Preparing your skin before hair removal will not only make it be less painful, easier to do and deliver better results but we’ll also get a longevity benefit too; something we’re to do this time of year as frequent hair removal can really irritate the skin.
So whether you’re a DIY gal or prefer to get yours off in salon- introducing these top tips into your hair removal routine will ensure much smoother results. Take note of our after care tips too to get the top results for longer.
Day before hair removal:
Exfoliating, as you’re probably aware removes dead skin cells, improves circulation etc. which makes it one of the best tools for pre hair removal prep. It’ll make shaving or waxing, cleaner and easier on the skin. Many would recommend that you could in fact exfoliate the day your intend to remove your hair BUT shaving or waxing straight after could in fact make your skin more sensitive, raw and uncomfortable, particularly as many of them have perfume in them too. We’d advise, for best results, before showering, step into the shower and work in Decleor’s 1000 grains exfoliator starting from your ankles in a circular, upward motion towards your heart (they’ve tips on the back for a full body routine!) then rinse off.
Day of hair removal:
Dry body brushing
Dry body brushing is also known for its exfoliating abilities but when it comes to hair removal, we like to use it a little differently, especially as we’ll have exfoliated only the day before.
We’re using our dry body brush to stimulate the hair follicles and in addition, it is a quick and effective way to giving your skin a thorough cleanse, leaving it in a perfect state for hair removal.
For this, stroke the brush lightly in an upward motion towards the heart.
If you’re waxing at home then lightly dust the area with some talc powder and smooth over. This absorbs any remaining moisture so you have a cleaner and smoother application and removal
If you’re waxing, it’s better for the skin to get as much of the hair in the first try as possible. For the best chance, you want to apply the wax and strip in the direction the hair is growing- really smooth the strip on to grab as much of the hair as possible. When ready, pull the skin around the strip taut and pull in the opposite direction. Apply a bit of pressure to the area straight after to take away any sting
Direction is just as important in shaving- always work the razor in the opposite direction to the hairs growth.
We lose a lot of moisture when we’re waxing or shaving so we need to give the skin a little injection of moisture when we’ve finished- it’ll soothe the skin, removal any residual wax and give it that much needed hydration. We’d recommend baby oil or a lightweight, natural cream with aloe vera to do just the trick.
Exfoliating and Moisturising
Regular exfoliation and moisturising will ensure you don’t get those pesky ingrown hairs and if you do they’ll be few and far between. It also makes the hair softer so easier to shave and wax each time and helps your skin to lock in moisture keeping your skin smoother and happier for longer. We’d recommend exfoliating the body once a week and moisturising daily.
We want to keep our skin as happy and as healthy as possible so bare these top tips in mind when it comes to hair removal:
- Don’t shave or wax broken or sore skin- we’re including sunburn- it’ll aggravate your skin and could lead to infection
- Give your skin a break- at least 2 days before and 2 days after your time of the month, your skin is SUPER sensitive because of hormones and it can be SUPER painful
- 24 hours after waxing your skin can be a little touchy- so we’d advise against swimming in chlorinated pools, heat; which includes hot baths/showers/steam rooms/jacuzzi’s etc., avoid deodorants/perfumes or any product with these in and wearing tight clothing.