We go to such great lengths to appear attractive to the opposite sex. There are endless beauty solutions available for all of your problems. And if you want to get rid of unwanted hair, there is waxing. But, having your hair ripped out of your skin can never be painless. However, waxing is definitely a recommended temporary hair removal treatment than shaving or depilatory creams. It prevents ingrown hair and also removes dead skin cells. If you want to don a bikini on the beach, there is a price to pay for that. It's called waxing your bikini area! Imagine, waxing such a sensitive area of your body. It will surely bring more pain than waxing any other area of your body. The best way to reduce pain is by numbing the body part. Here are simple to tips to help you with the same.
Tips to Reduce Waxing Pain
- Take an aspirin: Pop a OTT analgesic like aspirin or Advil 30 minutes before your waxing appointment. It will help reduce pain sensitivity.
- Hire a professional: It is better to hire a professional waxer to wax your skin than to do it yourself. They use good products and are well experienced to know how to make waxing less painful for you.
- Use a hot bed: Use a warm compress on the area to be waxed with the help of a hot bed. It loosens the skin pores and eases the grip of hair roots beneath the skin. This helps reduce pain to a great extent, making it a lot more bearable for you.
- Use hot wax: Hot wax helps finish the waxing session a lot faster than a cold wax session. It is less messy and feels warm on your skin. Beware of skin sensitivity towards heat. Do a patch test to check the temperature of the wax, else you might end up with a burn.
- Avoid certain foods: On the day of your waxing session, avoid all foods that contain caffeine or sugar. It is also preferable that you avoid smoking as even nicotine causes sensitivity and leads to increase in sensation of pain.
- Relax yourself: Having a glass of wine helps many people soothe the pain by relaxing them. It also increases body temperature, relaxes hair follicles and you experience lesser pain than usual. Don't get drunk to make it more bearable! It may magnify the pain.
- Breathing techniques: When the waxer is about to pull out your body hair, instead of focusing on the pain, pay attention to your breathing techniques. Inhale, hold your breath while she pulls out hair and exhale. Repeat with each strip.
- Follow reverse directions: If you pull hair from the opposite direction of the growth, you will be able to remove more hair and reduce pain caused by frequent waxing.
- Use a numbing spray or gel: There are some numbing sprays and gels available in pharmacies that help cause temporary numbness in the area where it is applied. This is recommended in extreme cases when coarse hair make the pain unbearable for some women. Men can use this remedy too.
- Use a scrub: Scrubbing helps exfoliate your skin. It gets rid of dead skin cell buildup near hair follicles and makes it easier to wax out hair. On the day of your waxing appointment, exfoliate your body well. You can mix the juice of lemon and sugar to scrub. It is a great exfoliator that has a sugaring effect and also reduces hair growth.
- No sweat: Make sure your skin is not oily or sweaty before waxing. It hinders the hold of wax on hair and makes it difficult to swiftly remove hair, causing you more pain. Dust skin with some talc or a baby powder to absorb the oil before waxing.
- Stretch it: Stretching your skin during waxing helps tighten it to swiftly remove hair. You can pull your skin tighter while waxing. It works wonder to make waxing less painful.
- Regularly use a loofah: Just like scrubbing, using a loofah regularly in your bath helps slow down the growth of hair. You can even use a pumice stone, but don't be very harsh on your skin.
If you prefer home waxing, always remember to apply a thin layer of wax because a thick layer will make the hair stick to the skin and make it harder to remove them. It is a waxing myth that rubbing ice before hair removal reduces pain. It tightens your skin, increasing your agony while waxing. I tried that once when I was 16 to wax my eyebrows after reading it in a magazine. The entire day I had to roam around with reddish-pink swollen eyebrows! Don't even ask how much it hurt. I cried harder than I did when I had my first heartbreak.
Before waxing, toners and astringents are a strict no-no too. It is recommended that you do not visit the parlor for waxing sessions when you are nearing your menstrual cycle. This is because your skin is extra tender those days and it will hurt more than it normally does to get your skin waxed.
After you have deployed all these ways to reduce pain, don't forget to apply some antibacterial lotion or dusting powder to prevent any bacterial infection due to open skin pores from hair removal. Applying aloe vera gel after waxing helps soothe the pain and has antibacterial properties. Infection can lead to ingrown hair that are très difficile to remove and are deeply agonizing. Over time, pain will subside with each regular waxing session and soon it will become bearable for you. Fix your waxing appointments around 20-25 days apart.
Waxing helps reduce the growth of hair and also weakens hair roots, resulting in thinner hair that are easier and less painful to pull out. You wouldn't even need to use the above tips to reduce waxing pain. But, till then don't forget them, else be subjected to the extreme pain.