Caring for Scars

It is a  known fact that scarring is part of the body’s healing process. While we may not like the look of our scars, some being too light, others being too dark, scars are actually a very important function of the body’s way of healing itself after injury. A scar will occur when the skin has become bruised or broken and the body has finished healing itself – the scar acts as a guard, preventing the wound from reopening and giving the now more susceptible area of skin or flesh and opportunity to regain its resilience. Scars heal in many different ways, for many different people. Several factors go into how a scar develops – where is the cut located? How deep or superficial is the cut? What caused the cut? Has there been an infection? Is the body resistant to certain medications? Has the scab been picked at? Does the person have keloids?

The thickness and color of a scar both have to factor in these variables. Other considerations, such as diet, lifestyle and genetics also play a role in the superficial appearance of your scars. On the skin on your body that is most visible, for example, arms, faces, legs, back and chest, dark or aggressive scarring can affect your self esteem. While they cuts and bruises may be healed, the scars that remain are often embarrassing or draw unwanted attention. Other contributing factors to the not so likeable appearance of scars are your exposure to sunlight, friction at the scar location and poor circulation.

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Sugaring Wax Recipe

(image from Studio East Salon)

I was checking out my multiply blog when I found a very old blog post on a recipe for sugaring wax.  I shared the recipe there because I thought it might be useful for those who want alternatives to shaving and the use of depilatory creams.

I have tried waxing my arms and legs using sugaring wax that I prepared myself and although it is not as convenient as using cold wax, I think it will be preferred by  many as it is low-cost, relatively easy to make, and makes use of all-natural ingredient

Recipe for Sugaring Wax

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/4-1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

Directions:

  • Mix the ingredients in a small saucepan over low heat (You can also use the microwave oven). Stir the mixture lightly until all the sugar has melted. Let cool.

Waxing Technique Using Sugaring Wax

  1. Always test the temperature before applying the sugaring wax to your skin. Be careful not to scald yourself. It should be a little hot, but not scalding.
  2. Once cooled, apply to skin using a wooden spatula in the direction of hair growth.
  3. Place a strip of cotton cloth on the wax and pull the cloth opposite the direction of hair growth.
  4. Clean the area with a cloth soaked in cold water to close and tighten the pores.
  5. Redness and bumps in the treated area are normal and usually disappear within an hour. Apply a moisturizer such as aloe vera gel  for a soothing effect.