How does waxing hair removal work?
A wax combination is spread thinly over the skin. A cloth strip is pressed on the top and then ripped off with a quick movement removing the wax along with the hair and dead skin cells leaving the skin smooth.
What’s the difference between hot waxes and cold waxes?
Good hot waxes melt just above body temperature so they can be easily spread thinly over the skin. As they harden they trap the hair in the wax so it is removed by the roots when the wax is ripped off.
Cold waxes are available in pre-coated strips which can be pressed directly onto the skin. The hair sticks to the wax and is then removed with the quick pull back action. (Cold waxing is also known as Persian waxing)
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 afterward. The hair waxing action does cause the skin to sting and many find a soothing skin healing cream to be helpful afterward. Some persons find the skin reacts with redness and bumps which disappear after a few hours.
Are there any health precautions to keep in mind with waxing hair removal?
Some physicians do not recommend hair waxing for persons suffering from diabetes or who have 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 or on skin that is irritated, chapped or suffering from sunburn. Never apply wax to peeling, broken skin or varicose veins. Never apply wax to the nipples when removing hair from the breast area.
On what body areas wax be used?
It is wise to test a small area first but generally waxing can be used on most parts of the body.
How long before hair reappears?
Generally between 3 and 8 weeks. Less hair regrows and it is generally finer. Eventually some hair never regrows.
How can the pain or discomfort be minimized?
A simple way to greatly minimize the discomfort is to press hard on the skin right after the waxing strip is pulled off. To emphasize again, do this IMMEDIATELY after the strip is pulled off. Press down hard with the cushion of the finger or the palm of the hand on larger areas.
Additionally, rubbing an ice cube over the area can do much to reduce the risk of swelling and skin irritation.
In conclusion: Depending on your level of skin sensitivity or pain toleration, the texture of hair, and rate of hair growth, waxing hair removal may be a viable option for you.