While waxing does provide a number of benefits over other hair-removal techniques, it can nonetheless result in some side effects. But they can be well taken care of, provided you have some basic ideas as to the ‘Dos and Don’ts for Waxing’.
Here are a few tips that can make the process easier and more comfortable:
So moving on to…
‘To Dos’ of Waxing
- Exfoliate your skin just before waxing.
- Inform your wax technician if you are taking any medication (such as blood thinners, Acutane or Retin-A) that might affect your waxing results and do this well in advance.
- In case you use any topical acne/skin-lightening creams, stop using them a week before you go for waxing, particularly if you are going to wax that area.
- Take mild painkillers Ibuprofen or Advil or apply topical numbing cream half an hour before the waxing procedure starts.
- Take a warm shower before waxing as this will help to open the pores, thus making hair removal easy.
- Take caffeine moderately on the day of your waxing service. Caffeine can stimulate the nervous system, thereby increasing sensitivity.
And now, here’s a list of waxing don’ts for you.
- Visiting any solarium 24 hours before a waxing session.
- Using make-up for the next 12 hours after your waxing session.
- Swimming, sunbathing, saunas for the next 24-48 hours.
- Using loofah on your skin for the next 3 days as it can bruise your skin.
- Going out in the sun until 24 hours after you have waxed.
- Using perfumed body washes, lotions, moisturizers and deodorants immediately after waxing.
- Picking at ingrown hair as it might render your skin an unappealing look.
- Shaving between two successive waxing sessions. This can distort the normal hair growth cycle.
- Exercising rigorously just after a wax treatment.
- Wearing tight clothes just after waxing as it might irritate your skin.
- Waxing yourself around your menstrual cycle because your skin becomes more sensitive in those days.
Remember, with the right preparation, you can avoid a number of common side effects of waxing.