Waxing every other week can be cumbersome, especially in the summer when like to dress in nice summer clothes. From the discomfort you feel to redness and pimples that appear after waxing, here is a guide to removing hair without pain and maintaining healthy and glowing skin.
Waxing at home can be affordable, but it’s necessary to take precautions to keep your skin healthy, shiny and pain-free.
Avoid waxing if:
- Your skin is sunburnt.
- You’ve administered isotretinoin containing medicines/products in the last six months.1
- If you have cuts or injuries in your skin.1
Preparing your skin for waxing is essential in order to reduce much of the hustle.
Protect your Skin
Avoid using retinoid creams for at least 3-4 weeks before waxing. Retinoid creams are known to induce skin turn over allowing new skin growth. Waxing while taking these medications can cause tearing of the skin and possible scarring.1
Make sure your hair is about one-fourth of an inch long to reduce pain and avoid injury.
Apply cold packs 30 minutes before hair removal.
Warm the wax. Test the temperature of the wax by applying it on the inner side of your wrist. It should be warm but not hurt or burn.
Prepare the skin
Gently wash your skin prior waxing to remove any dirt, fats, or cosmetic products. Afterwards, Dry the skin thoroughly to allow the wax to adhere properly.
Follow the directions on the package. Apply the wax on a small section of your skin. Spread the wax in the direction of hair growth, place cloth or paper strip over the wax, and pull it in the opposite direction.1
After you’ve finished your waxing session, your skin will need some care to avoid irritation and ingrown hairs.
Soothe your skin after waxing
If you still have pain afterwards, apply cold packs. Avoid hot baths and showers.
Apply moisturizers that won’t clog your pores. Pick up moisturizers that are labeled “oil-free” or “none-comedogenic”.
Avoid perfumed products like lotions and creams which can irritate your sensitized skin.
After the hairs in Wear loose-fitting clothing and avoid tight pants. Wearing tight clothes can lead to friction and irritation.
Generally, at-home waxing is safe and effective to remove unwanted hair. If you still experience swelling or irritation for more than two days after hair removal, consult a dermatologist.
1. Dermnetnz. Waxing [internet]. 2005. Available from: https://www.dermnetnz.org/topics/waxing/