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Waxing and Dry Skin

Waxing and Dry Skin

You may not realize it, but your dry skin may be causing acne after waxing. Dry skin can stir up all kinds of riff-raff in healthy skin and waxing, so there are a few things to know about caring for dry skin to put it in tip-top shape for successful wax appointments. 

In this article, we give some Starpil Wax love to those dealing with ingrowns, breakage, and acne after waxing by naming one of the biggest suspects causing it—dry skin. Keep in mind that a lot of dry skin care is done before your clients even get on to your waxing table, but here in Waxing and Dry Skin, we show you how to help bring dry skin back to life with a mixture of lifestyle tips, and by using the right wax products, and the best wax for dry skin.



Dry skin is part of your genes, a skin type, you know, that born-with-it thing. Dehydrated skin is something that happens via external forces like not taking care of dry skin, diet, and lifestyle. Dry skin lacks the ability to retain water moisture and produce sebum. The thing about dehydrated skin is that it can happen even when the skin is oily. When the skin gets parched, it can produce excess oil as a last-ditch effort to create some type of lubrication for it to function properly. 

Excess oil doesn't only increase your chances for acne; it makes it even more difficult for water moisture to get in. What makes people worse for wear is that they may cease using hydrating products, thinking that they make oily skin worse. For many, oily skin could be a signal from parched skin below, saying, I'm thirsty!


  • If the skin is totally depleted of water moisture, hair can become dry, and brittle, making it more prone to breakage and, consequently, ingrown hairs and increased chances of acne after waxing.

  • Dry or dehydrated skin can limit waxing's access to hair. Dry skin cells mix with airborne debris and oils clogging the pores. This lovely little mixture also creates a sheer force field of gross over the face, which adds another barrier to a successful waxing appointment.

  • Sensitive skin is another factor caused by dry skin. When skin is juicy and lush, and given moisture, your microbiome (all of the good bacteria, antibodies and antioxidants, and other protective stuff) is living its best life and making your skin robust and healthy enough for flawless hair removal. When skin is depleted, your microbiome and literal bodyguard isn't as strong to help you out leaving skin prone to irritation and damage.

  • Dry skin increases skin redness and irritation, skin lifting, acne after waxing, and depletes skin further. Skin's responses to keep itself in homeostasis (balanced) get all out of whack and can have long term issues if not taken care of properly before waxing.



Taking care of dry skin when waxing is done in-between your client's visits to the wax salon. If you live to care for and hydrate your microbiome and skin, it's all about water intake and protection from water loss. If you are mindful of how your lifestyle adds or takes water from you, you can keep skin wax ready. When you consume water-depleting foods, drink, or drugs, or when you get too much extreme weather or use drying skincare and wax products like makeup or toxic chemicals, you've got to counter it by balancing the body with their opposites. Eat water-rich foods, probiotics, drink more water, and use nourishing ingredients in your skincare products.


  • Every day that is possible, before you shower, give the body a light dry brushing using a circular motion moving from the outside of the body toward the heart to get the blood flowing in a non-abrasive way.

  • Massage the body with sesame oil, even if you have oily skin. Some oils, like sesame oil, can help oily skin and skin with acne by drawing out impurities while being anti-bacterial and filled with calming anti-inflammatories. This is also another way to help with circulation, a problem that occurs with dry skin. (Don't worry, you'll be washing it off right after.)

  • Shower with natural body washes and cleansers without sulfates.

  • Try spritzing on some natural rose water, a hydrosol, or cooled tea like chamomile all over the body.

  • Apply a lotion or body butter depending on how dry you are to the skin while it is still damp after showering to lock in the water moisture.

  • Don't vigorously dry the skin. Sometimes gentle daily exfoliation can do more than one intense scrub.

READ: Don't Go to the Wax Salon without These Tips



Skin care - Starpil

  • Starpil Wax Pre Wax Care Gel is designed to cleanse away excess skin oils while conditioning and preparing the skin before waxing with chamomile, hamamelis water, rosemary, and lavender
  • Post Wax Care Oil is applied immediately after waxing to flush the skin and advance healing in the skin as it removes any wax residue. 
  • The best after wax care for dry skin is Post Wax Intensive Care Lotion. It's made with oat extract to speed up skin pH level recovery, instantly restore skin moisture levels, help relieve potential irritation, and provide the utmost comfort for your clients.
  • For the complete package on working with dry skin, the Starsoft Pre & Post Wax Care Bundle is hypoallergenic and gentle on dry and sensitive skin. It's made with neurosensory actives to calm the skin after waxing, tamanu oil, and barley extracts that protect, cleanse, and deeply hydrate the skin. This pre and post-wax collection can help to restructure freshly-waxed skin and dramatically reduce itching, redness, and discomfort after waxing.
Starsoft - Starpil


The difference between hard wax and soft wax for waxing dry skin is that hard wax has higher plasticity and doesn't grab the skin as much as soft wax does. In the Starpil Wax stripless hard wax collections, the most nourishing and gentle hard wax would be the following formulas.

Starsoft Clear Hard Wax

If you use Starsoft Hard Wax in your professional wax warmer, you have everything you need for waxing clients with dry and hypersensitive skin. It's free from pine rosin, perfumes, coloring agents, or preservatives and is hypoallergenic. Just like the Starsoft pre and post wax care, it includes neurosensory properties like Tamanu oil to reduce discomfort while nurturing the skin back to balance.

Pink Film Hard Wax

Pink Hard Wax - Starpil

This is a creamy wax formula designed with a gentle touch and excellent flexibility to envelop even the tiniest hairs on dry and sensitive skin types without damaging the top layer of the skin. It's gentle enough for the most intimate areas on the body such as the bikini area and works well on delicate areas like the face and underarms.

Coral Hard wax

This wax formula blends the effects of sugaring and hard wax. It's a fast-drying formula made with Mediterranean coral calcium powder to provide a gentle waxing experience that simultaneously works on the skin to balance the skin tone and recover the dermal layer after waxing. This wax boosts skin luminosity for a genuinely smooth post-wax glow.

READ: The Differences and Benefits Between Your Favorite Starpil Wax Formulas


As with any skin type or concern, skin needs to be brought back to balance to make dry skin the perfect candidate for waxing services. Using wax products and the best wax for dry skin is going to do more than just remove hair, it’s crucial for dry and dehydrated skin because they’re gentle and nurturing while providing hair removal.

What do you recommend for your clients with dry skin? Which wax works best for you, and do you have any special pre and post wax care tips for your dry skin waxing clients? If so, comment below or share with us in our Facebook group The World of Waxing!