How to avoid facial hair waxing problems

Facial waxing is always a delicate operation because the skin on our face is thinner and also more sensitive than certain other parts of our body.

Occasionally, after at-home upper lip waxing, you could see some redness, a small rash or those awful red bumps that are worse than the unwanted facial hair you’ve tried to remove.

Here are some useful tips on how to avoid post depilatory rashes when you wax at home that are valid whether you use cold wax strips, cream wax or honey wax.

- Exfoliate lightly: before waxing, we have to eliminate dead skin cells and impurities that waxing may bring to the surface that can cause skin to become irritated.

- Apply some heat to open the skin’s pores. You can use a warm compress or some steam from your shower or a vaporizer, and then gently pat dry with a clean towel.

- Place the strip starting from the end of your upper lip. Apply the strip in the direction of hair growth(which is usually downward). Then press the strip in the direction of hair growth.

- Try tucking your lips inside your mouth like you’re trying to hide them, so that the area between the nose and upper lip, which is called philtrum, becomes tauter, this could avoid hair breakage and make hair removal easier.

- Hold your skin taut with one hand, and remove strip in opposite direction of hair growth in one quick pull, all the way to the other side, and not upwards.

- If you feel pain immediately after, try using an ice cube to cool down any eventual redness. Eliminate any remaining residue with a wax remover or better yet with olive oil because it is soothing and has anti–inflammatory properties or apply witch hazel, which also has antiseptic properties.

- Try not to touch the area that you just waxed for a few hours with your fingers, so you won't irritate the skin.

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