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Hair removal - the fun stuff that women face throughout life.
We’re faced with so many decisions on ways to remove body hair so we can achieve that perfect, smooth, glowy skin. There’s waxing, shaving, threading, IPL devices, and many other methods.
Waxing, aside from Honeyskin’s IPL laser hair removal device, is one of those hair removal methods that many women swear by in place of shaving. Who wants to spend time shaving only to find stubble the next day? I know I don’t. Waxing is a popular alternative because it removes the hair from its follicle, leaving you hairless for weeks!
If you’re interested in waxing, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to prepare and wax yourself at home properly. There’s a reason professionals are trained in waxing. It’s not as simple as it seems and many precautions need to be followed to wax yourself at home safely.
Preparation is key when it comes to successful waxing. Your hair is being removed from the follicle, or as others may call it “the root”. This means your follicles will be opened and your skin will be more susceptible to infections. Not even only that, but wax can get very hot, making it easy to accidentally burn your skin.
With the proper preparation, your skin will be ready to safely wax. Here are the crucial preparation steps prior to waxing:
For the perfect wax, it’s important that you gently exfoliate a day prior to waxing. Waxing removes the dead skin cells and helps reduce and prevent ingrown hairs. To exfoliate, you can use a gentle scrub, brush, or mitt. Any time you exfoliate, you always want to make sure you do so gently to avoid irritating the skin.
Prior to waxing, the skin must be freshly washed and dry. You can use a gentle soap to remove residue, dirt, and oil that could potentially become trapped in the follicles. Not properly cleaning the skin prior to waxing can result in infected bumps and ingrown hairs.
Drying the skin using a clean towel is also necessary so that the wax can stick to the hair. If your skin is wet, the wax won’t be able to adhere to the hair. You can also apply baby powder on the skin to absorb any sweat and moisture after towel drying.
The perfect hair length range for waxing is between ¼ of an inch and ¾ of an inch. Hair has to be at least ¼ of an inch to be waxed. If your hair is longer than ¾ of an inch, it can be more difficult and painful to wax. Make sure that the tool used to trim your hair is clean prior to trimming.
Now here comes the fun part! This is how you wax at home using these 3 easy steps.
When heating the wax, apply a small amount on the back of your hand or wrist to make sure the wax isn’t scalding hot. It needs to be hot enough to where it’s tolerable, but it shouldn’t be too hot. If the wax is too cool, it’ll start to harden quickly and won’t grab onto any hair. If it’s too hot, it’ll burn your skin.
Wherever the wax is applied, you’ll want to make sure it’s being applied in the direction the hair grows. For example: If you’re waxing your legs and the hair grows downward, apply the wax in a downward direction.
After the wax hardens and is ready to be removed per the instructions of your specific wax, you’ll want to hold the skin taut and quickly pull the wax off in the opposite direction. Pulling the skin taut ensures that the hair is removed properly and can also help to reduce pain.
There will sometimes be leftover wax residue on the skin after waxing. To fix this, you can use a little bit of coconut or olive oil to remove the wax residue. You can also go in with tweezers to remove any hairs or wax residue that were missed.
This is a step that you really don’t want to miss. Waxing can be a traumatic experience for the skin. Because of this, it’s important to show your skin some extra love and support afterward. Use a product that’ll soothe the skin while killing bacteria. Aloe vera gel is a popular antibacterial after wax product that also soothes the skin.
Any form of hair removal can make your skin more sensitive and susceptible to infections. You always want to make sure you’re using a moisturizing product with antibacterial properties. Wax can also dry out the skin, which is why replenishing the moisturize is crucial.
The very last part of the aftercare procedure is to make sure you exfoliate a day or two after waxing to help prevent ingrown hairs and to keep the dead skin cells from getting trapped in the hair follicles.
The final most important thing you need to know about waxing is how to prevent infections and skin injuries. As stated in this article, it’s very important to keep everything sanitary throughout this process. Clean your skin before waxing, wash your hand, and make sure all of your tools are sanitized.
Preparing properly helps reduce the risk of infection tremendously. If your skin is already injured, you’ll need to avoid waxing until your skin has properly healed. This means no waxing on that area if you have any cuts, scrapes, burns, or any other open wounds. Your body needs time to heal the area and depending on the type of wax that’s used, the wax can adhere to the skin causing further damage and irritation.
If you are using any acne treatments (oral or topical), bleaching products, or antibiotics, avoid waxing until you’re finished with your treatment. If you’ve had any recent skin procedures done or use any products that sensitize the skin, waxing must be avoided to prevent further skin damage.
We understand how difficult it is to find the right method that fits your needs and comfort level. Waxing comes with a lot of important steps, making it more difficult than it seems. Luckily, there’s an easier way to remove unwanted hair that’s just as effective.
Here at Honeyskin, we offer the new innovative at-home IPL laser hair removal device. This device works similarly to the traditional laser hair removal treatment performed by a trained professional. This device removed unwanted hair using heat and light to burn the hair follicle, resulting in hair removal. After repeated use, hair removal may be permanent.
Best of all, this method is painless and can be quicker than waxing. When using the IPL, you wouldn’t have to worry about burning your skin and all other complications that waxing entails. The IPL is 100% safe to use and features sensors and air vents to ensure overheating does not occur.
Check out the IPL device on our website for more information on how this could be the perfect hair removal method for you!
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