To get the best results from waxing and avoid ingrown hairs, the best idea is to use a gentle scrub on the to-be-waxed area before and after the waxing. In my previous article I mentioned all the best ways to get the best run for your money out of a professional (which is the best idea) or DIY body part waxing. After the wax service wait until the area is less inflamed, and it might take up to a day, to apply a gentle scrub. Following is an easy basic scrub recipe that will work well on the area. The best and least messy place to use a scrub is in the shower, but you could ready yourself with warm towels to wipe the scrub off after using it. This easy to make-at-home scrub can be used both before and/or after the body waxing is complete. Remember you can scrub more vigorously prior to the waxing to remove excess skin and free the trapped hair than you can after when the skin is red and irritated after the waxing. Waiting, after the waxing procedure has been done until the skin recuperates is of prime importance to avoid further irritating the skin and perhaps worsening the condition.
Ingredients for scrub
(To make more than 1/2 cup of scrub)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup of natural almond oil
About 5-6 HEAPING tbsp of regular or other fine crystal sugar
(Fine sea salt may irritate waxed skin)
6-8 drops from the dropper of lavender essential oil
*Use about 1 tbsp. at a time in the shower
(Mix thoroughly with a whisk and put in a container with a lid. Store in a cool place. It can be used for quite a long while after so is cost effective.)
This recipe can be used for both the pre and post-wax scrub use because the lavender will soothe and heal irritated skin and hair follicles after waxing. It can also be used anytime. Variations can be easily substituted with this basic recipe. However Do Not Use variations on your post-waxed skin. Any variation can be used simply for a general body scrub to make your skin silky smooth. But beware, use variations only on pre-waxed skin only, as any citrus, or alternative essential oil may cause increased irritation after waxing.
Ingredients for after-wax lotion
This one is simple because there are only two ingredients. It also allows you to use your wonderful lavender essential oil further. Try to store in a coloured glass bottle with a top, or at least a small glass jar with lid. But use glass as the essential oil will eventually erode a plastic container. (You only need about 4 ounces or 125 ml of this at a time.)
4 oz. distilled water
3 drops lavender
Apply gently to a just-waxed area with a soft cotton ball, up to two times.