Admit it: As much as you hate the numbing pain of waxing, the results are always worth it. Whether it’s to get rid of your faint mustache or embarrassing chin hairs, waxing makes you look and feel better. Who doesn’t feel like putting her best face forward after a wax session? Aside from keeping you hairless year round, South Florida’s go to waxing joint, Uni K. Wax Centers also makes its own, 100 percent natural wax that exfoliates your skin. Best known for its odd appearance—it’s green—this wax offers an elasticity and consistency that makes it suitable for sensitive skin. Speaking of things that work on sensitive skin, treat your skin to Sense by UKW, a skincare line that focuses on exfoliating and moisturizing pre and post waxing. Made locally in Miami from a mixture of pine tree resin, beeswax and other natural ingredients, UKW is a multi-tasker. Unlike other waxes, UKW is applied at body temperature and doesn’t need cotton strips to get rid of your hairs. Not only does it remove your hair from its root for longer-lasting results, it also softens your skin. After many years perfecting its green, gooey wax, the specialists at UKW (pronounced “Un eeh kay”) have delved into another forte—doling out tips for your pre and post wax sessions. Noemi Grupenmager, the creator of all things Uni K. Wax shares her methods for keeping your skin free of ingrown hairs after your appointment below.
Target razor bumps.
Target razor bumps with a specially-formulated serum such as Ingrown Hair Roll On. An ingrown hair is a hair that curls back and starts growing back into the follicle, or a hair that fails to grow out of the follicle and stays embedded in the skin. If you wax regularly with UKW you have a very slim chance of getting an ingrown since its wax has antisepsis properties. Ingrown Hair Roll On prevents the growth of ingrown hairs which cause hyperpigmentation and scaring by keeping your skin moisturized and bacteria-free.
Hydrate your skin.
Hydrate your skin. Razor bumps cause hyperpigmentation in dark skin and redness in fairer tones. The best way to prevent this is by applying an antioxidant rich moisturizer to your DWA. Use Ananda for Her Dry Oil to lock in moisture and improve your overall skin tone.
Use aloe vera daily.
Use aloe vera daily. When it comes to hydration, sometimes lotion doesn’t always do the job. If that’s your situation, try Ananda for Her Aloe Fresh a serum that’s formulated with aloe vera extract.
Aggressively exfoliate. Spend at least two weeks before your wax visit exfoliating your designated wax area (DWA). If you’re prone to ingrown hairs (often referred to as razor bumps) it’s very important that you put aside at least 10 minutes to exfoliate. Wet the DWA with water and a sacyclic acid cleanser. Use a soft bristle brush to gently scrub the area in a circular motion. If you typically get razor bumps that are trapped underneath your skin, get aggressive with your routine. Use an exfoliating cream such as Exfo Cream Ananda to remove dead skin cells so hairs won’t get trapped underneath your skin. Made with apricot seed extract and ginger, Exfo Cream Ananda evens your skin tone—an issue that tends to arise from ingrown hairs.