The pursuit of smooth, supple skin dates back to ancient Egypt, where people used a beeswax and resin mix and scraps of fabric to remove unwanted hair. Since then, methods and hair removal products have been changing and evolving. Even though waxing remains very popular today, it is a delicate procedure that takes knowledge, skill, and some extra skin care measures. Many people don't know basic before and after waxing care procedures, which can have undesirable consequences like burns, allergies, and dryness. Whether you choose to have a professional waxing session with an esthetician or do it yourself at home, there are some guidelines that you should follow religiously if you want to get the best out of your waxing sessions and treat your skin the right way.
It is important to note that the pre-waxing tips we are about to offer you apply to waxing sessions performed in either a salon or the comfort of your own home. However, we highly recommend choosing a licensed esthetician in a professional salon or spa. Experts know exactly how to take care of your skin prior to waxing and what to do in case something goes wrong.
Use a post-depilatory lotion. This will likely be an essential part of a professional esthetician's waxing procedure. If you are planning to wax yourself, invest in a good post-depilatory. This type of lotion removes all wax residue from your skin and cleans and soothes the waxed area with the antiseptic and emollient ingredients.
Keep the waxed area clean, and avoid heat and friction during the next 24 hours. That means no sunbaths, saunas, beaches, or pools, as they will be too harsh on sensitized skin after waxing. Sunbathing might cause burns that will pigmentate and scar the area you waxed! Saunas will open your pores and expose your skin to heat and possible infectious agents. Salt water and chlorinated water will dehydrate your skin. Your best bet is to stick to these precautions and avoid these things after waxing if you want great skin.
A cold compress is a great way to reduce redness and soreness after waxing. Use plain cool to cold water or mix it with cooled rose water or milk (in equal proportions). You can also apply cold gels with soothing ingredients such as cucumber, aloe vera, or an ice pack.
Keep in mind that ingrown hairs are a possible consequence of waxing. They happen when layers of dead skin build up and trap hair. When hair can't grow out, it grows back in, resulting in ugly bumps. Ingrown hairs can become a more serious problem, folliculitis. For daily prevention, simply replace your washcloth with an exfoliating cloth, and use it in the shower with your favorite body wash.