What You Need to Know About Waxing

Woman waxing legs

Many wax throughout the year, but with bathing suit season almost upon us, the number of waxings going on in a professional setting and at home are sure to increase. It never hurts to learn as much about waxing as possible especially considering the process involves removing hair from your body. Whether you’ve done it before or it’s going to be your first time, the following are just some of what you need to know before you get waxing done.

Let the Hair Grow Out
So you might not be too fond of this, but your hair needs to be around a certain length in order to have a proper wax done with limited problems. Ideally, it should be about 1/2-inch long or slightly shorter. This is especially important if it’s your first wax appointment ever or in a while.

Exfoliate Before
Exfoliation can help remove dead skin cells and allow for a better waxing, so a day or two before waxing, exfoliate in a gentle fashion. Don’t go too rough or it could irritate your skin.

Do Your Research
Whether you’re getting the waxing done professionally or you’re doing it at home, it’s essential to do your research. For example, when getting it done professionally, you should research the business thoroughly and also learn what type of wax they use and research that as well. Should you decide to do it at home, always make sure you do thorough research on waxing products before you purchase any to see which could be most beneficial to you.

Woman waxing at home

Avoid Waxing Around Your Period
While it is possible for you to get waxed while you have your period, you may want to hold off for a bit. Usually, a week before and a week after your period is when your skin is extra sensitive which means there may be more pain involved than if you waited to get waxed or did it before.

Avoid the Sun and Swimming
If your skin is sunburned, places will not wax you until the area has fully healed. As far as after waxing, your skin is more prone to sun damage and infection which means avoiding the sun and swimming (and hot tubs) for at least two days after. Don’t forget to slather on the sunscreen.

Take a Pain Reliever
Everyone experiences and deals with pain and discomfort differently, but you should expect some form of it if you’re getting waxed or doing it yourself. It’s for this reason that you may find it beneficial to take a pain reliever before. Take it in advance of the waxing so it has time to kick in.

One of the worst things you can do during waxing is tense up so do what you can to ensure that you’re in a relaxed frame of mind. When you’re tense, it could make it more difficult to do the waxing not to mention there may be more pain involved.

Lastly, should you have any questions, make sure you ask them before the waxing happens, and if you have any after, such as if the area is very painful and irritated even a day after getting waxed, don’t hesitate to contact your esthetician and/or doctor.

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