Facial Waxing 101: Pro Tips For Removing Unwanted Hair On Your Face
When it comes to temporarily removing unwanted hair, waxing is no doubt one of the most popular methods of choice. Quick, easy and relatively painless, waxing—whether on your face or body, or both—can be your fast track to soft, smooth and hair free skin, that is if you do it the right way. Heading over to a professional is always an option, but if you’re opting to wax your face at home, you could probably use a few pointers from a pro to help ensure things don’t go south. Below, discover facial waxing tips from board-certified dermatologist, and Skincare.com consultant, Dr. Dendy Engelman.
Step 1: Cleanse Your Skin Before Waxing
Before waxing your face, take a moment to cleanse your skin with a face wash formulated for your skin type. A clean, dry canvas allows the wax to adhere properly. Once your face is clean, gently pat dry with a clean towel. It’s perfectly fine if your skin still feels a bit damp, as it can be beneficial for step two.
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The more pliable the skin, the less likely it will be inflamed or irritated post-wax.
Step 2: Moisturize Your Skin
Next up? Moisturizer. A good tip to follow when moisturizing is to do so immediately after cleansing while the skin is slightly damp. Moisturized skin can also help prevent irritation from the wax. “The more pliable the skin, the less likely it will be inflamed or irritated post-wax,” Dr. Engelman says.
Editor’s note: Stick to a basic, no-frills moisturizer for this step, like Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. Moisturizers that are formulated with anti-aging or anti-acne ingredients—think: retinol, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, etc.—should be avoided prior to a wax.
Step 3: Use Warm—Not Hot—Wax
After heating up your wax, give it a chance to cool down before applying it onto your skin with a tongue depressor. “Be careful!” Dr. Engelman warns. “Follow the instructions closely and make sure the wax is warm, but not hot. I have had many patients burn themselves when attempting home waxing.” You can also test the temperature of the wax by applying a small amount to your wrist first. The wax should be warm, not scalding hot, and feel comfortable enough to apply onto a larger area.
Step 4: Apply the Wax and Cover with a Cloth Strip
Once your wax is at a good temperature, apply it onto small sections of your face where you’d like to remove hair. You’ll want to make sure you spread the wax in the direction of the hair growth. Then apply a cloth strip over the wax and press down firmly for two or three seconds.
Step 5: Remove the Cloth Strip
When you’re ready to remove the cloth strip, hold your skin tight with one hand and use the other to quickly remove the cloth in the opposite direction of the hair growth. You may have to repeat this step a few times depending on the size of your cloth strip.
Step 6: Finish Off with a Moisturizer
It’s quite common to experience a little redness or irritation post-waxing. Take that as your cue to soothe your skin with a moisturizer. Dr. Engelman recommends finishing off your facial waxing routine with a lotion to add hydration back onto the skin’s surface. Just make sure the moisturizer you’re applying won’t clog your pores,” she says. “Look for keywords like “oil-free” and “non-comedogenic.”
Editor’s note: You can also help soothe the skin by applying ice over the irritated area. Also, try and avoid hot baths and showers for at least a few hours. For more tips on how to soothe skin after waxing, click here!