At best, ingrown hairs can be unsightly with slight irritation. At worse, ingrown hairs can become quite painful, large and infected. As with most skin care issues, preventing is better than a cure or treatment, so bear this in mind when choosing your waxing homecare products.
Rather than using a loofah or scrunchy in the shower, you should be using a glove mitt as you can then focus the scrubbing on the ingrown hairs with a finger rather than everywhere to avoid additional irritation. I recommend my Extraordinary Exfoliating Mitt (pictured below).
These are also fab for an all over scrub pre-spray tan, with a light pressure post-spray tan and to remove your spray tan when used after an oily bath. Not only that, they are great for regular exfoliation all over, without the need for owning lots of messy scrubs - just pop it in the washing machine and it's ready to use again.
2) Moisturising regularly will keep your skin smooth and soft, prevent bacterial infections and keep your moisture level balanced. My post wax lotion is the ONLY lotion I want to you to be using. No random lotions, creams, gels or oils unless I have recommended them. My clients love this lovely lavender and tea tree after wax lotion, which I apply to freshly waxed skin, to use at home.
3) Calm redness and inflammation. If your skin is irritated, apply your lavender and tea tree after wax lotion when you get home and apply every few hours/before bed, then for a few days post-wax.
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Treating Ingrown Hairs
2) Using a warm compress (wet, warm flannel will do), massage the affected area for a few minutes to prepare for extraction. This will soften the skin and help to remove the hair. Use sterile tweezers to gently tease the ingrown hair out, keeping your skin warm and moist using a hot flannel. In areas such as underarms/bikini the areas you can't reach can be removed with help from your beauty therapist or a partner.
3) After you have removed the ingrown hair, remember to clean the area with an anti-bacterial wash and use an after wax lotion to ensure no bacteria will get in and to close the pores. I recommend Lavender and Tea Tree Post Wax Lotion (see above). Keeping it in the fridge for a while before application will make this more effective.
4) Another product you can use is my Cool & Calm Gel instead of Lavender Post Wax Lotion, which is preferred by my male clients for larger areas such as backs and chests for a no fuss post wax/extraction calmer. This is also perfect for male clients that experience a very red and bumpy histamine reaction (very common when you start waxing, sometimes it goes away when your body is used to it, for others it will be less aggravated but will still appear after waxing but is greatly calmed by this gel).
Your New Easy Routine
Step 1: Prevention against new ingrown hairs
By prepping your skin with this pre-wax for a few days before your wax, this will loosen dead skin cells that would otherwise cause ingrowns; help diminish the signs of waxing and reduce redness and bumps when you go for your wax. It packs a punch so 1 or 2 sprays is always plenty.
Lotion Anywhere that you have waxed can be moisturised (as with any body lotion) with your after wax lotion. This can be at any time as it is safe to use after waxing. Just don't apply before a wax as it will stop the wax adhering to skin. It will keep bacteria at bay and prevent pesky ingrowns. It goes a long way so keep it minimal.
Step 2: Protection after waxing
Applying this spray before bed, or after you have dried when having a shower are the best times to apply. You should do this for 3 days after your wax &* 3 days before your next one. This is a chemical exfoliator, adding extra protection against bacteria, which can get into open pores post-wax and also reduces the irritation caused by ingrown hairs. Never use after shaving. It reduces the after effects of waxing such as red and white bumps and redness.
Apply immediately after waxing, then every couple of hours or when needed and before bed/after your morning shower.
Step 3: Treating an ingrown hair
After waxing, give your skin 3-4 days to heal before treating ingrown hairs you already have. Treat ingrown hairs by chemically exfoliating around the hair with Spray as and when they need a bit of help. This will help to remove dead skin cells, dirt and oils that might be trapping the ingrown hair. Later on or the next day use a warm, clean flannel to massage the affected area for a few minutes to prepare for extraction. This will soften the skin and help to remove the hair. Use sterile tweezers to gently tease the ingrown hair out. Follow with your lotion. Once skin has healed, help release trapped ingrowns that are hard and dried out (you will feel a raised roughness), use your Extraordinary Exfoliating Mitt to have a good scrub with the pink side.