Hair removal is a choice, not a chore. Our hair is a part of us, whether it’s our head or body hair – it’s up to us to decide whether we’d rather keep it or remove it. Many of us prefer soft and smooth legs, especially when the sunny days are just around the corner. And that’s where waxing comes in. However, to maximize the benefits of waxing and minimize discomfort or complications, there are certain things you should avoid after the procedure. In this article, we’ll explore 10 waxing mistakes to avoid for the best possible results.
- No sun for the next 24 hours
Waxing planned right before your holiday? Cool! Soft and velvety skin for a long time means a holiday at your leisure without needing to bring your razor. Just make sure you wait at least 24 hours after your appointment before exposing yourself to the sun. This gives the hair follicle enough time to close up again, and the skin can regenerate. The same goes for any kind of tan. Wait 1 to 2 days to avoid strawberry skin.
- Avoid waxing before your period
Do you find bikini waxing particularly painful? It’s best not to book your appointment right before your period but to schedule it for the week before your cycle. We also find that “Netflix-and-chill” during the week makes more sense anyway.
Tip: Minimize the risk by scheduling your waxing appointment at least a week before your cycle starts.
- Do not go to the sauna
There’s nothing like a visit to the sauna to get away from it all for a few minutes. Your muscles relax, your pores are cleansed, and you feel like you’ve been reborn. Unfortunately, we also advise you to avoid saunas for at least 24 hours. The heat causes skin irritation and redness. Open pores can lead to infections and ingrown hairs more quickly. The same applies to hot baths – give the skin a little time to recover.
- Exfoliate for ingrown hairs
Exfoliation is the number one rule to prevent ingrown hairs. It is advisable to exfoliate 1 day before hair removal to rid the skin of dead cells on the surface of the epidermis. This will allow the wax to ‘grab’ the hair follicle better. It is then advisable to wait 2 to 3 days after depilation before exfoliating again, so that the skin has time to recover. You can opt for an exfoliating scrub, an exfoliating mitt, or a 100% natural homemade scrub.
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- A little wine? Let it be
Want to calm your nerves with a glass of wine before your first waxing appointment? Alcohol and also caffeine, unfortunately, not only calm your nerves but also make your skin react more sensitively. So that means no coffee in the morning, no mimosa with your break, and no Red Bull before your next wax.
- Fingers off the razor
We know the feeling. You haven’t been waxing in a while and feel uncomfortable because your hair is already “too long”. Believe us, you’re the only person who thinks this. Your trusted waxing studio has already seen it all. The important thing is to keep your hands off the razor and scissors. Better too long than too short!
P.S. Here are a few tips your waxing pro suggests.
- Sun, beach, and sea
Freshly waxed and silky smooth – so off to the beach. Take it easy! Better stay on land for now. At least for the next 24 hours. Because sunscreen and chlorinated water can reopen your hair follicles, leading to an increased risk of infection.
- Sport for the soul
Sport is good for body and soul. There’s nothing wrong with that, but you should avoid Zumba, BBP, and the like for a day after waxing. Doctor’s orders! Tight-fitting sportswear and too much movement cause friction. The result: unsightly redness and ingrown hairs. It’s best to switch to loose clothing for the next few days.
- Caution with medicines
While we’re on the subject. If you are taking medication, you should discuss this with your waxing studio beforehand. Anti-acne products, for example, will alter the appearance of your skin. So waxing might not be right for your skin type. On the contrary, in the worst case, it can lead to severe skin irritation and minor wounds.
- Tanning before waxing
If you’re thinking, “No problem, I’ll just tan beforehand,” we’re sorry to disappoint you. Self-tanning usually leads to the so-called “zebra look.” This is because waxing not only removes hair but also part of the top layer of skin. It would be a shame if your hard-earned tan disappeared in an instant. Waxing, waiting, tanning is our Treatwell mantra. Makes sense, doesn’t it?
Now that you know the top 10 waxing mistakes to avoid, you can be better prepared for your next waxing appointment. By following these guidelines, you’ll help ensure a smoother, more comfortable waxing experience with optimal results.