Should I Exfoliate Before Waxing?

Updated: Apr 29, 2020

Yes! Definitely!!

Ingrown hairs are very common and occurs while our hair follicle is growing back and gets trapped in the old skin cells making it difficult for the hair to break through the surface. This may cause little bumps to show up on your legs or affected area; most of the time you can visibly see the hair under the skins surface.

You may notice that they come in patches or on certain areas like the knees for example which is sometimes because of tight clothing or constantly wearing pants every day, this is restricting how the hair is growing back through the skins surface. Ingrown hairs just mean that we should exfoliate more in the area and usually in your wax the therapist will have to tweeze these out. 

On the body you can exfoliate by using a body scrub preferably one that has a hydrating component and will not leave the skin feeling tight and dry this can be done daily in the shower; or alternatively use a loofa or wet mitt in the shower. You can also use dry methods of exfoliation these are usually harsher but are very effective as we have so many skin cells on our body. Do these methods dry before showering or before you go to bed to help to aid the lymphatic system and feel relaxed; use dry body brushes and exfoliating mitts in an upwards movements then apply body lotion to soothe and hydrate the remaining cells.

When exfoliating focus on the areas in which you do get ingrown hairs, exfoliate the night before your waxing appointment and then 2 nights after you waxing appointment. In between you’re appointments try to exfoliate on a regular basis to keep your ingrown hairs at bay, as well as keeping your skin as hydrated as possible.

Hope this helps! Love Classic Angela