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Ayurvedic Remedy for Facial Hair

Unwanted body hair is something that has quite a lot of us women fretting day in and day out. What’s worse is thick facial hair. We generally resort to short-term fixes like shaving, waxing, and threading. However, apart from being effective for merely a few days, they can also be extremely painful. Here is a quick guide to natural and safe facial hair removal using age-old Ayurvedic practices that are still widely used in India.

Thanaka and Safflower Oil

Thanaka ( paste is made from grinding bark of the Thanaka tree which is indigenous to Myanmar. The paste is yellow in colour and can be bought from Ayurvedic stores. Mix the paste with an equal amount of Safflower oil to achieve the consistency of hair removal creams. Shave off the unwanted hair and apply to this paste to the skin. Massage well so that it gets absorbed by the pores. Ideally, you must let it stay on for 3-4 hours before washing it off.

This technique may be a tad too much work, especially since it needs to be practiced daily for three months. However, it is certainly the most effective and gives you near -permanent hair removal. The hair that does grow back is extremely fine and much lighter.

Lemon and Honey

Mix freshly squeezed lemon juice and honey in a 1:3 ratio. You could also use sugar instead of honey, but honey is more nourishing for the skin. Apply the mixture to your face against the direction of hair growth. Wait for 15 minutes and rinse it off with cold water.

This Ayurvedic facial hair removal remedy gradually decreases hair growth. It is best to repeat it 2-3 times every week.

Gram Flour Paste

This is probably the most common herbal hair removal treatment. Indian mothers use this for their new-born babies so that they may not have heavy hair growth later in life. The preparation is fairly simply – just mix 2-3 spoons for gram flour with a pinch of turmeric powder and enough curd (plain yoghurt) so as to make a thick paste. Apply this to the skin and gently massage against the direction of hair growth. Try and do this as often as possible, preferably every day. A few weeks of hard work will pay off well!