Many people dread the waxing process because it hurts so much. And while truly painless waxing may not be achievable, there are some things you can do to help reduce the pain, as I’ll discuss in this article…
Painless waxing tips
Unwanted body hair is one of the most irritating things that can happen to you. You want the hair to be gone, and there are many ways that you can choose to remove it.
However, most of these methods involve some pain, or they’re inconvenient or impractical.
When you choose which hair removal method will be the best fit for you, it’s important to take into account the level of pain you can handle, as well as how often you want to commit to getting rid of the unwanted body hair.
If you desire to put minimal effort into hair removal, then waxing is one of the best options for you, since the effects of waxing can last for several weeks. And while waxing can be painful, if you take the proper precautions, nearly painless waxing can be a reality.
Here’s a few waxing tips to help you towards painless waxing…
Use numbing medications
When waxing, there are three different issues that can cause pain.
First of all, proper waxing techniques call for the use of hot wax. While the wax should absolutely not be hot enough to cause injury to the person receiving treatment, it may still be uncomfortably warm to some people, especially those who don’t like excess warmth.
Of course, the actual process of waxing is known to be very uncomfortable in some areas more than others. This is because the hair is forcefully ripped from the follicle which naturally causes some intense pain, especially in more tender areas.
Lastly, some people can experience pain after the actual waxing process, as this process is pretty irritating to the skin.
Using some sort of numbing medications will help you to overcome the pain from all of these factors.
A regular dose of Advil or Tylenol taken a short while before the procedure will do the trick.
This is a very simple and inexpensive way to help reduce waxing pain.
A professional is the best choice
If you were in need of a surgery, you would try to find the most qualified surgeon for the job. By doing this, you could ensure that the job would be done correctly and with minimal pain and complications.
Although waxing isn’t a serious medical procedure, it’s ridiculous to expect professional results from someone that isn’t experienced in waxing.
Not only will a professional make sure that the job is done right, but they know special techniques that will cause waxing to hurt less than if it were done by someone inexperienced.
For example, a professional will know that it’s important to hold the skin taut and pat the area immediately after it’s been waxed. These are just a couple of the ways that a professional waxer can help lessen your pain.
Unfortunately, some of your everyday habits might be causing you extra pain during your waxing session. However, these habits can be easily modified.
If you smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol on regular basis, there could be excess acid inside of your body. This acid can cause you to be more sensitive to the pain of waxing.
A few days before your waxing session, it might be a good idea to decrease the amount of cigarettes that you smoke and alcohol that you drink.
Additionally, if you are a smoker or consume a lot of alcohol, it’s a good idea to take some antacid tablets about 20 minutes before your appointment.
Exfoliating is key
Most of the pain of waxing is caused by removing the hair from the follicle.
Body hair is well anchored into your follicles, so removal will unfortunately always cause some pain. When you are removing the hair however, it’s important to remember that the less debris that the hair has to go through on the skin, the less pain you will experience.
As you go about your day, debris such as dead skin cells and dirt from objects around you will accumulate on your skin. If these particles are left on your skin, the unwanted hair will have to travel through this buildup in order to be removed.
Using an exfoliating sub on your skin can aid in the removal of this buildup. Exfoliating can also help to prevent ingrown hairs after waxing.
Stay away from astringents and toners
As part of their daily skin care routine, many people will follow up their cleanser with an astringent or toner to completely cleanse the skin.
Generally, astringents and toners are great for polishing the skin and removing unwanted debris on the skin.
However, these cleansers are designed so that they close your pores. And this is great for ensuring that dirt doesn’t get in your pores.
Before waxing though, tightening of the pores can cause the hair follicle to get a firmer grip on the hair that you want to remove. If the hair is being gripped tighter than normal, you can expect more pain than average.
For this reason, try to steer clear of astringents and toners for a painless waxing experience.
Be sure to relax
Before most medical procedures, it’s important that you be completely relaxed and at ease. Staying calm is essential for a safe and effective procedure.
Again, waxing isn’t considered to be a medical procedure, but you can still benefit from using relaxation techniques.
When you are tense, any feelings of pain that you experience are intensified, which isn’t what you want when receiving a wax.
Taking deep breaths is a great technique to use if you feel yourself tensing up during your procedure.
Know what areas are safe to wax
While some areas are significantly more uncomfortable to wax, there are some areas that are unsafe to wax.
Areas like female genitalia are uncomfortable, but not dangerous to wax.
Other areas like the upper lip can be dangerous if not waxed properly.
And areas like eyelashes should be avoided at all costs.
Completely painless waxing may not be possible, but there are some steps you can take to help minimize the pain. Following the waxing tips in this article should help to reduce the pain and contribute to a less painful experience.