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Post-Waxing Skin Care

We must leave two days between depilation and exposure to the sun so that the skin can recover. If spots or freckles appear, or are too noticeable, don't hesitate to see a dermatologist for further treatment.
Post-Waxing Skin Care

Last update: 05 December, 2021

After using different methods of hair removal, such as waxing or shaving, the skin is drier, more irritated, or reddened. Furthermore, as it’s more sensitive, if it’s exposed to environmental factors such as the sun, spots may appear. That’s why in this article we’ll give you some tips on post-waxing skin care.

Depilation: how to choose the best method

Especially during the warmer months, women don’t want to see even a single hair on their legs and underarms. When it’s time to go to the beach, several days or weeks without depilation become obvious.

So, it’s important to know how to care for your skin, and the best methods to remove hair, in order to avoid injuries, damage, and dryness.

Types of depilation

In general terms, hair removal consists of removing the aerial part of the hair, which is the visible part. The procedures for this can be both physical and chemical.

There are different techniques, some more invasive than others.

  • First of all, shaving is the least aggressive method for the skin. However, it’s less effective and not as long-lasting. In this group, we can also include depilatory creams.
  • Secondly, hair removal with electric machines is moderately aggressive and uncomfortable. It involves the removal of hairs one by one, and from the root. While it’s true that when we use it regularly it stops hurting as much, it’s quite normal to see certain damage to the skin in the form of spots or irritation.
    A woman's shaved legs.
  • Thirdly, the most aggressive type of hair removal is waxing. This can be cold or hot, with paste, strips, etc. You must be particularly careful in these cases, as, in addition to removing the hairs, it will also reduce the skin barrier. Waxing shouldn’t be carried out on sunburnt or very sensitive skin.

Pre-waxing care

To avoid the brown marks that the sun can produce post depilation, it’s necessary to properly moisturize the skin every day, not only after removing the hairs. Therefore, to make depilation more effective, a bath beforehand is recommended to open the pores. This way you won’t have to work twice as hard to remove the hair.

You can also exfoliate the day before with a horsehair glove, a cream, or a special sponge. This will prevent ingrown hairs, and leave your skin much softer.

In addition to this, dry the area to be waxed very well with a cotton towel or with a little talcum powder.

Smooth legs.

It’s also advisable to let two days pass before exposing yourself to the sun. In addition, you should use sun cream and, if possible, wax in the afternoon or evening so that the skin can recover during the night. If you have any cuts, wounds, irritated or burnt areas, you should postpone waxing until they’re 100% healed.

If varicose veins or spider veins, spots, or freckles appear more and more or are too noticeable, don’t hesitate to see a dermatologist to find out what treatment you should follow.

A woman's armpit.

Post-waxing skin care

Now we’ll move on to post-waxing skin care. After depilation with any of the methods mentioned above, it’s a good idea to take a cold shower or apply cold compresses to soothe the irritation of the skin and close the pores. In addition, you need to apply different types of moisturizers, whether homemade or not.

Don’t forget to use cream with shea butter, almond oil, tea tree, aloe vera, etc. In case you use the first option, you should rub it between your hands before placing it on the depilated area so that it warms up and enters better through the pores. This will soothe the skin due to its soothing and calming properties.

A woman showing her armpit.

Other considerations

Many women choose to apply essential oils to moisturize the area. Any product you select should be for sensitive skin, alcohol-free, and free of irritating fragrances. Neutral soap may also help to moisturize the skin and prevent redness.

After waxing, refresh and moisturize the skin well. It deserves a break, so avoid tight clothing. It’s better to let the skin air to enable it to recover.

If you have a very fair complexion, and, after waxing you get reddish marks, we advise you to avoid makeup, scrubs, perfumes, sun, heat, deodorants, and perfumed post-waxing soaps.

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