As an alternative to shaving, waxing your legs can leave a long-lasting smooth feeling which is highly desirable for many women and some men, especially during the leg-baring months of summer. However, the hot wax and sharp, pulling motion can lead to a painful experience. While some discomfort may be inevitable when it comes to waxing, proper precautions and handling of the wax can greatly ease any discomfort you may have.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Popsicle sticGel tooth-pain reliever
- Gauze strips
Exfoliate the area from which you plan to remove hair. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells and will provide a smoother feel once the hair is removed. Use this time to ensure the hair is long enough to be waxed. Ideally, hair should be at least 1/4 inch long. Short hairs, or stubble, are not ideal for waxing as the wax can't properly adhere and won't be able to pull the hair up, which can be painful.
Properly heat the wax. The wax should not be too thick. However, wax that is too thin and easily scooped up will be too hot for the skin and may even burn you.
Prior to applying the wax to the skin, apply a topical pain reliever to the area. Use a gel that is sold for relief from tooth pain. A thin layer of this pain reliever will help numb the area. Wait approximately 10 minutes before waxing to allow the skin to absorb the pain reliever.
Apply the wax in a thin layer to a small area on your leg. Use a large wood Popsicle stick for this step.
Immediately apply the gauze strip on top of the wax. Smooth the strip so that it lies flat on the skin. Work quickly, or the wax will dry before you have a chance to properly apply the gauze.
Grip the bottom of the gauze strip and in one sharp motion, yank it upwards. This should be done in one fast, smooth motion. Yanking slowly will not only increase discomfort but it won't remove the hair.
Tips and warnings
- Take an over-the-counter pain-reliever approximately 30 minutes before waxing.
- If you have never waxed your legs before, ask a friend who has done so for help for your first time.
- Have your legs professionally waxed before attempting to do so at home, so you can observe how the specialist performs the task.
- Do not reuse wax or gauze strips.
- Some redness and discomfort may be inevitable, depending on how sensitive your skin is. However, if the pain is unbearable and long-lasting, you may be having an allergic reaction to the wax.
- Wax is a hot substance. Be careful to not burn your skin when handling.
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