Waxing is one of the most popular hair removal techniques and while the results of the treatment usually leave us with what we want – smooth, hair free skin – we have to look after those areas properly to avoid any possible discomfort, red bumps or even infection.
There is a whole list of things that you really could try to avoid after waxing because your skin is more sensitive after the treatment. Firstly, try to avoid heat, such as hot baths, steam rooms, saunas and Jacuzzis, for the next 24 hours because it can aggravate the skin. (Chlorinated pools can also cause aggravation) and can lead to the open pores developing an infection. To help close the pores, you could try using a tea-tree based moisturizer regularly. Tea tree is a natural antiseptic and will help to soothe and provide an antibacterial to the sensitive skin.
Cleaning the skin after a wax is very important as the hair follicles are left open, leaving you vulnerable to infection. You could take warm (but not hot) shower and use antiseptic creams, especially if you are used to developing infections after waxing. Using a tea tree oil or lavender oil cream is a good way soothe skin, but be certain that your hands are completely clean before you apply them.
If you are experiencing irritation after a leg or bikini wax, it might be best to avoid friction on the waxed area by wearing loose clothing and cotton underwear, which will allow the area to breathe. Loose clothing also proves useful by helping to limit the amount of sweating you do after a wax, as sweat offers the ideal breeding ground for germs and can cause rashes, irritation, redness and breakouts.
A few days after the treatment, you could try gently exfoliating your skin several times a week to remove dead skin, which should help to prevent ingrown hairs. Be sure to keep your skin hydrated and nourished by adding a moisturizer to your daily skincare routine.
Re-growth usually starts around one week after the initial session. It is good to avoid shaving between waxing appointments as it disrupts the hair growth cycle. Plus, your hairs need to be a certain length before getting waxed the next time. Be sure to let the hair grow a little bit to get your legs in perfect condition for their next wax!