After Wax Care
post-wax care routine
Waxing can be a quick and effective way to get rid of unwanted hair, but it’s important to properly care for the skin after waxing. Before you even go in for your wax, make sure you talk to your esthetician about the best post-wax care routine. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you’re getting ready for your next waxing treatment.
POSSIBLE POST-WAX REACTIONS & REMEDIES
Red itchy bumps: Use a 1% hydrocortisone cream followed by Bacitracin or Polysporin or mix cortisone with pure aloe vera (cooled in fridge) and massage a thin layer into skin. Another Option: Massage calendula cream mixed with 1% hydrocortisone into the skin. White heads: Pick your potion! You can use any form of mild antibacterial wash or topical application. We have many options in stock at Oceren including Buzz Off Bumps, Anti-Bac Attack and more. Anything containing salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or glycolic will help.
For ingrowns that look like clogged pores (blackheads) use a gentle antibacterial wash such as Anti-Bac Attack with warm water to soften the skin. After washing, wipe skin down with a Buzz Off Bumps pad to expose the ingrown. Using gloves or clean fingers wrapped with tissue, gently hold down one side of the pore with one finger and roll with the other. The pore should become unclogged. Clean the area thoroughly with the pad or witch hazel.
Cleansing the Area
- Gently wash the waxed area with lukewarm water and mild soap.
- Avoid using harsh soaps or exfoliating scrubs as they can irritate the skin.
- Pat the area dry with a clean towel.
Soothing the Skin
- Avoid using products with fragrances or alcohol, as they can irritate the skin.
- Cooling the area with a cold compress can also help to soothe the skin.
Avoiding Certain Activities
- Avoid taking hot showers or baths for at least 24 hours after waxing, as this can further irritate the skin.
- Avoid sunbathing or tanning beds for 24 to 48 hours after waxing.
- Avoid strenuous exercise or activities that cause excessive sweating for at least 24 hours after waxing.
- Wait at least 48 hours after waxing before exfoliating the area.
- Use a gentle exfoliating scrub to help prevent ingrown hairs.
- Be careful not to scrub too hard, as this can irritate the skin.
- Wait until hair has grown back to at least 1/4 inch before waxing again.
- Avoid shaving or tweezing between waxes, as this can interfere with the hair growth cycle and make waxing less effective.
- Wear loose-fitting clothing to avoid friction on the waxed area.
- Avoid applying deodorant or perfumes to the area for at least 24 hours after waxing.
- If you experience redness or irritation, apply a cold compress to the area or take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen. If the redness or irritation persists, consult a healthcare professional.
By following these after wax care tips, you can help ensure that your skin stays smooth, healthy, and free from irritation.