How to reduce redness after waxing: 10 home remedies to calm your sensitive skin post your waxing

Priya Prakashan

Though waxing eliminates all the unnecessary hair growth from your body, it leaves your sensitive skin with some discomfort, redness and irritation. All of these reactions of the skin are a result of the force with which the hair follicles are pulled from the roots, which leaves the skin inflamed. Though it is not that uneasy to pull off fine hair, getting rid of coarse hair near the bikini area and underarms causes more discomfort and pain, which leaves this skin inflamed. Hair removal in sensitive areas like the eyebrows and your face also leaves your skin inflamed. (ALSO READ Waxing tips at home: DIY at-home painless waxing tips you need to know).

You can always turn to some home remedies to calm your sensitive skin post your waxing schedule. Here is a list of home remedies that you can try to soothe your skin after waxing to get rid of the redness and irritation.

Apply pure aloe vera

Apply pure aloe vera

Use pure aloe vera gel from the aloe vera plant on the affected area post your waxing session. Once the aloe vera gel gets absorbed by your skin it will reduce inflammation and pain. If you do not have access to the plant you can use readily available alove vera gel products, but make sure that the product does not contain alcohol.

Cool compress

Cool compress

 

Make a cool compress of milk, water, and ice, by combining all three ingredients in equal parts and then applying it to the affected area. Keep this on your skin for five minutes and then repeat the application thrice to lessen the appearance of redness. The cool compress will aid in the healing process of your skin. (ALSO READ What is bikini waxing: 13 tips to keep in mind before you plan your first bikini waxing appointment).

Use witch hazel

Use witch hazel

Witch hazel is an astringent compound and it can be used on the skin to get rid of the redness post waxing. All you need to do is soak a cotton ball with three tablespoon of witch hazel and apply it on the affected area. The tannin and oil present in the astringent will reduce the redness of your skin.

Apply calendula oil

Apply calendula oil

The soothing calendula oil has antioxidant properties. But it is not supposed to be used directly onto the skin. Dilute it with a carrier oil or fragrance-free cream before applying it on the skin.The calendula oil will reduce pain and swelling.

Cucumber mask

Cucumber mask

Make a cooling cucumber mask to ease the discomfort. Cucumber mask helps in healing the red and inflamed skin thanks to its antioxidant properties. To whip up a cucumber mask, slice chilled cucumber and apply them directly on your skin. You can also blend it to make a paste and apply it on the waxed area.

Add lavender oil to your skin cream

Add lavender oil to your skin cream

Lavender oil has antiseptic and anti-fungal properties, adding it to your skin cream and applying it on your body can heal your skin and it also promotes scar tissue formation, if your skin is damaged. (ALSO READ Top 5 hair removal methods to have a smooth, hair-free body)

Use chamomile oil

Use chamomile oil

To ease the inflammation use chamomile oil as it is a great anti-inflammatory agent.  Add few drops of chamomile oil to an ounce of jojoba oil and apply it on your skin, it will get absorbed into the deeper layers of the skin and reduce the redness on your skin. After 15 minutes, wash it off with cool water.

Apply apple cider vinegar

Apply apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has healing properties so it works well on the redness and skin inflammation. To use it, add one cup pure apple cider vinegar in a bottle with spray nozzle. After bathing with lukewarm water, spritz the vinegar on your body. Otherwise you can also pat apple cider vinegar on the affected area using cotton pads.

Apply mint and green tea solution

Apply mint and green tea solution (1)

Application of mint and green tea will help you relieve pain and also heal the damaged skin as mint is a natural cooling agent, and the tannin in green tea will help relieve pain. To make this solution, add 5 green tea bags, 3 cups of fresh mint leaves 950 ml of boiling water. Let the mixture steep and cool for at least one hour. Then apply this liquid using a  cotton ball. Or else you can also pour the liquid directly over the affected area. (ALSO READ Say goodbye to ingrown hair: 5 ways to get rid of ingrowth from you bikini line, armpits and legs).

Apply rose geranium essential oil

Apply rose geranium essential oil

Rose geranium essential oil  restricts the skin’s inflammatory response. But like any other essential oil, do not apply this directly on the skin. Mix about 15 drops with a carrier oil and then apply a thin layer on the area. You will notice the difference to a significant degree.

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