5 Tips for How to Wax Sensitive Skin
In the world of skin types, none are as unpredictable and temperamental as sensitive skin. And no matter how much we try to nurture this fickle friend, we never know when it’s going to throw a blotchy red tantrum. When it comes to waxing sensitive skin, the stakes are even higher, but for pros, it’s all in a day’s work. In this article, we’re going to give you five tips on how to wax sensitive skin that range from the proper prep and after-wax care and choosing between hard vs. soft wax for the best wax for sensitive skin. We’ll also go over what to look out for and when (and how) to tell your client that waxing may not be for them. So read on to discover 5 Tips for How to Wax Sensitive Skin.
HOW TO IDENTIFY SENSITIVE SKIN ON A CLIENT
Some people may have skin sensitivities toward certain ingredients, pollution, or natural fibers in the air, such as pollen. Others have temperature issues where even a warm finger over their skin can cause redness. Skin sensitivities can come with dehydrated skin or dry skin patches. Dry skin doesn't provide enough moisture or sebum protection for nerve endings making skin prone to sensitivity. Sensitive skin may turn red easily, break out in rashes, or have skin that feels inflamed. Those with susceptible skin can break out in pustules and skin bumpiness.
Waxing sensitive skin can lead to hive-like symptoms, extreme redness, and skin lifting. Waxing sensitive areas of the body on those with sensitivities can lead to “chicken skin,” where hair follicles get clogged by keratin and ingrown hair. There are ways to wax clients with sensitive skin safely, which we’ll go over below.
5 Tips for Waxing Sensitive Skin
PREP SKIN FOR HYDRATION AND ANTI-INFLAMMATION.
When we think of pre-wax care, we might think of a couple of prep products that we use to begin the waxing service, but prep should begin off the waxing table. Provide clients with an in-depth checklist of how they should prepare to be wax-ready once they book with you--especially those with temperamental skin.
The most important prep steps for sensitive skin are:
- Drink a lot of water before a waxing appointment.
- Avoid excessive caffeine, alcohol, or drugs.
- Eat foods rich in potassium such as bananas, leafy greens, or cucumbers because it eases sensitivity.
- Gently exfoliate with dry brushing and/or an oil-based salt scrub. Don’t over-do it and only do it once a week.
- Avoid excessive sun exposure.
- Wear skincare with natural and toxic-free ingredients.
- Take an anti-inflammatory about an hour before a waxing service.
If you have a first-time client and believe that they have sensitive skin, dive deeper into their intake forms by asking them more about their skin in general. Does it feel tight, itchy or hot quickly? Are they prone to redness, blotchiness even from small amounts of exertion?
If you believe they have sensitive skin, it’s essential to consider the next tips and to prep the skin with a skin oil or Starpil Post-Wax Care Oil before using your Pre-Wax Care Gel. The oil will help give the skin added protection while reviving dry, brittle hair that might be prone to breakage. Be sure to remove the oil thoroughly and keep the area as bacteria-free as possible throughout the service.
READ: Waxing and Dry Skin
KNOW WHERE YOU CAN WAX
Skin sensitivities don’t always affect the whole body. Still, if you find yourself working with tender skin, proceed with caution on the body’s most fragile areas. Start by waxing an area of the body like the legs, arms, or toes to see how the skin reacts. If the skin on those areas takes a long time to restore to its natural tone, you may want to reconsider waxing the following areas.
Sensitive skin on the face
When a client has sensitive skin, the facial area is particularly delicate. Because the skin might be thinner, the eyebrow area can be an issue. Waxing done on the chin, sideburn area, or upper lip are all areas that need extreme caution while waxing.
There are a lot of nerve endings surrounding the underarms. Sensitivity issues may have arisen due to prolonged contact with toxic deodorants and fabric softeners. The underarms need a lot of caution and care if being waxed while sensitive.
Skin sensitivity near the bikini line
The bikini area includes all hair that would be removed during a full bikini or Brazilian Wax. Skin along the upper legs and thighs and the pubic area can be extremely vulnerable to sensitivity when waxed, especially if the client is wearing tight-fitting and non-cotton clothes after their appointment.
USE THE BEST WAX FOR SENSITIVE SKIN.
Using high-quality wax is your first defense against making skin issues worse. In the case of hard wax vs. soft wax for sensitive skin, they both have their merits, but hard wax might be the best wax for sensitive skin. All Starpil Wax formulas rely on low melting points, but hard wax can be among the lowest while its polymer blend provides a buffer between the skin and the hair. For the ultimate pampering, we recommend Starsoft Hard Wax, Coral Hard Wax, and Pink formulas hard or soft, and here’s why...
Starsoft Hard Wax
As mentioned, chemicals and toxic ingredients should be avoided when waxing sensitive skin. That’s why our top pick for waxing sensitive skin is Starsoft Hard Wax. It has a clear wax formula to help you “color inside the sensitive lines” and is made with neurosensory properties that instantly soothe and calm even hyper-sensitive skin types. It is fragrance and pine rosin-free with no coloring agents or preservatives. Starsoft Hard Wax is dermatologist tested and contains active ingredients with a quick-repair response time to speed skin recovery after waxing.
Sustainably sourced, this gentle formula is made with Mediterranean coral powder suitable for all skin types, but especially those with hypersensitive skin. Packed with nutritive minerals, it stimulates tissue regeneration, and detoxification to help nourish blood cells for revived skin that remains plumped and with an even tone after waxing. It’s instilled with natural fragrances such as bergamot and satsuma to induce an aura of calm and well-being. This hard wax is the closest formula to sugaring and excellent for “The Swinging Technique,” a hair removal method that helps reduce pain.
Starpil Pink Hard or Soft Wax
Now, I know we spoke the praises of stripless hard wax for sensitive skin, but soft wax and Roll-On Wax formulas can still be your jam when appropriately used on sensitive skin types, especially when using Starpil Pink Soft Wax. Starpil Pink waxes are creamy formulas that envelop even the finest hairs with ease. The pink strip soft wax is paraffin and residue-free. Still, all Starpil Pink formulas are made with titanium dioxide to give the wax a velvety finish to grip every hair and provide a soothing buffer between the wax and the skin.
POST CARE IS THE MOST CARE.
If pre-wax prep is essential for sensitive skin types, then after-wax care keeps the chill party going. Educating your clients on their after-wax care routine is where they can ensure that they keep their freshly waxed areas as bacterial and inflammation-free as possible. One way to keep skin soothed and calm is to hydrate and be vigilant against ingrown and acne after waxing.
The importance of keeping sensitive skin hydrated after waxing is of extreme importance. Many people may think that because they sweat, they’re skin isn’t at risk for dryness—one of the main suspects behind sensitive skin. Sweat is moisture leaving the body, and therefore skin needs to be gently cleansed and moisturized as often as necessary to keep sensitive skin hydrated.
Recommend after-wax care filled with nourishing ingredients with clean formulas that contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. We have a growing repertoire of pre and post-wax care products, including the Brazilian Waxing Mask, but Starsoft pre and post-wax care are a major win for sensitive skin.
Free from inflammatory agents and made with calming ingredients that stimulate skin recovery, Starsoft pre and post-wax care are the best for sensitive skin. Starsoft Post-Wax Oil flushes the skin while removing any leftover wax. At the same time, Starsoft Post Intensive Care Lotion speeds up the skin’s PH level as soothing oat extracts help restore skin moisture levels while relieving irritation.
KNOW WHEN AND HOW TO TURN A CLIENT AWAY.
If your client has arrived at their appointment with any of the following sensitive skin issues, do not work on them, especially if they suffer from chronic skin issues.
Skin with open lesions is a recipe for some big-time inflammation and potential scarring, ingrowns, and even more breakouts.
Sensitive skin is even more prone to inflamed and textured skin when exposed to UV rays for excessive periods. If the skin is visibly sunburnt, waxing it can risk skin lifting or hives. If their skin is cracked or peeling, they are susceptible to bacteria and damage as their skin is not in good enough shape to recover from waxing.
On Their Period
Periods can weaken pain tolerance and cause bruising. It’s best to reschedule until a later date when they have sensitivity issues.
Asking a Client to Reschedule
It’s never fun to tell a client that you can’t perform their service, but it’s even less of a good time to have them break out in hives or rip off their skin. This is where education for their skin type will come into play. Explain to them the consequences of waxing with these issues and how it can make them worse. You can even take the time to recommend some of the pre and after-wax care that you retail to help them speed up their skin recovery so that they can re-book sooner.
As a licensed professional, you know that waxing any skin type comes down to using your best judgment in the end. To avoid making sensitivity issues worse, provide in-depth prep care for the client, know which areas to avoid waxing on, use the best waxes for skin sensitivities, werq that post-care, and know when and how to tell a client when it’s not safe to wax. If you follow these five tips for waxing sensitive skin, you should be able to give skin a chill pill or avoid making it worse.
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