Check out our video & use your favorite Farmhouse products to incorporate scalp scrubbing into your routine!
1. Thoroughly wet your hair and section with fingers or wide tooth comb. Working with hair in sections may be easier if you have thick or long hair.
2. Mix together our Whipped Body Butter (using hair conditioner is an option) and Sandalwood & Lavender Sugar Scrub. Apply to your scalp and massage in in circular motion.
3. Rinse well and then cleanse & condition the hair with our Hibiscus & Quinoa Shampoo & Conditioner.
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Although it’s safe to massage your scalp every day, stick to scalp scrubbing no more than once a month because exfoliation removes oil from the scalp, and if done too frequently, may cause the scalp to panic and over-produce oil.
Not recommended for those with extra sensitive or that bleed easily in the scalp.
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Also known as Hair Bumps/Ingrown Hairs.
CAUSE: After a hair has been shaved, it begins to grow back. Curly hair tends to curl into the skin instead of straight out the follicle, leading to an inflammation reaction. Hair bumps can make the skin look itchy and red, and in some cases, it can even look like pimples. These inflamed papules or pustules can form especially if the area becomes infected.
This is especially problematic for these who have naturally coarse or tightly curling thick hair. Curly hair increases the likelihood of hair bumps. If left untreated over time, this can cause keloid scarring, dark spots and other irritation.
HOW TO GET RID OF THEM!
1. Get a good light (use your phone), face tissue, a clean (disinfect both) pair of tweezers and sewing needle or safety pin.
2. Use a mild face cleanser or soapbar. Wash the area.
3. Apply a clean warm cloth for 5-10 minutes to soften the skin.
4. GENTLY break the skin of each hair bump with the sewing needle and use the sewing needle to lift the hair up out of the bump. You need to put the end of each hair on the outside of your skin so that it grows as normal. This is so that the hair can stop growing into your skin causing the bump. Use tweezers if you have to pull a little bit but DO NOT PULL THE ENTIRE PIECE OF HAIR OUT.
5. Do this for EACH bump (might take a while). Use facial tissue to wipe needle/tweezers/face area clean. Use the warm cloth to keep skin soft. Don’t try this on unsoftened skin!
6. Afterward apply Toner to your hair bump area with a cotton ball twice a day after you cleanse the area. If you find that cleansing to often dries your skin, cut back to once a day.
7. Wash and disinfect your tweezer and sewing needle. Save for later.
8. Try exfoliating with the White Willow Coconut Sugar Face Scrub or Skin Renewal Bilberry AHA Cream (great for dark spots) 1-2x/week to remove dead skin cells that can clog pores.
9. If hair bumps are on other parts of the body (underarms/bikini) use, the Sandalwood & Lavender Sugar Scrub to exfoliate. You can use the Toner on these areas as well and apply Whipped Body Butter. The Skin Renewal Bilberry AHA Cream can tingle in these delicate areas so I wouldn’t suggest it be used under the arm or bikini.
Preventing ingrown hairs is all about removing dead skin and removing hairs in a way that won’t cause them to curl back. Here are simple steps to prevent ingrown hairs. To exfoliate, use the sisal cloth sack if your skin is extra sensitive and our sugar scrub if it's extra dry. Another option is
dry brushing. It’s an ancient ayurvedic technique and in addition to removing dead skin sells, it also kick starts your lymphatic system, which helps remove toxins from the body.
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BIKINI AREA: Tight clothing can cause ingrown hairs, especially tight underwear. Skin is its healthiest when it's allowed to breathe. The elastic in tight underwear presses into the skin, trapping hair as it begins to grow back and giving way to bothersome ingrown hairs. Try wearing loose boy shorts or soft 100% cotton underwear.
WAXING: pulls hairs directly from the root. Each hair follicle is connected to a small tube, which is responsible for guiding the hair to the surface when it grows back. Waxing pulls the hair so quickly that the follicle and tube become damaged. When the tube’s lining is damaged, it can’t guide the hair. The hair becomes caught under the skin, causing ingrowns. Shaving The problem occurs when your hair starts growing back. It can become trapped below the skin, causing dead skin cells to find their way into the hair follicle. The result is an ingrown hair that’s painful and inflamed.
AGGRESSIVE RAZORS: with multiple blades were designed for coarse facial hair so they’d achieve a smoother shave with fewer passes. In other words, they’re better designed for men’s faces, not women’s bodies.
DULL BLADES: can cause the same problem. When you shave with dull blades, they leave the end of the hair jagged as opposed to a clean cut, resulting in irritation as the hair grows back.
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What is dry brushing? Brushing the surface of your skin for about 3 to 5 minutes with a skincare brush.
This helps to improve circulation and is another great way to physically exfoliate the skin's surface. The benefits of regular exfoliation are endless. The only thing you need to know is that with regular exfoliation comes great skin – its barrier functions are better, reduces bacteria buildup and breakouts, and the skin will look better, too. It removes dead skin as mentioned, but also reduces skin discoloration and pigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Here are the 5 Benefits of Dry Brushing!
1. Eliminate dead skin
Dry brushing can assist in removing any oils that could be trapped with any lingering dead skin cells. If you have mature, flaking, or dull skin, its often times caused by a buildup of dead skin layers caused by lowered hormones from menopause.
2. Enhance nutrients absorbed by the skin
When the skin is properly exfoliated, it can better absorb your skincare products, serums, and treatments more efficiently. When you have a thick layer of dead skin cells on top of your skin, it will make it difficult for those precious nutrients in your skin care products to actually reach your skin; they will not reach deeply enough to penetrate the skin's inner layers.
3. Tightens and smooths the skin
Gentle brushing physically removes dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. It also gives skin a temporary plump & youthful looking appearance because it increases blood flow and circulation to the area of skin being brushed. To really see the skin tightening results, you would have to consistently dry brush for a few months. However, smoother skin may be noticeable right away or after a few rounds of brushing.
4. Stimulate lymph drainage
Although the lymph drainage system is located deep under the skin's surface, by improving circulation through dry brushing, lymph flow becomes stimulated and aides the body in detoxification.
5. Promotes Happiness
Who doesn't feel happy when their skin looks great! I know I do. Exfoliating with a dry brush can enhance skin radiance and light reflection so that the skin looks brighter and cellulite appear less noticeable.
1. Start with dry skin.
2. Next, start on your legs or arms first using a circular motion with gentle light or medium pressure and then work your way towards your heart.
3. Shower after using a dry brush and follow up with our Whipped Body Butter.
4. Work the practice of dry brushing into your routine and allow 6 weeks to see changes.
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The brush should never break the skin and it also shouldn’t hurt. Brushing too frequently or vigorously can cause tiny breaks in the skin that lead to dryness and irritation. Also do not use the same brush for your skin as your face. The skin on your face is much more delicate and requires a much softer brush.
Your skin does exfoliates naturally. When we’re young, our skin exfoliates rapidly and naturally renews itself about every 25 days or so. Dead skin cells are naturally and steadily sloughed off. But as we age, the natural exfoliation process becomes more and more sluggish, typically slowing by about 10% per decade. By the age of 30, the process begins to slow down which can mean more pigmentation and duller complexion.
Dry brushing alone will not work miracles on its own. This practice needs to work harmoniously with cleansing, nourishing and protecting skin care steps. A regular skin care routine working to nourish every layer of your skin does not have to be complicated.
Dry brushing is not recommended for those with sensitive skin, ezcema, or psoriasis.
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