If you read last week Wednesday’s blog post on Ingrown Hairs you know a little about how important after care can be (if you missed it, Click Here).

Here is a more in depth article on proper waxing after care.

Immediately after your hair removal

It’s normal immediately after hair removal for a little bit of redness and/or a bumpy rash to appear. Do not fret! This should disappear after a few hours and is normally due to a histamine reaction.

To combat this reaction, we recommend using Berodin’s Post Wax Soothing Cream. The main ingredients and there benefits are:

  • Aloe Vera: A cooling plant that moisturizes while combating irritation.
  • Lavender Oil: A naturally antiseptic essential oil that balances and soothes redness.
  • Arnica Oil: A soothing remedy that promotes healthy circulation and calms redness.

Because waxing removes the hair at the root, it’s important that you keep the area clean and bacteria free. This means:

  • No sunbathing for at least 12 hours (have your waxing done at least the day BEFORE you go on holiday)
  • No swimming in a chlorinated pool, baths and saunas for 24 hours (shower is OK)
  • Do not exercise or do any other activities that cause heavy perspiring (sweating leads to bacteria)
  • Avoid perfume soaps or products with chemical irritants and make up for 12 hours.
  • Do not apply any of your own creams or lotions for 24 hours.
  • Do not expose your skin to exfoliating products including, but not limited to, glycolic, lactic and salicylic acid as well as ultraviolet rays (sun or tanning booth) for at least 48 hours after hair removal service.
  • Do not squeeze any pimples! (These are actually ingrown hairs, you will only spread the infection. See our other blog post for INGROWN HAIRS)
    • To fight these stubborn ingrown hairs, and even to prevent them, we recommend Berodin’s Blemish Control Gel. The main ingredients and their benefits are:
      • Organic Colloidal Sulfur: A mineral that targets and suppresses acne-causing bacteria while gently exfoliating.
      • Allantoin: A naturally-occurring compound that soothes and nurtures the skin’s natural healing process.
      • Lemon Extract: A brightening astringent that controls oil and shine
  • Also avoid touching the waxed area to ensure it remains bacteria free
  • Avoid using bar soaps, it leaves a film on the body that can cause ingrown hairs
For Bikini/Brazilian hair removal, along with all of the above.
  • Avoid any sexual contact for 12 hours.
  • We suggest bringing a fresh pair of cotton underwear to change into after your appointment. (Post-wax, your pores are exposed and more prone to infection. A clean pair of underwear will help keep germs away)
  • Avoid tight fitting clothing.

3 Days after hair removal and beyond……

As your skin closes over the follicles, the next consideration is to ensure you prevent ingrown hairs. A few simple measures can easily avoid this situation. Here’s where the “dos” come in:

  • Use a soft brush or exfoliating glove to gently buff the area every 2-3 days – this is particularly important after about day 3 through up to about the 10 day mark. It doesn’t need to be hard scrubbing, just a gentle exfoliation. NOTE: make sure to keep your exfoliating tool in a clean dry spot after use so bacteria doesn’t grow.
  • Make sure to hydrate your skin/hair every day. Properly hydrated skin and hair will provide better results in future appointments due to less breakage from dry, brittle hair.

The added bonus of following the aftercare advice (apart from your skin looking hair-free and smoother for longer), is that it really will make your next hair removal quicker and less painful!!!

We recommend being on a regular hair removal routine. When you reach 4-6 weeks or a minimum of ¼ – ½ an inch of hair growth, it is time to schedule your next appointment. When you continually remove a hair from its root, the follicle can stop producing a hair in general! Scheduling regular treatments can lead to potential permanent reduction in hair growth and leads to prevention of ingrown hairs.

 

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