How to avoid ingrown hairs

Ever wondered why you can’t seem to avoid pesky ingrown hairs? We turned to the team at Brazilian Butterfly to help! Here are five things you might be doing that promote ingrown hair.

 

1. You aren’t exfoliating:

The most common cause of ingrown hairs is a lack of exfoliation. Whilst we have all heard the advice of exfoliating after a wax, many of us ignore this advice and don’t bother. It is critical to exfoliate after a wax to not only minimize those pesky ingrown hairs but to maintain that smooth post wax feeling. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells, which clears the way for the newer skin underneath to appear. By removing the dead skin cells you minimize the chance of hairs being caught underneath and thus becoming ingrown.

The Brazilian Butterfly team recommends using the BB Body Scrub with a BB exfoliating mittglove or puff in the shower several times a week. To rehydrate after exfoliation try either the BB Tea Tree body lotion or for those with delicate skin the BB Delicate body lotion.

2. You aren’t using aftercare products:

While we have all felt pressured into buying recommended products when it comes to post wax care, the after products are crucial for maintaining your skin and ensuring ingrown hairs don’t appear.

On top of the items mentioned above they highly recommend all waxing clients to regularly use the BB Soothe post treatment, which has been specially formulated to relieve and prevent the discomfort of ingrown hairs. For males this product is great at treating male shaving rash as well! The BB Soothe is recommended as an application for any lumps and bumps that may occur in the open hair follicles and the best part is, it isn’t alcohol-based meaning it works for even the most delicate of skin. It contains an active ingredient, which helps to exfoliate the skin, bringing ingrown hairs to the surface for easy removal and also contains aloe vera and chamomile, which in conjunction work to reduce the swell and discomfort of ingrown hairs. 

3. You are waxing too frequently

It can be tempting to remove hair as soon as it starts to grow, but scheduling a wax too early will hurt you in the long run. If you wax your hair when it is shorter than ¼ of an inch, the wax doesn’t have enough hair to grip onto which means your hairs will break instead of being pulled out at the roots. Having your hair break will result in ingrown hairs and irritation so it’s best to practice patience and leave your hair to regrow before waxing. 

4. Staying in active wear for too long after a workout

Activewear is fast becoming an everyday outfit for most of us. But staying in tight clothing and synthetic fabrics such as nylon leggings, skinny jeans and polyester underwear will only exacerbate ingrown hairs. These fabrics rub against the skin and don’t allow the skin to breathe, meaning more ingrown hairs for you. Combine this with perspiration during a workout, and it’s the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. After a wax try to stick with light, breathable fabrics.

5. Overactive sebaceous glands

Sebaceous glands, which are located at the base of the hair follicles, sometimes become overactive and release too much oil. This, combined with dead skin cells, tends to clog pores, which provides a wonderful environment for bacteria to form. It also means the hair regrowth becomes trapped under the skin forming an ingrown hair. Make sure you are exfoliating regularly; if symptoms persist it is best you contact your doctor or dermatologist.

As specialists in waxing, the team at Brazilian Butterfly make sure you are in good hands and can provide you with further advice on minimising ingrown hairs tailored to your skin and hair type. To book head over to their official website.

NEXT: Due for a waxing appointment? Here’s how to How to Make your Brazilian wax less painful make your experience less painful. 

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Kaffir green curry recipe

Keep your belly warm and healthy this winter with this mouth-watering green curry courtesy of Broth of Life.

 

Curry:

  • 4 chicken breasts without bone and skin – cut into large pieces (Vego option: your favourite vegetables or tofu)
  • 1 x 400ml can of organic coconut milk
  • ½ cup of pistachio nuts – chopped to garnish
  • 4 teaspoons of Broth of Life Dehydrated Chicken Broth
  • 1 red chilli – thinly sliced to garnish
  • 1 handful fresh coriander – to garnish
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 4 Kaffir lime leaves – to garnish

 

Curry Paste:

  • 3 teaspoons of Broth of Life Dehydrated Chicken Broth
  • 4-5 Kaffir lime leaves – torn discarding the stems & central veins
  • 4 medium green chillis – deseeded & finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of galangal or 1 tbsp of ginger – peeled & chopped finely
  • ½ teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp of fish sauce
  • 6 spring onions – washed & chopped
  • 4 medium limes – zest & juice
  • 2 lemongrass stalks – trimmed back & chopped finely
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil or ½ a bunch Thai basil with stalk
  • 1 bunch of coriander with stalk

 

Method

1. Place all of the curry paste ingredients into a food processor and mix until a smooth paste forms.

2. Use half the paste to marinate the chicken for at least 30 mins. Allowing more time gives an extra seasoned and aromatic flavour.

3. Add olive oil to a hot wok or casserole pan and fry chicken for 5 mins, then add the rest of the marinade.

4. Add the coconut milk, bring to the boil, then simmer uncovered for about 10 mins until the chicken is cooked.

5. If you do want to add more salt, you can add another ½ tablespoon of fish sauce to the dish.

6. Serve into 4 bowls and add a teaspoon of Broth of Life Dehydrated Chicken Broth on top of each.

7. Sprinkle each bowl with pistachio nuts, fresh coriander leaves, Kaffir lime leaf and red chilli to garnish.

8. Serve with organic brown rice, if desired.

Photography: Emma Sheldrake


NEXT: Looking for more healthy recipes? Head to our extensive recipe collection for more.

 

 

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A day in the life of cover model Alexia Clark


With a passion for helping others to live a healthy life (and not being afraid to admit she enjoys indulging in a sweet treat from time-to-time), the wonderfully raw and honest Alexia Clark

WH&F about her training and fit lifestyle.

 

MOVE

I typically train full body every day but with a focus on one particular muscle group. My schedule varies from week-to-week.

EAT

I eat loads of vegies, healthy carbs and protein. And if I’m treating myself to a sweet treat, it’s dark chocolate.

My favourite ‘cheat’ meal is Halo Top ice-cream!

BE

I typically wake up between 4am and 4:30am. I attend to emails and spend time with my dogs.

I train clients in the morning and get my own training in after that.

Once I’m done with my workout, I spend time working on new creative exercises to share on social media.

The rest of the day varies – from filming content and answering emails, to training clients and cooking with friends.

THRIVE

Fitness has been a huge stress reliever for me. I think more clearly and come up with my best ideas when I’m working out.

Website: alexia-clark.com

Instagram: @alexia_clark

Facebook: facebook.com/alexiafitness1

Photography: James Patrick // jamespatrick.com

Read her full cover model Q&A in the July 2017 edition of Women’s Health and Fitness magazine.

 

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A day in the life of cover model Alexa Clark


With a passion for helping others to live a healthy life (and not being afraid to admit she enjoys indulging in a sweet treat from time-to-time), the wonderfully raw and honest Alexia Clark

WH&F about her training and fit lifestyle.

 

MOVE

I typically train full body every day but with a focus on one particular muscle group. My schedule varies from week-to-week.

EAT

I eat loads of vegies, healthy carbs and protein. And if I’m treating myself to a sweet treat, it’s dark chocolate.

My favourite ‘cheat’ meal is Halo Top ice-cream!

BE

I typically wake up between 4am and 4:30am. I attend to emails and spend time with my dogs.

I train clients in the morning and get my own training in after that.

Once I’m done with my workout, I spend time working on new creative exercises to share on social media.

The rest of the day varies – from filming content and answering emails, to training clients and cooking with friends.

THRIVE

Fitness has been a huge stress reliever for me. I think more clearly and come up with my best ideas when I’m working out.

Website: alexia-clark.com

Instagram: @alexia_clark

Facebook: facebook.com/alexiafitness1

Photography: James Patrick // jamespatrick.com

Read her full cover model Q&A in the July 2017 edition of Women’s Health and Fitness magazine.

 

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Rainbow chocolate matcha & black sesame truffle recipe

 Whether you believe matcha is magic or not, there’s no denying the taste. Give these delicious matcha recipes by vegan chef and author of Passion: Organic Vegan Recipes to Live For Anthea Amore a whirl – and reap the antioxidants of its hero ingredient as a bonus. This recipe is an exclusive extract from Amore’s soon-to-be-released second book titled Hungry. Dig in.

Ingredients (Makes: 32 x 20g balls)

  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • ½ cup raw cacao powder
  • 1½ cups dried apricots
  • ¼ cup black sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
  • ½ teaspoon quality salt
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup maple syrup

Coatings

  • 1 tablespoon beetroot powder*
  • 1 tablespoon matcha powder*
  • 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon walnut or almond meal

Directions

Process the almonds in a food processor until they reach a coarse meal texture. Add the coconut and raw cacao powder and pulse for a further 10-20 seconds to mix. Add the apricots and process until a dry, crumbly mixture forms. Add the black sesame seeds, vanilla, salt, coconut oil and maple syrup and process until it forms a fudgy texture.

Roll truffle mixture into 20g balls and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Put each of the coatings into a little bowl. Roll balls in the different coatings and enjoy! Keeps for up to one month in an airtight container in the fridge.

TIP

*You’ll find these ingredients at your local health food store

 

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How to meal prep like a pro

Meal prepping doesn’t need to be a complex process. Nutrition coach and trainer Danyelle Anderson and Advanced sports dietician and spokesperson for the Dieticians Association of Australia, Simone Austin, share their top tips.

 

1. Go for frozen: Frozen vegetables are generally snap frozen, so they haven’t really had much time to lose their nutrients – it’s a lot better option than the fresh vegetables that have been sitting in your fridge for a long time,” says Austin.

2. Half can be better than whole: “If you’re meal prepping salad, dress it later; or add fats after the fact to preserve the quality and taste of the meal,” says Austin.

3. Family first: “If I have to cook every meal myself, then it’s a chore. But if one of the kids or my partner helps, it changes the whole scenario of the activity. It becomes much more fun, you don’t feel resentful and the meal’s going to taste better because there’s a bit more gratitude and a bit more love in there – you put in more effort,” says Austin

4. Seasonality counts: Buy in-season so food tastes better and is more enjoyable to come home to, suggests Austin.

5. Buy a slow cooker: “I’ll make double dinner or lunch in the slow cooker, so we can have the leftovers the next day,” says Austin.

6. Invest in ziplock: “I like to keep frozen carb and protein sources weighed out in ziplock bags in the freezer, as back up in case I can’t get to the shops,” says Anderson.

7. Dessert wise: Anderson turns her healthy carbs into prep-friendly desserts to add variety to her meals. “I make superfood paleo sweet potato brownies, chocolate cacao breakfast oat muffins and vegetable muffins to help reach my daily fibre and micronutrient intake,” she says. “One of my favourite things to have prepared is peeled frozen bananas in separate ziplock bags ready for a thick smoothie or ‘nice-cream’ at any time.”

Learn how to master your meal prep in the July 2017 edition of Women’s Health and Fitness magazine.

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Win a Nourished Life organic beauty prize pack

We’re giving you a chance to win an incredible prize pack from our friends at

Nourished Life!

 

 

Simply answer the question below and go into the draw. 

Terms & Conditions for Lead a Nourished Life!

1. Entry is open to all residents of Australia and New Zealand, except employees of the promoter and their immediate families and agencies associated with this promotion

2. The promoter shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever that is suffered (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss) or for any personal injury or suffering sustained in connection with any of the prizes offered except for any liability that cannot be excluded by law.

3. All entries become the property of the promoter, and the promoter accepts no responsibility for late, lost or misdirected mail or for any prizes damaged in transit.

4. The promoter is Blitz Publications & Multi Media Group Pty Ltd, 1 Miles St, Mulgrave, Victoria 3170.

5. To enter the competition, entrants must enter online at Women’s Health and Fitness website, and complete a form answering:

Tell us in 25 words or less why you would love to use organic skincare?

6. The competition will be judged by a panel appointed by the Promoters, and will be judged on the following criteria:

The most creative answer aligned to the values of 100% pure

7. The total prize value is $329.70 with 1 item to be won. Each pack is valued at ­­­ $329.70. The Nourished Life prize pack contains:

· 100% Pure Organic High Potency Reversal Repair Moisturiser – $54.95

· 100% Pure Organic High Potency Reversal Emulsion Tonique – $49.95

· 100% Pure Organic High Potency Reversal Restore Serum – $59.95

· 100% Pure Organic High Potency Reversal Repair Night Cream – $64.95

· 100% Pure Organic High Potency Reversal Cleansing Foam – $44.95

· 100% Pure Organic High Potency Reversal Repair Eye Cream – $54.95

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9. Winners will be notified on 18th July 2017 by email

10. Start Date of Competition: 9.00am 18th June, 2017 (EDST). End Date of Competition: 5.00pm 17th July 2017 (EDST)

11. Date, time and place drawn: 9.00am 18th July 2017 (EDST)

13. If the prize remains unclaimed after three months of the first draw, then a replacement winner will be drawn on 18th October 2017

14. This is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining the winner.

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12. Should you be selected as a winner of this competition, you acknowledge and agree that no liability attaches to Blitz Publications & Multi Media Group Pty Ltd for any damage to, fault with or issue arising out of the product or prize, either during transit to you, or upon its receipt by you or at any stage thereafter. Blitz Publications & Multimedia Group Pty Ltd will not be responsible for this replacement of the product or prize if any issues arise.

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