Now that the sun is setting at 5:30 rather than 3:00 PM, I've got spring on the brain! Sure, it's still negative nine-thousand degrees out, and I wouldn't trade my puffy coat right now for a new pair of miu miu platforms (ok, yes I totally would!), but spring break is right around the corner and that means beach fun! So, in anticipation of brighter days, I tapped the waxing guru, Melissa Marques of Giannillo The Salon in NYC for her tips on how to prevent ingrowns!
"To prevent ingrowns, I suggest keeping the skin soft as it helps the hair to break through the skin and not get caught beneath.
- After waxing, avoid tight clothing (like tight jeans/leggings). The hair needs room to grow out and the friction/rubbing against the skin strips it of it's moisture and can lead to further irritation/folliculitis.
- When working out, you should always use a diaper rash cream (I like A&D) on the bikini area so the pores are sealed. This also reduces the friction on the skin, which will also help keep the skin softer.
- After every wax, I like using Witch Hazel. It is a strong anti-oxidant and astringent. This is useful in fighting bacteria and helping to close the pores.
- 3 days after waxing, start exfoliating. Once a day, use a loofah (a natural one) in the shower to scrub your body, only going in an up & down motion. This will help remove any dead skin cells, dirt, and oils that might be trapping the ingrown hair. For the best results, make sure you do this towards the end of the shower so the skin is softer. Also make sure the water is warm to open the pores. Don't scrub too hard or you will hurt your skin. Exfoliate more gently, but for a longer period of time. This will stimulate the skin and keep the pores open!
- Acne medication is actually helpful in combatting ingrown hairs since they're similar to acne. You want to use something that is rich in benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. I always recommend using the cleansing medicated treatment acne pads. They are the best since they have salicylic acid on them already. Once a day, take a pad out and rub the skin with it."
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