Waxing is an effective method of removing large amounts of hair at one time. It is a very economical, convenient way to remove unwanted body hair. New hairs will not grow on the waxed areas for two to eight weeks.
On what body areas waxing should be used?
It is wise to test a small area first but generally waxing can be used on most parts of the body including eyebrows, face, bikini area, legs, arms, back, abdomen and feet. The exceptions are the male genitals, nipples, inside the ears and nose, eyelashes.
What effect does waxing hair removal have on the skin?
As dead skin cells are removed in this process the skin can feel quite smooth afterwards. Waxing hair removal can cause the skin to sting. It becomes okay when a soothing skin healing cream is applied after waxing.
What are the health conditions with which waxing is risky?
- Waxing should not be done on person suffering from diabetes.
- Waxing should not be done on person having varicose veins or poor circulation as they are more susceptible to infection.
- Users of Retin-A, Renova, Differin or Accutane are advised not to use hair waxing on the face as these medications tend to weaken the skin and tearing of the skin may occur when the wax is removed.
- Hair waxing should not be done on areas of skin affected by warts, pimples, moles or rashes.
- It should not be done on areas of skin that is irritated, broken chapped or suffering from sunburn.
- It should not be done on nipples when removing hair from the breast area.
How can the pain or discomfort be minimized?
- An easy and simple way to minimize the pain is to press hard with the cushion of the finger or the palm of the hand on the skin right after the waxing strip is pulled off.
- Rubbing an ice cube over the area greatly reduces the risk of swelling and skin irritation.
Benefits of waxing hair removal:
There are many benefits to waxing over other forms of hair removal.
- Waxing is a long-lasting method. Hair in waxed areas will not grow back for two to eight weeks.
- The hair which grows after waxing is soft, thin and light.
Drawbacks of waxing hair removal
- Waxing can be painful when the strip is removed from the skin.
- Although the pain is short-lasting, it can be very uncomfortable.
- Another drawback to waxing is the expense: waxing is usually performed by a licensed cosmetologist, and the cost can be very high.
- One of the most annoying drawbacks of waxing is that many people experience ingrown hairs, red bumps, and minor bleeding.