Tips to soothe skin irritation post-waxing

Waxing is a quick way to remove hair from most areas of the body. However, it is common for bumps to develop on the skin after waxing. Many people will observe small, red bumps on the skin immediately after waxing. Others may notice them about a week later

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Once you have pulled through your dreaded waxing appointment, you may think everything’s done, but there’s actually one important thing left to do: apply some diligent post-waxing care.

It is essential that you follow a few simple guidelines after waxing. Remember that a little prevention will go a long way to save you from some really annoying side effects which could ruin your perfect wax.

While waxing is nothing to be afraid of, in truth it does leave the skin in a sensitive state, at least for a while (from 24 to 36 hours approximately).

During this time, you need to apply some care tips to soothe your skin and preserve your waxing results. By the same token, you should avoid certain other things to minimize the risk of potential skin problems like ingrown hairs, bacterial infections, rashes, itching, redness, and scarring.

Take a shower

After getting waxed you’ll want to avoid scrubbing the area with any harsh products or exfoliating creams, especially if there are any bumps present. Instead, take a lukewarm shower — make sure the water is not too hot — with a hydrating, creamy body cleanser to wash and soothe affected skin.

Lather on some gel

Applying gel to your skin can help reduce the appearance of imperfections and bumps following a waxing procedure, as well as soothe and refresh the skin.

Using clean hands, apply a thin layer of your favorite body gel onto the affected areas immediately after hair removal and continue daily as needed. Reach for a formula that boasts skin-comforting ingredients like aloe vera and lipids and steer clear of those formulated with harsh, drying alcohols or parabens.

Try a tea bag

Green tea has natural anti-inflammatory properties and can help soothe irritated skin. To give your skin a soothing boost, try using a soaked tea bag on the area — just make sure you give the tea bag enough time to cool off before applying it to your skin.

Cool compress

Take a bag of frozen peas or ice and wrap in a soft towel. Massage the affected areas with this for a few minutes. Repeat at least twice or thrice till the pain and swelling reduce. The cool compress aids the healing process.

Cucumber

Cucumber helps soothe red and inflamed skin, thanks to its antioxidant and cooling properties. Cut a cucumber into thin slices and freeze for an hour. Rub these slices directly over the affected areas for a few minutes. You can also blend the cucumber into a paste and apply directly over the waxed area.

Milk

The moisturising and skin-soothing properties of milk work great in helping alleviate dry, irritated and inflamed skin. Besides, cold milk can also help reduce soreness and or redness. Soak a cotton pad in a bowl filled with some chilled milk and apply a generous layer over the waxed areas. Let dry naturally and then wash with some cold water. Follow this at least thrice for better relief.

Be patient

We know that dealing with these bumps can be a pain, but it’s important to be patient during the healing process. Everyone is different so it can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. If your skin is still looking red and bumpy after some time has passed, or it starts to get worse, head over to your dermatologist’s office. He or she can help give you additional suggestions on how to care for your irritated skin.