Waxing tips

How to reduce the pain of hair removal

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to reduce the pain of hair removal
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Depilation with wax, laser or an electric machine is an ordeal for many women, especially in sensitive areas such as the groin and armpits. Sometimes, the pain can be unbearable, the skin becomes irritated and pimples appear. However, implementing a few little tricks can help you experience less painful hair removal and make the experience more bearable. Follow our advice in this article at OneHowTo.com and discover how to reduce the pain of hair removal.

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Steps to follow:


Having hair removed during your menstrual cycle can worsen the pain. This is because the skin is very sensitive and becomes even more sensitive during this time, so if you have a low threshold of pain, it's better if you wait to remove hair.


Being relaxed and calm is key to not making waxing an unbearable experience. Many women become very tense when getting waxed and, although it's easier said than done, when you're relaxed, you can face the pain better.


To make it easier to remove the hair and to reduce the pain, use an exfoliant the day before waxing. Use an exfoliating mitt or a body scrub to remove dead skin cells and to help hair grow outward instead of inward.


Taking a hot bath a few minutes before you start removing your hair is also a good way to reduce the pain. Hot water opens the pores and softens the hair, making removal much less painful and your skin will thank you. For hair removal the skin should be dry.


Another trick you can try, to lessen the pain, is to apply ice to the area you'll be waxing. Ice numbs the skin and therefore is very helpful to ensure that hair removal isn't too painful. However, you should know that this option isn't appropriate for waxing, since you won't feel the heat and it can cause burns on the skin.


If the pain you feel with hair removal is extremely strong and unbearable, you can always use a numbing cream. To do this, you must go to a pharmacy and ask which is the best option for you. This remedy, like the previous one, isn't suitable for waxing because the skin can't perceive well the temperature of the wax.


Once you've waxed, the skin can become irritated, inflamed and pimples can appear. That's why if you're just finished waxing, you should apply moisturizer or aloe vera to prevent the skin from drying out too much. Almond oil is also perfect to soothe skin irritations.

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  • Remember that after waxing, you shouldn't expose the skin to direct sunlight.
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