Hair removal has become popular among men and women in today’s society. It has several types—shaving, tweezing, waxing and laser hair removal. If you’ve gotten tired of constantly tweezing, shaving and waxing, you may opt for permanent solution for the removal of hair such as electrolysis and laser hair removal. The following are some after-care tips that lessen the pain and discomfort after your hair removal session.
- Cold compress can help. If it is your first time to undergo waxing, laser hair removal or electrolysis, you may find that the process can be painful and uncomfortable. You may not be accustomed to this, so a cold compress can compensate to any irritation or discomfort you may be experiencing.
- Avoid certain skin care products. Until the affected area has completely healed, it is not advisable for you to use skin care products that can irritate the skin. After the session, the skin will be more sensitive so it is best to allow the skin to heal first. Try to be careful with your movements to avoid any further irritation. The procedure is not invasive at all, but treated areas should be “handled with care” until the pain and sensitivity has gone.
- Stay away from tanning products and saunas. Do this at least 48 hours after the session to give the skin ample time to heal. Warm temperatures can trigger unfavorable skin reactions so be careful.
- Abstain from sexual activities. This is especially important for those who just had a bikini wax. People who just had hair removed are vulnerable to bacteria getting absorbed by the skin and allowed into the bloodstream. To avoid the possibility of infection, make sure you do not do any sexual activity until after 48 hours.
- Do not shower immediately. Luckily, you don’t need to wait 48 hours. Two hours after the session, it should be okay to shower again. If you have plans of going out after the treatment, expect to be late. Or better yet, go without taking a shower.
- Be wary of the skin products you use. You may not be as picky as others when it comes to your skin products. However, this might not be an advantage if you just had hair removed from your body. Make sure that the products you use will not lead to infection or other skin problems. There are products that promise to quicken the healing time for skin that has just undergone a hair removal session. Be careful not to use these as they may only lead to infection.
- Avoid the sun. Although it may be tempting to try out that new bikini after the treatment, you will need to delay your excitement. Direct sunlight to treated areas can be harmful to the skin so better avoid the beach for at least 48 hours.
- Avoid tight clothing. It is best to wear loose clothing to avoid skin contact with the treated areas. Do this for at least 48 hours whether you are stepping out with friends or staying at home.