Is Waxing for Hair Removal Suitable for All?

Waxing is an excellent option for removing pesky body hair, without having to worry about regrowth for up to several weeks.[1] Compared to shaving and depilatory creams, waxing can be a real time-saver. But it’s always important to ask certain questions when choosing a hair removal option, and in some cases waxing may not be the best choice. Here are a few factors you may want to consider before you choose to wax.

Pain, pain, go away!

Let’s not avoid the subject: waxing can sometimes be a painful process. If you’ve got a particularly low pain threshold, you might be concerned about whether you’re up to the task. However, there are steps you can take to make sure that the hair comes away as quickly and as smoothly as possible. Making sure that the area of skin is pulled taut, and that you are pulling the strips against the direction of growth are both important to avoid having to go over the same area multiple times.[2] Some beauticians will also advise applying some powder to the area, so the wax is more likely to cling to the hair instead of the skin[3]. If you are still unsure, there are certainly more pain-free methods of long-term hair reduction out there, such as IPL treatment.

Irritated or Sensitive Skin

There are all kinds of skin types out there, and it’s important to get to know yours before choosing to wax. Waxing is generally not advisable for those with skin that is affected by eczema, psoriasis, raised moles or areas of broken skin[4]. In these instances, it’s important to speak to your doctor before exploring hair removal options. However, if you’re concerned about sensitive skin, you may find that waxing is still suitable for you. Veet® has an entire range of waxing products, with nourishing ingredients like Aloe Vera, designed especially for sensitive skin[5]. As with any method of hair removal, read all label instructions carefully before use and test the product on a small area of skin, before continuing to wax.

Rushing Out the Door?

There are a lot of practical things to take into account when you’re thinking of the right method of hair removal for you. Waxing can give you smooth results for up to four weeks[6], potentially saving you from having to repeat the process over and over, like shaving. But the waxing process can take a bit more time compared to other techniques, especially if you’re new to waxing. If you’re rushing out on a date, the last thing you want is to leave the house with half-waxed legs, or red marks on your upper lip. In these moments, may want to consider another option, like depilatory creams. Although the results don’t last quite as long as waxing[7], depilatory creams can be a great last-minute solution, taking as little as five minutes to work![8]Veet® In-Shower Hair Removal Cream is even designed to be used while bathing, saving you precious minutes to get ready in time.

Waxing can give you fantastic results, but Veet® offers many other hair removal solutions that might be the right option for you. Whatever your situation, it’s important to explore your options carefully, and not to rush your decision.