aftercare & what to expect
WAXING AFTERCARE TIPS FOR BEST RESULTS
Waxing can be a great way to get rid of unwanted hair for longer periods of time. If you want the best results, keep these waxing aftercare tips in mind to make sure your skin is smooth and bump-free.
1. WHAT TO WEAR
After waxing, you'll want to make sure that you don't irritate the effected areas- let them breathe! Wearing loose clothing can help make sure that there isn't any rubbing or friction on your newly waxed areas. Choose baggy shirts and dresses for the few days after your wax to keep from uncomfortable chafing and irritations.
2. WHEN AND WHEN NOT TO EXFOLIATE
While exfoliation is helpful before a waxing, exfoliating after can lead to irritation and bumpiness. Exfoliating before your waxing can help open your pores and make any ingrown hairs more accessible.
Before your waxing, try an exfoliation cream and a warm shower or bath to get those pores wax ready. Wait a week or two after your waxing to use any exfoliating formulas again.
3. WATCH WHAT YOU PUT ON YOUR SKIN AFTER
After waxing, your skin is ultra-sensitive, so it's important to make sure the products you use are safe for your skin. Avoiding all artificially scented or colored products, from lotions to soaps and sprays can help make sure your skin is free of irritations.
Try using an all-natural non-scented mild soap the first few days after your waxing. If you feel a burning sensation from any of the products you apply to your skin after waxing, stop using them until your pores are all healed up.
4. STAY SEX FREE AFTER INTIMATE WAXING
After waxing in the more private and intimate areas, avoiding sex is a health and safety must for at least a few days after waxing. Because of the friction during sex, indulging after waxing can be a sure way to develop bumps, ingrown hairs, and possibly infection.
5. PROTECT THOSE PORES
After a waxing, choose a shower over a bath for a few days. Submerging your post-wax skin in warm bath water can irritate the skin and make you more susceptible to infection. You'll also want to avoid jumping in the pool or hitting the beach, where your pores will be most open to infections.
To be safe, don't use hot water during your post-wax showers, opting for cool or room temperature water instead. This helps to make sure your pores are staying closed up and protected.
Also avoid other warm places where exfoliation is possible, such as saunas or hot yoga studios. You'll want to avoid sunbathing, to avoid irritating pores and potentially painful post-wax burns. If you get spray tans, you'll want to wait for your next one, as the chemicals in a spray tan can seriously mess with your skin.
You can also protect your pores by keeping your hands off any newly waxed areas. Bacteria and oils from your hands can infect your sensitive pores.
6. SKIP THE GYM
After waxing, you'll want to avoid the gym for a few days. Intense workouts are a no-no after waxing, as sweating can irritate post-waxing skin and possibly cause infection. Friction from workouts can also attribute to unwanted irritations.