Waxing is a method of epilation that removes unwanted hair from the body. If you remove the hair by waxing, it may seem that the hair grows back coarser and thicker. But, while waxing thins the hair, it doesn’t change it’s growth rate or thickness. Waxing can be an affordable method for hair removal, but it’s important to take precautions. Never wax sunburned or very sensitive skin, and don’t wax if you have taken isotretinoin in the last six months.
For some, waxing can lead to red, itchy bumps on the skin. It’s fairly common, especially for sensitive skin types, but nonetheless less than ideal. If you find yourself suffering from post-wax bumps, read on for tips that may help soothe your skin after waxing.
1. TAKE A SHOWER
After getting waxed, you’ll want to avoid scrubbing the area with any harsh products or exfoliating creams, especially if there are any bumps present. Instead, take a lukewarm shower—make sure the water is not too hot—with a hydrating, creamy body cleanser to wash and soothe affected skin.
2. LATHER ON SOME GEL
Applying gel to your skin can help reduce the appearance of skin imperfections following a waxing procedure, as well as soothe and refresh the skin. Using clean hands, apply a thin layer of your favorite body gel onto the affected areas immediately after hair removal and continue daily as needed. Reach for a formula that boasts skin comforting elements like aloe vera and lipids, and steer clear of those formulated with harsh, drying alcohols or parabens.
3. APPLY A COLD COMPRESS
Applying ice or a cold compress to the waxed area multiple times per day may help to provide some comfort. Use an ice pack or wrap ice in a clean cloth.
4. AVOID TOUCHING THE AREA
Touching your newly hair-free skin with hands that are not clean can run the risk of further damage by introducing dirt and bacteria into open pores. Try not to touch the area. If there’s any irritation present, leave it alone.
5. WEAR LOOSE CLOTHING
Let your skin breathe by wearing loose-fitted clothing after waxing. This will help prevent additional rubbing and possible irritation to the skin. If your skin is particularly sensitive and you find yourself breaking out in rashes each time you wax, look into using a gentler wax that’s formulated for sensitive skin. Also, lightly exfoliating the skin prior to a waxing appointment can help eliminate any lingering dirt and bacteria that can be pressed into your pores with the wax.