Waxing removes unwanted hair, making your skin soft and beautiful but beauty comes at a price. Bumps and red rashes can appear after waxing which can last for hours or as long as 3 days, especially if you have sensitive skin. The bumps are a result of an inflammation of the hair follicles called folliculitis and is unsightly and can cause discomfort.
Here are some tricks and tips to help treat any discomfort and skin irritation and prevent it from happening ever again so you can wax with an easy mind next time.
- Cold water or ice
Wet a soft washcloth in cold water or wrap an ice cube in a washcloth. Apply it directly to the rash to close the open pores. Leave on for as long as you can tolerate it, up to 10 or 15 minutes. If you are using cold water instead of ice, re-wet the washcloth every few minutes to keep it nice and cool.
- Aloe vera gel
Apply a generous layer of the gel on your skin several times a day. Keep the aloe vera gel in the refrigerator. Applying the cold gel will further ease irritation and any swelling of the skin and follicles.
- Vitamin E or tea tree oil
Both are excellent for soothing any irritation or rash after waxing and will help the skin heal. Apply a generous amount of either vitamin E (which is more readily available) or tea tree oil on the skin several times a day. Just pop open the vitamin E capsule and apply.
- Grape seed oil
It soothes the skin and eases any pain. The grape seed oil also hydrates the skin and helps new scars heal. Apply a small amount to your hands and massage it gently into the skin.
-by Tanya Sahni
I am a nutritionist by profession, co owner of a chain of wellness centres. I am a post graduate in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics.Its been 16 years in the wellness industry.