Smooth skin is one of many benefits associated with waxing. There are, however, a few cons to the practice, which include rashes and bacterial infections. Many women view the disadvantages of waxing as part of the overall package to smooth legs and arms. There are, however, things that you can implement in your skin care regimen to reduce the likelihood of developing side effects to waxing sessions. Here are five things to do and three things to avoid after your wax hair removal experience.
Do get rid of excess wax
The formula does not work better when left on your legs and arms for days. You should be certain that all traces of wax are removed by using cold water on treated areas after the session.
Do apply ice to the treated area
Of course, you do not want to just put cubes in a plastic bag and place it on your legs. You’re not trying to get freezer burn! It may be a good idea, though, to apply ice via a sponge puff that has been soaked in freezing water. Such method gives your skin a better opportunity to adjust to the session.
Do use quality lotion to massage your skin
Nothing takes the place of nutrients found in lotion. Shea butter and formulas infused with coconut oil are usually the best remedies for putting moisture back after an intense yet productive waxing session.
Do apply Aloe Vera gel for at least five days after your session
Aloe Vera has many healing properties that your skin needs after being stretched to its limit during a waxing session. You should consider adding the application of the plant’s gel to your skin care regimen for at least five consistent days after a good wax treatment.
Do use tea tree oil along with water
Tea tree oil is the solution when you want to reduce the likelihood of infection due to bacteria buildup. You should be cautioned when using this natural remedy, though, since tea tree oil is powerful enough to burn the skin and subsequently give you a blister. A little oil mixed with water goes a long way in your quest for bacteria-free skin after waxing.
Do not expose your skin to sunlight immediately after a waxing session
Your beautiful legs and arms have just experienced trauma for the greater good of ridding your skin’s surface of unwanted hair. The last thing you want to do is show off your freshly treated body parts to the world. Shield your waxed legs and arms from the sunlight for at least 48 hours after treatment.
Do not use harsh soaps to cleanse your skin
Would you pour powdered detergent in an open wound? Why, then, would you even consider using soaps that have harmful ingredients on your freshly waxed arms and legs? Consider formulas with butters and creams with healing oils in them when bathing after your waxing sessions.
Do not use body sprays and deodorants on treated areas
Just as with harsh soaps, body sprays and deodorants have ingredients that do not contribute to overall health of your skin after a waxing session. Consider bypassing the fragrance for a few days after your wax treatment.
Waxing, in many ways, is a necessity of life for women. You do not have to suffer the consequences of beauty when it comes to this practice, though. Consider these tips as your roadmap for healthier skin and better days.