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April 17, 2020When it comes to hair removal treatments, waxing is one of the safest and most effective options around. Throughout the years, people have found in waxing treatments the ultimate solution to get rid of unwanted body hairs. No matter the case, there's one thing that all successful wax sessions have in common: aftercare is an active part of the treatment to the point where it's as important as the waxing itself. This is a constant factor that's considered for all types of waxes. While hard body waxes require the right consistency to minimize pulling and avoid residues, soft waxes are removed with a strip to increase efficiency in large areas. At the end of the day, all waxes open the pores and leave the skin sensitive for a brief period of time, turning aftercare into an essential part of the process.
The healing period starts right after the wax is removed from the skin and extends for a couple of days afterward. The aesthetician must set the example with a quality post-wax treatment, and the client must continue pampering the delicate skin with proper care and a series of preventive measures.
When waxing is performed by a professional, many of the common risks are ruled out. Professionally trained estheticians are familiar with the contraindications of waxing for different skin conditions and know how to test their waxing products before using them on clients. They also make sure the post-waxing period is spent without unpleasant side effects. After waxing, aestheticians must:
- Have cool gels and antiseptic products ready to provide a proper post-wax service. Enriched with vitamins A, E, and F, the Post-Depilatory Calming Oil is the best way to ensure the client's comfort from the beginning of the post-wax treatment.
- Avoid tensing the skin and putting pressure on it while cleaning. Gentle movements and cool compresses are important to soothe the raw skin and prevent unnecessary discomfort.
- Instill the importance of aftercare in clients. A great waxing can be easily ruined when a client forgets to avoid the ground rules set by the aesthetician in the 48 hours that go by before the pores are fully healed.
- Sunlight: While sun exposure is usually an easy source of vitamin D, it can pose a big risk on freshly waxed skin. The skin's outer layer is weakened and the skin itself is more vulnerable to burns and swelling. Hyperpigmentation is another result of UV rays on sensitive skin, especially for darker skin, so if you must spend many hours under the sun, remember to apply sunscreen as often as you can.
- Physical Activity: Exercise entails friction in many areas of the skin, and this increases the risks of rashes and irritation. Intense workouts also generate more sweat, making the skin more vulnerable to infection caused by bacteria. Sex should also be avoided, especially after bikini and Brazillian waxes.
- Large Bodies of Water: For your regular washing routine, it's better to stick to showers over baths, since bathtubs and bathwater collect more germs, increasing the chances of skin infections. Public pools and beach water carry the same risks, on top of the potential damages that saltwater and chlorine can easily cause on the skin when its pores are open and the outer layer isn't fully healed.
- Touching, Pulling, and Scratching the Skin: Most of the leftover itchiness disappears during the post-wax treatment, but it's still important to stay alert and avoid unconsciously touching the waxed area in the days after the session. You must also be careful while scrubbing during the shower and if you plan on exfoliating the skin. While exfoliation is an essential part of a skincare routine, it must be performed mildly or avoided altogether for at least three days after the wax session. After all, the stripped dead cells are the reason why freshly waxed skin is sensitive in the first place.
- Tight Clothing: Yet another reason to avoid exercise for a couple of days. Tight-fitting clothes and certain fabrics can be a constant source of friction, causing redness, irritation, and rashes.
- Saunas and Warm Environments: Saunas combine two major risk factors. They keep a consistent circulation of steam and the warm temperatures can easily harm the skin. Being public venues, they are also the resting spots of germs and bacteria, making it easier for them to adhere to the skin. As a rule, it's best to avoid places with high temperatures, as well as appliances that work as sources of heat. Be careful while handling portable cookers, irons, ovens, burners, boiling pans and similar objects during your daily chores.
- Skin Products with Chemicals and Fragrance: Many of the ingredients in common lotions, soap, sprays, and deodorants have artificial components that can prompt irritation and hinder the healing process. Natural ingredients like aloe vera and pumpkin are best to nourish the skin post-waxing. When a person has allergies or naturally sensitive skin, some natural oils like coconut and honey can cause infections, so it's best to discuss the options with the aesthetician at the beginning of the wax session.
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