Hydration and Waxing: An Overview

What’s key to waxing preparation? Water. Hydration and waxing go hand in hand. Your esthetician will likely remind you to drink plenty of water in the days leading up to your waxing appointment. Of course, drinking water isn’t the only thing you should do to ensure your skin is hydrated. Here’s what you need to know.

Why do I need to drink water as part of my waxing preparation?

If your skin becomes dehydrated, the waxing treatment is less effective and less pleasant. Your skin becomes tighter and holds a tighter grip on the hair. This can make the waxing process painful, as it creates a game of tug-of-war with your skin. It also makes hair breakage more likely. If the hair breaks off, you are more likely to experience ingrown hairs.

What else do I need to do to stay hydrated?

The fact is, you may drink plenty of water and still experience dehydrated skin. That’s because the water doesn’t go directly to your skin. You are hydrating your entire body, which includes helping your skin stay healthy. However, there are many other factors that can contribute to dehydrated skin. If you’re trying for a healthy combination of hydration and waxing, avoid the following as part of your waxing preparation:

  • Caffeine: Coffee is a diuretic. Diuretics increase the flow of water from the body, through your kidneys. If you are in waxing preparation, try to avoid any beverages that contain caffeine for at least two days before your appointment. If you can’t make it through the morning without your cup of joe, then double up on your water consumption.
  • Alcohol: These beverages are also diuretics. Again, avoid consuming alcohol for two days before your waxing appointment, for optimal results.
  • Hot showers: This is especially important during the winter. The lack of humidity combined with a hot shower can dry out your skin. The drier your skin is, the more uncomfortable the waxing treatment will be.
  • Cold and allergy medication: Decongestants can help relieve cold and allergy symptoms, but they dry up more than just your sinuses. They can also dry up your skin. If you are suffering from a cold or allergies, consider waiting until you are off these medications for at least 10 days before you receive a waxing treatment.
  • UTIs: Your body needs time to recover from a UTI before you try waxing. It is best to wait three weeks before you receive a waxing treatment. This will allow your skin to rehydrate from the infection your body has just suffered.
  • Chlorine: Swimming pools and hot tubs can dry out your skin, due to the chemicals used to keep that water clean and inviting. For waxing preparation, avoid chlorine exposure for one week prior to your appointment.
  • Soaps/body washes: Watch out for products that are high alkaline. Many soaps and body washes strip your skin of its natural oils. Choose a pH balanced cleanser instead.

Learn more

Have more questions about hydration and waxing? Contact the professionals at Gilbert Wax Bar, LLC. We specialize in full-body waxing for men and women. We also provide eyebrow and lash tinting services and carry a line of facial products that are all-natural, organic, eco-friendly and cruelty-free. Call today to schedule an appointment with one of our licensed estheticians.

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