Your Complete Guide to Waxing
Waxing has a reputation for being extremely effective but also painful. In this guide, we’ll be running through some facts about waxing and giving you some tips to make the process less painful.
Although there are countless ways to remove unwanted body hair, waxing remains one of the most popular. That’s because waxing offers value for money, it’s long-lasting and the longer you maintain waxing for the thinner the hair growth will be.
When you compare waxing with other hair removal methods its benefits are obvious. It makes it easier to remove hair from awkward places, removes the risk of cutting yourself and it also lasts longer because it pulls the hairs from the root.
Waxing is also far more affordable and easier to access than some methods, such as laser hair removal.
How Often Do You Need To Wax?
For most people, you should only need to wax once every 4-6 weeks. This will, however, vary depending on where you are waxing and your hair growth.
How Can You Make Waxing Hurt Less?
Despite being incredibly effective, waxing does have a reputation for being painful and for most people it is, although perhaps not quite as painful as you’d expect. The amount of pain you’ll experience will vary depending on your own tolerance as well as the area being waxed. That being said, there are still some things you can do to help reduce the pain.
- Exfoliate. By exfoliating, you remove any layers of dead skin that may stop your hairs from being pulled from the root on the first attempt.
- Trim prior to waxing. The length of your body hair is a factor in how much your wax is likely to hurt. Ideally, you should wait until your hair is about half a centimetre long, or trim your hair to this sort of length. This will ensure that your hair can be pulled from the root.
- Avoid using products that are scented or contain alcohol for at least 24 hours after your wax. Using these products could irritate your skin and dry it out.
- Don’t expose your skin to direct sunlight for at least 24 hours. Skin that has just been waxed is more likely to burn and that’s the last thing you want!
- Try to avoid wearing tight clothes for at least 24 hours after your treatment. Your skin is likely to become irritated by having tight clothes rub against your it.
How Can You Reduce Redness After Waxing?
Waxing is quite a traumatic experience for your skin and because your body’s reaction is to protect the area, you may experience redness and swelling. The amount of redness you experience and the length of time it lasts varies for everyone and depends on how you care for your freshly waxed skin.
There are a few things you can do to help to reduce the redness you experience after waxing.
- Apply a small amount of hydrocortisone cream to the inflamed area. It’s important to read the leaflet that comes with the cream, as it’s not suitable for everyone and isn’t an option to treat every area.
- Put a cold compress on the affected area. The cold compress will help to reduce swelling and redness.
- Avoid hot baths and showers. The heat from having a hot shower or a bath with only aggravate the area further.
- Use an aloe gel on the skin. Aloe is used for a whole host of different skin conditions and it can also be used to soothe irritated skin. Please check that this is suitable for you before applying it.
- Listen to the advice of your beautician. They can provide you with some guidance on how to care for your skin and keep it looking as smooth and beautiful as possible.
If you’ve got sensitive skin, you may find that no matter what you do the redness won’t subside. If you’re conscious about this or have something to attend, you can consider using mineral based makeup to conceal the redness. It’s important that you use a light breathable makeup, rather than a liquid or thick makeup, which may block your pores and lead to spots developing.
How Can You Prevent Ingrown Hairs After Waxing?
Ingrown hairs are common for a lot of people when they wax. The ingrown hairs are caused by hair growing into the skin but can be avoided.
The first step to minimise the chance that you’ll experience ingrown hairs is to exfoliate prior to waxing. By exfoliating beforehand, you’ll be ensuring that there are minimal dead skin cells and the process of waxing is as clean as possible.
Even the clothes you wear after your wax can increase or reduce the likelihood that you’ll develop ingrown hairs. Rather than wearing tight clothes that will rub your skin, you should wear loose fitting clothes. This will help to ensure that your skin isn’t further irritated by friction, reducing the chance you’ll develop ingrown hairs.
Exfoliating after your wax is also very important when avoiding ingrown hairs. You shouldn’t exfoliate the area for at least 24 hours after your wax, whilst your skin is still very sensitive, but after this period it’s advisable that you exfoliate to keep the skin as clear as possible.
Perhaps one of the most important factors in preventing ingrown hairs after waxing is your beautician. Depending on the technique they use to remove the hairs, you can find that the amount of ingrown hairs you experience varies dramatically. That’s why it’s important to ensure you use an experienced beautician, such as the team at Sheer Perfections.