Waxing removes unwanted hair, making your skin soft and beautiful, but beauty comes at a price. Bumps and red rash after waxing can appear which can last for hours or as long as 3 days, especially if you have sensitive skin.
The bumps are the result of an inflammation of the hair follicles called folliculitis and is unsightly and can cause discomfort. Here are some tricks and tips to help treat any discomfort and skin irritation and prevent it from happening ever again so you can wax with an easy mind next time.
– Use lukewarm (not hot) water to shave legs in. Hot water depletes moisture from skin. Warm water will help soften hairs and softer hairs allow for a smoother shave.
– Gently exfoliate your skin a day or two before waxing, but skip harsh scrubs the day of your waxing appointment. Exfoliation helps wax grab hair and not skin, but it can also leave skin more sensitive to pain, so lighter is better. A rough washcloth is perfect for gentle exfoliation, but don’t scrub too hard.
– Moisturize well on the days leading up to your appointment. Healthy, well-moisturized skin allows the wax to release more easily. Too much moisturizer could coat the hair and interfere with the wax grip, so avoid moisturizing on the day of your waxing session.
– Aloe Vera is a natural soother used for many skin irritations, including sunburn. Juice from aloe can be applied directly from the plant source.
– Vitamin E oil is usually found in lotions (but can also be found in drops at your local health food or beauty facility). Vitamin E oil is a natural moisturizer and will soothe irritated and dry skin fairly quickly.
– Lavender will not only soothe the skin but also the senses. Use in a bath to alleviate itch and pain, and also to de-stress. Soothe away pain and stress in a lavender bath.
– Tea tree oil has long been used as a natural antiseptic. Used most often for skin issues such as acne, dandruff and eczema, tea tree oil will balance skin and ease irritation.
– Don’t rub or scratch at your rash or bumpy skin.
– Avoid vigorous exercise, they can cause sweating and rubbing of the skin.
– Wear loose-fitting clothing. Sweating and rubbing of the skin can cause more irritation. Loose-fitting clothing allows your skin to breathe and perspiration to evaporate.