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It happens every spring: as the barometer begins its annual rise, so do hemlines. And with summer's skin-baring fashions here to stay, there's nowhere to hide any stray fuzz or stubble.

Given how revealing modern styles are, many women consider hair removal to be a necessary grooming ritual. However, many of the most popular hair removal options are filled with dangerous chemicals and irritants.

So how do you choose a safe, natural, at-home hair removal method?

Read on we've detailed the safest, natural hair removal options below.

Sugaring: Simple, Effective, Safe

Dating as far back as ancient Egypt, sugaring is one of the oldest and safest hair removal methods. Much like waxing, sticky sugar adheres to individual hairs. When the sugary paste is pulled away from the skin, the hairs are lifted out by their roots, and skin is left silky smooth for up to four weeks.

Because sugar hair removal kits are comprised of only a few all-natural ingredients, they can be made at home. However, the process is somewhat intricate and it can take some trial and error to achieve the right consistency. The most convenient and reliable option is to purchase a sugaring kit from an artisan that specializes in handcrafting sugaring and natural sugar hair removal kits.

Organic Wax Kits: Marrying Long Lasting Hair Removal with Natural Ingredients

Waxing has been one of the most popular depilating options since the introduction of at-home wax strip in the 1960s Promising fuzz-free skin for up to four weeks, waxing is a renowned time-saver that some say causes hair to grow back finer and sparser.

Despite its numerous benefits, waxing also has a few drawbacks: In particular, the ongoing fee for professional hair waxing services can become expensive. The waxes used at spas typically include synthetic fragrances and petrochemicals. You can avoid these pitfalls by purchasing natural wax formulations from your favorite artisan and then removing the hair yourself. Most natural hair removal wax formulations offered by skilled artisans include easy, detailed instructors.

Shaving: Problematic, But Can Be Given A Skin-Saving Makeover

Arguably the easiest and most painless hair removal method, shaving slices hair at the skin's surface. Because shaving is inexpensive and is fairly user-friendly, it remains one of (if not the) most popular options for fighting unwanted hair.

However, this method is not without its environmental drawbacks. Shaving is wasteful. Billions of gallons of water are wasted during the shaving process and The U.S. EPA estimates that 2 billion disposable razors are thrown out each year.

Shaving cream can be harmful to the skin. Many of the most popular brands are filled with dangerous chemicals:

  • Triethanolamine (TEA): A proven skin irritant and a known carcinogen.

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES): Skin irritants that should not be inhaled, ingested or left on skin for more than a few minutes. Additionally, SLS can mimic estrogen and confuse natural hormone receptors. SLES often contains dioxane, a known carcinogen.

  • Mineral Oil: A byproduct of petroleum production. It clogs pores and prevents the skin from breathing.

  • Synthetic Colors and Fragrances: Over time, synthetic colorants and fragrances can cause skin sensitization and allergies. Some fragrances contain pthlalates. Pthlalaes are said to be carcinogenic.

Reduce your exposure to toxins while simultaneously nourishing and moisturizing your skin by shaving with all natural shaving bars or natural vegetable oils like jojoba or sweet almond oil. Many artisans offer all natural, skin-soothing oil shaving bar and/or oil blends especially formulated for use while shaving. These products help to minimize razor burn and ingrown hairs and increase the glide on the skin. Some artisans include natural essential oils that smell wonderful, are naturally anti-bacterial and that can help soothe skin irritation.

A Warning About Depilatory Creams:

Chemical burns, irritation and allergies abound.

This method of hair removal dates back to the Middle Ages when women would remove hair with bandages soaked in ammonia and vinegar. Modern depilatory creams have been available on store shelves since their advent in 1844.

Today's depilatory products are filled with dangerous, skin irritating chemicals designed to break down the proteins in hair. Two of the most active ingredients in depilatories are known to cause allergic reactions, chemical burns and rashes:

  • Potassium Thioglycolate: Eats into the proteins in skin and hair.

  • Calcium Hydroxide: Destroys the weakened hair at the root.

Given the highly toxic chemicals included in depilatory formulations, there's no way to make them safer or more eco-friendly. The best thing to do is choose a different method of hair removal.

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