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 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 24 hours because it can aggravate the skin. To help close the pores, you could try using a tea-tree based moisturizer regularly Cleaning the skin after a wax is very important as the hair follicles are left open, leaving you vulnerable to infection.
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.
It’s also a good idea to avoid using deodorant and perfumed products on the affected area for at least 24 hours following treatment as it may aggravate the skin.
A few days after waxing, try gently exfoliating your skin several times a week to remove dead skin, which can 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 waxing session. It is good to avoid shaving between waxing appointments as it disrupts the hair growth cycle. That being said, be sure to let the hair grow a little bit to get your body in perfect condition for your next wax. For up to 28 days of smoothness, check out our Veet® Waxes to find the product that works best for you.