International Day of Waxing

6 Tips For Your Waxing Routine

We get it – waxing at home can be daunting! However, it is completely doable! With at-home kits, waxing from the comfort of your personal space is just as effective as a salon wax.  

With any hair removal method, there will be a level of discomfort, which varies from person to person. But there are ways to reduce irritation and ensure a soft, smooth result every time.

Whether you are a beginner or a pro, we have some tips and tricks to help make hair removal less uncomfortable.

 1. Work in Small Sections

Perfect the process! You don’t need to finish waxing at high speed. Take your time and tackle one small area at a time. It gives you better control over the waxing strip and allows you to hold the skin properly. Ensure the wax is at the correct temp, with a honey-like consistency. With practice comes confidence and speed!

2. Trim Hair Regularly

If your hair is too long, you will experience more pain if the hair is not pulled from the root on the first try. It will be a lot less painful if your hair is about 1cm. So trim things up before you get started. Look for a great pair of stainless steel scissors to make trimming a breeze.

3. Reduce Discomfort

Anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen, aspirin, and naproxen work well to reduce inflammation and prevent swelling. If you are prone to swelling or irritation, taking a small dose may help to decrease pain during the hair removal process. Please always read and follow directions for use + ask your doctor if you are not sure if these are right for you.

4. Hold Skin Firmly

If you are waxing on your own, use one hand to hold the skin taut and another hand to apply the wax. Press it down gently with one hand before you pull the strip in the opposite direction of hair growth.

Our first tip mentions working in small areas because you have better control over the process.

5. Don’t Wax During Your Period

For those who menstruate, try to avoid waxing during this time! During your period and in the days leading up to it, your skin may be more sensitive, and you may experience more irritation when waxing. If you already experience pain, swelling, and discomfort during your period, then hold off on hair removal until you are back to feeling your best.

6. Aftercare is Key

After you wax one area, apply a post-waxing oil. A good soothing oil will calm your skin and keep ingrown hairs at bay. Go ahead and apply it a couple of times a day for a few days if you experience redness or irritation after waxing, or even shaving or plucking other body areas.

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