Facial Hair. That’s the topic today. At 25 I’ve been shaving my upper lip for a few years now. Really since I noticed that I grew hair there. Self-conscious me, meet readers. Readers, meet self-conscious me. As I’ve grown into myself I’ve gotten less self-conscious when talking about body issues and discovered many of my friends are dealing with unwanted facial and body hair too.
Some of them shave, like me. Some wax, and some have even gone so far as use laser hair removal. All work. But if you don’t have the cash to fork over for that laser hair treatment you’re plucking, shaving, waxing, and lamenting at least weekly.
And if you have sensitive skin, like me, all that action around your upper lip usually results in a lobster-red abrasion for a couple days; subsiding just in time for the next shave. So how do we deal? With my commitment to Wild Texas Soaps’ all-natural stand I decided to scour the inter-webs and find the best home remedy for hair removal.
Do you shave, wax, or pluck your facial hair?
When searching for the phrases ‘all-natural’ and ‘hair removal’ I found many articles about divas that let their bristles fly all natural. If that’s your thing then problem solved. No abrasions, no hair worry.
For the rest of us who want that smooth, glowing, and hairless skin there were some pretty easy recipes to get it done.
The first recipe is specifically for sensitive skin. Hurray! It’s hard to find sensitive skin specific anything these days. The caveat here is that this recipe is meant to be used over a period of time to lessen the appearance of hair. This process takes a little longer, but is far gentler on the skin than other recipes as you’ll see below. But first, Papaya and Turmeric.
Raw Papaya and Turmeric Powder Hair Removal Paste
- 1 Raw Papaya
- Turmeric Powder
- Peal and grind the papaya into a paste
- Mix 1-2 tablespoons of the papaya paste with ½ teaspoon of Turmeric powder
- Massage the paste onto your face for 15 minutes
- Wash off with water only
- Repeat once or twice a week
Quick, easy, and clean.
Another method I found may be too harsh for sensitive skin, but is great if you grow darker hair on your face.
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
- 10 tablespoons distilled water
- Mix the sugar, lemon, and water (the sugar will only partially dissolve)
- Apply to the face forcing the hair down
- Let sit for 15-20 minutes
- Wash off with water while gently massaging the face
- Repeat two to three times a week
The benefit of this method is that not only does it decrease hair growth over time, but it also lightens the color of the hair that still grows. If you have dark, coarse hair you can expect to notice finer, lighter colored hair growth and hair growth, in general, decrease.
Do you have dark, coarse facial hair?
The last method I found that I like is for those who can’t wait. Even with sensitive skin I’ve found myself needing to remove hair more quickly, and ready to succumb to the ouch and redness that follows. There are ways to relieve the ouch and redness (cold packs, Aloe Vera gel, time), but when in doubt – plan your hair removal out; especially for big events. I’ve removed a layer of skin trying to pretty up for a date and shown up with a very suspicious sore on my upper lip. Don’t make a fuzzy problem worse by doing more than your skin can handle.
This is less hair removal as it is hair warfare. This is a homemade body wax that can also be used on the face, but again, if you have sensitive skin. Caution.
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1-2 teaspoons cornstarch or flour
- Strip of cloth or waxing strip
- Pan (to heat the mixture)
- Spatula (waxing spatula if you have one) I used a butter knife
- Distilled water (to thin paste if it’s too thick to spread)
- Mix the honey, lemon, and sugar in the pan
- Heat the mixture to a smooth paste (if using a microwave heat for 3 minutes)
- Thin with water if needed
- Let the mixture cool to a comfortable temperature to apply to the body
- Dust the body part you will be waxing with flour or cornstarch
- Spread the wax mixture on the floured (or corn starched) body part with the spatula or butter knife. Make sure this is done in the direction of hair growth (so, in other words – flatten the hair)
- Quickly after spreading the mixture cover it with the cloth strip or waxing strip. Press it down gently. And quickly pull it off in the opposite direction of hair growth (so, in other words – unflatten)
I’m not gonna lie. This hurts. A lot. But if you’re in a pinch it’s a quick and easy home remedy for hair removal.
No appointment needed.
There you have it folks. Three quick, easy, and natural hair removal recipes. Comment below and let me know how it went for you. Post picks on social media and share with us.
I’ll be reviewing the oil cleans method next month, so tune in if you’re interested to see how my face reacts to washing in oils twice a day for a month. I can’t wait!