There's a big divide when it comes to hair removal. With so many methods on offer, which do you choose? While shaving is undoubtedly the cheapest and most convenient way, it can become annoying having to do it every other day —plus there's the problem of ingrown hairs (check out our top tips to prevent those). Epilators are expensive to buy, can be painful, and take a while to master. Hair removal creams are painless, but they're messy, smelly, and the results don't last long. Waxing offers longer-lasting results, minimal pain (if your therapist is skilled) and there's no denying it's more convenient having someone else take care of the problem. But how do you make sure your skin stays soft and smooth after your wax?
Expert therapist Dee Wilson was kind enough to share her top tips for taking care of your skin post-wax. With these tips, you can ensure that you stay super smooth for as long as possible.
- Exfoliate your body at least once a week. Dee suggests that you "exfoliate the area you're having waxed a few hours prior to the treatment, but afterwards don't exfoliate for at least four days." Try a product like Kiehl's Gentle Exfoliating Lavender Body Scrub (£23) which contains soothing aloe vera (lavender also acts as an antiseptic).
- Don't use shower gel or body lotion on your waxed skin for around 24 hours. "Try and keep the bath or shower water lukewarm instead of hot, as this can irritate the skin." says Dee.
- "If you've had a bikini wax — especially if it's a Brazilian, then cold ice or a cold compress can help the redness disappear." suggests Dee.
- "Tea tree or lavender oil will soothe the skin." Dee recommends. A product like Tend Skin (£11), which contains aspirin, will also help with any temporary inflammation.
- To avoid any redness or those irritation bumps that sometimes occur on the legs after a wax, try and expose your skin to the cold air. "Avoid the sun" says Dee "but having bare legs instead of being wrapped up in tights or jeans will help the skin to recover."
- After 48 hours apply a product that will minimise hair re-growth, like LevisSime Mousse Depil Hair Growth Inhibitor (£15)