Proper after-waxing care keeps the skin in the pubic zone and other waxed body parts free of irritation, inflammation, and in-grown hair. In this post, I will share recommendations on what to do and not do after waxing hair removal.
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Proper after-waxing care depends on the area waxed, when you waxed, & your skin sensitivity.
A professional waxing specialist should provide you with detailed aftercare information specific to the waxed area.
Day 1 after-waxing care
- Wear loose-fitting clothing to avoid friction and irritation.
- Apply a cool compress (e.g with ice cubes) or a cool shower to reduce irritation and sensitivity, if needed.
- Don’t wear tight or non-breathing clothes to avoid infection; the waxed skin needs air.
- Avoid touching the waxed skin; the empty follicles are easily infected by bacteria and need some time to settle down and close.
- Avoid hot baths or showers.
- Avoid direct sunlight and use sunscreen to protect your skin.
- Avoid sunbathing and artificial tanning.
- Avoid saunas or steam baths.
- Don’t swim.
- No sex after Brazilian waxing.
- Avoid perfumed products, lotions, and creams, which can irritate sensitive skin.
- Avoid tanning products.
- Avoid products with Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) which may irritate waxed skin.
Day 2-3 after-waxing care
- Continue to wear loose-fitting clothing to reduce friction.
- Continue to avoid perfumed oils and creams. You can apply mild gels such as aloe vera to help soothe the skin if needed.
Between appointments routine care
Do a gentle scrub after the third day. Routine cleansing and exfoliating is the easiest and most effective way to prevent bumps from forming after you wax. Removing dead skin and other debris can help release embedded hair and prevent additional ingrown hairs.
Make sure you use a mild scrub or exfoliating cloth every other day, at a minimum, to prevent the buildup of dead skin cells and other debris.
How to soothe inflammation
Soothe the skin with an over-the-counter creams or gels like Hydrocortisone cream. Gels containing tea tree oil can help soothe inflammation and reduce your risk of infection. Aloe vera gel also has soothing, moisturizing, and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Importance of maintaining a consistent waxing regime
Once you start waxing, it’s important to maintain your appointments. They’re typically spaced four to six weeks apart to align with your hair’s natural growth cycle.
Irregular appointments and the use of other hair removal techniques between appointments disrupt your growth pattern.
This increases your risk of irritation and ingrown hairs. If your skin is still irritated as your appointment nears, call your waxing specialist to advise on whether you should reschedule.
If you have not yet scheduled your next waxing with us, it might be a good idea to book it now.
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Last Updated on February 3, 2022