Waxing can be a source of discomfort, and something that people come to dread, leading them to submitting to the razor, and losing all the benefits they’ve built up by waxing. This doesn’t have to be the case, as millennia of hair removal experience have found a wealth of ways to remove hair with the minimal amount of discomfort, which we are glad to share with you here!
Time it Right
The two things to consider here with making sure you choose the right time for your wax, is whether your hairs are at the right length, and where you are in your monthly cycle. If your hairs are too short then the wax won’t have enough to grip on to, pulling the skin but not the hairs. Also, your pain threshold is at its highest just after your period (and lowest just before) so make sure you time your routine accordingly!
Wax not only pulls out the hairs, but pulls off any dead layers of skin left in the area, so it’s a good idea to exfoliate close before – but not too close. The best time is around 24 hours prior to waxing. Just before you do wax, you should take a nice warm bath to open up your pores and follicles. Make sure that your skin is bone dry before you try to wax, as the water can affect how well the wax will work.
Perfect the Technique
When actually waxing, it’s important to remember to breathe. Our natural reaction to pain is to sharply inhale, so it’s good to take a cue from our own bodies! Pull the skin taut to give the hairs a smooth exit, and take a deep breath in as you apply the wax. Veet’s wax strips have Easy Grip tabs to make the removal as quick and easy as possible, so grab the tab and pull against the direction of the hair whilst exhaling.
Look after Yourself
After waxing your skin will be sensitive, so you shouldn’t do anything to further irritate it, such as exfoliating. Waxing itself acts as a great exfoliant, so you shouldn’t need to anyway! Further to this, you should avoid heat and strong deodorants. We should also include a comment about avoiding perfumed products and sun bathing, self-tanning products as well as swimming for the period of 24 hours
Alternatively, you could try a different, less invasive hair removal solution such as depilatory creams. These work by dissolving the hairs at the roots, allowing them to be simply washed off with the cream. The effects don’t last quite as long as waxing, but for those with very low pain thresholds this can be a great alternative.
So follow these steps to get the body you deserve, with minimal discomfort!