The weather is finally improving, which means it’s time to get those summer dresses and midi skirts out and embrace the rising temperatures. You may need to consider your hair removal options, whether you wax, ellipate, get laser, or simply shave.
Once your legs are fuzz-free, it is important to take good care of them, otherwise the skin will remain dry and irritated. And you don’t want ashy knees and bobbly skin when wearing your denim shorts or floaty dresses.
So, here are some tips on how to look after skin properly after hair removal.
The risk with waxing is you might be left with ingrown hairs. However, you can avoid this by properly exfoliating the area, as this prevents hairs from being blocked by dead skin.
Vivian Bucay of Bucay Dermatology told The Klog readers to remove hair in the direction of growth, reducing the risk of ingrown hairs.
“Dry brushing the skin with a body brush to remove any dead skin build-up is a gentle way to exfoliate the skin,” Ms Bucay stated.
It is also a good idea to avoid using fragrance body lotions, perfumes, deodorants or other products on the areas straight after waxing, as this will cause irritation.
Laser hair removal recovery
The great thing about laser hair removal is it has long-term results. However, it is important to take care of the treated skin to prolong the effects and make it more likely follow-up treatments will work on the areas.
As laser treatment attacks melanin in the skin, it is essential to protect the skin from the sun following treatment. Therefore, buy some sun cream with SPF 30, and any creams that are hydrating, gentle and protect the skin from the sunlight.
Shaving is the most convenient form of hair removal. However, as it can cause hair to grow back quickly, it can result in stubble, ingrown hairs, and rough skin.
The best thing to do, according to IDiva, is rinse the area with cold water immediately after shaving as this will close the pores. Following this, use a hydrating body lotion or tea tree oil gel, as these keep the skin soft and supple and help avoid flaky skin and dry, itchy patches.
It is also a good idea to exfoliate before shaving, with the removal of dead skin cells helping to reduce the occurrence of razor bumps.
After using hair removal creams
Hair removal creams have been popular for a long time, as they work quickly and are pain-free. However, they have a high chemical content, which means they can be irritating on the skin and have a strong smell.
If the cream causes irritation, you can treat skin with soothing lotions and body butters afterwards. It is best to make sure these are free of chemicals, otherwise they could cause further inflammation to the area.
Pure organic shea butters, for instance, are very soothing, which is why they are often used for treating insect bites, infections, and eczema, as well.