Smooth, flawless and smooth skin is every woman’s dream, and unwanted hair is a major obstacle to achieving that skin. Hair grows naturally on the body. Fortunately, there are ways to remove unwanted hair, such as shaving, tweezing, laser hair removal, and waxing, but these methods are not for everyone.
What is hair removal?
Waxing is a semi-permanent method of removing hair from the root. During the hair removal procedure, a sticky substance called wax is applied to the skin so that it adheres to the hairs. This process allows the hairs, including the roots, to come out when the wax is removed. Hair removal is not permanent. However, you can enjoy smooth, hair-free skin for up to 3-8 weeks before hair grows back. Regular waxing can slow hair growth and eventually remove it.
Is waxing safe?
Waxing is safe, but people who have skin problems such as sunburn should heal first before waxing. People with skin allergies, irritation, or breakouts should see a dermatologist to find out if hair removal is safe. During waxing, hair removal creates small wounds under the skin that can cause redness and itching of the skin. In general, skin that undergoes waxing is at significant risk of bacterial exposure that can cause infection. Proper care helps avoid this risk.
What types of wax can be used during a hair removal procedure?
A specific area of the skin requires a type of wax that ensures the effectiveness of the hair removal procedure and prevents unwanted results.
This type of wax is applied to large areas of the body, such as arms and legs. A thin hot wax is applied with a spatula, then the wax is removed with a strip of cloth. Soft wax removes hairs that are barely visible to the naked eye, but it can only be used once on the same place, because soft wax is sticky and adheres more, it can remove the layer of dead skin that can cause irritation and redness
Hard wax is the type of wax used for smaller, more sensitive areas of the skin, such as the upper lip and bikini area. Hard wax is applied when it is hot. During the procedure, hot wax is applied directly to the skin and given time to harden. Hard wax is less sticky and less messy than soft wax. As it is not very sticky, hard wax can be applied twice to the same area to ensure complete waxing. In hard wax, the hair follicles and pores open up when it is applied, which makes hair removal easier and can also relieve pain.
How to reduce pain during hair removal?
Fortunately, there are a few tricks that can make waxing less painful. Sandrine Azoulay, creator of the Epiloderm method, shared her pro tips.
Don’t wax during your period:
At the beginning of the cycle -and a few days before- the hormonal turbulence is so important that it can increase the sensitivity of the skin. That’s why we avoid pulling out hair with wax during menstruation and just before it arrives.
Do not wait too long between 2 epilations:
It is better not to wait too long between 2 epilations. The longer the hairs, the more painful it is to remove them. Also, it is best to remove them when they measure 5-6 mm. According to Sandrine Azoulay, this is the ideal length for hair removal.
Avoid Stimulants Before Waxing:
Alcohol, coffee, and tea contain stimulants that can increase skin sensitivity. Therefore, we avoid consuming these stimulants before the session.
Soothe the area with a cold compress or lotion after waxing to reduce swelling:
In fact, even if the hair is dead, the follicle from which it grows is very much alive. When you pluck a hair, you also remove part of the follicle, which can cause some irritation. This is why it is important to soothe the area with a cold compress or lotion after waxing. Opt for an alcohol-free lotion like Biafine or a lotion rich in Aloe Vera. Put it in a fridge. Once you have finished waxing, massage the waxed area with the lotion to reduce inflammation and limit the dilation of the pores.
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