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Waxing for Men: Essential Dos and Don'ts

Waxing for Men: Essential Dos and Don’ts

Grace Michaeli

Before you shiver in terror from the thought of waxing, you should know that it’s quite a common deal with men. The reasons that waxing has a pretty bad rep are obvious. From severe pain, through rashes, itching, and yes, even bruises and bleeding – waxing seems like a mission impossible. 

However, if done correctly, with the right kind of preparations and our list of dos and don’ts, you just might find this to be the ideal hair removal method. Trust us, waxing for men is the next big thing! So while we’ve already got your attention, let’s go over our winning tips on how to do waxing the right way. 

 

Trust us, waxing for men is the next big thing!
Trust us, waxing for men is the next big thing!

 

Do: Prepare Your Skin 

The best way to avoid having severe reactions is by preparing your skin. You should make sure to exfoliate in between waxes. Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells and dirt and creates a clean and smooth surface for waxing. Once the skin is clear, the wax will remove only the hair and not the dead layer of skin. 

Exfoliation scrubs are pretty easy to make at home. They can be made from coffee grounds, oatmeal, and even sugar. But if it’s your facial skin that you’re looking to prepare, we recommend using a professional face mask. That way, you’ll know that your skin isn’t irritated before you start waxing away. 

 

You should make sure to exfoliate in between waxes.
You should make sure to exfoliate in between waxes.

 

Don’t: Wax Long Hair 

So this is a slightly tricky tip, but worth mentioning. The length of the hair you’re about to wax really matters. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the hair shouldn’t be longer than an inch. If they are any longer, the waxing process could be unnecessarily painful. So what can you do to avoid that? 

You could either use shaving scissors to lightly trim the hairs before waxing them off. You could also use a razor and not press the blade against the skin. If you decide to go with shaving before waxing, make sure that you don’t nick the skin and use the right kind of shaving gel. Wait a little before you wax and let the skin cool down. 

 

The length of the hair you’re about to wax really matters.
The length of the hair you’re about to wax really matters.

 

Do: Use Cool Packs 

Speaking of letting your skin cool down – here’s a useful tip on how to soothe your skin. To avoid redness, irritated skin, and any other discomfort, try to cool your skin down. You can either use natural aloe vera gel or cool packs. Make sure you avoid warm showers or wearing itchy or thick clothes. 

You can even use a good moisturizer that would replenish the skin and soothe it. The American Academy of Dermatology also recommends that you wear light clothes, and refrain from touching the waxed area. This tip is especially relevant when it comes to waxing for men since men tend to wax their backs and their chest. 

 

To avoid redness, irritated skin and any other discomfort, try to cool your skin down.
To avoid redness, irritated skin and any other discomfort, try to cool your skin down.

 

Don’t: Use Just Any Kind of Wax 

Just because it’s called ‘wax’, it doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Or in other words – there are different types of wax, make sure that you use the right one. For instance, “hard wax” is great for hairier body areas. But if you’d use hard wax on soft skin or areas with thin hair (like your eyebrows for instance), the wax could also pull off your skin. Leaving the area sore and irritated. For those areas, you should use soft wax. 

There’s also wax that needs warming, cold wax, wax with strips, home-waxing kits, and even kits that are designed for waxing for men. Whichever you choose, try to match the type of wax the thickness of the hair, and the type of skin. 

 

“Hard wax” is great for hairier body areas.
“Hard wax” is great for hairier body areas.

 

Do: Look Out for Allergic Reactions

Now that you’ve picked the type of wax that you need, it’s time to see how your skin reacts to it. Before you just go ahead and wax your entire body, test a small patch of skin. That being said, having an allergic reaction to waxing is pretty common. You might see a slight rash or little red bumps on your skin. 

If that is the case, cool the area down and then try again, on a different patch. If the skin doesn’t flare up, and the rash remains contained within the waxed area, it’s likely that you don’t have a severe allergic reaction. 

 

Before you just go ahead and wax your entire body, test a small patch of skin.
Before you just go ahead and wax your entire body, test a small patch of skin.

 

Don’t: Work Out Right After 

It’s only natural that now that your skin is smooth, you’ll want to flaunt it at the gym. However, dermatologists strongly recommend avoiding workouts up to 24 hours after your waxing session. The reason for this is that sweat could irritate your skin and prevent it from healing as it should. 

This applies to any activity that induces sweat, like saunas, hot showers, and well, yes, even sex. Plus, when you workout, certain equipment demands repetitive and strong movements. All these could rub your skin the wrong way (literally). 

 

Dermatologists strongly recommend avoiding workouts up to 24 hours after your waxing session.
Dermatologists strongly recommend avoiding workouts up to 24 hours after your waxing session.

 

Waxing for Men – Should You or Shouldn’t You?  

Look, we know it might seem that waxing for men is a headache, but it actually has its own advantages. For instance, it doesn’t require frequent maintenance; you might have to wax once a month or less. Another great benefit is that the hair will gradually grow thinner and finer, making your waxing job a whole lot easier. Also, did we mention that waxing could save you from the cuts and nicks that come with shaving? Bottom line – for some men, waxing is a great way to go! 

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