Want to have smooth skin? Waxing is an excellent technique for hair removal. Not only does it reduce the hassle of constantly shaving, plus waxing removes dead skin, giving you a youthful glow. Besides, when we are on vacation, the last thing that should be on our minds is our hair growing back.
However, while waxing has many advantages as a hair removal technique, there is a catch. More than often, redness lingers for some time after the wax.
Usually, it fades on its own. However, if the red or inflamed skin patches persist, we have some solutions for you to reduce skin redness!
Why Do I Have Redness On My Skin After Waxing?
While chances are that the redness lingers due to you having irritation-prone skin or more sensitive skin, however, this is not always the case. It is normal to see some redness or irritation after waxing on every skin type. It isn’t harmful in any way; it’s just that the sudden removal causes the skin to be a bit agitated and adjust to the new change.
When waxing, the wax (heated) is put directly onto the skin, after which a cloth (applying it to the hot wax) pulls off the hair in the direction of hair growth. Waxing removes the hair from its roots, unlike shaving, penetrating the hair follicle. Oh, not to mention, the simultaneous pulling can make your skin appear a bit red or flushed and feel itchy as well.
How Long Will The Redness Last?
Usually, the redness fades in a few minutes, especially if you have wax on a regular basis. Give it an hour or so, and your skin will return to normal. However, if it persists, we have a few tips that may be of service. There is no need for panic; sometimes, the reaction occurs for different reasons. Let’s say you are getting waxed for the first time. In that case, you will almost always experience more irritation d and redness than a regular use since your skin is still not used to this procedure.
Ways to Reduce Skin Redness After Waxing
Now that we’ve settled that dilemma let us move to the basic tips that will help you reduce redness or inflammation.
- Wear Loose, Comfortable Clothing
Your skin is already irritated from the constant pulling of hair. It is, at that moment, susceptible and prone to react to anything. Please don’t put on anything tight or fitted enough to rub against your skin; it will irritate it more and may cause more redness.
Choose clothes that are loose and airy. If you are waxing at home, it isn’t a problem. However, if you choose to go to a salon or some other shop, make sure to wear these types of clothes.
- Use a Cooling Product
Skin after waxing is akin to that of a sunburn. The blood vessels that run directly beneath the skin expand and swell, allowing more blood flow. If the inflammation or irritation is still there after a considerable amount of time, try to use a cooling agent for the skin like natural herbs with anti-inflammatory properties that help to settle down the skin.
- Apply Aloe Vera or Soothing Lotion
A tip is to use aloe Vera, or any kind of post-wax cooling product (like a gel) or apply ice on the area where the redness is. Applying any soothing cream or lotion will also act as an anti inflammatory.
So, if there is severe inflammation or irritation around your eyebrows post-waxing, brew a tea bag, leaving it to cool, and apply the pack around the red skin. It should calm it down. As aloe vera is one of the most popular anti-inflammatory products on the market today, many products contain this particular plant.
- Try Witch Hazel
Still not having any luck? Apply Witch Hazel may help. To clear up confusion (as we’re sure there is some) Witch Hazel is a plant and has been associated with healing and medicinal purposes for a long time. The plant is a natural astringent, meaning that it is a chemical that aids in constricting the body tissue, thus helping with redness. Rub some Witch Hazel (in the form of drops) on a piece of cloth or a cotton pad and apply it to the reddish skin.
The Way Forward!
Undoubtedly, waxing is an incredible way to get smooth and hair-free skin. Still, redness after waxing is a major issue. So, if you’re also experiencing it, try these hacks for instant relief. But if, despite these treatments, the situation persists, it may be time to contact a dermatologist or your local doctor.