Who’s tired of shaving? Raise your hands! One option to reduce the amount of shaving for that we 21st century ladies must do, is to wax. Today’s blogger, Tung Tran, is here to share with us a few tips, myths and facts about waxing. Enjoy!
Mention the word ‘waxing’ and just the thought or sound of it is enough to make women uncomfortable. While some are able to endure the painful procedure every month, others run for the hills. Yes, it is painful, but the results definitely last longer than shaving, and cost a lot less than those expensive laser treatments.
Having unwanted body hair can make many women feel that they look unladylike. And waxing comes as a rescuer. So that makes it a necessity, even though it entails ripping the annoying hair off your body to reveal exfoliated, glowing skin. Sounds doable!
However, there are certain things you will have to do before and after your waxing session to ensure maximum results.
- Do take a warm bath/shower before getting waxed. This will help open up your pores and make it easy for the hair to come out. Doing so should also help lessen the pain.
- On the day of your waxing appointment, exfoliate well when taking a shower to get rid of the dead skin cells and to lift the ingrown hair. To do so, mix a spoonful of sugar with your favorite bodywash/scrub and use a loofah to scrub your skin with a light hand.
- Make sure you have considerable hair growth before you decide to make a waxing appointment. You should have at least 1/4th inch of hair (which would take a couple of weeks depending on your hair growth). With very short hair, it becomes extremely difficult to pull it out, making the whole exercise a huge waste.
- Do not forget to inform your waxer/beautician if you’re taking strong medicines/antibiotics or using certain medicated body creams. Such things can increase the rate of exfoliation of your skin, which may result in a layer of your skin peeling off at the time of waxing. You definitely don’t want that.
- Avoid waxing if you’re sunburnt.
- Don’t freak out if your skin turns a little pink/red for a while after waxing, especially if you have sensitive skin and are waxing for the first time. This depends from person to person, though. Some experience no redness whatsoever. Applying ice over the reddened areas helps in some cases.
- Take a warm (as opposed to hot) shower a few hours after the waxing session and gently wash the area with antibacterial soap and moisturize. Avoid steam, sauna, hot baths for 24 hours after waxing.
- Say no to exfoliating products and scrubs for at least 48 hours after waxing. You can get back to these products once the redness subsides.
- Do not expose your skin to sweat and dust after you wax as these elements will irritate it. That means no going to the gym, or venturing into dusty areas for at least 24 hours post waxing.
- While it is important to keep the waxed areas covered for a couple of days, avoid wearing tight clothing, especially skinny-fit jeans. Opt for loose clothes in breathable fabrics instead.
- When you go out, don’t forget to wear sunblock. On the same lines, shun sunbathing and tanning beds for at least 48 hours after waxing.
There are certain myths associated with waxing. Make sure you do not fall prey to them. In fact, let’s bust few right now.
Myth #1: Waxing is the most painful form of epilation.
Fact: Yes, there is no denying that waxing stings, but the level of pain experienced differs with each woman. Anyone who has used tweezers to remove stray hair strands will know that plucking hair hurts a bit. This applies to waxing as well, because the wax helps by plucking the hair, which is its whole purpose.
Mechanical epilators sting too as they also remove the hair from the root. Shaving and hair-removal creams may be painless but can give rise to other side-effects like cuts, allergies, rashes, and so on.
Myth #2: Waxing will make your hair grow back thicker and darker.
Fact: This is one of the biggest misconceptions about waxing, which keeps a lot of women away from it. You need to understand that an adult woman already has all the hair she’s ever going to have. Its color and texture are determined by her genes and not by waxing.
Myth #3: Waxing can cause wrinkles.
Fact: While the skin does get pulled at the time of waxing, it doesn’t get pulled or stretched to the extent that results in it becoming loose or getting wrinkled.
Myth #4: Hot wax can burn you.
Fact: Getting burned is a different ball game altogether. When you burn your skin, you react instantly and withdraw yourself from the situation/ongoing procedure instead of reacting after a while.
Waxing may leave your skin feeling sore and looking red, but that’s not because the wax was too hot, but because a second layer of your skin was peeled off. This can happen due to problems with your skin (especially sensitive areas), over-exfoliating before waxing, the medicines you’re taking, or because your beautician is unskilled.
Myth #5: Anyone can perform waxing.
Fact: There is a huge difference between simply performing waxing and performing it well. Just like you need experts for all specialist jobs, you need to find yourself an experienced and professional beautician who can wax in a way that makes you feel good after the completion of the procedure.
It is always better to get waxing done at a salon which employs licensed beauticians (in their respective fields).
Myth #6: Anyone can have ‘celebrity eyebrows.’
Fact: The answer to this is a plain and simple no. While all women can have shapely and well-groomed eyebrows, they cannot be changed beyond a certain point. Shaping eyebrows may seem easy when you watch others doing it, but if you try doing it, you’ll realize how difficult it is.
It is always advisable to play around the natural shape of your eyebrows. If you have naturally arched eyebrows, stick to that. If you have rounded eyebrows, aiming for an arch can prove to be disastrous.
Don’t let the fear of waxing hold you back from revealing beautiful, hair-free skin. Beat your apprehensions with knowledge of the dos and the don’ts. Refer to the facts if you feel your judgment is being clouded by the wrong pre-conceived notions. You never know, over time waxing may turn out to be a blessing in disguise for you.
About the Author:
Tung Tran is the founder of ThankYourSkin.com – a website that teaches people to treat acne naturally without using expensive drugs and medications by making simple lifestyle changes.
What are your misgivings about waxing? Do you wax regularly? What can you tell us of your waxing experience?