7 Tips to Care For Your Skin After Waxing
Waxing off unwanted hair from your face or body comes along with both positives and negatives. Sure, you are hair-free for longer than you would be post-shaving, you won’t get that tell-tale stubble, and you do not even have to do it yourself, but let’s get serious for a minute: the pain is fo’real! The quick yank that pulls away the hair can bother even the most resilient of skin after the waxing session is over, that is, unless you follow the tips we lay out below. Want to know how you can care for your skin after waxing? Keep reading to find out!
TIP #1: WEAR COMFORTABLE CLOTHING
Getting areas like your bikini line or armpits waxed might seem like a piece of cake—but, if you aren’t careful, these areas can become irritated from the rubbing of your jeans or wool sweater. When going in for a wax, we recommend wearing comfortable clothing—like a pair of cotton sweatpants and a soft, cotton t-shirt under your sweater—to ensure that your sensitive post-wax skin doesn’t get irritated with you and your decision to get waxed in the first place. Loose clothing may also be a good idea, as you don’t want to rub your freshly waxed skin the wrong way…literally!
TIP #2: STAY OUT OF THE WATER
Chlorinated and salt water, that is. If you’re planning on getting waxed before a trip to the beach or pool party, schedule your appointment for the day before to avoid any irritation. After a wax, your skin could experience some sensitivity—which in turn, can get even more irritated from the ocean or chemicals used to chlorinate your pool or hot tub. Play it safe and stay out of the water for at least 12 hours post wax. You may also want to rethink taking a hot bath or shower, too.
TIP #3: APPLY ICE
Not only can ice be used to help with pain relief before your wax, it can help temporarily soothe your recently waxed skin, too. After you wax, apply a cold compress to the area on and off for a few minutes. This will help provide the sensitive area with a welcomed cooling sensation.
TIP #4: BE WARY OF THE SUN
After a wax, your skin could experience more sensitivity to the sun than usual, so be careful! If you do plan on spending some quality time with the sun, we recommend applying (and re applying) a physical sunscreen, as this type of sunscreen can be effective upon application. For more information on physical sunscreen, check out our quick guide to chemical and physical sunscreens, here
TIP #5: AVOID ANYTHING SCENTED
Since skin can typically be more sensitive post-wax, it’s a good idea to nix fragranced beauty products for a few days—think: scented lotions, cleansers, and so on. We recommend having a gentle and fragrance-free cleanser, moisturizer, and body lotion on hand for all of your post-wax skin care needs.
TIP #6: DON’T TOUCH!
You’ll want to make sure that your recently waxed skin remains free of bacteria, so keep your paws off—and don’t you dare try to pick at any ingrown hairs. If you wish to apply your gentle skin care products, make sure you do so with clean hands (though, we hope you already do this).
TIP #7: BRING ON THE ALOE
It doesn’t hurt to bring a small container of aloe with you—or ask your wax specialist to apply some post-wax—to your appointment. Aloe can temporarily soothe and hydrate sensitive skin, which could make your ride home from the salon much more comfortable. If you are someone who experiences a lot of sensitivity, you can also use the aloe vera gel as a temporary alternative to moisturizer and body lotion.
TIP #8: SHOWER & CLEANSE BEFOREHAND
Because hot water and scented body wash can cause freshly-waxed skin to feel more irritated, you may want to consider rinsing off before heading out for your wax appointment. That way you can allow your skin some time to soothe itself before jumping in again.
TIP #9: SWITCH TO GENTLE PRODUCTS
Post wax your skin may feel more sensitive than usual and using harsh skin care products may only worsen that sensation. Play it safe by switching to gentle products—like a fragrance-free facial cleanser and moisturizer—for the next couple of days.