The post-wax smooth touch is always worth the “ouch” moment and the convenience of being able to go a few weeks without shaving is hard to beat. No stress on vacation, no obsessing over ingrown hairs; it’s the ideal hair removal scenario.
Waxes seem like they are of the gods. Who could have possibly designed such a brilliant product? If you’ve ever wondered about the ingredients within that keeps you unwanted hair free, we’ve got you covered.
The basics of a great wax formula
All waxes are not created equal. In fact, a low quality wax puts you at a higher risk for post waxing complications. With the wrong wax, you’re looking at reactive skin, inflammation and unnecessary discomfort.
In some cases, the wrong wax formula or application can lead to unforeseen issues. In some cases, using soft waxes in more sensitive areas can cause concerns regarding burning, as the melting point is higher than in hard wax.
A great wax formula sets your skin up for success.
Beeswax is a versatile, brilliant resource found in many waxes. It can take on many forms and provide humans with a myriad of tools.
In hard waxes, you can often find beeswax as one of two main ingredients. Beeswax is a humectant, attracting water and keeping your skin a little extra hydrated. Beeswax also acts as a great exfoliant. There are some ethical concerns around beeswax harvesting, so sourcing that wax from a sustainable, local farmer is part of best practices.
Like beeswax, rosin, or pine resin, is another common ingredient. Pine resin does its best work when combined with beeswax. Since pine resin isn't water soluble, it keeps the wax coating itself in place and gives it its tackiness. WaxOne, weighing in at $38.00 for a 2.2 lb bag, uses a blend of beeswax and rosin for ultimate coverage and adhesion.
For folks with allergies, the combination of beeswax and pine resin may present complications like skin irritation, hives or rashes.
Derived from petroleum, microcrystalline is considered a safe additive in esthetic practices like waxing. It adds a layer of viscosity to the wax, keeping it from sliding and running down the body.
ItalWax, costing around $36 for a 2.2 lb bag, is a great example of a wax void of rosin and instead utilizes synthetic beeswax and resin to avoid allergic reactions on sensitive skin.
What are the benefits of hypoallergenic waxes?
If you’re the friend whose skin reacts to the barometric pressure changes in the room, we’re here for you. It can be tough to miss out on the simple things due to an allergy concern. Fortunately, hypoallergenic waxes are widely used and available.
Made for sensitive skin
Hypoallergenic waxes are formulated specifically for sensitive skin. Typically, it will be free of rosin and beeswax; these two ingredients trigger sensitivity and irritation in those with allergy concerns.
Cheaper than some waxes, but still high quality
The great thing about hypoallergenic waxes is that because of their lack of certain ingredients, they still remain a high-quality, affordable option.
No need to worry about allergies
When you sit down with your esthetician, make a point to discuss your skin concerns. Even if you don’t have any diagnosed allergies, it’s a good idea to talk about the way your skin reacts to waxing and similar skin irritants.
With the proper tools and awareness, your esthetician can take your skin concerns into account when choosing the right wax for your body,
Other additives often found in wax formulations
In the esthetics world, it’s common to find combination ingredients that make for either a well rounded product, or put your health and wellness at risk. Knowing what to look out for can make a world of difference, and keep your wax experience a safe, enjoyable one.
There’s endless data that offers incredible insight into the power of the earth’s natural oils. Of course, we’re familiar with some of the common ones- like lavender for good sleep, and eucalyptus for clean breathing.
Certain wax additives can achieve a specific and desired result. In some cases, natural oils may provide a soothing or rejuvenating affect for certain folks depending on their skin needs.
The reality of living in a world where people see dollar signs instead of human beings is that larger organizations will risk more for a few extra dollars. This is the part where knowledge can equip you to make the right decision.
It’s important to keep an eye out for chemical additives. Colorants, pH regulating acids and perfumes can all trigger skin irritation, even if you don’t have sensitive skin. Making sure that the wax you’re using is chemical free will ensure a successful waxing experience.
Potential toxic additives to watch out for
In the same breath as certain chemicals, toxins can also make an appearance. Scan the ingredients for parabens, oxybenzone, and antioxidants related to waxing. You deserve the care and consideration that your esthetician is hopeful to provide for you.
Don’t hesitate to get into the nitty gritty questions about wax types, especially if you’re considering a large purchase for your waxing studio. Bare Beauty Wax Supply offers a wide variety of choices when it comes to waxing supplies. We carry everything you need to run a successful business! If you have any questions about our product offerings, shoot us an email.