Waxing is one of the most popular beauty treatments, both at home and at a salon – and for good reason! Waxing provides a quick and convenient process for removing unwanted hair and is popular for use on the upper lip, brows, chin, underarms, arms, legs, and bikini area. Although waxing requires a slightly more hands-on approach than alternatives such as shaving razors and depilatory creams, the benefits speak for themselves through efficient, long last results and silky-smooth skin.
The nature of the technique itself can be rather invasive to your skin, however, so it is important to be aware of any pre-waxing preparation and aftercare procedures that are recommended by your beautician.
During a waxing treatment not only is the hair removed but also the top layer of skin. Although this isn’t necessarily harmful, temporary irritation can occur, especially if you are prone to having sensitive skin. Look for good quality waxing kits that contain natural or gentle ingredients as well as include soothing lotions to be applied to the area post-treatment to minimize any discomfort, redness, or swelling.
24 hours before and after your Treatment
Slight redness, bumps, and swelling are common for the first 24 hours post-treatment, especially if this is your first wax. It is advised that you prepare your skin beforehand, preferably a day before by gently exfoliating your skin in order to minimize any uncomfortable reactions or even infections post-treatment.
The day after your wax, it is important to avoid any makeup or perfumed products such as certain moisturizers and tanning lotions on the area that you have waxed. Be aware that your skin will be more sensitive around this time so also try to avoid any direct sunlight due to higher susceptibility to getting burnt.
It is also advised that you wear loose clothing to minimize the area coming into contact with any rubbing fabrics and increasing any irritation.
To minimize redness and irritation, apply a cold compress to any sore areas – this will help to reduce any swelling that you may be experiencing, and also calm down the skin. If you are uncomfortable or have a lot of redness, buying an over-the-counter cortisone cream can help reduce inflammation and make you feel more comfortable in no time.