After your waxing treatment comes to an end, you'll hopefully find that the worst part is over and you can enjoy hair-free skin. But if you want to keep up that hair-free aesthetic, you'll need to know what to do after to keep your skin soft, smooth, and healthy.
What bothers the skin post-wax varies somewhat from person to person. After a wax, you may experience irritation, bumps, redness, inflammation and some people even bruise. Whatever your case may be, here are some valuable steps that you should take after (and before) a body-waxing treatment to keep your skin healthy.
Stay Away from Direct Sunlight
We know that many people opt for bikini waxes so that they can rock a bikini and lounge in the sun… but for at least 48 hours—or until the post-waxing redness has gone away—it's crucial to stay in the shade. Waxing is an exfoliating process in and of itself, and it removes skin cells that offer protection from the sun. Your skin is at higher risk of burning because of the exfoliation combined with the removal of the hair, which can provide somewhat of a physical block. Also, heightened sun sensitivity can result in dark skin spots (hyperpigmentation)especially if you're taking certain medications.
Let Your Skin Breathe
Avoid wearing tight clothes that occlude the waxed areas for the first 48 hours [after waxing], as they will encourage breakouts and ingrown hairs.
Skip the fitness classes and activities that encourage "friction, irritation, sweat, and bacteria" for at least 48 hours following a waxing treatment.
Avoid Soaking and Steam Treatments
When hair is removed through waxing, the empty follicle is more prone to invasion by bacteria. Feel free to shower after your wax treatment, but don't take a bath or get in any type of pool for the rest of day after the service, as any bacteria or chlorine in the pool water can cause irritation. Also, the extreme heat of saunas and steam rooms can disturb skin and should be avoided right after waxing.
Don't Exfoliate Too Soon After Waxing
As beneficial as exfoliation can be prior to a waxing treatment, it can prove too abrasive immediately afterward. We suggest waiting a week before exfoliating waxed skin. Be careful not to over-exfoliate, since this can weaken the skin barrier and break down the stratum corneum, whose job is to be a barrier against pathogens.
Soothe your skin
Soothe your skin with a moisturizing and soothing mask after your wax treatment. Try masking the area with Finipl.
Finipil® is an incredible antibacterial and antiseptic that destroys 99.999% of bacteria and has an endless number of uses. finipil does NOT clog pores like so many other greasy antiseptics, it actually cleans while moisturizing them. Originally created for comfort and safety after and between Nufree hair-removal treatments (your non-wax hair-removal alternative), it is also perfect for use after waxing, threading, and electrolysis. finipil® is a patented, FDA-registered antiseptic cream that destroys and kills 99.999% of bacteria (germs, staph, etc.). It cools and soothes the skin all while helping to protect hair follicles from infection.
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