In general, the side effect of waxing is redness or inflammation. Tugging skin forcefully and pulling it out from the follicles causes redness and irritation. It occurs soon after waxing in sensitive prone zones, which subside by the end of the day.
Preventive measures to avoid redness and calm sensitive skin
Ensure that the chosen wax does not include ingredients, which you are allergic to. Basically, waxes are formulated from resin but can be based on specific ingredients like chocolate, lavender, tea tree, and more. Several also include artificial fragrances, ingredients, and color. You can be allergic to natural or artificial ingredients, so check products you will use to do waxing and later on sooth the skin.
If you plan to visit Wax Center Arlington Heights then ensure to tell the therapist about your allergies, if any to avert reactions.
Apply oil or powder
For hard wax apply pre-epilation oil and for soft wax apply pre-epilation powder. The oil or powder will play the role of a barrier, so wax gets adhered more to hair and not your skin. It lessens the redness level significantly.
Use right temperature
Too hot wax can cause burns. Wax gets overheated, when there is little amount of it left in the can or you left it long in the microwave. Therefore, check temperature putting a little on your hand first. Cold wax can cause irritation [cold wax or pre-made strips are exceptions] because when pulled they will not come off easily, thus causing inevitable redness.
Apply the technique properly
While pulling the strip hold skin taut, so that only the hair gets pulled out and skin does not get tugged a lot. Never apply waxing repeatedly on an area because the skin may turn red and get inflamed or even get bruised. Make sure to use cream-based wax products because they are designed for sensitive skin.
If you experience redness and inflammation…….
Apply skin soothers
After waxing, clean the area with cold and wet cloth then apply soothing products like –
- Aloe Vera gel will subdue any inflammation and redness.
- Ice-pack or cold compress made from water, milk, and ice can be applied for five minutes on affected area. Repeat the application for some time to reduce redness. Cool compress helps in skin healing process.
- Witch hazel has astringent properties, so just soak a cotton ball and apply. Tannin and oil will decrease skin redness after waxing.
- Cucumber mask also helps to heal inflamed and red skin. Place sliced chilled cucumber directly on the skin or blend it in a paste and then apply it.
- Calendula oil holds anti-oxidant properties. You cannot apply it on skin directly, so dilute it with fragrance free lotion or carrier oil. This blend will decrease pain and swelling.
- Lavender oil holds anti-fungal and antiseptic properties, which when added to aroma-free cream can applied on waxed areas help to promote healing process. Even if skin got damaged scar tissue formation gets produced.
- Chamomile oil is great ant-inflammatory agent. Mix it with jojoba oil and massage it gently on the skin. The mixture gets absorbed within the skin’s deep layers and decreases redness.
If your skin does not heal on its own then see a doctor because waxing is not suitable for everyone.