Make your waxing session a breeze and painless implying the tips given here.
Waxing is a commonly used method to remove unwanted hair. In this process, the hairs are pulled out of the roots using waxing strips. This is why it is painful also. Not everyone brave the pain of waxing, especially those with low pain threshold.
Let’s Get into the Details
Waxing involves the application of hot wax to the skin which sticks to the hairs. Afterward, it is ripped off, which in turn pulls the hair out with it. Although it is a quick and effective hair removal, it causes pain. You feel as if large sticky bandages are being pulled off your skin.
Nicole James’ experience will give you an idea how the pain and discomfort in waxing be like
“There was one strip of wax, again on that top part near the pube bone, and as soon as it came off, my eyes instantly teared up. I began to cry. I cried during my first Brazilian wax. And it’s not like, “Oh man, this headache is so unbearable.” It’s like when you’re little and you bite it on your bike out of nowhere and you just start crying. Your body doesn’t know what to do. Your body’s in fight or flight!! FIGHT OR FLIGHT!!! It’s trying to survive!!!!
So you’re sweating, screaming, crying, wincing, and flinching at every movement this woman is making and yet still trying to keep your cool while telling her about this job interview you’re going on and your grandma’s 85th birthday party. Then the angels open the gates: “Okay! We’re done! …now flip over.”
Don’t worry! You can still minimize the pain and discomfort occurred during waxing.
1. Take some painkillers before you get it done
It’s going to be a little difficult for you if it’s your first time. Don’t worry, you can take some painkiller before your waxing session. You can take the pill half an hour to an hour before waxing. This will reduce the pain and reduce swelling afterward.
2. Numbing cream
You can rely on numbing creams like Dr.Numb® to reduce the pain while waxing. You must apply numbing cream when you are going for a Brazilian waxing, especially when it’s the first time. Numbing cream is a topical anesthetic which deadens the nerve ending on the skin so that you don’t feel pain while waxing.
Here are the ways to use a numbing cream for waxing
- Pat it Dry with a Clean Towel
- Apply Numbing Cream Thickly Over the Skin
- Apply Second Layer of Numbing Cream
- Cover the Skin with a Plastic Wrap for One Hour
- After One Hour, Remove the Wrap
Within 30 minutes of application, you will experience a “numbed” skin.
(Please read the pack for specific instructions.)
3. Don’t drink coffee before waxing
Skip your morning coffee on the day you’re being waxed. Caffeine stimulates the nerve ending, making you even more sensitive to pain. So, avoid your coffee until you have had the wax.
4. Go right after your period
Another tip on how to make waxing less painful is to go for it right after your periods. Your body is less sensitive to pain during and just after your period, so the least painful time for waxing will be in the first few days, right after a period. That’s when your pain tolerance is at its highest.
5. Keep yourself calm
Another useful tip on how to make waxing less painful is to keep yourself calm. Try not to be tensed during the process, or you’ll make the process more painful for yourself. Tensing up will pull your muscles and your skin tighter, so it will hurt more when hair is pulled from your skin.
6. Exfoliate before you go for a wax
Exfoliating the area of skin that is about to be waxed. This will remove dead skin that often hides and traps hair. It also lifts hairs from the skin, so the wax can easily adhere to them.
7. Don’t shave
Don’t shave between waxes or for several days before a wax, it will make hair coarse and hard. It will eventually be more painful to remove coarse hair. So, let the hair grow naturally until your next waxing session and don’t shave.
8. Have a hot shower before you get a wax
Another tip on how to make waxing less painful is to have a hot shower before you get a wax. Warm water and steam will soften the skin and open up the pores for easy waxing.
9. Cold compress
You may ask your esthetician to apply cold compress to numb the area that needs to be waxed. It will reduce the amount of pain while waxing.
10. Stretching Workouts Can Help You:
Stretching workout is another way to make your skin flexible. It helps you to bear the pain and discomfort with an ease. You will experience less pain with your already stretched skin. Some of the useful workouts for waxing are The Runner’s Stretch, Standing Side Stretch, Forward Hang, and Low Lunge Arch.
11. Wear Loose Clothes:
Avoid wearing skinny jeans or tight outfit as it may lead to pain and soreness after the waxing. Therefore, wear loose and comfortable garments and cotton underwear to let your skin breathe.
Aftercare for Waxing:
Take care of your skin after your waxing session. Here are the things you should keep in mind.
- Apply powder on the skin after your wax to minimize skin redness.
- Don’t wear tight pants or innerwear for the next few days.
- Avoid touching the waxed skin frequently, as this may cause irritation or small pimples over there.
- Don’t take hot baths for the rest of the day as soaking in water can lead to irritation or pimples.
- Apply aloe based gel to cool off your inflamed skin.
So, you must have understood what to do and what to avoid before or during your Brazilian waxing. You can talk to a waxing expert in case of any doubt.
So these are the tips that help you minimize pain and discomfort occurring during body waxing, no matter if you are at home or you are getting it done by professionals.