5 Habits You Should Definitely Avoid After a Bikini Wax
February 20, 2017Regardless of the common belief that bikini waxing is too painful for it to be worth it, most women never return to other hair removal alternatives once they try waxing. The benefits of bikini waxing undoubtedly outweigh the cons – not only does it leave your bikini area hair-free, it also works as an exfoliation treatment removing dead skin cells. Not to mention you won't have to worry about hair removal for four to six weeks.
Sounds like a good alternative to weekly shaving or abrasive chemical products, right? It is. Other hair removal methods do not offer the same advantages as waxing treatments with either soft or hard body waxes. Nevertheless, since we are talking about the bikini area, which is an extremely sensitive area, a lot of things can go wrong if the right precautions are not taken: intense irritation, infection, red bumps, and/or ingrown hairs can appear in the days following the treatment.
While professional estheticians use all the tools and products at hand to prevent these side effects, it also depends on how you take care of your skin from the moment you step out of the waxing room. Here are five things that are probably part of your daily routine, but should be strictly avoided after a bikini wax:
- Wearing tight clothes: Tight clothes on the day of your bikini wax is not a good call. After the hairs around your bikini line are pulled out, your skin needs space to breathe, therefore tight jeans or leggings must be avoided. Pick the most comfortable yoga pants you have to avoid skin redness or irritation.
- Not applying post-depilatories: After waxing, moisturizers and lotions must be applied to help reduce irritation and to refresh the skin—there are products specifically made for post-waxing care. If you're not sure which ones are safe for your skin type, ask your esthetician for a recommendation. You can also apply ice on the treated area to lower the inflammation and close your pores faster if you notice too much redness.
- Shaving between waxes: Hair may start to grow two or three weeks after the waxing treatment depending on your body type but they need to get long enough (at least a 1/4-inch, that is, about the length of a grain of rice) for your next waxing session. You might want to get rid of the fuzz as soon as it starts to grow, however, turning to a razor between waxes can lead to uneven hair growth, ingrown hair, or skin irritation—that won't help your bikini line look smooth. Waiting a few days will be worth it once you see how flawless your waxing results are.
- Taking a hot shower: Hair follicles are extra sensitive after a wax, meaning that they are vulnerable to irritation or infection from dangerous external agents like bacteria, germs, makeup, or even water. Since the follicles are left open, hot water can seep through and cause irritation or discomfort. Take a lukewarm bath within 24 hours after the session.
- Exercising: Anything that involves sweating should be avoided 24 to 48 hours after the wax. Friction and sweat can irritate the skin, so it is best to skip the gym or Pilates class the day of the appointment.
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