When your bikini wax comes to an end, you’ll hopefully realize that the worst is over, and you can relax and appreciate your silky bikini area. However, if you want to maintain your hair-free appearance, you’ll need to know how to keep your skin soft, smooth, and healthy afterward.
What irritates the skin after a wax differs from person to person. Because of the thickness or curliness of their body hair, certain people are more prone to ingrown hairs. Others have sensitive skin that can become inflamed after waxing, irritated, or reddened by even small degrees of heat or friction.
Whatever your situation, here’s all you need to know about post-bikini wax care, whether you’re considering waxing for the first time or are a professional who wants to make sure your clients don’t get bumps after waxing.
1. Exfoliate before and after your wax appointment
To aid in the removal of dead cells on the skin’s surface and let hairs push through readily, exfoliate the area two days before and three days after a wax.
Physical scrubs are recommended because they help separate the free edge of hair from the skin, making it easier to remove during the waxing procedure. In addition, you should avoid strong chemical exfoliants since they can irritate the skin and increase the risk of a burn from the hot wax. Instead, use gentle scrubs that have moisturizing elements to help maintain a healthy skin barrier.
Soft skin is the best barrier against ingrown hairs. Skin that has been moisturized will be more supple, and hair will grow out more easily.
Take a 20-minute shower after a waxing treatment, and use an in-shower oil while you’re in there. Apply lotion right after that. When you apply oil or lotion to wet skin, the substance will lock in moisture by retaining part of the water on the skin.
3. Stay away from soaking and steam treatments
When hair is waxed out, the empty follicle is more vulnerable to bacterial invasion.
After your wax treatment, you can shower, but don’t take a bath or get in a pool for the remainder of the day, as bacteria or chlorine in the pool water can irritate your skin. In addition, saunas and extremely hot steam rooms can irritate the skin and should be avoided immediately after waxing.
4. Keep out of direct sunlight
Many women choose bikini waxes so that they can wear a bikini and relax in the sun. However, staying in the shade for at least 48 hours—or until the post-waxing redness has faded. Waxing is an exfoliating procedure in and of itself, removing skin cells that provide sun protection. Because of the exfoliation mixed with the eradication of the hair, which can act as a physical barrier, your skin is more likely to burn. Additionally, increased sun sensitivity might cause dark skin spots (also known as hyperpigmentation), particularly if you’re on certain medications.
5. Keep your hands to yourself
It’s tempting to examine your renewed smoothness. You should, however, wait at least a day before feeling with your fingers down there. This is because touching the newly sensitized area with your fingers is likely to introduce bacteria.
6. Keep it loose
For a few days after your wax, avoid wearing tight or restricting clothing. This speeds up the healing process and reduces friction, which can lead to sweat and bacteria buildup.
Other helpful tips:
- New bumps are caused by irritation, whereas ingrown hairs cause older bumps.
- When it comes to waxing, timing is everything. Avoid scheduling during your period, and take at least two days off from the gym and any vigorous exercise.
- It’s usual to experience post-waxing bumps, which can remain up to a day. Using a soothing gel or lotion, on the other hand, can help you get rid of the bumps faster.
- Avoid touching the skin with your fingers and stay away from friction-causing activities.
- Exfoliating two days after waxing helps in the removal of ingrown hairs.
- You may be having an allergic reaction if the bumps persist or become itchy. If the condition persists, consult your doctor. It’s also a good idea to get the names of the products used from the salon so you’ll know what to avoid in the future.