You cannot take good care of your skin if you don’t take your skin type into consideration while doing so. You are one lucky girl if you have a normal, healthy skin. But your woes have just taken a new turn if you have sensitive skin. Although many substitutes like epilation or shaving are used by many women worldwide, waxing remains the most popular hair-removal choice. If you have a sensitive skin, however, waxing can come at its own perils. But why should that deter you from going for this hair-removal option?
There are many brands out there that make wax for all skin types. All you need to know is which one to use and a few precautions to take into consideration. Want a step-by-step guide to best wax your sensitive skin? Read on to make your next waxing experience a treat for you and your skin.
Skin Sensitivity and Waxing
The sensitivity of the skin depends on many factors that can be broadly classified as internal and external factors.
Internal factors are ones, as you have probably guessed, which cannot be changed. These include your skin’s water retention capacity, elasticity, sebum production and sensitivity to certain stimuli or products.
The external factors, on the other hand, can oft times be reversible. These can depend on the medication you are on. For example, women on a medication for acne will find their skin to be much more sensitive compared to when they are not on medication. Your diet also has a direct impact on your skin sensitivity. Some people react to food rich in nitrites by developing rashes even if they don’t have a sensitive skin. Hormones too have a deep impact on your skin’s sensitivity. Pre- and post-menstruation phases can also affect how your skin reacts to certain products and treatments.
Thus, it is important to take into consideration all factors related to your skin and general health before going for something like waxing. This is because the whole activity is harsh on the skin, especially if yours is sensitive already. The pulling of the hair from the roots not just exposes the follicles but also puts pressure on the skin and exposes its layers.
Which Wax Should You Choose?
If there’s one thing that can be said about nature, it’s that it can never do your skin any harm. Especially if you don’t go around rubbing bushes that can cause rashes. If you have a sensitive skin, chances are your skin is allergic to many chemicals found in ordinary products. It is best to know what all your skin is allergic to and then make informed choices accordingly. If, however, you are not very sure, then go for something natural.
A regular wax usually is a simple combination of lemon and honey or sugar, with chemical substances. While your skin might not be allergic to the honey or lemon, it’s the chemicals that can ruin waxing for you. Another thing to note is that since honey or sugar will stick to your skin that is not something that is healthy for a sensitive skin. Yet, if you feel that the chemicals are ruining your skin, then you can always try to make some wax at home by heating honey, sugar and lemon.
If your problem isn’t solved by this then you need to move a step further than that. Try some of the flavored waxes instead. One of the best recommendations in this regard is the Aloe Vera wax. Now you have probably also heard about Chocolate wax, which is good for sensitive skin too. However, you need to test it on a small patch first before opting for a full body wax. When I tried it, I had rashes all over, so, chocolate wax doesn’t really suit everyone.
Aloe Vera, on the other hand, is a skin-friendly plant that your skin will thank you for. You will find many beauty benefits of Aloe Vera and the same can be found in aloe-based waxes. One of the most popular aloe-based wax products these days is Rica Aloe Vera Wax. If you cannot get hold of this try some other plant or fruit-based wax, like strawberry wax.
Waxing Sensitive Skin: Dos and Don’ts
Your waxing journey doesn’t end with choosing the right wax for your skin. The right wax is only the beginning. There are many other things that you need to keep in mind when waxing your sensitive skin. here are a few dos and don’ts to help you give your skin the right waxing experience.
Test the Wax
Like I said earlier about chocolate wax, it is important that you test the product before using it. The thing about sensitive skin is that not all are sensitive to the same chemicals or products. Thus, it becomes important for you to test the way you are using on a small patch of skin before going for the long haul.
For the testing, choose a patch of skin that won’t be exposed generally. This is important because even if something goes wrong at least you won’t have to walk around with a rash. Select a small patch of your skin for the test. If you choose your back as the test subject don’t go for the whole area. Choose a thin strip of 10cms for the test. If 24 hours after the waxing you don’t see any rash or feel any irritation or another sensitivity indicator, then you are good to use this product.
It is important to always keep your skin moisturized. More so, if you have just had it waxed. Rashes are not the only thing that you need to worry about if you have a sensitive skin. Letting it dry out after waxing can lead to far greater worries like marks and loosening of the skin.
Remember that right after waxing, your skin is even more vulnerable to problems. Thus, it is best to moisturize your skin soon as you are done waxing. Now you know why VEET’s waxing strips come with oil strips for post waxing moisturization.
Sanitise the Area to be Waxed
With the removal of hair from the roots, comes the opening of pores. This is a very vulnerable time for the skin as bacteria can make way to your pores. Thus, to avoid any untoward incident, it is best to sanitize your skin before and after waxing. Folliculitis is a condition where white pimples develop around the hair. This happens due to a bacterial or fungal infection that leads to the inflammation of the hair follicles. To avoid any such skin problem, sanitizing
the skin is best.
Avoid the Face
The skin on your face is far more sensitive than all the other parts of your body. For people with sensitive skin, this becomes even more troublesome. Thus, it is best to avoid the face when choosing to wax for hair-removal. In fact, any method that involves pulling of hair should be avoided. The best options than becoming shaving or laser treatment, which are far gentler. Sugaring is another option for women with sensitive skin. Sugaring gels allow for a far softer treatment of the skin as compared to waxing.