There are many different ways to get rid of unwanted hair, but waxing remains popular among most women. It also works as a cost effective means and is helpful when you want to delay the growth of unwanted hair. Like any other skin treatment, waxing too needs some post-treatment care, and it comes with its set of do’s and don’ts. Here is a list of things that you should NOT be doing post a wax treatment.
Basking in the sun
The reason that you got yourself a body wax may actually be that you are headed to a beach vacation. However, give yourself at least 24 to 48 hours before you flaunt your hair-free body or get into the bikini. Freshly waxed skin is more vulnerable to sun damage and pigmentation. After all, dark skin patches or burnt skin is the last thing that you want.
Taking a dip in the pool
Heading to the swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, or steam bath are all bad ideas if you have just waxed. The chlorinated water in the pools can irritate open pores and cause an increased risk of infection. Also, the heat from steam baths and saunas can soon turn into a playground for bacteria and germs that love to thrive in warm and wet places.
Engaging in rigorous workouts
It is good to sweat it out and keep yourself in shape unless you’ve just got a wax treatment done. Workout movement may cause friction near the waxed areas and result in inflammation. Excessive perspiration can also block pores and lead to infection. If you’ve just got your hair removed, take a break from training, aerobics, running etc. for at least one to two days. It is alright to hit the couch once in a while.
Wearing tight and body fitted clothes
Tight and constricting clothing can prevent your skin from breathing freely, and thus result in rashes and breakouts. It can also cause you to sweat, which in turn can lead to irritation, redness, or inflammation.
Exfoliating your skin
Waxing removes not just your hair, but also the top most layer of dead skin cells. As a result, additional scrubbing can lead to skin damage. Stay away from body scrubs and exfoliators for at least 24 hours post hair removal. Begin exfoliation only 3 to 4 days later. Use a gentle product to remove dead skin cells and ingrown hair. Top off with a moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated.
Using deodorants and body sprays
Using sprays and other deodorant products with artificial fragrances immediately after a waxing session can prove quite troublesome. These chemical products can make your skin sore and lead to irritation, itchiness, and redness. It is best to stay away from these products for at least a day post hair removal.
Trimming Or Shaving
Regrowth of hair usually starts after a week or two after treatment with wax. During this period, it is best that you do not shave, trim, or use depilatory products so that the hair grows back to its minimum required length before the next session.