It’s not just men, women also have to deal with facial hair. Some women have thicker hair on face, which is why they go for shaving, plucking or waxing. If you are willing to spend a little bit more, you can try laser treatment too. But if you don’t like to go to salons or clinics frequently and believe in all things natural, you should try home remedies to get rid of facial hair.
What causes facial hair in women?
The most common cause of facial hair in women is due to hormonal imbalance caused by medical conditions such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, says Dr Blossom Kochhar, Chairperson, Blossom Kochhar group of companies. Hirsutism
causes excessive hair growth. Genetics also plays a significant role in determining a person’s hair growth pattern in body and face. Certain kinds of medications like steroids can be another factor that can cause facial hair problems in women.
Ways to naturally remove facial hair
The good thing is you can rely on kitchen ingredients to get rid of facial hair.Here are some options:
1. Sugar and lemon juice
You need to mix two tablespoons of sugar and lemon juice along with 35 ml of water. Heat the mixture until it starts boiling. Then let it cool. Apply it on the affected areas and let it stay for 20 to 25 minutes. Wash it off with water, rubbing in circular motion, suggests Dr Kochhar.
2. Lemon and honey
Start by mixing one tablespoon of honey, two tablespoons of sugar and lemon juice. Heat the mixture for about three minutes and slowly stir water to make it thinner if it is too thick. Once the paste cools down, apply it on the affected areas. This is like natural wax, so use a wax strip and pull the hair out in the opposite direction of growth.
3. Egg white and rice flour
In a bowl, take one egg white, one tablespoon of sugar, and half teaspoon of rice flour. Mix them well to create a thick paste, apply it to the areas with unwanted facial hair then allow it to dry for about 20 to 30 minutes. Gently peel off the dried mask in the opposite direction of hair growth then rinse with water.
4. Oatmeal and banana
Blend two tablespoons of oatmeal, which is an effective natural exfoliant, with a ripe banana, and apply this paste on the affected areas in circular motion. Keep massaging for 15 minutes and gently wash the face with water.
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5. Papaya and turmeric
Papaya has an enzyme called papain, which can help to break down hair follicles and inhibit hair growth, says the expert. To make a papaya and turmeric paste, mix papaya pulp with a pinch of turmeric powder and apply it to the face. Massage it in for 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse it off with water.
Before using these natural facial hair removal ideas, do a patch test to avoid unnecessary skin reaction.
Popular facial hair removal tools
The skin on your face is typically more sensitive than on most other body parts, so it needs care when it comes to hair removal methods. If using natural methods is not your chosen way to get rid of facial hair, check out these facial hair removal tools.
Skin care tips after shaving
Shaving means no salon visits, no pain and no facial hair for some time. So, it is a common way to remove facial hair, but you should follow a skin care routine after shaving.
• After shaving, cleanse your skin with a mild cleanser. Don’t use any harsh chemical or alcohol-based cleansers or face washes.
• Rinse your face with cold water then pat dry, but do not rub your skin.
• Apply a nourishing moisturiser that suits your skin, and avoid any skincare products that may have fragrance to avoid any irritation.
• Use sunscreen with high SPF to protect your skin from any UV damage.