Face Waxing Aftercare Tips

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Taking proper care of your skin is a big, constant challenge. Once you’ve completed a waxing session, especially on your face, you’re going to want to be diligent with skincare. The waxing process is intense! You’ll want to recover as quickly as possible.

This article will answer your questions about Face Waxing Aftercare. We’ll give you insights on what aftercare techniques you should use while providing tips to reduce facial bumps, redness, and soreness. 

By the end of the article, you’ll have enough methods to keep your skin intact. That way, you can continue to wax while preventing ingrown hairs from developing.

So, let’s begin!


Face Waxing Aftercare – Short Answer

Face Waxing

Having small bumps on your skin is a natural reaction to facial waxing. An excessive amount of waxing will lead to folliculitis. This appears like a bumpy rash that appears after the hair removal. 

Since your facial skin is sensitive, it’s more likely to obtain post-waxing bumps. The bumps will go away most of the time after 1-7 days. 

Face Waxing Aftercare – Explanation

When it comes to Face Waxing Aftecare, you’ll want to moisturize and exfoliate your skin to prevent ingrown hairs from irritating your pores.

Let’s face it, what’s the point of seeking out a wax specialist that can give you a professional waxing treatment (or a home wax treatment!) if you’re not going to care for your skin at home? 

Any waxing salon will guide you on the proper face waxing aftercare. Most of the time, they’ll sell skin care products that they recommend.

However, many salon regulars just go it alone and skip the sales pitch, as the plan is pretty basic. Moisturize, and be gentle!

Through proper skin exfoliation and moisturizing, you’ll experience healthy and brighter skin. 

Proper Face Waxing Aftercare Techniques

Post-Wax Oil

Post Wax Oil

The best thing you can do post-waxing is to apply after-wax oil  on your skin.

Oil will soothe your skin and help get rid of any leftover wax bits.

But if you’re tired of buying products and you want to create one yourself, here is a simple DIY option. 

Start by getting six tablespoons of lavender oil, eight tablespoons of coconut oil, and eight tablespoons of rosehip oil. Mix all of the ingredients and apply the mixture to your skin when you’re done waxing. 

But most likely you don’t have those ingredients, so just pick up an after-wax oil!

Cool Compress

Using a cold compress is a simple yet effective post-wax skincare solution. Cold temperatures reduce inflammation, which helps speed up post-waxing bumps.

Apply the cold compress to the targeted area for approximately 20 minutes. 

Skin Exfoliation 

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Make sure you exfoliate your skin 2-3 times a week to remove dead skin cells. If you’re exfoliating a waxed area, you might want to try a sonic facial brush. They have no perfumes or other potential irritants, and they work great!

The exfoliator needs to be grainy enough, but not too much where it can make you sore. In fact, the use of an unsanitary scrub will irritate the skin.

Dead Sea Salt

Dead Sea Salt Scrub

Dead sea salt is a good way to reduce skin issues in your skin. Dead sea salt might sting within 24 hours, but it can be used a few times a week after waxing.


Apply moisturizer to your face regularly. Ensure the moisturizer has antiseptic properties such as aloe vera, witch-hazel, and tea tree oil.

Coconut oil can work wonders here.

Ingrown hairs are caused by flaky or dry skin, which prevents the hair from going through. If you’re moisturizing sensitive areas, use an oil or cream that won’t reach the most sensitive areas. 


You can use loofahs in the shower, but they need to be replaced regularly and kept clean. For non-sensitive areas of the body, dry brushing has a good exfoliating effect. 

How To Prevent Facial Bumps Post-Waxing

Bumps are always going to occur after a successful waxing session. Here are some ways to prevent them throughout the process:

Before Waxing

Skin preparation is important before applying wax oil. Make sure that your face is clear of makeup and lotions.

Using a mild skin exfoliant will reduce irritation while removing dead skin cells. 

Ensure Your Hair isn’t too Long or Too Short

You want to aim for hair that is about 1/4″ in length. Too long and the hair will break, rather than pull out from the follicle. Too short and the wax won’t have enough “meat” to grip on, and the hair will not pull out.

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Select Your Waxing Method

Face Waxing

You can decide on soft wax or hard wax.

Soft wax removes hair from the skin but can lead to ingrown hairs if not done correctly.

Use a hard wax solution if you want something that will stick onto your skin and can be removed once the solution cools down. 

Give Your Skin Time To Breathe

As we stated earlier, your skin is very fragile after waxing. Placing too much pressure on the skin will lead to irritation and redness. To avoid this, avoid wearing tight clothes for 48 hours. 

Doing so will improve the quality of your skin. Also, avoid fitness and other physically demanding exercises for about 48 hours. That way, your skin can continue to remain healthy.

Avoid Using Heat

While colder temperatures help your skin relax, too much head will lead to skin irritation. Because of this, you’ll want to avoid hot showers or baths and stay away from hot environments like saunas or hot tubs as much as possible. 

Also, you’ll want to avoid any physically demanding activity for the first 1-2 days after waxing. That’s because the heat and sweat will irritate your skin.

Don’t Use Makeup And Skin Perfumed Products   

Creams and perfumed lotions can irritate waxed skin. If you have a sensitive face, then you should avoid applying makeup to your skin for a day or two. 

Some people can use makeup without hassle, but people with sensitive skin might experience irritation. For some people, using makeup is a great way to hide bumps. 

Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).