Every girl has, at some time or another, gone ‘ooh, aah, ouch!’ at the salon while getting herself waxed. Waxing can be painful yet effective. It removes hair right from the roots, and leaves your skin looking smooth. Whether you have been getting yourself waxed for a while now or are a newbie, here are the side-effects of the process.
- Your skin loses elasticity
- May leave your skin red and inflamed
- Your skin may darken
- You may develop ingrown hair
- You sometimes run the risk of infection
Your skin loses elasticity
When you wax your skin, because of the tugging and pulling, your skin gradually loses elasticity over a period of time.
May leave your skin red and inflamed
Waxing may leave your skin red and irritated, especially if you are getting waxed in a sensitive area. Wear loose, cotton clothing to your appointment and avoid a hot water bath for 24 hours. Keep yourself covered if you have to go out in the sun.
Your skin may darken
Post-inflammatory pigmentation may occur on your skin after your waxing session, which may lead your skin to appear darker. This means that due to the hot wax being applied on your skin and ripping action, your skin may react by producing pigment that cause dark spots. However, you can curb this problem by using products with ingredients that repair and take care of your underarm skin. The Rexona Whitening Roll-On infused with glycerine, vitamin B3 and sunflower seed oil, all of which prevent odour and lighten skin tone, we suggest is a good bet.
You may develop ingrown hair
After repeated waxing, you may see a lot of ingrown hair that can make your skin feel gritty. You can take care of ingrown hair by exfoliating your skin, so that the ingrown hair is exposed and grows out. Do not wax until the ingrown hair has had time to grow out.
You sometimes run the risk of infection
Waxing causes the pores on your skin to get opened up. This can leave your skin vulnerable to skin infections, if you do not take proper post-wax care. Keep your skin covered and apply the lotions that are specifically meant for post-wax skin.