Tips For Making The Swap From Shaving To Waxing
Let Your Hair Grow Out First
Hold off on waxing until your hair is at least a half inch long, as this will give enough hair for the wax to grip onto; longer hair can also potentially lessen the pain associated with waxing. If you’re unsure whether your hair is long enough, wait at least two weeks, and don’t be afraid to ask your aesthetician if more growth is necessary.
Avoid Retinoid And Retinol
Retinoid and retinol products are potentially damaging to use before waxing, since waxing itself is a form of exfoliation, and using these products might overdo it and lead to redness and irritation. Ideally, you should stop using these products a week before waxing, and then wait at least a day before using retinoid or retinol again.
Hydrate Your Skin
Keeping your skin hydrated before waxing will allow the wax to settle on the area more easily — but don’t moisturize heavily before the actual process, since it might prevent the wax from grasping your hair. To keep your skin hydrated, avoid hot baths and showers, as well as products with fragrances or alcohol that may irritate your skin.
Pain-Reducing Medicine
You can take over-the-counter pain medication before a wax, but it’s important to discuss it with your doctor so they can guide you toward a safe option at the right dose. After your wax, you can apply an ice pack to the area for additional soothing; inflammation is normal, but if it lasts more than two days you should consult a dermatologist.
Post-Waxing Aftercare
Your skin is going to be sensitive after your wax, so steer clear of products that include fragrances or dyes that may cause irritation. It’s also important not to bathe in hot water afterward, as it can make you susceptible to infection; finally, wear loose-fitting clothing to keep yourself comfortable and prevent chafing and irritation.