Whether you are getting waxed for the first time, or you are a seasoned veteran, knowing how to prepare and how to recover can be a very confusing task! With different skin types, it can be hard to find which routine works best for you.
Brazilian Waxing: Before and After
Many claim to exfoliate before getting waxed, while others advise simply leaving the area alone for up to three weeks. Post-wax is even more confusing; the last thing any of us want is a red, bumpy skin, but how can we really prevent that? With all the mixed signals coming from bloggers and “specialists” on the internet, it is important to get the facts straight.
Before the Waxing
The Length of the Hair
Prior to your appointment, you need to refrain from shaving or waxing for at least 3 weeks. This will give the hair time to grow to at least half a centimeter. This is the absolute minimum length the hair can be if you want to get an effective wax. You do not have to necessarily measure the length of the hair. For most new waxers, waiting about 3-6 weeks is plenty of time. For experienced waxers, it is best to wait the whole six weeks.
Although it can be hard to plan around it, try not to get waxed 4 days before, during, or 4 days after your period. It is possible to get waxed during this time period; however, it does make you more sensitive to the treatment and can increase the pain. If you are unsure about when to get waxed, simply ask the professional you will be seeing.
We all want to prevent the pesky little, red bumps on our bikini line as best we can. However, moisturizers can impede the effectiveness of the wax. It is best to take a shower the night before, so all of your natural oils are not stripped at the time of waxing.
First-time waxers tend to overestimate how painful the waxing actually is; however, it can be rather uncomfortable, especially your first time. It best to prepare by taking Ibuprofen or Tylenol about an hour before the appointment. This will make the skin less susceptible to the shock of the pain, or the inflammation that could come after.
Tweeze Away… Within Reason
If after you get back from your appointment, if you notice a few stray hairs, it is definitely okay to tweeze them away. However, it is not a good idea to that sporadically before your next appointment. If you begin plucking randomly, then all the hairs will not be on the same growth cycle when you go back in (which will lead to more strays). You can tweeze up to 4 days after the waxing, but after that, leave it be. You may have to get waxed a few times before the stray hairs become less prevalent.
Cleanse the Skin
If you feel that the waxed area is sore or a little uncomfortable after getting home, it might be a good idea to use some remedies to ease the area. One option is Witch Hazel; this cleanser is an antiseptic and can relieve any soreness of the skin. Other natural remedies include icing, baby oil, or a simple mineral powder. This will reduce the redness and uncomfortable feeling you may have post-waxing.
Pay Attention to Possible Allergic Reactions
Most allergic reactions are visible: hives, rash, redness, and blisters can be present. However, some non-visible signs are pain, itchiness, discomfort, and a hot feeling. Be wary of these symptoms. If they become too severe, you might be allergic to the waxing treatment. If you know of any allergies you have, it is best to ask to see a list of the ingredients in the wax to prevent any reaction in the first place. Make sure that you are aware of the difference between a reaction and a simple side effect of waxing.
What NOT to Do After Getting a Wax
- Do not exfoliate within 24 hours after waxing
- Do not touch the waxed area without washing your hands
- Do not take baths; showers are best for a few days
- Do not exercise enough to cause major perspiration for at least 2 days
- Do not squeeze any of the bumps (or pimples)–simply apply soothing cream
- Do not wear tight clothing for a couple of days
In the end, it is all about trial and error. See what works best for you and go from there. If you know you have sensitive skin, it is always best to ask a professional how to prevent a terrible reaction from the treatment. Stay positive—it gets easier every time. Happy waxing! Contact Bellezza Spa for more information.