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How to Use a Pumice Stone for Hair Removal

Nidhi Nangia
By Nidhi Nangia. Updated: January 20, 2017
How to Use a Pumice Stone for Hair Removal

A Pumice stone is porous, and is derived from hardened foam from volcanic rocks. It is 90% porous, which means that it can float on water, and then get saturated. Although it is quite abrasive, it is gentle enough to rub on human skin. People commonly use a pumice stone to rub it on feet to remove any hard calluses. But did you know that it can be effective in removing body hair as well, that too with permanent results? If you do not like to go through the painful procedure of waxing, if you can’t stand the foul smell of hair removal creams, and you just can’t afford permanent laser hair removal treatments, then here at, we are going to tell you how to use a pumice stone for hair removal.

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Steps to follow:


Find the right pumice stone: You can find a good pumice stone in any grocery or drug store really cheaply. You can quickly identify it due to its porous, abrasive surface. It is light in weight and is commonly black or grey in color. Some pumice stones come with a rubber grip, while others come as part of a buffering tool or nail brush. You can buy the one that you are most comfortable with.


Decide the body part: Although you can use it almost anywhere on your skin, you should avoid rubbing it on delicate areas of skin, such as face and bikini area. The bikini area has coarse hair, for which you will need to put too much pressure. This can cause damage to your skin. Rubbing a pumice stone on your upper lip may get rid of hair, but you may be left with an extremely irritated, red area. So, it is better to keep your pumice stone away from these areas. This stone works wonders on scalps, arms, shoulders and legs.


Wash your skin: Once you have decided the body part where you want to rub the pumice stone, wash it with warm water so that your hair becomes softened before you start. Use a good shower gel or soap to clean the area. When you rub the pumice stone on your skin, it becomes susceptible to develop infection. Therefore, it is important to clean the skin so that any possible scratch does not contaminate with bacteria. Lather shower gel, soap or any other lubricant on the area of skin that you want to rub.

How to Use a Pumice Stone for Hair Removal - Step 3

Rub the pumice stone: Start rubbing the pumice stone gently on your skin using circular movements. Keep changing the motions from clockwise to anti-clockwise. Use brisk strokes, but the pressure applied should be very little. If you feel irritation or pain in your skin, stop immediately. Never use sawing or up and down movements, as it can give cuts to your skin. Start from the edge of the body part where you want to remove the hair. For instance, if you are rubbing it on an arm, start from the wrist. By doing this, if you stop halfway through, there will be no random patches with missing hair. Continue rubbing until you buff the entire area.


Finishing off: Rinse the area and apply a good moisturizer. You may see a little redness and feel slight irritation due to the process, but it will subside within a few minutes. Applying the moisturizer will prevent your skin from becoming dry, and it will also soothe your skin irritation. Make sure that you do not use a chemical based moisturizer, as it may even aggravate your skin irritation. Do not forget to Clean the Pumice Stone after getting your job done.

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