8 Tips On How To Care For Skin After Waxing
Waxing off unwanted hair from your face or body comes with its positives and negatives. Sure, you are hair-free for longer than you would be post-shaving and won’t get that tell-tale stubble, but let’s get serious for a minute — the pain is 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? Here’s how to get it done.
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
If you’re planning on getting waxed before a trip to the beach or pool party, schedule your appointment the day before to help avoid any irritation. After a wax, your skin could experience some sensitivity — which in turn, can experience more irritation if exposed to salt water 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 plan on spending some quality time with the sun, we recommend applying (and re-applying) physical sunscreen, as this type of sunscreen is immediately effective upon application.
Tip #5: Avoid Anything Scented
Avoid 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 hands away from the area —and don’t 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
Tip #7: Bring on the Aloe
It doesn’t hurt to bring a small container of aloe with you to your appointment — or, ask your wax specialist to apply some post-wax. 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 and 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. This way, you can allow your skin some time to soothe itself before jumping in again.