Unwanted facial hair is a problem that many women have to deal with, especially after a certain age or after going through some changes (menopause). Women who suffer from hormonal imbalances can suffer from such changes as well, seeking out different beauty treatments for hair removal.
Waxing is one of the most convenient and cost-effective methods recommended for the removal of unwanted facial hair, whether it is at the level of the upper lip, chin or in-between the eyebrows. Let’s find out more information on facial hair waxing and how you can give DIY waxing a try.
How Does Waxing work?
When it comes to the removal of facial hair, two types of wax can be used. First, you have the soft wax, which comes in the form of strips. Second, you have the hard wax, which is left to dry and then pulled off from the skin. As it was already mentioned above, waxing works by removing unwanted hair from the upper lip, chin, eyebrows and even cheeks.
Due to the application of wax, whether warm or cold, the hair strands are pulled out by the root, which means that the hair will take longer to grow. Once the unwanted hair is removed, you will be able to concentrate on your facial appearance and seek out solutions, to make facial wrinkles less visible.
Benefits of Facial Waxing
The biggest benefit of facial waxing is the removal of hair for a longer period, followed by the smooth texture of the skin. The aesthetic appearance is greatly improved through waxing, with the results being present for up to several weeks. Waxing also guarantees precision, especially when it comes to your eyebrows.
Moreover, the more you wax, the less hair you will notice growing. Compared to other methods for hair removal, waxing is cheap and delivers results that last.
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What Kind of Wax is Used in Salons? Is it Safe?
Beauty salons use both soft and hard wax, depending on the area that needs to be waxed and also on the customer’s personal preferences. The application of hard, hot wax is reserved for the removal of facial hair, while the soft wax (strips) is more recommended for the body.
Unfortunately, the removal of facial hair through waxing in salons comes with some risks. The lack of experience on behalf of the personnel can lead to skin burns; if the wax is applied at too high a temperature on the skin, it can result in moderate-to-severe burns and even scarring.
Apart from the skin irritation, another huge risk is the one of infection. Bacterial microorganisms, such as Staphylococcus or streptococcus, can be easily transmitted to the skin, either from the wax or the person making the application. This is common in the situation when the applicator is dipped more than once into the wax. No matter what you might hear, the temperature of the wax is not enough to kill the bacteria.
DIY Facial Waxing at Home
Home facial waxing is an excellent alternative to going to a beauty salon, allowing you to save both time and money. Moreover, it is a hygienic option, in the sense that you are going to be the only person using the wax (no risk of infection).
You can use it anytime you want, not to mention the fact that the natural ingredients chosen for the DIY wax strips will give your skin a radiant, healthy-looking glow. In this way, you will successfully manage to escape the dull complexion, looking better than ever.
If you are interested in removing the unwanted facial hair at home, there are two natural recipes you can try. For both types of waxes, use these tips to wax at home with minimal discomfort and best results:
- Always test a DIY skin product on a small area of skin on your hand before applying to your face to check for allergic reaction or skin irritation
- Allow the wax to reach a comfortable room temperature- you don’t need it to be hot to work
- A gentle exfoliant several hours before waxing can help prevent ingrown hairs
- Apply wax in the direction of hair growth, but pull in the opposite direction with one smooth movement
- Keep your skin taut when pulling wax off
- Invest in some good quality waxing strips- it’ll be worth avoiding any hassle
Homemade Turmeric DIY Wax Strips
The first recipe contains turmeric, which is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, as well as for the ability to soothe the skin and restore its natural glow. In the same recipe, you will also find milk, which has hydrating properties and keeps the skin supple.
- 1 Tablespoon of turmeric
- 1 Tablespoon of milk
- For this recipe, you will have to mix one tablespoon of turmeric and one of milk.
- Apply the mixture to the desired area, such as the upper lip and allow it to dry.
- When the paste has dried, rub in the opposite direction the hair is growing.
- When done, rinse it off with cold water.
Homemade Honey Wax
The second recipe is based on honey, which is known for its hydrating, antibacterial and skin soothing properties.
- Sugar (1 cup)
- Honey (several drops)
- Lemon (several drops)
- Begin by melting the sugar, then add the honey and lemon.
- Allow it to reach room temperature before applying it to the desired area(s).
- If you consider that the mixture is too thick, you can add a little bit of water.
The removal of facial hair does not have to be an unpleasant experience, especially if you opt for DIY wax strips. As you have seen, going to a salon comes with certain risks, especially the one of infection; on the other hand, at-home facial waxing is safe and convenient, allowing you to remove unwanted facial hair from the upper lip, chin or eyebrows.
Sophie Addison is an enthusiast blogger and writer. She is very passionate about writing general health and fitness. She has posted articles on skincare problems, joint pain treatment, weight loss and woman’s health. Apart from work she likes gardening and listening to music. Connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
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