Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Post Waxing Care


No salon can guarantee or predict the harm caused by waxing on the skin. Some people experience reactions post waxing, while others are not affected. Some of the most common forms of irritation experienced after waxing are:
  • Redness
  • Breaking of hair at the root
  • Pain in the hair follicles
Listed below are some easy to follow aftercare tips post waxing:
    • Do not go out in the sun after waxing – It is advisable not to expose the skin to direct sunlight for a few hours after waxing. This leads to hyperpigmentation or permanent darkening of the waxed area. Also avoid other forms of heat on the skin like sauna bath, whirlpools and steam rooms.
    • Do not exercise post waxing – Beauty professionals say not to engage in heavy exercising for at least one day after you have waxed. Exercise leads to stretching of the skin which may leave marks on waxed areas.
    • Avoid exfoliating products – Do not exfoliate skin for at least 24 hours post waxing. Scrubbing with loofas leads to redness and itching on waxed skin.
    • Do not wear tight clothes – Avoid wearing tight clothes a day after waxing. The main cause of ingrown hair post waxing is because the skin is held together and not given space for breathing.
    • Use natural moisturizers – Apply natural moisturizing agents like lavender lotion and tea tree oil after taking a shower post waxing. These have antibacterial properties and are hence effective against itching and redness caused by waxing. Also try to use an antibacterial soap during the first bath after waxing.
    • Use bath salt – Dead sea salt is the best bath salt that you must use for at least three showers post waxing. It has antibacterial substances which not only protect the skin from infection but also lend a soothing effect.
    • Use antiseptic cream – This is strictly for those people who have very sensitive skin. Rub an antiseptic ointment immediately after you have taken a shower post waxing. Any skin ailment like redness, scratching or formation of sores will be minimized.
    • Do not use deodorant – Remember not to apply a deodorant on the waxed areas for at least 24 hours after hair removal. Perfumes and talcum powders are also not to be applied. Use only natural scents like lavender oil. For sensitive skin types, special deodorants manufactured especially for waxed skins and available as over the counter products in general stores, are to be used.
    • Maintain hygiene – Never touch the waxed area with dirty hands. Wash your hands before the application of ointments or moisturizers. If dirt settles in the skin pores, it leads to blockage and hair ingrowth.
    • Do not visit a beach – A beach is not only synonymous with the sun but also salty and chlorinated water. Ultraviolet rays of the sun, salt and chlorine in water react with wax to cause skin irritation.
Skin ailments caused due to waxing can be treated at home very easily. Moreover, they are essentially temporary in nature and stop once the skin gets accustomed to regular waxing every month.
Visit the salon for waxing every four weeks.

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