After-wax treatments are important because more than anything, they can help you prevent ingrown hairs. Getting ingrown hair is one of the fears people have after any waxing procedure. You have to remember that when you wax, you’re basically pulling your hair at a different angle and while the goal is to separate the entire hair from the follicle, there are times when you can’t prevent it from breaking just above or below the surface.
As such, it’s actually quite typical for ingrown hairs to appear after waxing, because it’s basically what happens when hair is forced back to the skin. It can grow back as a painful red bump that prevents you from getting the smooth, blemish-free that you desire, and this is why it’s important to know how this is prevented. Here are some ways:
1. Take care of your skin with the right products.
Prevention is better than cure, and this is true for ingrown hair as well. Rather than dealing with them when they appear, it’s better to prevent them from appearing in the first place. To do this, there are a number of creams, oils, and solutions that you can use after the waxing procedure. These skin care solutions will prevent ingrown hairs from appearing because they can also help you in exfoliating and moisturizing your skin.
2. Exfoliate before and after waxing.
If you make sure you exfoliate your skin before you wax, then you won’t have to worry much about the after care. Basically, exfoliation rids you of dead skin, unwanted particles, and trapped hair that could give you less-than-desired results. One day after the procedure, you can gently exfoliate your skin to make sure that dead skin cells keep away from the hair follicle.
It’s also important to develop a daily exfoliating regiment even when you’re resting from waxing. Every day when you take a bath, it’s good to develop the habit of rubbing your skin with an exfoliating sponge, loofah or towel. Dead skin cells appear daily, so you need to get rid of them daily as well so that they won’t clog your pores.
If, however, you’re prone to getting ingrown hairs in certain areas, you may want to try minimizing exfoliating down to 3 times a week instead of every day. Over-exfoliation can sometimes aggravate or cause ingrown hair.
Hydrating regularly is important for keeping skin healthy, and this can help you prevent ingrown hairs as well. Before waxing, you need to make sure that you keep the area moisturized and hydrated. Even after waxing, it’s important to help your pores breathe and prevent dryness in your skin. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
4. Wait before you wax again.
People often get too excited after seeing the results of the wax job, and this might push them to wax again and again. The problem with waxing too often is that when you haven’t given your hair enough time to grow back at least a quarter-inch long before waxing again, the hair becomes too short for the strip, and this results to hair that’s improperly broken. When your hair grows back, it does so improperly and this is what results to ingrown hair.
5. Opt for loose clothing.
After waxing, you might want to lay off the tight clothing for a while. Wearing loose-fitting clothing made from natural and breathable fabrics (such as cotton) will help your skin recover fully, so it’s best to go loose after the procedure. You also have to remember that if you wear clothing that’s too tight, it might keep your skin from breathing properly and might cause more irritation than you’ve bargained for.
With all of these tips on how to prevent ingrown hairs, as well as the proper pre-waxing and after-waxing skincare products that you can use, then waxing can become a pleasant experience for you – one that won’t just help you get rid of unwanted hair in specific areas, but also reward you with the blemish-free, bump-free, incredibly smooth skin that you’re striving to achieve.
You also have to remember that waxing or any type of hair removal is a work in progress, and you have to enjoy the journey every step of the way. This includes preparing your skin for the waxing procedure, making sure you’re using the right waxing method, and taking care of your skin even after the waxing is done. Your daily skincare regimen should also continue, because having overall healthy skin will help it recover faster.