Depilatories, or hair removers, are products designed to chemically or physically remove undesirable hair from areas on the body.
1- Some Current Main Components Used:
- Beeswax: Beeswax is a natural wax made by bees in the cell walls of honeycombs. The honeycomb is collected and melted after the honey is removed, and what’s left is beeswax that’s ready for industry uses.
- Calcium thioglycolate: It is a colorless liquid and the most common active ingredient found in chemical depilatories, used to chemically break down hair fibers and to remove unwanted hair easier by simply wiping it from the skin. The acid in depilatories are safe when formulated to be non-irritating but the CIR Expert Panel noted that all method of hair removal, including waxing, shaving and depilatory products may produce transient dermal irritation.
- Keratin: Found in skin and hair, leaving hair removal products on the skin for an extended length of time will result in skin sensitivity and irritation. Because the chemicals only weaken the hair so that it can be scraped away from the skin, hair is only removed at the surface level.
2- Some Current Hazardous Components to Avoid:
- Thioglycolic Acid: Such as with permanent waves or with hair straightening, Thioglycolic Acid and it salts and esters modify hair fibers to facilitate changes to the structure of the fibers. They are also used to chemically break down hair fibers so that unwanted hair can be removed by simply wiping it from the skin. This component is safe to use in depilatories when formulated to be non-irritating and can be used at concentrations equal to or less than 5% with a pH of 7 to 12.7.
3- Natural Alternatives:
- Sugar natural wax for leg: Heat up to a slow boil and add 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 cup raw sugar and 2 tablespoons of water. When it becomes smooth and golden, take it off the heat and transfer it to a stainless steel bowl. Don’t use a glass one because it may crack at high temperatures and not aluminum one because it may react to the lemon juice. Let it cool a bit (color will probably turn darker).
While it’s cooling, wash your legs and exfoliate. Dry your legs and apply a thin layer of powder such as cornstarch or arrowroot powder. Then, take out about a ping pong sized ball of this sugar wax recipe. Knead it until it’s smooth and spread it on your leg by moving in the direction of the hair. Always go with the hair growth, not the opposite way. After it’s spread on your leg, take an old cloth strip and press it onto the wax. Then, grip the bottom edge of the strip and pull very quickly against the growth of the hair. Like a bandage, just rip it off–fast before to rinse off any remaining sugar mixture and moisturize. After waxing, try jojoba oil or grapeseed oil to minimize redness.