Unwanted hair is a pain, especially on the face. At Northcoast Laser Cosmetics, we’re big fans of laser hair removal as the most effective and comfortable means for removing unwanted facial hair. But it takes a series of sessions, and some patients can’t afford this option right now.
Another alternative is facial waxing. It’s an area that many women don’t really think of when considering waxing, which is common on the legs. But when it comes to getting rid of hair between your brows, above your upper lip, on the chin, your sideburns, and cheeks, we offer waxing at Northcoast Laser Cosmetics.
You may have some questions about facial hair waxing, so let’s address them.
Is facial waxing good for my skin?
Waxing facial skin is a delicate procedure that should only be handled by professionals, such as the team at Northcoast Laser Cosmetics. This is because your facial skin is so delicate.
Waxing to remove facial hair isn’t a rejuvenating procedure. Depending on how your skin responds, waxing can cause your skin to be irritated, red, and open to infection. You’ll need to be home for a day or so after your waxing, particularly for large areas such as the cheeks and sideburns. This is because your skin will be sensitive and somewhat vulnerable to infection.
Is it better to shave or wax my unwanted facial hair?
Waxing is far better than shaving for a number of reasons:
- When hair is shaved, the hair that grows back is harder and somewhat prickly. Waxing removes the hair by the roots, so hair that grows back is smooth and softer.
- Waxing lasts for at least two weeks, while shaving is only good for a few days before the prickly hairs return.
- Waxing damages your hair follicles, especially if done repeatedly. This is how lasers inhibit hair growth, by damaging the follicles. Shaving has no effect on the follicles, as it only trims the hair shaft.
What is the downside of facial waxing?
- There’s no getting around this one — waxing facial hair is painful. The skin on your face is delicate and there are more nerves than other locations, such as your legs. How much pain you can tolerate is a personal thing.
- Waxing can irritate your skin. It can leave your skin red with tender bumps across the treatment area. This isn’t always true, but it is possible on certain patients.
- You’ll have to take care of your waxed skin for 24 hours. Your skin will be sensitive, so it can’t have any sun exposure, and avoid any public pools (they can lead to infection). You need to be cautious when using your normal soaps and moisturizers. We’ll advise you on what to use or not use.
Is it OK to take a shower after waxing?
It is beneficial to take a shower before your waxing session, as the steam opens up the hair follicles and makes it easier for the hair to be removed. You can take a warm or cool shower after your waxing, but you should wait for at least 5-8 hours to do so. If you can wait even longer, that’s a good thing. Your hair follicles remain open for hours after waxing, so it’s best to avoid contact with any excess moisture. Don’t take a bath, as the bacteria, skin, and bath products in the water could lead to an infection.
What should I put on my face after waxing?
At Northcoast Laser Cosmetics, we will apply moisturizer immediately after your facial waxing session. We can also recommend what you should use at home. Any lotion you apply should have natural ingredients such as aloe or lavender to soothe the skin and calm redness. Scented or exfoliating creams are to be avoided.
Is there anything else I should do after my facial waxing session?
Beyond staying out of the pool and the sun, avoiding harsh soaps and any scented products, there are a few other things you should do:
- Avoid touching the waxed area. You may want to feel how smooth it is, but you can transfer bacteria to the sensitive skin that is susceptible to infection. Wait 24 hours, and even then make sure your hands are clean.
- Apply a cold compress to the area that was waxed if it feels hot or overly sensitive. This can simply be a washcloth soaked in the coldest tap water possible and then squeezed of excess water.
- Be aware of possible infection for the first 24 hours. Your follicles are wide open after waxing, so they can be more prone to allowing an infection to occur. Be aware of this, keep your hands clean, and lay low.