There are lots of terrific things we gain with age. For example. wisdom, patience and stability come to mind. But for the ladies one thing all of us could do without is the sudden appearance of random facial hair.
Fluctuating hormones are usually to blame for this common sign of aging. It typically starts out small, with a single dark hair popping up on your chin or upper lip. But before long tweezing becomes a part of your daily routine.
Thankfully there are some inexpensive and effective natural solutions that can help curb unwanted facial hair within three months or less.
1. Lavender and tea tree essential oil:
According to Italian researchers the key to getting rid of those unwelcome chin hairs could be a combo of two essential oils we’ve recommended before. The study, published in the Journal of Endocrinological Investigation, found that applying a spray combining lavender and tea tree oils twice a day slashed facial hair growth within three months.1
Simply combine about a tablespoon of lavender oil (dilute with some water if you have sensitive skin) and three or four drops of tea tree oil. Use a cotton ball to dab onto problem spots.
2. Spearmint tea:
Research has revealed slowing down the growth of facial hair for some women may be as simple as sipping on delicious spearmint tea several times a day. Remember those hormones I mentioned earlier? It turns out spearmint tea can help with them.
Excess androgens (sex hormones) such as testosterone can cause you to sprout hairs where you don’t want them. But when researchers had a group of women suffering with elevated androgen levels drink two cups of spearmint tea daily for a month both free and total testosterone levels plummeted and the women reported having less facial hair growth.2
Giving this one a try couldn’t be simpler. Brew yourself a cup of spearmint tea twice a day and you should see results within a month.
3. Green tea:
Not a big spearmint fan? Or just want to try something different? Green tea could be just the ticket. Like spearmint, green tea has proven anti androgen effects.
According to research published in the International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism green tea, which is rich in epigallocatechines, inhibits 5-alpha reductase, slowing down the conversion of run of the mill testosterone into the super-potent DHT.3
In other words, making green tea a part of your daily routine could help you cut back on that unwanted facial hair.
We’re going to have rely on the long term experience of Ayurvedic medicine practioners for this one. This common Indian method for getting rid of excess hair on the face has lots of fans.
There are two popular methods. First is to mix equal amounts of turmeric powder and chickpea flour (if you have trouble finding chickpea, or besan, flour you can use whatever you have on hand) and add water to make a paste. Apply the paste like any other facial mask to problem areas such as the upper lip and chin and allow it to dry. Rinse off with warm water.
The second method is to combine the turmeric powder with plain yogurt to make a creamy facial mask. Once again spread over problem areas and let sit for a few minutes and then rinse with warm water.
Fans of turmeric masks say that within a month your facial hair will be noticeably less coarse and thinned out.
1. “Possible efficacy of Lavender and Tea tree oils in the treatment of young women affected by mild idiopathic hirsutism,” J Endocrinol Invest. 2013 Jan;36(1):50-4
2. “Spearmint herbal tea has significant anti-androgen effects in polycystic ovarian syndrome. A randomized controlled trial,” Phytother Res. 2010 Feb;24(2):186-8
3. “An Update on Plant Derived Anti-Androgens,” Int J Endocrinol Metab. 2012 Spring; 10(2): 497–502
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