Tendrils on a face are not bad to look at, but soon as you enter 30 especially, they have strong desire to go macho. Here are a few ways to deal with the unruly, unwelcome rascals au naturally.
A spice commonly used in Indian cuisine, turmeric also has a long history of use in health and beauty remedies. First you should shave, tweeze or wax the area you want to keep hair-free. Mix a paste of turmeric powder, lavender oil and aloe gel, and apply in a circular motion against the growth of the hair. Leave it on for about 20 minutes, and repeat three times a week for up to three months. You will notice your hair will grow back finer, slower and thinner. You may find your hair does not grow at all as long as you use the paste.
Almond oil is excellent for the health and beauty of your skin. It also contains constituents that inhibit hair growth. As with the turmeric remedy, use almond oil after an initial shave, wax or tweeze session. Repeat a few times per week and you will see a lessening of hair growth. Results vary from person to person, but most find they need to shave or tweeze less often over time.
Beefsteak Plant and Hare’s Ear Root
These two plants, known by their Latin names Perillae herba and Bupleuri radix, have been scientifically shown to inhibit hair growth. Japanese inventors have applied for a patent for their formula containing these and other herbs. You can read about their work at freepatentsonline.com/7488499.html.
White Pepper and Camphor
Fatfreekitchen.com has an interesting recipe for leg hair removal. Mix white pepper and camphor to make a paste. Add a few drops of kerosene and apply to your legs. Leave this mixture on for 10 to 15 minutes and wipe off the hair with a cloth. If you have sensitive skin, you will want to use caution. It’s a good idea to test a small patch of skin first for irritation.
Indian way: Combine 3 tablespoons of yogurt and 2 teaspoons of turmeric powder in a bowl. Add a teaspoon of besan (gram flour) at a time until you have a paste that is thick but can still be easily spread.
Smooth the turmeric paste onto the areas that you wish to clear of hair. Apply the paste so that it covers the area completely. Stay away from the eye and genital areas.
Let the paste dry. This may take 20 minutes or a little more. You will be able to feel the paste cracking when you move that area of the body when it is completely dry.
Rub the paste off the area. Use your fingertips or a soft, dry washcloth. Much of the hair will come away with the paste (which exfoliates the hair away upon removal), but it will grow back. In order to permanently stop the hair growth, you will need to use the remedy regularly.
Use this treatment every 2 to 4 days. Turmeric has been used for centuries to remove and impede the regrowth of body hair. Over time, it will cause the hair to become finer, grow slower and eventually stop growing back.
Lemon and Sugar Wax
Heat 2 cups of sugar, 1/4 cup of water and 1/4 cup of lemon juice in a pot. Heat it on low so that the sugar melts but the mixture does not boil. Stir constantly.
Check the temperature of your homemade wax. It should be warm, but not hot, to the touch. It should also be thick and sticky.
Wax the hair that you wish to remove. Use the butter knife to smooth the wax onto your skin. Before you apply it to your skin, blow on the wax to cool it. Then press a strip of clean cloth over the wax and hold it in place for about 10 seconds before removing it with a firm, upward yank.