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The right wax for your skin type

Do you often get ugly patches or suffer from itchy skin just after you have undergone a waxing session? And you always thought you have an extra sensitive skin. Well, that could be true, but the real culprit could be the wax you’re using.

fashion and trends Updated: May 31, 2012 01:36 IST
Roma Arora

Do you often get ugly patches or suffer from itchy skin just after you have undergone a waxing session? And you always thought you have an extra sensitive skin. Well, that could be true, but the real culprit could be the wax you’re using.

Wax works differently on different skin types. Apart from the traditional lemon and sugar wax, the market is inundated with various variants such as aloe vera, chocolate, strawberry etc.

Beauty expert Richa Aggarwal, Cleopatra spa and salon says, “Select a wax that suits your skin type. For instance, compared to sugar-lemon or honey-lemon waxing, chocolate wax is far less painful.”

Make the right choice
Choose your wax keeping in mind the ingredients, and the degree of sensitivity of your skin. Beauty expert Shikha Taneja says, “Chocolate wax is made from natural ingredients such as cocoa, soybean oil, almond oil, glycerin and vitamins. It is less painful and doesn’t result in rashes and redness. It also effectively removes sun tan. If you have sensitive skin, use aloe vera wax. It helps in keeping the hair shaft closed and is soothing to the skin.”

Strawberry wax, which is a comparatively new entrant in the flavoured wax genre, is known to have many fine benefits. Beauty expert Shahnaz Husain says, “Strawberry wax melts and spreads easily. It’s non-sticky and pulls out even the tiniest of hair. Due to it’s anti-inflammatory properties, it does not cause after-wax rash.”

Complexion of the skin should also be kept in mind before selecting the wax. “All white waxes like aloe vera, white chocolate wax and strawberry wax are meant for normal and fair skin. Only dark chocolate is for wheatish and dark skin,” says beauty expert Sapna Maken.

Aromatic and flavoured waxes are a tad bit more expensive than regular wax. “Price of these flavoured wax could be 30-50% higher than the normal wax, so if full legs wax cost Rs 300, a chocolate wax would be for Rs 450, while strawberry could cost Rs 500 or more,” says beauty expert Nandita Suri.

Dos and don’ts
Be cautious of certain dos and don’ts while or after waxing. “Don’t expose your skin to the sun immediately after waxing, to avoid sun burns. Also, once the waxing strip is pulled off, wipe the area with a cold wet cloth and apply ice for few seconds. This helps to close the pores. If the skin is prone to rashes, apply astringent lotion, after waxing. To get rid of in-grown hair on the legs, use a pumice stone, rub it gently on the waxed area while you bathe later,” suggests Husain.

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