Back Waxing Pain
Waxing is one of the most affordable methods of hair removal, but it's by far one of the most painful. There's just something about having your hair ripped out in large swaths by a piece of dried wax that makes you cringe every time you think about it.
But did you know that waxing doesn't have to be painful? You'll never truly get rid of the pain, but you'll find that you can reduce it by doing a few simple things! Read on to find out the secrets for minimizing pain while waxing.8 Top Tips to Ease the Pain of Waxing
How to Reduce Waxing Pain
Here are a few things you can do to reduce the pain of waxing your body:
1. Scrub your skin ahead of time.
Exfoliating your skin may seem like a silly way to reduce waxing pain, but the truth is that it works! When you wax, you are pulling the hairs out of their follicles by the roots. If the follicles are filled with debris-like dead skin cells, dried skin oils, and dirt-the root of the hair is harder to pull out. The debris clumps up around the root of the hair, making it larger and thus more painful when it is finally yanked out.
If you want to cut waxing pain, give your skin a good scrub before you wax. Use an exfoliating scrub to open your pores, clear out debris, and eliminate any dead skin cells. When you finally do get around to waxing, it will be less painful. Just make sure to do it a couple of hours before waxing to give your skin time to recover.
2. Say "No" to alcohol and coffee.
There's nothing wrong with having a cup of coffee to start off the day, or a glass of wine with lunch or dinner. However, you need to realize that both of these things will cause your skin to be more sensitive throughout the day, meaning you will feel the pain even more strongly when you wax. Alcohol and caffeine also increase acidity in your body, which helps your body to be more receptive to pain signals.
On the day when you're going to the waxing salon or doing it at home yourself, skip that cup of coffee in the morning and wait until after the waxing session to have a soothing glass of wine. It will help to minimize pain during the session.
3. Numb the pain
Stimulants may be a no-no before a waxing session, but it's highly recommended that you use a numbing cream to help dull the pain. Numbing creams come in all strengths and formulations, so it should be no problem to find a cream that will help to dull the pain that you feel as your hairs are yanked out by their roots.
You can also take ibuprofen or paracetamol in order to reduce the pain. Both of these will help to desensitize your skin, so you should take one an hour or so before the waxing begins. This is especially important for at-home/DIY waxing newbies.