Does Waxing Cause Sagging Skin?
March 18, 2021For the vast majority of people, waxes are a godsend when it comes to hair removal products. In less than an hour, most wax sessions can make your skin smooth and hair-free for weeks on end, so it's no wonder that people prefer waxing over shaving and other alternatives. Still, there's a reason why estheticians recommend getting a dermatologist's green light when clients have naturally sensitive skins. When combined with the wrong wax products, some skins could get allergies, rashes, or acne breakouts. Because of this, some people worry about the skin growing saggy after the repeated strain of regular wax services. Is there any truth to this? We tell you everything you need to know.
Can Waxing Make My Skin Saggy?This is a reasonable concern. Many soft body waxes provide a gentle exfoliating effect that strips the skin of its outer layer, so it's normal for people to worry about removing the skin's first line of defense against sun rays, residue, chemical substances, etc. The skin is indeed more sensitive to damage after a wax, which is why estheticians are adamant about proper aftercare treatments inside and out of the salon.
Now, how do these factors relate to the skin losing its natural flexibility? First of all, let's take a look at the most common causes of sagging skin:
- Aging: Not even the most sophisticated skin care products can fully hide the passage of time. As we age, the skin starts losing elastin and collagen (proteins that the body produces to keep the skin firmness and texture). As a result, the skin looks worn down and feels thinner to the touch. You can always slow down the process with a protein-rich diet, and your waxing regime won't affect it in any way.
- Sun exposure: UV rays are an easy source of vitamin D, but too much sunlight can dry up the skin and damage the skin cells. You have to keep tabs on the amount of time you spend outdoors and wear sunblock whenever you plan to stay under the sun for hours at a time.
- A poor diet: As mentioned above, proteins are essential to keep the skin healthy. If you eat too much junk food, caffeine, processed meat, and refined sugars, you'll be affecting blood circulation, as well as your cells' ability to reproduce. You have to cut down your carbs intake and introduce more protein and vitamins into your diet. Drinking and smoking are also known for making your skin age faster.
- Drastic weight loss: Saggy skin is one of the most notable consequences of sudden weight loss. After losing the extra weight, the collagen and elastin fibers are strained, and the skin loses its ability to remain firm in the process.
It's also worth mentioning that you'll never be too old to get into waxing. Even if your skin starts growing saggy for whatever reason, a regular waxing regime won't prompt skin damage and the experience itself will be just as pleasant. Of course, saggy skin is thinner and more sensitive, so it must be properly soothed during the post-wax treatment. Remember to use antioxidant formulas right after waxing and natural skin care products between wax sessions.
This doesn't mean, however, that waxes can be used indiscriminately without considering the person's skin and the type of treatment they're going for. An unqualified hand, the wrong wax products, and/or a sloppy post-wax treatment can all result in long-term skin conditions, so you should always seek the assistance of a certified esthetician.
Incorrect Waxing PracticesWhile not causing sagging skin all on their own, the following mistakes could still make the skin more fragile if you fall into the same pattern during each wax treatment.
- Letting the wax grow too hot: This one should be obvious. If your wax surpasses the right temperature for the skin, you'll end up causing burns and scars. This also means that the wax won't have the right consistency to remove all the hairs smoothly and swiftly.
- Pressing too hard on the skin: Here's where the esthetician's expertise proves to be an asset. After making sure that the wax is evenly spread on the area, the esthetician must use one hand to keep the skin taut while ripping the wax off with the other hand (they will use a muslin strip if they're working with soft body waxes). If you press too hard or pull to roughly each time you remove a wax strip, you'll be needlessly stretching the skin and increasing the risks of injury.
- Waxing the skin too often: On one hand, this refers to putting several wax layers on the same portion of skin. A considerable number of wax formulas can only be applied once, so you could potentially bruise the skin when you try to spread in on the same area a second time. On the other hand, people who try their hand and waxing before the hairs are fully grown not only cause needless product waste; they also put an unnecessary strain on the skin, sometimes waxing before the outer layer has time to grow back.
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