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Having Trouble Removing The Wax Residue From Your Skin? Try These Pain-Free Methods

Having Trouble Removing The Wax Residue From Your Skin? Try These Pain-Free Methods

With salon beauty treatments out of the picture for a while, most of us have to groom ourselves at home. While some beauty treatments such as hair washing, manicures and facials are easy to DIY, hair removal is a technique very few of us get right in the first go. Compared to waxing, shaving is faster and pain-free. However, hair grows back quickly in a few days. Whereas in the case of waxing, if done correctly, the results last up to four weeks! It is a painful process and if you’re inexperienced at waxing at home, then you can run the risk of accidentally damaging the skin.

What’s even more annoying is dealing with wax residue post your waxing session. This is especially in the case of using ready-to-use wax strips. Yes, they’re easy to use, but if some of the wax residue gets stuck on your skin, that stuff ain’t gonna come off with just plain soap and water. The more you struggle to wash it off with your hands, the higher the chances of you damaging your skin. So how on earth do you remove that annoying wax residue? Let’s find out!


How To Remove Wax Residue From The Skin

If the wax doesn’t come off, don’t freak out! Just give any of these simple methods a shot!

1. Slather On Some Petroleum Jelly


This method has been tried and tested by me and I swear by it! Just apply a generous layer of petroleum jelly over the sticky patch and don’t touch the area for 4-6 minutes. Use a cotton pad to remove the sticky wax residue. By now, it should just come right off without you having to tug at your skin.

2. Almond Oil To The Rescue

Whenever I have to deal with sticky wax residue on my skin, I like to use almond oil to get rid of it. If you don’t have almond oil at home, you can use olive, vegetable or sunflower oil as well. You just have to dip a cotton pad into the oil and hold the pad against the wax residue. Now wait in that position for a minute or two and then gently wipe the wax residue off your skin. 

3. Alcohol Has Super Powers


It really does! However, it should be considered as your last alternative as alcohol can dry out the skin and irritate it. You just have to soak a cotton pad in isopropyl alcohol and rub it in circular motions around the sticky wax area. This helps to dissolve the wax and after your skin is wax-free, wash the area with water and later, moisturise your skin with thick lotion. 

Yep, and that’s how you get rid of stubborn patches of wax! Also a couple of tips I’d like to share with you with regard to using wax strips. 

  • Exfoliate your skin a day in advance so you don’t have to deal with dry and flaky skin while waxing. 
  • Before waxing, apply powder on your skin so that it’s able to absorb sweat and dampness. 
  • When pulling out the wax strip, do it quickly and at one go. If you jerk or are too slow while doing it, your skin is bound to have sticky wax residue on it. 
  • Your hair should be more than half an inch long so that you don’t give the wax strip a chance to leave residue behind. 
  • Always do a patch test before you wax all over your hands and legs. Pay attention to the way your skin reacts after waxing. Waxing strips contain chemicals which can irritate the skin and cause it to flare up. If you experience this, look for an alternative hair removal method.

Ready for a hassle-free waxing sesh at home?

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30 Jul 2020

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