Hair removal has grown to epic proportions in the United States. It is estimated that more than 99% of American women voluntarily remove hair, and more than 85% do so regularly, even daily. Increasing numbers of men are routinely using hair removal services to control hair below the face and neck. While a number of hair removal techniques are available, one of the most popular, safest, and oldest forms is waxing. Waxing is considered a semi-permanent form of hair removal, removing hair from the roots. Waxing can last up to a month, and as new growth cycles appear and over time it thins the hair so less grows back. It also exfoliates the skin, leaving a smooth and silky feel.
With the exception of eye lashes and eyelids, nearly every part of the body can be safely waxed.
Types of Waxing
There are two different types of wax. Soft wax, also called strip wax, is performed by spreading a thin layer of wax over the skin. It is then removed with paper or muslin strips, quickly pulled against the direction of hair growth. The strip should be pulled as close to parallel to the skin as possible to avoid additional trauma such as bruising, broken capillaries, or lifting of the skin.
Hard wax, or strip-less wax, is performed by applying a thick layer of the wax, allowing it to cool, then removing the wax against the direction of hair growth, parallel to the skin. No strip is used in removing the wax. Hard wax can be a good choice for those with sensitive skin as it encapsulates the hair for removal, not adhering to the skin as much.
Both types of waxing are best done by a licensed professional who will clean and disinfect the area to be waxed. The professional should have a very clean treatment room and the wax stick or spatula that applies the wax should never be “double dipped”. Double dipping is when the same stick is used each time it is dipped into the pot of wax.
Contraindications and Side Effects
There are several contraindications for waxing and your licensed professional should go over your health history prior to waxing. Waxing should not be performed if a person has any of the following conditions.
This list includes but is not limited to:
- Prescription blood thinners
- Diabetic Ulcers
- Sunburned Skin
- Prescription Steroids
- Psoriasis, eczema, or other chronic skin diseases
- Rosacea and very sensitive skin
- History of fever blisters or cold sores
Waxing is a cost effective way of removing large areas of hair. It is long lasting and generally quite safe.
Side effects of waxing include pain, which may be intense, ingrown hairs, red bumps, and minor bleeding. One of the most painful side effects which can leave a scar is “skin lifting”. Skin lifting occurs when the top layer of skin is torn away during the removal phase. It leaves the skin quite red, painful and irritated. Generally a scab develops which may last for a week to 10 days and must be treated as a wound to avoid a scar. Skin lifting can cause the skin in that area to remain more sensitive and more likely to lift again in the future.
NeoGenesis Post Waxing
Our most advanced product, Recovery, abundant in patented S²RM®, should be applied immediately post waxing, while the skin is red and irritated. It immediately begins to calm the area and promote healing as the skin returns to its normal color very quickly. For skin that is lifted, use Recover immediately and continue to use up to 4 times daily as the skin returns to normal. Recovery helps speed healing and greatly reduces the chance of a scab developing.
If additional hydration is needed during healing, apply our Intensive Moisturizer after Recovery to create the perfect climate for complete healing.