Wax On, Wax Off
Waxing is arguably one of the most painful hair removal methods out there but it's also one of the longest-lasting. Whereas you might notice some stubble just hours after shaving, waxing can keep you hair-free for days or maybe even weeks. For many, this fact alone is enough to make the act of ripping out your hair completely worth it. If you're amongst that group, then you want to make sure to take the right precautions before and after waxing so your skin stays feeling soft and healthy for as long as possible.
Whether you'll be waxing yourself or letting a professional take over, prepping your skin ahead of time is vital to getting the job done right. Taking these steps beforehand will not only ensure you get the cleanest, smoothest wax, it can also prevent pain and even serious injury.
Step 1: Exfoliation│Gently exfoliating your skin before a waxing session will help you remove dirt, dead skin cells, and any other residue that might be lingering around your hair follicles.
Step 2: Cleansing│After gently exfoliating, make sure to wash up with some mild soap so that your skin is free of any germs that could otherwise irritate or infect your skin after waxing.
Step 3: Drying│Wax can only get a good grip on your hair when it's completely dry so make sure to dry off the area that you'll be waxing extensively. If sweat is making it hard to stay completely dry, you can apply a little bit of talcum powder to absorb the extra moisture.
Step 4: Trim│While you do need to let your hair grow out a bit so that the wax has enough to grip to, if your hair is too long, then it can actually make the whole experience more painful and difficult to get through. Before getting started, make sure your hair is no longer than three quarters of an inch. If it is, make sure to trim it down below that limit.
You're not done just because you've finished waxing. After going through the worst of it, your skin is going to need lots of TLC to prevent irritation or those dreaded ingrown hairs.
Step 1: Removing residue│It's common for a little wax residue to be left over after you've finished. If you're having a hard time removing it, you can use a little jojoba or coconut oil to wipe it off.
Step 2: Soothing│As can be expected after your hair is pulled out by the root, your skin is going to be a little irritated. Apply a soothing product that also fights bacteria to calm your skin and help prevent infections. A great natural option for your skin is aloe vera. Read more about the benefits of using aloe vera in your beauty routine here.
Step 3: Take it easy│While we don't blame you for being tempted to immediately show off your smooth skin, you could risk an infection or ingrown hairs if you don't give your skin some time to heal. You should avoid the three S's for at least 1-2 days after waxing: sun, sweat, and (if you got a Brazilian) sex as these can cause a lot of irritation for your already sensitive skin.
Step 4: Exfoliation│Coming full circle, it's equally important to exfoliate after waxing so there's no residue that can clog your hair follicles and cause ingrown hairs. However, give it between 24 and 48 hours after you've waxed before exfoliating so your skin has time to heal and then make sure to do it regularly (around 3 times a week).
Sticking to these steps before and after you've waxed might not mean you can eliminate the pain of the experience entirely but at least you can make sure that you'll be getting the smoothest skin out of it! And if you prefer to stick to shaving, then we have tips for getting silky smooth skin from that too! Check it out here.