The importance of these protein-rich follicles may surprise you.
– KEYS SOULCARE
The topic of body hair can be slightly controversial. While some cultures and social structures praise its beauty and function, others reject it entirely with loads of misinformation. The truth? Body hair is normal and essential to our well-being, including our skin health. It’s no wonder we’re covered in over five-million hair follicles from birth.
Today we’re breaking down what you need to know about body hair and how to nourish your skin to better care for your hair.
What is body hair?
Body hair is mostly made of a protein called keratin. Keratin is tough — a protective protein that doesn’t tear or scratch as easily as other cells in the body. Hair forms on the body to function as a shield against external forces that can harm the skin and body. This includes pollution, water, abrasions, and even temperature regulation.
Today, we’re generally less hairy compared to ancient and early forms of human life. We no longer face the same extreme external conditions and with the influence of beauty standards, have opted for more hair removal techniques that thin out hair or keep it from growing altogether.
What are the benefits of body hair?
Aside from their general protective purpose, body hair benefits us in three major ways:
Dispersing body odor to signal reproductive status and attractiveness.
Facial communication and expression. (Ever raise an eyebrow to get your point across?)
While body hair has its perks, it can cause us to sweat more and produce more body odor. This can be managed by keeping skin cool, clean, and dry.
How to nourish the skin (and hair) you’re in with Keys Soulcare
As always, your body, your choice. Whether you like it all bare or have never shaved a day in your life, you can take care of every part of you with these skin-soothing offerings.
Raise your vibration with a stimulating exfoliating session using our dry body brush. You’ll buff away layers of dead skin and keep pesky ingrown hairs at bay with this revitalizing ritual. After getting your blood flowing, you can rinse and replenish with our skin-clearing Renewing Body + Hand Wash with Manuka honey to soften and soothe. Seal it all in with self-massage using a few drops of our moisturizing body oil with a blend of marula and jojoba to add weightless conditioning and hydration to skin and hair.
Wax, shave, or au natural? How do you choose to care for your body hair? Let us know in the comments!