Waxing has been considered to be the most popular way of getting rid of body hair among women for ages. It has existed ever since the time of the ancients and is known to be a popular service even today. Whether you need to tone down your eyebrows or remove hair from your upper lips or whether you need to remove hair from your legs or the more intimate areas of your body, you can always go for waxing as a form of hair removal that lasts a while. However, waxing can seem to be quite daunting if your first experience wasn’t as good as expected (a number of women find the pain caused by waxing to be intolerable). If your experience hasn’t been normal, we can offer a few before and after waxing tips that should help you to reduce the pain and actually make waxing bearable.
Before Waxing Tips
Prepare Yourself for Waxing
One of the best ways to reduce the pains is to prepare your body for waxing. If you find the pain to be unbearable, you can take an Advil pill about one hour before your waxing appointment. If pills and medications are not your thing, you can also exfoliate your body one day before the waxing appointment and refrain from applying lotions on the day of your appointment.
Make Sure That Your Waxer Understands Your Needs
It is important to let the waxer know about your allergies and existing health conditions before your appointment so that she can come prepared for the same. You should also inform the waxer if you’re using medications or creams that are not compatible to waxing. It also helps to book your service early in the morning. This allows you to get over with waxing before the skin becomes clammy.
Don’t Fall Prey to Misconceptions
Contrary to what many of your friends might tell you, having alcohol before waxing is likely to make the process even more painful. Alcohol acts as a stimulant and ends up tightening your pores. This makes waxing much more painful. You should also refrain from medications like Advil unless it’s absolutely necessary.
Don’t Wait Too Long Between Waxes
You need some amounts of hair growth to allow the wax to hold onto your skin, but make sure that you don’t wait for too long. Longer hair makes waxing more painful. You can also ask the waxer to trim down the hair before waxing it off or you can do it yourself before the appointment. Simply follow the salon’s instructions when it comes to trimming. Ideally, your hair should grow to a quarter inch before you go in for waxing again.
Make sure that you have a shower and lightly exfoliate the bikini area just before your appointment. Follow this up with some baby oil. This should help you to soften your hair follicles. It is also important to be extra clean for your treatments and use warm (not hot) water while showering. You should also exfoliate your body at regular intervals (depending on your type of skin) to reduce the chance of ingrown hairs.
During Waxing Tips
Understand Your Needs
It is important to ensure that you understand exactly what you wish to accomplish from waxing. Don’t be afraid of communicating the amount of hair that you want to be gone and the amount of hair that you wish to be left behind.
If this is your first time, you might not be aware of what to expect. Make sure that you ask your friends for help and advice on the waxing process so that you’re mentally prepared on what to expect.
Expect Some Pain
The tolerance level of pain is different for everyone. You might or might not experience a lot of pain, but you should always expect some levels of discomfort. If the process becomes excruciatingly painful, don’t feel shy in letting the waxer know.
Post Waxing Tips
Avoid Sun Exposure
Make sure that you avoid exposing your skin to direct sunlight for at least 24 – 48 hours after waxing. Your skin is extremely sensitive after waxing and exposing it to the harmful rays of the sun can cause major long term damage to your skin. This also helps you to avoid redness. You can use some cortisone cream to treat any swelling or redness that appears on your skin after waxing.
You might be tempted to keep touching your hair free skin, but keep your hands away from your body. Constant touching can lead to irritation and pimples as well.
Avoid Hot Baths
Try to avoid hot baths for 24 hours after waxing. Take a cold shower or a bath with warm water if you must.
Miscellaneous post waxing tips
Avoid things like steam rooms, saunas and tanning beds for 48 hours after waxing. In fact, you should avoid tanning beds completely. Don’t forget to exfoliate your skin using a mild exfoliator 48 hours after waxing. This should stop the occurrence of ingrown hair. You can always use antibiotic gel that also offers pain relief if required. Neosporin is an excellent option available.