekly struggle of waxing and threading. While none of the below mentioned methods eliminates hair growth for a lifetime, they do control hair growth for far longer times than other conventional methods.

  1. Raw papaya

papayaIf you want a win-win situation then papaya is your ultimate savior. Not only is it extremely gentle on the skin but it is packed with loads of nutrients that exfoliates the skin and removes dead skin cells. It is even suitable for people having highly sensitive skin. An enzyme called papain is the main constituent that is responsible for breaking down the hair follicles and slowing hair re-growth. This phenomenon helps delay the return of body hair very frequently. This wonderful property makes papaya much more than just a tropical fruit. You can use papaya as a hair removal agent in two ways:

  • Raw papaya with turmeric root: Peel a raw papaya and chop it into small cubes. With the help of a fork, mash the cubes until it turns into a thick, juicy pulp. Take a small cube of raw turmeric root and grate it finely. Mix the two ingredients together in a bowl until they’re incorporated well and have a thick paste-like texture. Apply this paste to all the body parts that you want hair-free. After massaging it into the skin, leave the mixture for around half an hour and then rinse with warm water and pat dry. Do not worry if you experience yellow discoloration of your skin because that’s the effect of turmeric that will fade in a few days. This remedy can be repeated twice a week and you’ll gradually see your hair lightening and then disappearing altogether.

 

  • Raw papaya with gram flour: Cut a raw papaya into small cubes like mentioned before and mash it with a fork until you have half a cup of thick, juicy pulp. Add half teaspoon of gram flour and turmeric powder each. Mix well. Then add two tablespoon of mustard oil to attain the desired consistency, four tablespoon of aloe vera gel to prevent the skin from drying out and a few drops of peppermint oil for a pleasant scent and nourishment. Apply the mixture to unwanted body hair and let it dry for twenty minutes. Wash it out with warm water, pat dry and apply a soothing cream to reduce dryness. This remedy lightens the hair and deactivates the hair follicles with time.

 

  1. Turmeric

turmericApart from being an amazing spice that adds flavor to curries, sauces and stews, turmeric can do wonders in the beauty genre as well. It is a natural anti-inflammatory agent that fights bacteria and is loaded with antioxidants to keep the skin young and glowing. Curcumin is the major antioxidant that is responsible for reducing hair growth. Two most common ways to incorporate turmeric for hair removal are the following:

  • Turmeric powder with gram flour: Mix equal quantities of turmeric powder, gram flour and sesame oil to make a thick paste. Apply the mixture to unwanted hair and let it dry for half an hour. Now massage it well with warm water in circular motion to get rid of the paste from your body. This scrubbing will make your hair come off and you can repeat the procedure every week until you have clean, shiny skin.

 

  • Raw turmeric with rose water: Grate a small piece of raw turmeric and add a few tablespoons of rose water to form a thick paste. Apply it to your skin with unwanted hair and scrub off after twenty minutes. Although this remedy is excellent for body parts with thin and light hair like arms, legs and back, it is not suitable for dense hair on the genitals and must be mixed with yogurt, oats or rice flour for optimum results.

 

  1. Sugar, lemon and honey

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Do you know that sugar is the main ingredient of wax that we use to get rid of body hair? Sugar, when heated, turns into a thick wax-like substance that’s sticky and takes off body hair easily. Mixing sugar with honey is an excellent alternative to the costly treatments at the salon and hair removing clinics that we get every month.

Take a bowl and mix one tablespoon of sugar, honey and lemon each. Honey is a natural moisturizer and lemon is a bleaching agent that reduces the visibility of dense hair. Place the mixture over a double boiler and heat it until sugar turns into a thick paste. You may add few drops of warm water to thin out an overly thick paste. Turn off the flame when your mixture attains the desired consistency.

Now rub a layer of cornstarch to areas that you want to wax. This will prevent the sugar mixture from sticking to your skin. With a wooden spatula, spread the sugar mixture on your skin and rip it off with a light cotton cloth in the same way that they do in the salons. The only difference would be that your wax is far more natural than all other expensive paraffin waxes.

  1. Lentils and potatoes

Potatoes are well-known as a bleaching agent that lightens skin tone and hair color thus reducing the visibility of coarse dense hair. The addition of lentils boosts up the overall benefit of this remedy.

Take a bowl of yellow lentils and soak them in water overnight. Grind them in a food processor the next morning to make a thick paste. Add one crushed potato to the mixture along with one tablespoon of honey and lemon juice each. Apply the mixture to your body parts with unwanted hair and rinse off with warm water after half an hour. Repeat the process thrice in a fortnight to see significant results.

  1. Sugar and lemon

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The acidic nature of lemon helps bleach the hair while sugar rips off body hair as mentioned before. This is more like a bleaching therapy than a conventional waxing remedy and is suitable for unwanted facial hair. Apart from that, the acidic pH of lemon weakens the hair follicles and slows down their growth. You want to know the best part? Lemon is enriched with Vitamin C that produces collagen and hence keeps the skin tight and young. It is again a win-win situation.

In half cup of warm water, stir in two tablespoons of sugar. Add about two tablespoons of lemon juice to make an acidic liquid. Apply the mixture all over your face gently with your fingers and let it sit for half an hour. Tiny cracks will start appearing on your skin after twenty minutes and you’ll feel your skin getting tight. This is when you’ll massage the mixture into your skin in a circular motion. This method will exfoliate your skin and absorb the mixture into the hair follicles. You’ll notice a tremendous change if you continue this remedy for a couple of weeks.

  1. Egg and cornstarch

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Egg mask is well-known to provide nutrition to the skin because it is loaded with proteins and vitamins. The hair-removing property kicks in because egg mask hardens into a sticky substance that pulls out all the unwanted hair. This remedy is again optimal for facial hair however it can be used on other body parts as well.

Take one egg and separate the yolk from the egg white. In a bowl combine egg white, one teaspoon cornstarch and one tablespoon of sugar. Beat it well so it forms a thick, smooth paste. Apply it to your face or other body areas with stubborn hair and let it dry for half an hour. Pull it off like a mask and this will rip off the hair clinging to it. Then say hello to your glowing, silky smooth skin.

  1. Sugar and molasses

This remedy is quite similar to the one mentioned above where sugar, lemon and honey are used as raw materials. Molasses contain high concentration of magnesium that helps balance the hormones naturally and provide relief from stubborn hair growth whereas addition of sugar makes the mixture a depilatory wax that pulls off body hair.

All you need is one cup of sugar, dark corn syrup or molasses and one tablespoon of lemon juice. In a bowl combine sugar and molasses and heat in the microwave for a couple of minutes. As the sugar dissolves, squeeze in the juice of one lemon and stir well.

Cool the mixture and apply it on your hands and legs in the direction of hair growth. With a sterilized cotton cloth, pull off this homemade wax in the same way as they do in the salons. This is a painful process but the results are amazing, all courtesy of the natural ingredients that we’ve used.

  1. Alum and rosewater

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Alum, chemically known as potassium aluminum sulfate, is a rock that is easily available in powdered form.  Rose water can either be purchased from the market or made at home using rose petals.

In a small bowl, combine alum and few tablespoons of rose water to form a runny mixture. With the help of a cotton ball, apply the mixture to areas where you have unwanted hair. Let it dry for half an hour and wash it afterwards with warm water. Towel dry and apply a few drops of olive oil to hydrate the skin. This remedy can be repeated thrice a week for a couple of weeks to attain maximum results.

  1. Banana and oatmeal

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The mixture of banana and oatmeal not only nourishes the skin but is also an effective hair removing therapy. Whereas banana makes the skin supple and smooth, oatmeal acts as a great cleanser and removes dead skin cells and debris from the deepest layer of the skin. This remedy is specifically beneficial for facial hair rather than coarse body hair.

Mash a ripe banana with the help of a fork to make a smooth paste. Add two teaspoons of oatmeal to the banana paste and stir well to give it the consistency of a scrub. Apply the mixture all over the face and massage in a circular motion. Wash with warm water after twenty minutes and pat it dry with a soft towel. This remedy must be repeated twice a week for a couple of weeks to see maximum results.

  1. Safflower oil and Thanaka

Thanaka trees are very popular in Myanmar and are used for cosmetic purpose since ages. Of its many benefits, it inhibits the growth of body hair and when combined with safflower oil, it cleanses the skin and keeps it hydrated and supple.

In a bowl, mix thanaka powder and safflower oil to make a thick paste. Apply the mixture on unwanted body hair and let it dry overnight. Wash it with warm water the next morning and towel dry. This remedy must be repeated every night for three months to get rid of unwanted body hair.

  1. Onion and basil

Onion and basil are an excellent combination when it comes to the removal of unwanted body hair. Rich in sulfur, onion improves blood circulation in the skin and when combined with basil, deactivates the hair follicles to reduce hair growth.

Chop two medium sized onions and remove the thin membranes that are present between each layer. Combine it with ten to twelve basil leaves and blend to make a thick paste. Apply the paste wherever you want to remove hair and leave it to dry. Rinse with warm water after half an hour and repeat thrice weekly for effective results. Your hair will gradually be removed from their roots, leaving your skin smooth and soft.

  1. Camphor and white pepper

This remedy though effective is very strong and should not be tried by individuals having sensitive skin. Because both the raw materials used in this method exhibit strong hair removal properties, it should only be used on the legs to avoid discomfort and burning sensation on the skin.

Take two tablespoon each of camphor and white pepper and add few drops of almond oil to make a paste. Apply it on the legs but keep it no more than fifteen minutes. Wash it off with warm water and you’ll see your hair coming off with the paste. Repeat the process whenever needed. This is a far less painless method to remove hair than waxing and threading.

  1. Turmeric and Indian nettle

The benefits of turmeric have already been discussed in detail above. Indian nettle is yet another effective medicinal herb that is famous because of its anti-emetic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, hypnotic and wound healing properties. Its combination with turmeric acts as an amazing hair removing agent.

Take a few leaves of Indian nettle and crush them finely. Add turmeric powder to the crushed leaves and a few drops of water to attain the desired consistency. Apply the paste on your body hair and wash after thirty minutes or when the mixture dries completely. A few months of regular use can help you attain skin that is soft and devoid of hair.

  1. Lentil face pack

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Being an excellent facial scrub and hair removing agent, red lentils are packed with essential vitamins and minerals that cleanse the skin, leaving it smooth and soft.

Take half a cup of red lentils and grind them vigorously to get fine lentil powder. Add honey and lemon to the powder to make a smooth paste. Apply it on your face and leave for half an hour. As it dries, scrub the mixture into the skin. This will generate friction and remove unwanted facial hair. Potato juice, sandalwood powder and rose water can also be added to the mixture to brighten up the skin tone. Repeat this method thrice a week to get maximum results.

  1. Spearmint tea

If your hirsutism is a result of hormonal imbalance or androgen sensitivity then spearmint tea is the best way to treat it. It’s a natural herb that brings down the concentration of androgens in the blood and prevents the regrowth of dense hair.

Take fresh spearmint leaves and boil them in a pot of water for several minutes. Once the water has absorbed the essence, strain the tea and drink it twice daily to get rid of unwanted body hair.

Diet plays an important role

Although these remedies are extremely effective and have a positive effect on the skin, a few alterations in your diet can also help you get rid of body hair in the long run. Consuming foods that are rich in phytoestrogens helps restore the hormonal balance in the body and doesn’t let the hair grow in the first place. So if androgen is the culprit of your problem, addition of the following things in your diet is all that you need to solve your problem of excessive hair growth.

  • Licorice
  • Flax seeds
  • Fennel seeds or herbs
  • Tofu
  • Soy Milk
  • Alfalfa
  • Brahmi herb

Is ‘permanent’ even possible ?

No wonder you would have faced the trouble of hair growth even after bearing the pain of waxing and threading. Even laser and electrolysis procedures do not claim to permanently remove unwanted hair for a lifetime, not to forget the ridiculously expenses charges that you have to bear in order to get these procedures done. So will there ever be a way to get rid of this trouble permanently?

Well, there surely is. All the above mentioned methods are not only natural but are also proven to eliminate hair growth permanently. No more do you have to worry about wearing off-shoulder shirts and crop tops because we take pride in making your life easy and beautiful. All you have to do is try these methods a couple of times and reap the benefits of their amazing results.

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