Those of us who spend enough time learning about skincare eventually find out that everyone’s skin has varying levels of sensitivity. Thinner and drier skin tends to be more sensitive than others. Certain actions can even create a situation where skin can become sensitized where it reacts in an even more pronounced way in response to even normal treatment. Waxing is one of these situations. It makes sense given waxing literally rips hairs out at the root. That’s enough to make anyone more than a little uncomfortable. Avoiding or minimizing that reaction is important in keeping our skin healthy though. There are certain ways we can help manage the various reactions our skin can have to waxing. It is simply a matter of putting in the effort to get ahead of the problem and making sure we stay there. Let’s take a quick look at how to manage some of the most common reactions so that we all have a rough idea of how to approach the problem before the next time we get waxed.
This tends to be the reaction most of us dread the most whether we’ve waxed before or not. Pain isn’t fun for most of us. Fortunately, there are various ways to manage the potential pain from waxing. The most obvious way is to simply have the waxing done by a professional who will take some steps to help minimize your discomfort. It won’t make it entirely painless, but it will help lessen the overall spike if the person performing the waxing knows what they’re doing. Those of us waxing at home will want to deaden the area some. Something as taking a basic painkiller will go a long way towards reducing the pain your experience when waxing particularly sensitive areas. Consider asking a professional for further advice on potential products to use to reduce the pain experienced during the waxing and the pain experienced afterwards. It is important to remember not to tense when getting waxed as well. This will help reduce the overall pain experienced as well.
Some people have the experience of an area of skin looking a bit darker than the rest after waxing. This tends to be the result of particular ingredients in some numbing agents, certain waxes, and even some medications can cause sensitized to be more photosensitive. There is no way to actually avoid this if it is going to happen, but you can easily safeguard against it. Apply sunscreen to waxed areas daily. This will protect the skin from taking too much damage from sun exposure. The key here is to remember to apply your sunscreen every day without fail. Make sure that you’re using a sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection of at least SPF 30. You may want to increase the SPF if you have particularly light skin though. 50 SPF is also a good option, but going much higher will give you diminishing returns. Mineral sunscreen is probably your best option overall as it will reflect the UV rays away from your skin rather than absorbing them instead of your skin.
A common reaction to waxing is for the skin to display its sensitivity with red bumps. This tends to be more common with early experiences with waxing, but can also happen if you go an extended period of time without waxing a given area. Fortunately, waxing bumps are relatively easy to prevent or minimize with a little bit of forethought. Exfoliating lightly before getting an area waxed will go a long way towards helping to minimize the problem. If you’re not comfortable with exfoliating, a gentle cleansing can also work after the actual waxing. This will help clear and potentially soothe the area so that there are no waxing bumps. Admittedly, you can get a somewhat decent result from soaking in a warm tub within a few hours of waxing. This will soothe the skin as well as help ease any pain that is left over from it. Waxing bumps tend to be a relatively temporarily reaction from sensitivity and pass within a few hours to a few days if they do happen. Minimizing them is easy enough they shouldn’t be an excessive bother.
Waxing is one of the favorite methods of hair removal for many people. It is effective and last for two to three weeks. That’s more than enough to help many of us feel less burdened by the constant need to shave. Sensitivity reactions are a natural part of it though. Taking good care of your skin and remembering to soothe it in the immediate time after waxing can minimize the actual extent of the effects you experience though. It may take a little bit of extra effort, but it is worth it to reduce pain and irritation.