Getting your bikini waxed is such a time-saver. However, when your skin breaks out afterward, it is not ideal. It always seems to happen right before a vacation or a special date night. So, what do you soothe red and irritated skin after a Brazilian wax?
What to Do Before Hand
One of the best ways to avoid red and itchy bumps is to prevent them. One really easy approach is to put warm water or a compress on the area before your wax. This opens your pores and keeps your skin from getting shocked when the wax pulls out your hair. It also softens your skin and reduces tiny tears from occurring.
You can also use a mild exfoliant before your wax session. This lifts the hairs away from the skin and removes extra oils or dirt. Infected follicles cause irritation, so keep the area clean. You should let your hair grow to at least 1/4 inch. Longer hairs prevent redness because the wax will grab the hairs and not the skin.
Reducing the Redness
Mild antiseptics are very good at preventing and treating those pesky red bumps. Whatever you do, do not scratch, pop or rub the surface of your skin. This will make the area more tender and prolong the situation. Also, wear loose-fitting clothing, preferably cotton. Any undergarments that are going to rub the hairline will cause bumps and ingrown hairs.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a natural and popular option. This oil can be dabbed directly on the skin with a cotton ball. It is best not to touch your skin directly with your fingers because any bacteria could aggravate the area. If you have sensitive skin, you can dilute the tea tree oil with cool water before using it.
Witch Hazel is another mild antiseptic that is also very effective. You might already be familiar with it as a facial toner. It can be used directly after waxing and applied periodically while the discomfort lasts.
There are many other mild antiseptics that can be used: Manuka honey, Neosporin, hydrocortisone or diaper cream that contains zinc.
You Just Need Something Soothing
Keeping the area clean is going to work wonders. If you are still uncomfortable, try some of these soothing options. A cotton ball can also be soaked with soothing herbs like rosewater, aloe vera, green tea or chamomile. The cotton ball can then be dabbed over the area. Some people also take a mild pain reliever before waxing to prevent soreness and inflammation.
Good, old-fashioned ice can help cool the inflamed areas. Keeping the area cool will reduce redness and the ice can numb any pain.
Remember to keep the area cool and clean. It is best not to swim, tan, over-exercise or take long hot showers for two to three days after your bikini wax. After waxing your bikini area a few times your skin will settle down and not react as much. The hairs will be softer and the waxing experience will be more enjoyable. Following these tips and tricks will help you get the most out of your Brazilian wax session.