Summertime has brought warm weather and outdoor activities, but if you have body hair, you may feel self-conscious about wearing shorts, tank tops, and even bikinis. One of the best options is to Waxing Sarasota on your skin to remove hair. LA Plastic Surgery and Dermatology in Bradenton, FL can provide a fantastic waxing experience.
What Are the Benefits of Waxing?
1. Slower Hair Growth
When your hair is removed with wax, the hair is pulled from the root. This is different from shaving or chemical removers in which the hair is cut or broken off close to the skin. The hair quickly grows back, so that you have to constantly shave every day to get a smooth feel to your skin. When you remove hair by the root, it takes much longer to grow back. The hair must reform the root and follicle before it can grow out of the skin.
Regrowing a hair root can take up to 8 weeks for some people. That means you can show off your smooth skin for weeks longer than shaving or other hair removers. Using wax will help you slow that hair growth so you can actually spend time enjoying your smooth skin instead of worrying about when you will need to remove it again.
2. Finer and Sparser Hair Growth
Because you are pulling hair from the root, one benefit of using wax is that your hair will begin to grow sparser and softer. While genetics play a role in defining the color, growth rate, and coarseness of your hair, you can use wax to your advantage. Waxing will impact these factors so that when the hair finally does begin to grow back, it is harder to tell due to its fine nature.
The reason why using wax can make your hair finer is because as the hair is consistently pulled from the root, the hair follicle becomes weaker. The weaker the hair follicle, the finer the hair it will produce. Using wax frequently won’t stop your hair from growing. However, it can weaken follicles to the point where they stop producing hair. This causes waxed skin to produce not only finer hair but more sparse hair.
3. Gentle Exfoliation of Skin
When you wax, you are laying down a layer of thick wax that sticks to skin and hair alike. When the wax is removed, any dead skin cells stuck to the wax will also be removed. In this way, your wax will gently exfoliate your skin, leaving your skin feeling clean and rejuvenated. Stripping away dead skin cells will allow your skin to embrace its silky smooth quality. The healthy new cells will be at the top to give you a healthy beautiful glow.
It’s important to remember that waxing should not take the place of proper exfoliation. In preparation for your wax, you should prepare your skin by exfoliating a couple of days before your appointment. Exfoliating on the same day as your appointment may make your skin too sensitive and cause more pain. You should exfoliate a day or two after your appointment, as well, once your pores have had time to close. Exfoliating after a wax will help to keep out ingrown hairs.
4. Less Chance of Inflammation
Shaving can cause razor burn, in-grown hairs, and bumpy, inflamed skin. Chemical hair removers can cause the same, including harsh chemical burns if used improperly. Razors cause frequent friction that inflames your skin. Chronic inflammation in your skin can even cause discoloration. This is especially true for darker skin types.
Using wax means less friction, less inflammation, and less discoloration. If you are struggling with inflammation and discoloration due to razors, switching to wax can help dramatically. Shaving cream, gel, and chemical hair removers also can cause skin inflammation due to harsh chemicals reacting to your skin. Your skin detects these chemicals and reacts, causing redness, itching, swelling, or even worse reactions. This is because many of these have allergens or unfriendly chemicals in the ingredients.
Wax does not contain added harsh chemicals, irritants, or other bad extra ingredients. The simplicity of wax allows it to deal less harm to your body and cause less inflammation.
5. Smaller Chance of Ingrown Hairs
Ingrown hairs are caused when your hair grows into your skin instead of out of it. If you’ve ever experienced one, you know they are uncomfortable, sometimes painful, and can even become infected. Sometimes, ingrown hairs are caused by dead cells clogging a hair follicle, forcing the hair to grow sideways, but sometimes when you shave, hair cut too short can curl inwards, allowing the sharp end to pierce your skin and grow inwards.
When you wax, you dramatically lower the chances of having ingrown hairs. Proper waxing pulls the hair from its follicle, root, and all. This means there is no part of the hair left to grow back in on itself. Waxing also gently exfoliates your skin so you remove any dead cells that may try to clog your hair follicles.
6. Improved Skin Texture and Look
With the exfoliation of your skin and decreased inflammation, the wax will benefit your skin by improving its look and texture. Dead skin cells can cause bumpy, flaky, and other textures. After a wax, your skin will feel smooth, fresh, and more elastic. The texture will feel healthier and stronger.
You can also improve the look of your skin with wax. With less inflammation, your skin will be a more natural color instead of red or bruised. Any discoloration from chronic inflammation will fade the longer you go without shaving.
7. No More Shaving
You wake up in the morning for a shower. You jump in and spend half the time cleaning and the other half shaving. First, you have to apply the shaving cream or gel everywhere and hope you don’t accidentally rinse it off. Then, you shave the best you can, taking far longer than you meant to. You get out only to realize you have three patches of hair you missed along with tiny red bumps or razor burn.
You make it through the day where your skin has begun to itch only to lay down at night and feel not smooth, but stubbly skin. With waxing, you never have to shave again. You can experience smooth legs for longer, up to eight weeks in some cases, without having to pick up a razor. You can save time in your daily routine and eliminate all of the disadvantages that come with shaving.
8. Stubble-Free Skin
Since wax removes hair by the root, you get the benefit of smooth, stubble-free skin, while razors can only cut so close to the skin. This can leave you with tiny, prickly bumps. Stubble can feel itchy, uncomfortable, and not at all what you want. Using wax allows you to achieve smooth skin for a long time without stubble. By the time waxed hair is finally poking through, you will be amazed at how long it took.
Using wax can also reduce the itchiness and prickly feeling of growing hair. When a razor cuts the hair, it is cut at an angle, creating a sharp point that can poke through your skin, causing itchy and prickly feelings. Since wax removes hair at the follicle, there are no sharp points in the growing hair. Wax also makes hair finer, so any stubble that finally breaks through won’t feel so sharp or uncomfortable.
9. Speed and Efficiency
Waxing can be faster and more efficient than shaving, especially when having a professional wax your skin. Instead of spending hours and hours a month in the bathroom to shave or use chemical hair removers, you have one wax appointment that is relatively fast. Getting waxed will be quick, while you also get pampered. You will save so much time in your daily routine by switching to wax hair removal.
Getting waxed is also more efficient than shaving. Professional waxers know how to get you full coverage so you have no patches of leftover hair. Shaving often leaves large patches of hair we didn’t know we missed. Waxers make sure each section is hair-free before moving on to the next section.
Tips for Getting a Wax
1. Make Sure Your Hair Is Long Enough
If your hair is too short, the wax will not be able to firmly grip it and pull it out. The best length is about as long as a grain of rice. The professionals doing your wax will be able to trim any hair that is too long, but you can’t fix too short of hair. It is better to wait a little longer to guarantee a safe length.
2. Exfoliate and Moisturize Prior to the Appointment
When your skin is healthy, your hair will also be healthier. That means the wax will be able to pull it from the root instead of having it break off at the skin level. Exfoliating the day before your appointment can also expunge any dead skin cells and keep them from interfering with your wax.
3. Don’t Use Lotion the Day of Your Wax
While you should moisturize a couple of days before your wax, you should never use body lotion on the day of your appointment. Body lotions can cause films to adhere to your skin. The wax will attach to the film instead of your hair, so lotion can make hair removal a difficult task for the wax.
4. Avoid Hot Treatments for 24 Hours Post-Wax
Hot treatments can include anything from tanning beds to saunas to even a hot bath. Hot treatments will open up the pores and follicles, making them vulnerable to dirt, dead skin, and more. Clogged pores can cause ingrown hairs.
Get Your First Wax
There are many benefits of waxing to remove your hair. Using wax hair removal will leave your skin smooth for much longer and can make your skin look and feel healthier. Wax also eliminates the need for shaving, removing all the disadvantages of shaving from razor burn to cuts to ingrown hairs.
If you are ready to start waxing, it’s time to talk to a professional and set up an appointment. Contact LA Plastic Surgery and Dermatology in Bradenton, FL to set up a waxing session today.