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The idea of painfully removing unwanted hair from your skin can leave you with reservations. However, beauty waxing still reigns supreme when it comes to achieving smooth skin that goes the distance. While you typically may leave this hair removal technique to the professionals, that doesn’t mean you can’t take matters into your own hands. Plus, it’s perfect for days when you can’t see your wax specialist.
The idea can be intimidating, but all you need is an at-home waxing kit and a positive spirit to work your way to hairless skin. Not to mention, you can save yourself time and money along the way. If you’re down to achieve smooth skin, let us show you the way. Keep reading to learn the ins and outs of how to wax at home with our step-by-step guide below.
We know that beauty waxing can be a scary process, but we’re here to help. First things first: Try your best to shake off the jitters and trust yourself. You’ve got this!
Before you start waxing, it’s important that your skin is clean and refreshed. After all, you don’t want dirt, oil, and other impurities getting in the way of your wax. If you’re waxing an area on your face, first prep it with the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types, which works to purify and hydrate skin.
If you’re waxing your legs, arms, underarms, or any other area on your body, hop in the shower before your hair removal session.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), you should always make sure that your hair is between ¼ to ¾ inches long. If the hair is too short, the wax may not be able to adhere to it. You don’t want it to be too long either, though. If your hair is on the longer side, it should be trimmed to the aforementioned length before waxing.
When it comes to using an at-home waxing kit, you should follow the instructions to a T in order to achieve your desired results. Some waxing kits come with ready-to-use strips, and others require that you apply the wax directly to your skin. If you’re working with the latter, the AAD shares that the wax should be warm, never hot, when applying it.
If you have ready-to-use wax strips, your application technique is key to achieving the desired results. Smooth them one at a time over the hair as directed, being sure to get rid of any air bubbles. Then, hold your skin taut and use your other hand to remove the strip from your skin quickly. Keep in mind, you should always remove the strip in the opposite direction of your hair growth. If you have to apply cloth strips, start by placing each of the strips over the wax and pressing down firmly. Leave each one on for two to three seconds before removing.
Waxing most spots is pretty similar, but one that requires a little more attention and precision is waxing your eyebrows. The area around your eyes is naturally sensitive, plus you don't want to mess up your perfect arches. So, it’s essential to ensure that you’re waxing your brows the right way. Here’s how to do it.
Using a spoolie, brush your brows upward and outward so you can identify your natural brow shape.
Pick up the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24 HR Pencil Eyeliner in Black and outline the natural shape of your brows. All of the hair that is sitting outside of your outline is what you’ll need to remove.
When it comes to waxing your eyebrows at home, it’s hard to go wrong with pre-made wax strips. It makes the process oh-so-easy, and with the right placement, you don’t have to worry about removing too much hair. Warm up the wax strip in between your hands, and you’re ready to roll.
Place one wax strip beneath the tail of your brows. Press down firmly and let it sit for a few seconds. Next, quickly remove the wax strip, pulling it in the opposite direction of your hair growth. Repeat around your eyebrows until you have your desired shape.
Congratulations on a successful at-home beauty waxing session. We knew you could do it! However, your work is not done. Follow our three tips below to keep your skin in proper shape post-wax.
One of the easiest ways to soothe your skin after waxing is to reach for a moisturizer. Of course, you’ll want to opt for an offering that won’t clog your pores. Try the L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care – Normal/Oily Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care – Normal/Dry Skin, or L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care – Extra Dry Skin. These offerings are formulated with aloe vera water and hyaluronic acid to give your skin long-lasting hydration.
While you may be tempted to touch your smooth skin, we must advise against it. Touching freshly waxed skin can cause dirt, oil, and debris to clog pores and lead to a breakout or an infection. Play it safe, and keep your hands off.
Believe it or not, your skin needs to breathe after beauty waxing. If not, skin irritation and redness can become a factor. Always wear loose clothing after waxing your body to keep your skin in the clear.
Now that you know the art of beauty waxing, you may think that you can handle all the areas on your body with ease. However, it’s important not to get ahead of yourself. Some areas are best suited for a salon waxing session. If you’ve tried doing a Brazilian wax at home, you may have found that certain spots can be hard to reach. And no one wants to walk around with skin that is partially waxed. Play it safe and leave your back and bikini area for your wax specialist. Feel free to DIY wax your eyebrows, lips, underarms, and anywhere else you can reach without assistance.
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