What To Put On Your Skin After Waxing

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Waxing is the (sometimes intense!) process of removing hair from your skin. While it can be simple at first, improper skin and hair care can make your waxing attempts more difficult.

That’s why it is essential to know what to place on your skin to improve your post-wax results. 

This article will answer the question “What To Put On Your Skin After Waxing”?

Throughout the article, you’ll get insights on what to use on your skin, and what to avoid.

By the end, you’ll know what works best for clear, hairless, beautiful skin. That way, you’ll prevent ingrown hairs and other skin issues like redness, bumps, rashes, blood spotting, and the like from occurring.

So let’s get started!


What To Put On Your Skin After Waxing – The Explanation

Post-depilatory lotion

Your skin is super sensitive after waxing. The process is intense, you’ve just ripped a bunch of follicles out at once! You need to choose safe products to restore your skin.

Avoid using artificially colored or scented products to ensure that your skin is free from all possible sources of irritation.

What should be put on the skin after a waxing session?

After waxing, you should use a post-depilatory lotion . Doing so will soothe your skin, remove ingrown hairs, and remove any waxing residue

Avoid letting your thumbs or hands touch the previously waxed area. Your body’s pores will clog up, and your natural oils will transfer to that area. 

As you recover from the redness over the next 24-48 hours, moisturize with cooling aloe vera gel, coconut oil, or unscented soap.

If you notice a burning sensation after waxing, stop until your pores are healed up. 

Make sure that you avoid the sun for a few days after waxing. Otherwise, you’re more likely to experience scarring and sunburn.

When waxing, your skin is highly sensitive because the external layer has been removed. This makes your skin sensitive to the sun’s UV rays and makes you more susceptible to hyperpigmentation

While it might be tempting to go swimming, we suggest you stay away from it for the time being.

The ocean salt can lead to bumps and irritated, sensitive skin.

Also, the chlorine in a swimming pool won’t help, either. 

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil

Oil is heavy on your skin and can clog your pores 1-2 days after waxing, so it’s best to use it when there is a late-forming irritation. Alternatively, you can use a tea tree oil gel because gels are lightweight and don’t clog up pores. 

Tea Tree Oil gives your skin the time it needs to recover. So place it on your skin to ensure that your skin is clean after your waxing session. 

Stick to the Shower

After waxing, you should take a shower instead of a bath. Placing your body in warm bath water will increase the chances of an infection.

Steer clear from the beach or pools because your pores are more susceptible to infections. 

For extra safety, don’t use hot water when you shower. Instead, opt for warm or cool water. This will help your pores recover. 

When Should I Exfoliate?

If you’re planning on exfoliating, wait at least 2-3 days after waxing before doing so. This gives your pores time to close up and let the irritation subside. You don’t want to excessively irritate your skin, which is why you should wait for a few days. 

After waxing, it will take a week or two to grow back your hair. If your pores are clogged, your new hairs will curl in on themselves because the tips of your hair are fine. By regularly exfoliating your skin, your hair will grow back correctly. 

When the weather is colder, take time to exfoliate at least 2 times a week. In the summer, aim to exfoliate one time a week. After exfoliating, always give yourself time to moisturize your skin.

This prevents it from becoming too dry and gives you enough time to protect it from rashes. 

How to Protect Your Skin After Waxing?

Remember, skin injuries are more likely to occur when you’re using hard wax instead of soft wax. Hard wax sticks to your hair and not the skin. Soft wax sticks to the skin and hair, making it useful for removing downy hair on your body. 

Before using any waxing product, make sure your skin isn’t too thin, over-exfoliated, or injured. Never wax skin that’s itchy, red, sore, or scraped. You don’t want to add additional pain to your skin. 

You should skip waxing if you’ve recently undergone microdermabrasion, laser skin resurfacing, or any used heavy exfoliating products. Speak to your aesthetician or dermatologist to know when you can safely start waxing. 

Avoid Popping And Picking

Once you’re done waxing, your skin is more sensitive to the touch. That means if you pick at your skin incessantly, you’ll increase the chances of getting an infection.

Avoid Taking A Steamy Bath

After waxing, it’s best to keep the parts you waxed area free from dirt, debris, bacteria, and sweat. While taking a warm bath might seem to be a good way to unwind after a waxing session, stick to the shower. 

Why should you stay away from the pool? Exposing your skin to the sun post-waxing isn’t a good idea because it can be exposed to sun damage.

Also, you should stay away from steam rooms and saunas to avoid extreme heat and sweat, which can lead to further skin irritation. 

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).