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Why should some skincare products be avoided both before and after waxing?

Popular hair removal technique waxing yields long-lasting, flawless results. But it's important to steer clear of several skincare products both before and after the waxing process to guarantee a comfortable and efficient experience. Using the wrong items could cause skin problems like irritation and inflammation. Here's why keeping healthy skin during your waxing process depends on avoiding some skincare products.

Pre-Waxing Skincare:

Exfoliants and Scrubs

Steer clear of exfoliating treatments, including physical scrubbing and chemical exfoliants, before waxing. These items could increase the sensitivity of your skin and make it more irritable. Although it may seem good, exfoliating removes the top layer of dead skin cells and could make your skin more sensitive. Waxing itself is an exfoliating technique; doubling down on exfoliation can cause over-sensitivity, redness, and sometimes skin tears.

Retinoids and Acne Remedies

Excellent for curing acne, retinoids and other strong acne treatments such salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide can also cause the skin to become more sensitive. These components thin the outer layer of skin and boost cell turnover, therefore rendering it more vulnerable to waxing-related harm. Stop using these items at least one week before your waxing visit to prevent side effects.

Moisturizers and Oils

Although maintaining skin hydration is crucial, before waxing it is suggested not to apply strong moisturizers or oils. These products can build a barrier on the skin that alters the wax's capacity for correct adhesion to the hair. Less effective hair removal and increased discomfort during the treatment might follow from this. Instead use a mild, non-greasy moisturizer; avoid moisturizing right before waxing.

Post-Waxing Skincare:

Fragranced and alcohol-based products

Your skin is more sensitive and readily irritated after waxing. Fragrant items include alcohol-based toners, scented lotions, and fragrances can aggravate this sensitivity and cause stinging, redness, or even allergic responses. To let your skin heal, steer clear of these items at least 24 to 48 hours following waxing.


You should also avoid products with salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and retinoids post-waxing. Although these components help with acne and anti-aging, newly waxed skin may find them too abrasive. They can irritate, dry excessively, and cause peeling. To assist lower inflammation and promote healing, instead consider relaxing lotions with aloe vera, chamomile, or calendula included components.

Sun and Heat Exposition

Though not a skincare product specifically, following waxing one should avoid heat and sunshine. Sunburn and hyperpigmentation are more likely to strike freshly waxed skin. For at least 24 hours following waxing, steer clear of tanning beds, saunas, hot showers, and direct sunlight. If you have to be outside, protect your delicate skin with a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more.


To get the greatest results and avoid irritation, both before and after waxing you must take good care of your skin. Before and after waxing, avoid exfoliants, retinoids, heavy moisturizers, fragranced products, active chemicals, and extreme heat to improve skin health and comfort. Following these rules will help you to have flawless, hair-free skin devoid of undesired side effects.

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