Most women like me want to have flawless, hairless skin. But sometimes that comes with a painful price – waxing.
Waxing may be the safest way to get rid of unnecessary body hair, but it may come at a cost for some people, especially for those with sensitive skin. There’s itchy bumps, redness, dry and irritated skin – and those are just some of the side effects that those with sensitive skin suffer from after a waxing session. If that’s your case too, here are some home remedies that can help the soreness, pain or discomfort to subside over the course of the day.
Before I give you these suggestions, the first thing to do before any of it is to wash your hands thoroughly.
Calendula oil and Aloe vera
The cooling and soothing properties of aloe vera make it a good natural moisturizer. Add some freshly extracted aloe vera gel in a bowl and set it aside. Adding a few drops of calendula oil also works. Make sure to mix it well.
Calendula oil has antioxidant properties that can help relieve pain and swelling. With clean hands, apply a generous layer of this gel over the affected areas post waxing. Let it dry and then wash it all off with warm water. Apply a moisturising lotion to retain moisture.
Ice wrapped in a soft towel or a bag of frozen peas will do the trick. Massage the affected areas with it for a few minutes. Repeat at least two or three times until you see less swelling and feel less pain. This cool compress is meant to help with the healing process of your skin.
Cucumber is popular for its capability to soothe red and inflamed skin because of its cooling and antioxidant properties. Cut a cucumber into thin slices and let them sit in the freezer for at least an hour. Rub these slices directly over the affected areas for a few minutes. Another way you can use cucumber is by blending the vegetable into a paste and apply directly over the waxed area.
Witch hazel does the job of a natural astringent, so it can help soothe dry and inflamed skin after waxing. This oil has properties that further help reduce redness of skin. You can use witch hazel by soaking a cotton pad in a bowl filled with three tablespoons of witch hazel and apply directly on the affected area.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can also be a life saver if you have skin inflammation, and it also reduces redness and pain. Mix one cup of raw apple cider vinegar in a bucket of warm water to bathe. You can also use apple cider vinegar by soaking a soft cotton towel or cotton pads and gently wiping over the affected areas.
Mint and green tea
We all know that mint has natural cooling properties, but did you know that green tea helps reduce pain and swelling, bringing immediate relief to your damaged skin? You need to boil one-and-a-half glass water along with two cups of fresh mint leaves and 4 to 5 green tea bags for this tip. Let the mixture boil and cool for at least 30 to 40 minutes. Soak a cotton ball with this mixture and apply over the affected area.
Milk is a popular natural remedy for inflamed skin because of its moisturizing and skin-soothing properties. Milk does a good job of helping alleviate dry, inflamed and irritated skin. You can also use cold milk to help reduce soreness and or redness. Soak a cotton pad in a bowl filled with some chilled milk and apply a generous amount over the waxed areas. Let your skin dry naturally and then wash off with some cold water. Repeat the process at least three times to maximize the benefits of this remedy.
Yoghurt can also help reduce any redness or inflammation that is associated with waxing because of its probiotic properties. All you need to do is apply some unflavoured (and preferably homemade) yoghurt over the affected areas. Let it dry, then rinse with cold water. Only pat dry and put on moisturiser or some coconut oil on the area.
Other skincare tips to keep in mind when it comes to waxing:
For the best results, make sure you let your hair grow to length that’s just right; at least half an inch. If the hair is longer than that, it might take multiple attempts to pull it all out completely which is severely damaging to the surface of your skin.
Exfoliate at home before going to your waxing appointment. To get rid of dead skin cells also prevent ingrowths, use a sugar and honey scrub, a loofah and / or pumice stone.
If the waxing salon allows it, request to have baby powder applied to the area that is just about to be waxed. The powder should help absorb excess moisture and it allows the wax to adhere to the skin, gripping on to hairs better.
Always ensure that the wax is applied in the direction of hair growth, and that the strip is pulled in the opposite direction to make the process clean and smooth.
Do you have your skin waxed? Please tell us about your experiences below in the comments!
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