Prepare your skin for Waxing

Waxing might seem like one of the easiest ways of getting rid with the body and definitely more safer than using hair removal creams or shaving or any other hair removal methods except for laser. But, laser is out of budget for most of the people. But, waxing can be extremely painful for many people with sensitive skin. Some can not resist pain and some are highly sensitive to the hot wax. And, many of you might be susceptible to boils and red patches which appear after the procedure. While I would definitely recommend waxing over other techniques, you should never forget that you are literally peeling one or two layers of your skin even if you are getting it done by the best of the professionals. And, in case you land up with amateurs, there is no saying that there would be bleeding or not. So, when you are exposing your most sensitive skin out, you can definitely expect your skin to react in various ways and boils and irritation is just mild of the symptoms. Though you can never get rid of these problems, you can at least strive to reduce them by following a proper before and after skin care.

Before Waxing
  • Always make your appointment two weeks after your periods. Skin is less sensitive then.
  • Before you go for waxing, always make sure that your skin is not injured or burned in any way. If you have allergies, cuts, open wounds, sunburns or warts, get a treatment before going for waxing.  Waxing can aggravate the situation otherwise.
  • Skip exfoliation, saunas and steam baths on the day prior to waxing.
  • Do not drink coffee on the day before or on day of waxing as caffeine makes you sensitive to pain. Avoid tea also as it also contains caffeine even though it is less.
  • Take bath immediately before waxing. This would help in removing the oils on your skin and any grease or dirt which might cause hindrance while waxing.
  • Do not apply and moisturizer or sunscreen or even deodorants.
  • In case you are going for professional service, wash your hands and other parts of the body where you intend to get waxing done with water once more. This ensures easy removal of the hair and so an area does not need to be waxed more than once or twice.
  • If you are sensitive to pain,  pop a pain killer 20 minutes before waxing. It will ease the pain. 
During Waxing
  • Make sure of the wax temperature. If it is too uncomfortable for you no matter the temperature, tell the girl attending you. Do not let her do what she wants.
  • If the girl attending you is too rude or does not listen to you, complain at once. Trust me it is lot better than enduring pain and not going back to your favorite salon. It happened with me.
  • Do not let the girl attending you keep on waxing your skin two to three times at the same place unnecessarily. Sometimes best of the salons have such people. That makes your skin sore and painful in the extreme especially at sensitive places.
  • Do look around for hygiene. Better carry your clothes instead of changing into ones provided by the salons. Salon hygiene is very important to look for before you become a regular there.
After Waxing
  • Now that you have endured all the pain, you would feel a lot of itching after waxing. Do not itch your skin. I know it is uncontrollable but it made big red boils on my skin and then left ugly scars. Itching also causes a lot of ingrown hairs which in turn irritate the skin. So, do not itch at any cost.
  • If you are at home, immediately go and place a cold water shower head on the areas waxed. That will soothe you well and relives the itch.
  • Still feeling like itching, run a soothing hand over the area instead of clawing your fingers into the skin. Endure for a moment and it will be fine in the next.
  • Then, take a leaf of aloe vera and scoop out all the gel. Apply it on your skin but do not massage.
  • Do not use very hot water for bathing. Warm water will keep your skin in better condition.
  • Avoid exfoliation for a week after your waxing. Your skin does not need exfoliation as it has been stripped off a layer of skin literally.
  • Moisturize your skin well as long as your skin feels sore.


  1. says

    the one reason I wrote this post was because of the sensitivity caused in the skin by periods…I endured horrible pain once because I went just 4-5 days after my periods…next time I made sure that I would give a good amount of interval and then go so I observed the pain was lot less that time and I wanted to put forth this important point which is not known to many people(I’m assuming)…hopefully it helps someone too :) and thanks…

  2. Megha says

    Hey, I am of late following ur blog…..thanks for al those updated….was of much help. My skin is very sensitive and I always have erruptions on my hand after waxing and it kind a stays on…..I dont knw how to get rid of this. And also, where in Bangalore can I find Jojoba oil? Waiting for your reply !!!!!!

  3. says

    Hi Megha
    Well, I cannot very easily point out the problem but I can say one thing that probably your skin is not suited to too much heat….do discuss the problem with the person who attends you at the salon and if you do not go to the salon then apply cold wax at the minimum possible temperature….after waxing immediately use cold water on your skin….in salons they use a sponge to wash the skin which might again irritate your skin so take a face spray bottle filled with cold water along with you and use that on your skin and wipe off with a tissue paper…do not rub your skin while wiping the water off…instead of rubbing dab the tissue paper…..and follow with aloevera gel….I can recommend Patanjali aloevera gel from Baba Ramdev products if you do not have an aloe plant at home otherwise go home and apply aloe gel straight from the leaf…it soothes the skin……
    and, I have no idea where you can get jojoba oil in Bangalore…I stay in Hyderabad….you might want to try out Fab India stores….I am not sure but I think they do have jojoba oil in their range of products….
    hope this helps…do get back for any queries….

  4. Anonymous says

    hey there i m seriously in serious problem i had gone through a body wax nd had also followed all ov the above mentioned points but still some serious corns are appearing on my back and also on my neck on back side ,,im going to get married in two days wht too doo?

    • says

      hi I am so sorry but I was busy with my work so didn’t see your comment!!! and, I am guessing you are already married….hope you went to a doctor immediately.

  5. Anonymous says

    Hey, i did waxing myself using wax strips and now its super itchy and i kinda scratch the itchy part so now its really red and really itchy. I applied some medical cream but its not getting better. Is this a normal reaction after waxing because this is the first time i got the itchiness? And u hv any idea wht should i do?
    Pls reply :)

    • says

      hey…yes, itchiness is normal generally. actually what happens is that the skin gets hurt during waxing and that is why it itches a lot but you shouldn’t scratch it ever. now that you have done it, i would suggest you to apply ice cubes on the affected area and then follow with aloevera gel from the leaf. and, skin will heal on its own. just remember don’t scratch it anymore. don’t worry :)

  6. Anonymous says

    Heyy! i follow most of the points that you’ve written, but i tend to get very bad boils at the back of my thighs and on my shoulders a few days after waxing, i don’t know what to do…help :(

  7. Anonymous says

    thnx a lot for the do’s ant dont’s…got 2 learn a lot…does waxing gradually decrease the hair growth???coz, 2 to 3 yrs bck i went for razors which made the hair of my legs quite thick!!!so someone suggested me 2 opt 4 waxing..i hve started doing waxing from the last 1 year and i guess the growth is 5 % less…if i continue,wl the growth decrease??????please please please rply…. :)

  8. Anonymous says

    hello, what to do when after waxing my hands get sort of many acnes type spot on it after 3 days of waxing and it is very itching, and they remains for many days, this problem occur only on my hand.

    • says

      seems like the skin of your hand is sensitive to the waxing procedure. do you apply ice and aloevera right after waxing procedure. wash your hands after wax with cold water and apply ice for sometime and then follow with fresh aloevera gel. do not use soap on the area for 24 hours. and, cover up while going in sun. may be the sunlight is making the area sensitive.

  9. says

    Hey , I get a whole lot of boils on my upper arms after 10 days of waxing and these boils don’t go away for about two months plus leave ugly scars. Earlier I thought that the heated wax may be the reason,so I tried shaving . But in vain, I am really in a confusion . What should I do?

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