What Are Advantages and Disadvantages of Waxing?

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The advantages of waxing include having smooth, bump- and hair-free skin lasting up to six weeks, while the disadvantages include having to grow hair out between sessions, as well as possible skin burns and infection. Done correctly, the advantages of waxing outweigh the disadvantages.

Waxing body hair can be done at home or at a salon by a professional. Waxing pulls hair out by the root, leaving skin hairless and smooth for two to six weeks. To be waxed, hair needs to be at least a quarter of an inch long, otherwise the wax will not stick.

It is important to wash and dry your skin before waxing. Exfoliating helps slough off dead skin cells and allow for a better wax. Since the wax is hot as it goes on, it is important to make sure that it’s not hot enough to burn the skin. If using prescription acne creams or certain antibiotics, check to make sure waxing is an option, as some medications will make the skin more sensitive or even peel off with the wax. A soothing cream should be applied to the skin after waxing, and it is important to watch for any infection. Those going outside should apply sunscreen to protect the skin.