Leisure related to the pandemic has took many forms: some people started cooking sourdough breads , others have recovered puzzle . During this time, I started waxing at home. Yes. I spent my pandemic mastering the art of body hair removal.
If it seems strange that I adopted personal grooming as a hobby in an era when absolutely no one would see me, of course. But also now was exactly the time to do it - if something turned outbadly, there would be no one around to see me looking hideous. iStock
Angelo Landriscina , a certified dermatologist, told us that the choice of 'ahair type The removal product is usually a matter of personal preference, but for people prone to ingrown hairs, which is more common with more curly hair textures, shaving may not be the best option; likewise, people with sensitive skin may find depilatories too irritating
" There is no single hair removal method for all skin or hair types due to the complex interactions between each factor. why most people choose to use more than one method ", Dr Jessica Carless, hair removal product or brand researcher Joy + Glee , says. "Also, there is no hair removal method qui is devoid of drawbacks.
For me personally, waxing turned out to be the best option.
Which wax choose
The wax is coming in two forms, hard wax and soft wax, both applied to the skin and quickly removed, removing hair at the root. The hard wax is heated and applied to the skin, where it cools and hardens, allowing users to remove it from the skin along with unwanted hair; waxing bands aren't always used with hard wax, depending on the formula.
Kit d ' stripless waxing Bliss ($ 22.99; amazon.com ) Amazon Hair Removal Kit the wax without band Bliss
Soft wax can be heated, applied to the skin and removed with wax strips, or it can be purchased in prepared strips. Having used both hard and soft waxes, as well as soft wax in both its forms, I would highly recommend the wax strips to most people. They are easy to use, and much more convenient - and much less messy - than wax which must be applied to the skin separately from the strip.
As the pandemic dragged on, over and over again, I have tried almost every major brand of wax strip available and haveThoughts and Favorites, below.
Kits d 'body hair removal
Flamingo Woman Body Wax Kit ($ 9.99; target.com ) TargetWomen's body wax kit Flamingo
I bought a Flamingo wax kit one day at Target on a whim because I'm a sucker for the wrapper. It remained unused until the pandemic struck and I decided to embark on this experimental journey. Easy to use, not intimidating and very, very good. I would recommend this kit to anyone.
Nair Hair Wax Ready Stain Remover Strips, 2 Pack ($ 18.29; amazon.com ) AmazonBandNair Hair Wax Ready to Remove, Pack of 2
Just a great strip of wax. Nair is a leader in the hair removal industry and for good reason: the brand makes products that are reliable, inexpensive, and readily available. Bands quickly became my go-to choice for waxing my legs and arms.
Kit d 'bikini hair removal
Bikini waxing Joy + Glee ($ 8.97; amazon.com > Amazon Joy + Glee bikini waxing
Size matters, at least when it comes to waxing the delicate bikini area Using too large a wax strip will leave you with a painful and ugly bruise (ask me how I know!), Which is why Joy + Glee's bikini wax strips are so good: they are exactly the right size. The full line of Joy + Glee Waxes get high marks from me for grip (a good thing in a wax strip!), attractive packaging and count generous amount of post-wax wipes. People who dislike smells may not like the fruity scent of these strips, but otherwise it is an A ++ product.
Eyebrow and face hair removal kit
Nad's Face Wax Strips ($ 8.98, originally $ 11.98; amazon.com ) Amazon Wax strips forr Nad's face
The adhesion, as mentioned, is an important quality in a good wax strip, but when it comes to the face, balancing softness and grip can be tricky. Nad's wax strips manage to do just that and are unscented, which is a bonus for those sensitive to scents.
At home hair removal wax for beginners iStock
Once you have your home wax kit, it's time to use it, which can be intimidating! Dr Mona Gohara, dermatologist and Nair , proposed a 5 step routine for the 'hair removal at home using wax strips.
- Exfoliate: at least 24 hours before waxing, gently rub the skin in movementscirculars with a dry brush or a washcloth to prevent ingrown hairs.
- Cleanse: wash skin with a mild soap-free cleanser and water , then dry thoroughly. Waxes work best when the skin is free from oils, creams, and sweat.
- Powder: Lightly dust your skin with powder before waxing. If the skin is wet, the wax will not adhere properly.
- Wax the same way everywhere: no matter which part of the body you wax, be sure to remove the wax strips against the direction of hair growth . It is not only more effective, but also less painful.
- Moisturize: Once epilation is complete, use either a barrier repair cream or the post-depilation wipe incluse with Nair Wax Ready-Strips to soothe and hydrate the skin.
If you have sensitive skin, using a restorative cream or ointment after waxing is essential to achieve the desired results, and we recommend both of these below.
Epince Medical Barrier Cream ($ 39.28; amazon.com ) AmazonMedical barrier cream Epince
Aquaphor Healing Ointment (13.74 $, originally $ 16.89; amazon.com ) AmazonAquaphor healing ointment
Regarding ease of application and effectiveness in preventing my very sensitive skin from becoming red and itchy, I havefound that the Aquaphor spray has become the repair barrier I have looked for the most often after waxing. I told everyone I know to buy a case of this stuff, it 's so good.
Aquaphor Ointment Body Spray ($ 9.97, originally $ 10.99; amazon.com ) AmazonAquaphor Ointment Body Spray
Help for ingrown hairs and other post-waxing problems
The experts we spoke to all stressed the importance of exfoliation , whichever hair removal method you use. choose.
" Exfoliate a few jbear after waxing or shaving to reduce ingrown hairs, ”advises Carless. Using a dry brush or exfoliating in the shower with a washcloth or ottoman will prepare the skin for waxing and leave you with better results.
Metene Shower Brush ($ 9.99; amazon.com > Amazon Shower of Metene Brush
" I recommend using salicylic acid cleansers for areas prone to ingrown hairs on the days before or after shaving , Explains Landriscina. Salicylic acid is an exfoliating acid that penetrates the pores and removes dead skin cells around the hair, helping to keep it on track as it grows back. "It can also be useful if you find that you have ingrown hairs after waxing or using depilatory products," he adds.
Salicylic cleansers come in a number of different formulas, from gentle foaming washes to stronger scrubs to easy-to-use pads.
Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Control 3-in-1 Foaming Facial Cleanser ($ 12.55; amazon.com ) AmazonClean & Clear Advantage Acne Control 3-in-1 Foaming Facial Cleanser
Alba Botanica Acnedote Exfoliating face and body strength maximum ($ 10.99; amazon.com ) AmazonAlba Botanica Acnedote Maximum Strength Face and Body Scrub
Oxy Daily Defense Cleansing Pads ($ 7.89; amazon.com ) AmazonOxy Daily cleaning pads Defense
One last problem that can plague the wax to home is you'll almost certainly miss a few spots along the way - or end up with a few hairs that refuse to be plucked!This is where the game-changing product comes in: Nair makes a "leg mask" which is actually a hair removal cream-mask combination.
Charcoal Brighten & Smooth Leg Mask ($ 12.99; ulta.com ) UltaNair Charcoal Brighten & Smooth Leg Mask
I was skeptical but now I'm a convert: this stuff is amazing. It melted away the stray hairs I had missed during waxing and left my legs smooth and almost shiny. Be aware however two things before using it.
Due to the charcoal formula, it 's quite messy - it is preMiserable to jump in the tub or shower, apply the product there and just hang around for the 5-10 minutes it takes to work before washing it off because really, it 's so messy. And also, because it is a cream and leg hair removal mask, it has a chemical smell. Both of these drawbacks, while not insignificant, are worth addressing, as this leg mask is truly the product that elevated my at-home hair removal routine to a salon-worthy experience. .