It’s common knowledge that hairless skin is smooth skin, meaning that if you really want to ensure flawless, clear skin on your whole body, options like waxing—especially for legs and arms—are a great way to keep hair off for a long time without worrying about getting prickly stubble in a couple of days.
That said, it’s important to know what you’re doing when you go to get a wax. There are good and bad ways to get waxed, and whether you’re using store bought waxing strips at home or heading to a salon, it’s important that you’re prepared and armed with knowledge of how to get the most out of your wax.
Grow it Long
The first tip for waxing might seem counter-intuitive, but it’s important. Waxing only works if the wax can grip your hairs effectively; otherwise it will just be torn off your skin and leave the hairs behind. For this reason, you need at least a quarter of an inch of hair growth for waxing, which translates to about a week and a half to two weeks’ worth of growth. To make this work, it’s a good idea to—if you’re switching from shaving to waxing—get your first wax while the weather is cool and you can wear pants. That way, you don’t have to deal with any embarrassment from going out with bare, stubble or fuzzy legs while you wait for the hair to grow. If you’re scared about the idea of having to wait this long in between future waxes, don’t be; the longer you wax, the finer and finer your hair grows back, so the wait time won’t be nearly as big a deal once you’ve been doing it for awhile, since the new stubble will be soft to the touch and invisible to the eye without a magnifying glass.
As Vine Vera had explained many times before, exfoliation is an important part of skin care, because it removes dead skin cells to let the young, vibrant ones underneath come out. As it happens, exfoliation also helps with waxing. If you don’t exfoliate, and let dead skin cells and other debris pile up on your legs and arms before a wax, the wax will have a much harder time just gripping the hairs it needs to remove, because the surface of your skin will be uneven, and those dead skin cells can block the hair follicles too, so some hairs might get missed.
Furthermore, it’s important to keep exfoliating right after a wax, as well, because otherwise, particles from dead skin can clog your pores, leading to not only a pimple, but a potential ingrown hair; when the hair starts to grow back, but the pore is clogged, it won’t have anywhere to go and will coil up underneath your skin, making an ugly swollen bump and causing much pain and hassle to remove it.
Finally, make doubly sure you moisturize after a wax. While waxing is fantastic for removing hair, it also has a nasty habit of stripping away your skin’s sebum, the hydrating oil naturally produced in your pores. This can cause drying and dullness, so be sure to replace the natural oil waxing takes away by regularly applying lotion and/or some olive or coconut oil.