Have you destroyed three or more manscaping devices—be they electric razors, manual ones, epilators, or otherwise—all within the past year? Then you, dear friend, are what one might describe as a hairy-ass man and there is one thing you’re probably still overlooking: caring for the skin that lies beneath.
1. BE EASY ON YOUR BODY: Here’s something you might not know: body hair can actually act as a natural exfoliant, decreasing the need for products with rough ingredients designed to scrub. How can that be, you ask? Because by simply rubbing soap or body wash on your hairy hide, you end up effectively brushing your skin with its own strands, sloughing off dirt and dead skin cells and leaving the outermost layer fresh and new. Kinda gross, but also kinda cool. Now, does this mean that you should forgo exfoliation altogether? Of course not. But it does mean that you can (and should) use them less, and when you do, they should be gentle.
2. CHANGE YOUR BODY LOTION: Ever tried to put a cream or lotion on a swath of skin that’s coated in hair? Well it’s not easy, we’ll tell you that much. That’s because the hair tends to act as a kind of barrier, preventing the moisture-rich elixir from making its way down to the parched surface below that’s so desperately in need. The solution: an oil-based formula as opposed to the thicker solutions you’ve used in the past. These will be able to penetrate through even the densest thicket of follicles, while taking care of those hairs in the process. Think of it as a two-for-one deal, but for your body.
3. PROPERLY TREAT INGROWN HAIR WELL: It’s just math, really—the more hairs on your body, the greater likelihood that some of them will, at some point or another, make an inappropriate U-turn and burrow into the skin, causing you a whole lot of inflammation and pain. Which is why it’s important that you discern now how to deal with them, instead of waiting until the moment arrives and inexplicably trying to pop it like a pimple (spoiler: that won’t work). The gist of the process is simple: give the body a few days to autocorrect, but if it doesn’t, try using a pair of sterilized forceps to yank that sucker out. If it doesn’t come easily, go see a dermatologist to handle it. See? Simple