The pleasure of smooth and silky soft skin after hair removal with an epilator or a wax is usually quickly replaced by redness, irritation and even by painful sensations. Fortunately, you can neutralize the discomfort of the procedure with several effective actions.
Avoid taking a shower or a bath few hours after epilation. Warm water dilates blood vessels, which makes the redness of the skin more visible. Soap, in its turn, causes additional irritations. Rinse the epilated area with cool, almost cold water to stimulate blood circulation and assist blood vessels’ contraction. Wipe the area gently. The most sensitive places you can treat with ice, but wrapped in a soft cotton cloth in order to protect the epithelial cells from damages caused by the extreme cooling.
Moisturize and sooth the epilated skin with a cosmetic product. The most recommended formulas contain recovering and healing ingredients- a lotion or a cream with jojoba, aloe vera or rice proteins that reduce redness, burning sensation and itching.
Avoid physical exercises and swimming in pools in the next 24 hours. Your skin needs a rest and time to fully recover. Sweat, physical exertion and chemicals in the water could increase inflammation or spread harmful bacteria causing much more damages to sensitive skin.
The freshly epilated skin should not be exposed to sun at least 24 hours. Generally, inflammation and rashes become even more intense and delay the recovery of the skin for days.
Let the epilated skin breathe. That means that you should abstain from tight-fitting rough cloths which cause friction leading to irritation in sensitive areas. Prefer light and sheer models and fabrics.