Getting a Brazilian wax can be a painful experience. Once the waxing is done, your skin may be sensitive and inflamed. During this time, it’s important to take good care of your skin to avoid irritation, ingrown hairs, and allow the area to heal properly. Here are some tips on what you can do in between Brazilian waxes:
Let your skin rest
After a Brazilian wax, your skin needs time to recover. Avoid any friction to the area by wearing loose, breathable underwear and clothing. Tight clothes can cause irritation. You’ll also want to avoid exercise and activities that cause a lot of sweating for 24-48 hours. This allows your pores to close and reduces the chances of bacteria getting trapped and causing infection or pimples. Give your skin a break by waiting at least 4 weeks before your next wax.
Apply a soothing product
To help soothe skin and reduce inflammation, apply an aloe-based gel or a gentle, fragrance-free moisturizer. Look for products containing ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile, lavender oil, vitamin E, and tea tree oil. Avoid products with harsh chemicals. Gently pat the product onto skin rather than rubbing to prevent irritation.
|Soothing Ingredients for Post-Wax Care
|Calms inflammation, hydrates skin
|Tea Tree Oil
Gently exfoliating helps prevent ingrown hairs by removing dead skin cells. Use a soft washcloth, loofah, or exfoliating gloves to lightly scrub the area when you shower. Avoid harsh scrubs which can be too irritating. Exfoliate 2-3 times a week in between waxes. This helps unveil any hairs trapped under the skin.
Use proper hair removal methods
Waxing is the best hair removal method for sensitive areas. Shaving can cause razor bumps and cuts which can lead to infection. If any stray hairs pop up in between waxes, use tweezers instead of shaving. Never use hair removal creams on the genital region.
Wear clean, breathable underwear
Wearing tight, restrictive underwear can lead to irritation and bacteria buildup after waxing. Choose underwear made of breathable fabrics like cotton. Avoid lace, silk, or satin which can be abrasive. Make sure to change underwear daily and choose styles that don’t have seams along the genital area. Thongs or boyshorts are ideal for avoiding friction. Sleep without underwear whenever possible.
Avoid hot tubs, pools, etc.
It’s best to avoid activities that carry a high risk of bacterial infection for 24 hours post-wax. This includes hot tubs, pools, steam rooms, saunas, and sex. The pores are open after waxing, making you more prone to infection. Give your skin a day to recover before engaging in any high-friction activities.
Your freshly waxed skin needs sun protection. UV exposure can worsen inflammation and sensitivity. Apply an SPF 30 broad-spectrum sunscreen when going outside. Reapply frequently when swimming or sweating. For gentler coverage, use a mineral sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
Watch for signs of infection
In rare cases, bacterial or fungal infection can occur after waxing. Signs include itching, burning, swelling, redness, rash, pus-filled bumps, peeling skin, or vaginal discharge. See your doctor if infection is suspected for proper diagnosis and treatment with antibiotic or antifungal medications.
Proper waxing technique
Going to an experienced, licensed esthetician using proper technique can prevent many post-waxing issues. Poor waxing can lead to skin lifting, burns, and infection. Ensure your waxer uses new applicators, washes hands between clients, and disinfects all surfaces. Wax should not be overly hot. See a doctor for burns, blisters, or severe reactions.
Consider laser hair removal
For those who routinely get Brazilian waxes, laser hair removal can be a cost-effective, safe, and more permanent solution. Most patients need 6-8 treatments for significant hair reduction. It is generally performed by a dermatologist. Less hair means less irritation between waxes. Discuss whether laser is right for you with a provider.
Caring for your skin properly after a Brazilian wax is crucial. Allow time for healing by avoiding friction, washing gently with mild cleansers, exfoliating regularly, and applying soothing products. See your doctor if severe reactions occur. With proper care, you can enjoy smooth, stubble-free skin for weeks between waxes.