Hair Removal : Is Using Wax for Hair Removal Suitable for All?

Waxing is an excellent option for removing pesky body hair without you having to worry about the hair growing back for several weeks.[1] Compared to shaving and depilatory creams, waxing can be a real time-saver. But it’s always important to ask certain questions when choosing a hair removal option, and in some cases, waxing may not be the best choice. Here are a few factors you may want to consider before you choose to wax.

Pain, pain, go away!

There’s no other way to say this – waxing can sometimes be a painful process. If you’ve got a particularly low pain threshold, you might be concerned about whether you’re up to the task. However, there are steps you can take to make sure that the hair comes away as quickly and as smoothly as possible – and with less pain, too! Making sure that the area of skin to be waxed is taut, and that you are pulling the strips against the direction of growth are both important. These measures restrict the times you have to go over the same area of skin again and again.[2] Some beauticians will also advise applying some powder to the area, so the wax is more likely to cling to the hair rather than the skin[3]. But some waxes do not adhere to the hair if there is a barrier such as a cream or powder. If you are still unsure about what to do, there are certainly more pain-free methods of long-term hair removal out there, such as the IPL treatment.

Irritated or Sensitive Skin

There are all kinds of skin types out there, and it’s important to get to know yours before choosing to wax. Waxing is generally not advised for skin that is affected by Eczema or Psoriasis, raised moles, or areas of broken skin[4]. If you have any of these skin problems, do speak to your doctor before exploring hair removal options. However, if you’re concerned about sensitive skin, you may find that waxing is still the best method available to you. Veet has an entire range of waxing products, with nourishing ingredients like Aloe Vera, designed especially for sensitive skin[5]. As with any method of hair removal, a good tactic is to test the product on a small area of skin before continuing to wax.

Rushing Out the Door?

There are lots of practical things to take into account when you’re thinking of the right method of hair removal for you. Waxing can give you smooth results for up to four weeks[6], potentially saving you from the need to repeat the process over and over again. But the process can take a bit more time compared to other techniques, especially if you’re new to waxing. If you’re rushing out on a date, the last thing you want is to leave the house with half-waxed legs, or red marks on your upper lip. In these moments, you may wish to consider another option, such as depilatory creams. Although the results don’t last quite as long as waxing[7], depilatory creams can be a great last-minute solution, taking as little as five minutes to work![8] Veet’s range of hair removal creams is designed for quick and easy use, and you can simply wash your skin with cool water and head out the door in 10 minutes!

Waxing can give you fantastic results, but Veet offers many other hair removal solutions that might be the right option for you. Whatever your situation, it’s important to explore your options carefully, and to not rush your decision.

[1] http://hairremoval.about.com/od/waxing/f/How-Long-Does-Waxing-Last.htm

[2] http://www.wikihow.com/Wax-Your-Bikini-Area-at-Home

[3] http://howskinworks.com/facts-about-waxing-and-other-hair-removal-methods/

[4] http://www.paiskincare.com/blog/2012/08/21/is-waxing-bad-for-sensitive-skin/

[5] http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-7654/the-benefits-of-using-aloe-vera-for-skin-care-and-more.html

[6] http://hairremoval.about.com/od/waxing/f/How-Long-Does-Waxing-Last.htm

[7] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemical_depilatory

[8] http://hairremoval.about.com/od/depilatories/a/Depilatory-101.htm