Okay: you have just left your waxing session, you’re feeling great, buuttt you could use a shower to really round off your self-care session. Is that allowed? Will showering directly after your bikini wax session increase the risk of ingrown hairs or the likelihood of infection?
If you’re currently in the same boat and are trying to figure out what to do, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our handy guide to post-wax etiquette so that you can make sure that both you and your skin wind up cared for and happy.
How to keep your skin happy after waxing
First and foremost, it is important to make sure proper skin care is carried out prior to adding any additional elements into the equation. For this reason, we’ve compiled our basic post-wax aftercare to ensure that your skin gets the much needed TLC following your waxing session.
While these aftercare tips are not required, they are highly recommended to ensure the best results for your skin.
Regardless if it’s part of your current daily routine or not, your skin needs to be kept moisturized. Whether you just got a Brazilian wax, or simply chose to touch up your brows, practicing a regular routine of hydrating your skin is crucial. The reason hydration plays such a large role in the success of your wax is due to the reduction in the likelihood of ingrown hairs when the skin is properly moisturized. Applying lotions and the appropriate body oils allows any new growth to breach the surface of your skin without any issues. If your skin is dry and flaky, hair can become trapped and therefore be unable to surface.
In addition, moisturizing after a wax ensures that you have soft, healthy looking skin. After all, you’ve put time and money into removing your unwanted hair. It may feel pointless if the skin becomes dry and bumpy as it heals.
Wear loose fitting clothes after getting waxed even when you’re out and about
Following your waxing appointment, both waxing tech and regular waxing clientele will both reiterate the importance of wearing loose fitting clothes following your waxing session. Wearing tight-fitting clothes, or garments that do not allow your skin to breathe can result in unwanted and painful irritation. For example, if you’ve just got done with getting a brazilian wax, or have just wrapped up waxing your legs, wearing skin-tight jeans would not be the best option for your skin. Instead, opt for loose fitting trousers, or maybe even a skirt or dress to allow for proper healing.
Even if loose fitting clothes are out of your comfort zone, it is only a temporary requirement for your long term success.
Give your skin a chance to calm itself
Lastly, try to avoid any products or activities that could be irritating for the skin. This can especially apply to those with sensitive skin who find themselves dealing with skin that has prolonged redness and sensitivity. Simply give your skin time to calm down without adding an array of products to mitigate any inflammation.
You have to remember that your unwanted hairs were just ripped directly out of the hair follicle, so your skin is going to need some time to recover!
When showering after your wax appointment, here’s how to keep skin hydrated
If showering is a must following your wax appointment, it is important to keep your skin safe and hydrated following your shower. Thankfully there are ways to manage any irritation that may occur. Here’s our guide to reducing any potential skin issues following your wax:
If you aren’t in dire need of a shower, don’t take one
If you haven't picked up already, we’ll say it again: Try not to shower for at least 8 hours following your waxing appointment. If possible, waiting a full day would be the best possible option for the integrity of your skin.
Can you use hot or cold water during a post-wax shower?
Taking a hot shower should be avoided as it can irritate and further dry out your skin. Since waxing is already causing some irritation to your skin, the addition of hot water can not only be painful, but also cause your skin to be irritated for longer.
If you’re hoping to calm your skin and are comfortable with being a little uncomfortable, using cool water can help calm the skin..
If you need a shower after getting waxed, use lukewarm water
Lukewarm water is the warmest water that should be applied to the skin. This temperature allows for a slightly more comfortable showering experience, while also minimizing any potential shock to your skin. If you’re concerned about the temperature or the amount of time needed to shower post-wax consult your esthetician as they will be able to provide custom recommendations based on your skin.
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