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Skin redness, increased skin sensitivity, blemishes – seem familiar to you? In pursuit of smooth skin, we sometimes choose to forget that using different hair removal techniques do come with some difficulties and unfortunate mishaps. Only a few were listed above. However, you should not despair. Most of us have suffered through it at least once in their lifetime – it goes without saying that there is more than a few reliable, proven and effective methods of treating skin irritation after hair removal.
Skin irritation after hair removal
It should be emphasized that temporary skin irritation after hair removal procedure is a common occurrence. Only after it persists for more than a day or two with no improvement we should be concerned enough to undertake some remedial measures. During waxing the outer layer of the skin may be damaged. More specifically the hydrolipid structure of epidermis may be impaired, which makes it harder to ensure the proper level of skin hydration. Prevalence of redness, lesions or blemishes may indicate early stages of inflammation and developing infection.
What can you do to prevent skin irritation after hair removal?
There is a myriad of methods preventing inflammation due to depilation. They should not be viewed as better or worse seeing as every living organism has different needs. We should consider every separate technique from the point of view of its reliability. Tending to skin irritation after hair removal is as important as daily skin care. Established routine enables us not only to nourish the skin but also to make it less susceptible to damage brought about by external stimuli. Here are some tips to help you establish your own routine:
- Regular skin moisturizing – it improves hair elasticity, thus makes it easier to remove unwanted hair. You can use different moisturizing balms or butters of your own choice. We found out that costumers take a particular interest in soothing body balm or body balm with urea manufactured by ROYX PRO
- Regular exfoliation – there is no difference whether you use rough sponge, DIY scrub or exfoliator from beauty supply shop. Removal of outer dead layer of skin makes it possible for hair to grow with no hindrance. By doing so, we diminish the risk of developing ingrown hair
- Choosing method of depilation best corresponding to the needs of your skin – it’s no secret that everyone is different, thus there is no such this as a universal hair removal technique. Nowadays, we can make a choice between depilation with soft wax, hard wax or sugar paste among others. While making an appointment it is advised to express your doubts when it comes to choosing the right method of depilation for you. Then we will be able to make a suggestion as to which one of them not only is best suitable for your skin, but also gives satisfactory results
Just before depilation, you should make sure that you are properly prepared to undergo the procedure at hand. Namely:
- 24h prior to depilation you must not neither sunbathe nor use solarium
- 24h before depilation it is recommended to gently exfoliate the area of interest
- Verify whether there are no contraindications of you having depilation like pre-existing irritation or skin injury, varicose veins or skin lesions
Sugar paste vs soft wax – longstanding rivalry
Depilation with soft wax has its advantages and drawbacks. The hair removal technique guarantees immediate and long term effects. However, high temperature of wax or undue strain on skin during the procedure may take their toll, particularly on sensitive or couperose skin.
Therefore, should you opt for depilation involving hair follicles removal we would recommend choosing a sugar paste. It is a reliable method especially for sensitive skin requiring special care. Sugar paste’s temperature is akin to the temperature of human body. Moreover, it is administered against the grain, that’s why it mostly adheres to the hair itself and not the skin underneath it. To put it simply, hair may be removed with just a few quicks tugs without exposing skin to mechanical damage.
Waxing appointment & anti-irritation measures implemented
Rest assured – we will not leave you to fend for yourself in an ongoing battle for smooth and supple skin! During the depilation cosmetologist undertake several measures in order to limit the risk of causing skin irritation after hair removal. Top-notch sanitary conditions and quality of depilation performance is crucial. Hmmm… seems a bit enigmatic, but not for long.
Firstly, the cosmetologist sanitizes not only her hands but also the disposable gloves worn during the depilation. Prior to applying wax, the treated area is disinfected with special solution containing aloes. It should not only remove any remnants of beauty products, but also effectively degrease the skin of the treated area. Then talcum powder is administered so as to not let wax come into a direct contact with the skin. By the same token, it is less probable to compromise the integrity of the skin.
Now comes the turning point of the whole hair removal process – ripping of wax with special strips. Have you ever wonder why having removed, the wax the cosmetologist places her cold hand on the skin? It is a feeble attempt to cool down the treated area and provide a minute to recuperate.
Additionally, the body part in question is once again sanitized. It may be unpleasant, due to slight prickly feeling, nonetheless it prevents the infection of open hair follicles. At the very end we strive to soothe the skin. Usually we cleanse larger body parts with cosmetic oil in order to remove any remnants of wax and cool down the treated area. For more sensitive body parts we apply a thin layer of sudocrem – antiseptic healing cream that softens and soothes sore and inflamed skin.
Post-waxing sin inflammation – what next?
Having undergone hair removal procedure, we should give the skin an opportunity to recover. For at least 24 hours after the treatment we should:
- Avoid making use of swimming pools, saunas, hot baths, sun tanning or solarium
- Apply sudocrem or every other soothing balm with ingredients like pantenol, aloes, bepanthen
- Steer clear of body scrubs seeing as the may only worsen pre-existing skin irritation
- Do not use body massage tretments such endermology or Icoone
If skin inflammation brought about by depilation persists for more than a day or two after the procedure, you should continue to follow the guidelines described above. Should skin irritation be that severe that it negatively impacts your daily activity, we recommend consulting your case with a dermatologist.