Leg waxing is a great way to get smooth legs without the hassle of shaving several times a week. Whether you are doing the waxing yourself or going to a professional, follow these preparations to get a fantastic result with a minimal amount of pain.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Allow leg hair to grow to at least 1/4 inch long. Longer hair is easier for the wax to adhere to. This typically means not shaving for about 2 to 3 weeks.
Exfoliate the area to be waxed several days before to remove dead skin and help prevent ingrown hairs.
Ensure the leg area is completely clean, dry and free of any moisturizers and oils. Additional products on the skin can prevent the wax from adhering properly.
Invest in a numbing spray. Available at beauty supply stores, these cold sprays can help take the sting out of waxing. If you are having your legs waxed by a professional, bring this spray to your appointment.
Apply the numbing spray to the area to be waxed thoroughly to numb the skin. Wait several minutes before waxing.
Practice and use relaxation exercises, such as deep breathing, during the waxing process. This can help make the experience seem less painful.
Tips and warnings
- Take a mild pain reliever, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, about 30 to 40 minutes prior to waxing to minimize swelling.
- Plan to wax your legs at a time that doesn't immediately precede or follow your menstrual cycle. Skin is most sensitive then. A 3-day window should be sufficient.
- Avoid pools, hot tubs and the ocean for 24 hours after waxing. Skin may be irritated following waxing, and chemicals and salt water can cause additional pain.
- Don't wax sunburned, cracked or injured skin because it will be extremely painful and could delay healing.