Removing hair from your body is a lot of work and requires a lot of paraphernalia. If you want to reduce the waste and harm you do to the environment during hair removal, then there are some steps you can take, which we’ll cover in this article.
1. Choose non-toxic shaving creams, oils, and gels
When you’re shaving your skin, you’re going to be doing some damage to your skin, so you want to ensure the shaving creams, gels, and oils you use are soothing in some way. Therefore, being mindful of your shaving products is a good idea. It would help if you avoided any toxic shaving gels and creams.
It can be challenging to discern which gels and creams are non-toxic. Although you can look up which ingredients are harmful and remember them, it might not be something you’d be able to accomplish all the time.
Instead, it could be better to look up the product and see if there were customer complaints. That way, it would be easier to know what not to buy.
It would be best to look for shaving creams, gels, and oils with noninflammatory properties. That way, they can help prevent burns and skin irritation or at least help ease them if they’re there.
Another benefit to using a shaving cream that uses natural and non-toxic ingredients is that they’re safer for the environment. When you wash them away, they won’t harm the environment.
2. Try laser hair removal
A more long-term solution that requires more from you in terms of costs is laser hair removal. Although it’s costlier, many people enjoy this way of hair removal as it lasts longer, and you’re leaving the work all to someone else. You can even consider it a spa day when you get your laser hair removal session.
The reason why it’s a more sustainable hair removal option is because you don’t have to get a razor, which you’ll end up throwing away eventually. You also don’t have to buy waxing strips, shaving gel, or cream bottles, all of which you must eventually throw out.
Also, the initial cost of laser hair removal can be costly compared to a razor and shaving gel, but you have to account for the length of the results. For many people, it will take a long time before their hair starts to grow back from where they had laser hair removal. So, you get your money’s worth there, too.
3. DIY natural exfoliant
Before you shave your hair, it’s a good idea to exfoliate first. That way, the dead skin wouldn’t clog up your shaver in some way, and at the same time, it can prep your skin before you shave it and get blood pumping wherever you’re shaving.
With that said, you wouldn’t want to get an exfoliant that’s too harmful to your skin or too stringent. After all, you’ll put your skin through more work when you shave it. So, you want to look for natural exfoliants wherever possible. Sometimes, you can even do it yourself and make one from scratch.
An excellent at-home exfoliating scrub is combining some coffee grounds with coconut oil. That would be a more moisturizing way to exfoliate whichever body part you remove hair from.
If you can’t DIY it, there’s no problem with buying your exfoliant. Just make sure that it’s not stringent and that it’s coming from a genuinely eco-conscious company.
4. Sugar waxing
Constantly buying new blades or razors every time you shave isn’t the most eco-friendly thing to do. If your hair grows fast, you’ll wear out your razors more quickly. Plus, if you have to buy bottles of shaving cream or gel all the time, that’s also not the most eco-conscious thing to do.
One way to reduce the waste you produce is by using sugar waxing instead of the usual shaving method.
With sugar waxing, you use a hot or warm wax made from sugar that will stick to your hair, and then you swiftly pull on the wax, which will remove the hair for you through its stickiness.
What’s great about this option is that you can reuse some of the epilation strips you used by washing the sugar out. You can recreate the sugar wax any time, apply it to the strips, and use it to remove hair.
5. Switch to metal razors
Many of the razors you buy from the grocery store come with plastic components, making them not the most eco-friendly thing to own. Instead of using these plastic components, you can switch to metal razors because they last longer, and you don’t have to throw them out after use.
You can easily wash and reuse your metal razors, so you don’t have to replace them after use.
Initially, though, these razors will be more expensive than the usual razors, but over time, since you don’t have to replace them often, it will save you money. At the same time, it’s more eco-conscious since you do not need to throw them away constantly and replace them.
6. Use lemon and sugar
We’ve mentioned sugar waxing and how you can make homemade sugar wax. Sugar is a beautiful item you can use for a different method to help remove hair from your body.
All you need to do is mix water, white cane sugar, and some lemon juice until it forms a sticky paste. You will then spread that paste onto the part of the body with the hair you want to remove.
Leave the paste there for no more than 15 minutes. You don’t want to leave it there for too long as it can be drying. Once it’s dry and you remove the paste, you can peel it off, and whatever hair there is should be easy to remove or bleached by the lemon’s acidity.
7. Use epilators
Epilators are another valuable and reusable tool that you can use to get rid of hair on your body. Think of it as an electronic device that will remove hair by pulling hairs from the root through its rotating head. It’s like tweezers but powered up, so they’re not the most painless way of getting rid of hair.
Nonetheless, they work well and are easy to do at home. The results can also last quite a long time, up to a month for some people. Plus, since it’s a tool, you can use it repeatedly without buying anything new.
8. Use natural after-shave care
Going through a hair removal process is a rough experience for your skin, so you want to give it the proper aftershave care. Otherwise, you can end up with inflamed skin.
You can use natural aftershave oils and balms to help hydrate the skin. Your usual body moisturizers can work as well. Just don’t use any product that has stringent ingredients in them.
These hair removal tips will all help you with your hair removal process without adding to the mess and waste that usually come with it. Apply these hair removal tips so that you can be as hairless as a dolphin while also ensuring that you’re doing it in an eco-conscious way.