Does Baby Powder Help with Waxing?
February 17, 2021We really can't talk about waxing waxing supplies for estheticians without mentioning the benefits of pre-wax products. There are many known remedies to get the skin ready for a wax treatment, and some of them even have additional soothing properties to help you with the pain. Baby powder is a common mention even among people less familiar with waxing, often seen as an easy, inexpensive solution to make the hairs adhere quickly to the wax. How much of this is true? We are here to clear out all your doubts.
Do I Need Baby Powder Before a Wax?Baby powder is a common part of at-home waxes. It removes the moisture that's always present on the skin to some degree, helping the hairs adhere more effortlessly to the wax. It poses no risk of infection or irritation, so it's not uncommon to find baby powder in spas and salons.
Baby powder is sprinkled on the area after the skin has been cleansed and a few minutes before waxing. The powder soaks the oil produced by the skin and leaves the follicles ready for the wax. For some people, light mineral oil provides the same results, so they prefer it over baby powder to prep the skin before a wax.
It's important to know that you're only meant to apply baby powder before the wax, not after. Some people might feel tempted to apply powder to remove the stickiness left on the skin, but doing it right after a wax will only clog the pores and prompt the appearance of ingrown hairs.
Why Do I Need to Apply Pre-Wax Powder?Professional pre-wax powder enhances all the perks of baby powder because it's made specifically to prepare the skin for the wax. Pre-wax powder is mainly used to remove excess moisture, germs, bacteria, and product residue, but it has the added benefit of making the skin much more pliant in the process. Not only is it important to get all the hairs out, but by softening the pores around the area pre-wax powder also makes the process less painful for the client.
Another advantage relates directly to the person's health. Studies have shown that the regular use of talc-based baby powder increases the risks of cancer. There are many tac-free alternatives in the market, but no studies to confirm that they are safe for repeated use. While it might make the wax appointment more expensive, a professional pre-depilatory powder promises the use of tested formulas to guarantee the client's safety.
Prepping the Skin Before a WaxThe right time to start prepping for a wax treatment starts before you set foot into the salon. There are many ways clients can prepare their skin before heading to their wax appointment, and all of them will save some time for the esthetician while making the professional pre-wax treatment all the more pleasant. As you get ready for your wax session, don't forget about these useful tips:
- Exfoliation: You can gently exfoliate the skin at least a couple of days before your wax appointment using a loofah, a scrub, or a soft brush. This will remove all dead skin cells that could be blocking your hair follicles. Remember: you should not limit your exfoliations to the pre-wax period. The skin looks much healthier if you exfoliate it twice or three times a week.
- Wash the skin: This is probably a no-brainer if you think about all the risks of stripping your skin's outermost layer without the proper precautions. Despite your best efforts, your skin will be collecting sweat, germs, and bacteria throughout your day. A certified esthetician will apply cleansing formulas on the area during the pre-wax treatment, but you still need to wash your skin thoroughly before heading for your wax appointment to avoid skin infections, redness, and rashes.
- Check the hair's length: The point of waxing is to remove the hair from the root, and this can only be done after all the hairs in the area have between 1/4 and 1/2 of length. You can always trim the hair if it grows too long, but you have to let that 1/4-inch margin that's needed for the wax to take it out. While you can't pluck the hairs before a wax, all errant hairs that remain after the treatment can be pulled out with a god pair of tweezers.
- Pre-depilatory powder: To keep moisture off the skin and the area fresh for the wax.
- Antiseptic lotion: To protect the skin from germs and bacteria.
- Soothing cream: To preserve the skin's health after a wax and promote cell creation/renewal.
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