Hair removal by waxing requires special after care:
Wear loose clothing after treatment, this follows the skin from becoming irritated after waxing. It also ensures clothing does not rub against the skin follicles which have been emptied by the waxing process. The hairs have a blood supply at the base and therefore removing them compromises the protective barrier provided by your skin for a few hours. Care must be taken to protect your skin at this time from irritation and infection.
Avoid sun exposure, deodorant, hot showers / baths, chlorinated pools, massage, sun tanning, vigorous exercise, spas and saunas for 24 hours. This all prevails the skin from heating up and prolonging any irritation from the hair removal process.
Avoid makeup after facial waxing for 24-48 hours. Do not apply fake tan for 24 hours. Keep your skin clean and as sweat free as possible. Try to avoid touching the skin after waxing as everyone's hands have the potential to carry bacteria. This reduces the risk of bacteria entering the skin which may lead to infection, commonly seen as spots a few days after waxing treatments.
After 2 days use a scrub on the skin to remove dead skin cells and debris; this will minimize ingrown hairs. Continue this process twice weekly. Use moisturizer daily. This keeps the skin soft which helps the hairs to grow through the hair follicle rather than becoming ingrown. Hairs are often finer after waxing and need to pass through the follicle when they regrow before clean moisturized skin will help prevent ingrowing hairs. Apply antiseptic lotion to any ingrown hairs that may appear. (eg Tea Tree)
Waxing may cause redness which usually subsides after 24 hours. If the reaction persist please speak to your pharmacist as persistent redness is a sign of an allergic response. Speak to your therapists about this before you next see them as they can patch test other wax products on your skin to find out if one suits you.
Waxing treatments do not damage the skin in the way shaving or chemical hair removal can. If after care advise is followed then any redness after waxing will quickly subside leaving smooth soft hair free skin for weeks.