There are a lot of effective hair removal methods now such as waxing, sugaring, and laser epilation. However, regardless of the method, preparing the skin for this effective but rather painful procedure involves the same steps. We'll tell you which ones.
Why Is It Necessary to Prepare the Skin for Epilation?
Sugaring is one of the most effective ways to get rid of unwanted body hair. The only disadvantage of sugaring is pain. But the level of discomfort can be minimized if the skin is properly prepared for the procedure. Also, preparing the skin for epilating before and after is necessary for several more reasons:
- Reduces the risk of ingrown hairs.
- The possibility of skin irritation after the procedure is reduced.
- Minimizes the risk of red dots and inflammation.
- Increases the efficiency of the procedure and makes skin smoother.
How to Prepare Skin for Epilation
Answering the question of what is sugaring, we must say that it is a procedure that involves pulling out unwanted hair from the root using natural sugar paste in the direction of its growth. No matter what anyone says, it hurts, especially when you are a newbie and doing hair removal for the first time. Over time, with regular epilation, the hairs will become thinner and weaker and you will feel much less pain.
And simple tips from experts on how to make epilation less painful will help minimize discomfort:
- Choose a time when the length of the hairs will be ¼ inch. This is the optimal hair length for sugaring or home epilation procedure. Normally it takes 3-4 weeks to grow hair between procedures.
- Avoid sun exposure for a few days before waxing. UV exposure stresses the skin and golden tan makes it more sensitive.
- The day before the procedure (in no case on the day of hair removal), use a scrub or wet soft brush to exfoliate the skin, paying special attention to the areas where you are going to remove hair.
- Moisturize your body well after scrubbing to avoid dryness. Most importantly, do not use oil-based creams. This will complicate the epilation process with sugaring paste. Choose light textures (lotion or milk) that are quickly absorbed without leaving a film.
- Before epilating, take a warm bath or at least a shower to steam out your skin. This will make the process easier.
When is Better to Do Epilation?
There are three essential conditions here:
- Do not epilate on the eve of the solemn event. The skin can react in a variety of ways, including redness, irritation, and an allergic reaction.
- Avoid doing the procedure on critical days, as the pain threshold is lowered at this time. The ideal time is 10-14 days after the start of the cycle.
- Do not spend much time in the sun for a few days before and after waxing. There is no need to double the stress.
How to Prepare Skin for Epilation
The principle of preparation for any type of hair removal is approximately the same and includes several stages:
- Intensively cleanse the skin, exfoliation for freeing it from dead cells of the stratum corneum and impurities for greater accessibility of hairs.
- Moisturize thoroughly to make it more resistant to stress. Use a few drops of water-based and oil-free moisturizers.
- Steam the skin before the procedure.
- Make sure there is no irritation or inflammation. Otherwise, you will have to postpone the procedure.
- Tape moles and age spots before sugar waxing to avoid damaging them.
Moral preparation is also very important. It will hurt. But besides the annoying “beauty requires sacrifice”, this moment will calm you down a bit: with regular hair removal, the hairs become thinner and weaker, and the procedure is easier.
A few life hacks will help you to minimize the stress associated with hair removal. Take at least one and a half to two hours for epilation. Most likely, it will take less time but to calmly deal with this important matter, it is better not to rush. You can arrange the session on your day off in the morning after you wake up or in the evening.
Turn on relaxing music. You can even ask your master to light aroma candles. The calmer you are, the lower the stress level for the skin and the faster it will recover.
Proper skin preparation for epilation will ensure the success and effectiveness of the procedure, as well as help you to avoid severe discomfort. Contact an experienced master who knows the important nuances of the procedure and will be able to answer all your questions. Do not forget about skin aftercare for epilation to prolong the effect and look stunning as much as possible.