What You Should Know Before Getting Waxed For The First Time


Every grunt, scream, and loud “ouch” you hear at a day spa in Tucson is probably from someone that’s being waxed. You might be wondering, does waxing hurt that much? Well, the answer is yes it can be!

Do you want to have an idea of how much getting waxed hurts? Then try pulling an adhesive bandage off a hairy and sensitive part of your body, the pain you feel after that is somewhat the same as the pain of getting waxed.

However, there are things you should know before getting waxed that’ll make the waxing session feel much less painful. Below are things you should put consider before you get waxed for the first time.

There Needs To Be Hair On Your Body

The ultimate purpose of getting waxed is to avoid shaving, right? But shaving before a wax is not something you should actually do. Before you get waxed, the hair on your body should be visible to make it easy for your waxer to grab and remove the hair.

If you don’t feel comfortable with a lot of hair, you can go ahead and trim it but don’t overdo it.

Take Some Ibuprofen Along

You don’t have to put yourself through extreme pain even if you have a high pain tolerance. There are pain relievers that you can use to alleviate pain like ibuprofen. It will do you a lot of good if you pop this pill at least 30 minutes before the waxing session. While trying to avoid pain, ensure that the pain relief drug doesn’t clash with any medication that you’re taking.

Wear A Pair Of Loose Sweatpants

After getting waxed, your body may be sore. Putting on tight-fitting clothes after getting waxed may cause a rash. After waxing, all your pores become opened and consequently they become more sensitive. So, if you can, wear loose-fitting clothes to the spa.

Don’t Forget To Exfoliate

Exfoliating your skin is important if you want to reduce the pain of waxing. Probably, a day or two before you get waxed, exfoliate gently so that you don’t cause any injury to your skin.

You don’t have to use rough scrubs because it could leave your skin quite sensitive even before the actual waxing. A gentle scrub will work better since the ultimate goal is to reduce the number of dead skin cells on your body and ease the waxing process. If you have no idea how to go about the exfoliation, you should ask questions before you visit the spa.

Skip The Lotion Before And After Your Wax 

You might think that using lotion on your skin will ease the waxing process since moisture makes the skin softer and smoother. But a day before getting waxed and even after isn’t the right time to use your lotion. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you shouldn’t apply lotions, just don’t do it when your waxing appointment is getting close. Too much moisture at this time will make it difficult for the waxer to grab your hair and it’ll be an obstruction between the wax and the hair.

Also, considering the overall soreness your body may feel after the wax session, it may seem as though lotioning up is the best solution for the soreness, but that’s still a bad idea. Lotions will only block your pores. This can lead to skin irritation and inflammation. After a wax session, your skin should be left as natural as possible without being lathered up with lotion.

You May Not Be Able To Workout For A Day Or Two 

If you have a workout session planned, you might need to rearrange your schedule. The last thing your body needs is a stream of sweat and body fluids immediately after a waxing session. There should be at least a 24 to 48 hours gap between your wax session and your workout session. Allowing your body this break in between will leave you revitalized and refreshed from all the soreness. Also, to heal faster, an ice pack can help do a good job of reducing swelling and irritation.

Things Might Seem A Bit Off The Next Day

You might not feel up to certain aspects of your daily routine. After a waxing session, your body may experience swelling and skin reddening, but this is normal and you’re perfectly fine. But you may need to hold off on some things like hitting the gym and even using perfumes or sprays.

You Should Tip The Waxer

This doesn’t help to avoid pain in a way, but it’s good waxing etiquette. Your waxer has just finished trying to be as gentle as possible on you during the waxing session, and it is a common practice to offer a generous tip. This way, your waxer will be more than happy to render their best service during your next waxing session.

Lastly, waxing is only as painful the first time. Although you can’t entirely get used to the pain, your body will be ready for the inconvenience the next time.

Please schedule your next waxing session at Greentoes in Tucson! Our estheticians will go to great lengths to make your waxing experience as pain-free as possible. We look forward to seeing you during your next spa visit!

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