Waxing as the hair removal method of choice is can be an option as we age. There are a few factors to take into consideration when waxing aging skin. Slight adjustments and extra care in waxing technique help provide great results with aging skin.
Why is mature skin different?
One of the main difference with aging skin and one in your youth is that as you, and your skin ages it looses elasticity. It doesn't bounce back as well when stretched.
Aging skin is also thinner due to the skin's outmost layer becoming thinner. As such the skin is more fragile and sensitive.
Another big change is the loss of natural moisture, especially after menopause and skin becomes drier as we age.
Knowing that these changes are natural and occur as we age means we need to make a few adjustments when waxing mature skin.
Before Waxing Preparation
Before waxing you can take a warm shower or bath to open up pores. This will help the wax adhere better to your skin. You can also exfoliate beforehand if you have dry or bumpy skin. This will help the wax remove all of the dead skin cells and make it easier for the wax to remove your hair as well.
Before you start the waxing procedure make sure to find out whether the area getting wax has recently been treated with Retinol or tretinoin creams. These creams can leave the skin extra fragile.
1. Use the right wax. Because the aging skin is more sensitive you may need to use a lower heat setting as not to upset the skin. Choose a wax that works well with lower temperatures.
2. Make sure the skin is taut and support the area of the skin at all times when applying and removing the wax.
3. Don't apply wax too many times on the same area, it can result in bruising. You can work on a smaller area at a time, focusing on getting all the hairs off in a single motion. As needed, you can use tweezers to remove any hairs left over after application.
Aftercare is incredible important.
Keep the skin moisturized and stay hydrated. Drinking water helps keep your skin elastic and healthy.
Avoid harsh exfoliants on newly-waxed skin.
The waxing process can leave the top layer of your skin sensitive, so avoid using harsh exfoliants like scrubs in the days following your appointment. Instead, use gentle cleansers or moisturizers with ingredients like aloe vera that are soothing to the skin.
Keep out of the sun!
When you're freshly waxed, you want to protect your skin from exposure to the sun. Just like getting a tan, UV rays can cause damage to your skin when it's vulnerable, so wear sunscreen and cover up if you know you'll be outside for long periods of time.
One commonly asked questions we hear is if waxing causes wrinkles.
The answer is that waxing does not cause wrinkles. There are many factors that can contribute to wrinkles and fine lines including genetics, sun exposure, and diet.