What is Hair Removal Wax Made Out of?
September 02, 2020What makes wax products so effective? Anyone who's been to a wax session can attest to the practical benefits of these formulas. Waxes can remove body hairs swiftly and efficiently while spreading a series of additional properties that help maintain the smoothness of the skin. Being highly demanded hair removal products, professional waxes need to be infused with the right combination of ingredients to guarantee all of these results. Wax formulas can change from one product to the next depending on the areas they're meant to treat, but there are still several ingredients that must always be a part of them.
What Goes into a Wax Formula?The composition of a wax formula determines the consistency the wax will take before being applied. Some waxes combine ingredients that allow more flexibility and, in turn, application in very thin layers. Others reach a sticky consistency that might cause mild discomfort but that is also needed to grab the hairs and remove dead cells from the skin. After the wax is spread on a portion of skin, clients expect to get all the hairs removed from that area in one single pull, without having to go through a second layer of wax. To ensure this outcome with minimal effort and little discomfort on the client's part, the wax formula could require alterations depending on the case.
Let's take a look at the ingredients that are usually integrated in a good wax formula:
- Beeswax and rosin, usually the core ingredients in hard body waxes. While beeswax is a well-known ingredient in many popular wax products, other natural alternatives usually take its place when it comes to organic wax formulas.
- Pine resins.
- Natural oils. The oils added to a wax formula are chosen concerning their additional skin care benefits, texture, and fragrance.
- Chemical additives, like colorants, perfumes, acids to regulate the product's pH, etc.
There are additional ingredients that serve to identify particular wax products within a brand: honey extract, cocoa, olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil, lavender, chamomile, different fruits, and citric acids like lemon extract. Many of the natural oils used in wax products are enriched with vitamins that protect the skin. Wax products infused with argan oil, for example, carry enough Vitamin E to moisturize the skin while the wax is being applied. On the other hand, azulene oil has an instant relaxing effect that's ideal to soothe the skin during the treatment. Many of these ingredients infuse wax products with pleasant fragrances that remove the need of including perfumes. They also keep the concentration of colorants and other chemicals components to a minimum.
Since a standard wax session leaves the skin pores open and strips the skin's outer layer, wax formulas usually involve antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory components to protect the skin from infections. Almond oil and tamanu oil are some ingredients that are commonly included to add these protective properties to the wax. Polymers and jelly extract are also additions that enhance the elasticity of the wax while maintaining a texture that's pleasant to the touch.
An effective combination also serves to simplify the esthetician's work. Quality waxes include accurate instructions to help attain the right consistency. This way, estheticians know exactly how much of their time will be needed before the wax can glide easily on the skin. The heating period should not surpass the 10-minute mark and estheticians can usually get attuned with the singularities of each product after the first few applications.
What About Toxic Additives?Most professional waxes have a moderate-to-low concentration of artificial elements to prevent damage in a process that inevitably puts a strain on the skin, no matter how minor. Made out of a mixture of hydrocarbons, paraffin is favored for having several therapeutic properties and is used for many practical and cosmetic purposes. Despite being a common hair removal formula, paraffin carries a high concentration petroleum and other chemicals that result in a stickier texture while increasing the risks of rashes and inflammation. It can also be very harmful for people with sensitivity problems.
Other potentially harmful ingredients commonly found in both soft and hard waxes are parabens, oxybenzone, and certain antioxidants. Some ingredients like vitamin B3 are not particularly harmful but can still trigger hyperpigmentation and other skin conditions.
Unlike many popular wax products, the formulas developed at Beauty Image are paraffin-free, with natural alternatives that make up for most of the common artificial additives. Each of our formulas goes through several control inspections throughout their production process, as well as exhaustive tests to ensure their effectiveness on different types of skin. We offer a wide array of ingredients tailored to enhance workability while catering to each client's personal needs, regardless of the amount of hair/skin condition you're dealing with.
Among other things, waxes are meant to provide a less aggressive alternative to depilatory creams in terms on chemical components. As seen above, the key ingredients that bring all the other elements of the formula together are usually of natural origins and one of the reasons waxes have the reputation of improving the skin's texture beyond hair removal. To learn about the most effective natural ingredients in wax products and find information about the best natural formulas in the market, check out our blog "The Top 3 Best Natural Alternatives for Waxing".
When looking for hair removal products, you must always have the needs of your clients in mind. Beauty Image is always adding more products to its catalog to help you tackle different hair problems and skin conditions without fail. Learn all about the best wax formulas calling TOLL FREE 888-513-8815 or filling out our website's contact form. Each of our products guarantees instant results that no other solution can match. And remember to subscribe to our newsletter so we can bring the most relevant content straight to your inbox.
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