Waxing isn’t the most pleasant thing that we can do to ourselves, but it always leaves our skin feeling smooth. Waxing is one of those necessary beauty evils that a lot of women succumb to, given that for a short period of time they are left with skin that is smooth, hairless and moisturized for weeks at a time. You don’t have to run off to the spa or the salon to get your legs waxed, you can successfully wax your legs from home. Whether you’re new to waxing your legs or you’re a weathered veteran, here’s how you can do it:
Step 1: Exfoliate
A couple of days prior to waxing your legs, it’s always a good idea to give your skin a good exfoliating. This will help remove the dead skin from your legs so that the leg waxing will be even more effective. Make sure that you do not exfoliate your legs within 24 hours of waxing, as it will only cause irritation and inflammation of the skin once it is waxed.
Step 2: Hair Growth
Your leg hair must be the right length in order for the waxing process to work. It’s important that your hair grows out to be about ¼ inch in length. This length allows the wax to “grab on” and stick to your hair so that it can pull it out. If your hair is currently a bit longer than ¼ inch, then you can use an electric trimmer to trim your hair down to ¼ inch in length.
Step 3: Powdering
Before you apply any wax to your leg hair, apply a small amount of baby powder to your skin. This process will help remove ay excess oils that may otherwise interfere with how well the wax can stick to your hair.
Step 4: Choose your Waxing Kit
To begin waxing your legs, you will need to have a waxing kit on hand. These kits usually include a wooden applicator, wax, strips, and some even include a soothing lotion for afterwards (you’ll be glad it’s there!). Zap the wax in the microwave for as long as the instructions advise, or you can immerse it in hot water to help warm it up.
Step 5: The Application Process
The best way to wax is to work on small areas. Apply the wax in the direction of your hair growth, which is probably in a downwards motion. Try to hold the stick at a 90 degree angle and sweep the wax down so that it smoothes out in a thin layer. Before the wax cools, take a wax strip ad press it firmly down on the hair in the direction of the hair growth. Smooth out the strip with your hand.
Step 6: The Removal Process
Before the wax fully cools, peel off a corner at the bottom of the strip. Now pull the strip up in the opposite direction of your hair growth, trying to keep the strip as close to the skin as possible as you pull (this will help prevent pain).
Step 7: Finishing Up
Once your legs have been waxed, apply a lotion that contains salicylic acid. This will help any red bumps and ingrown hairs. You can easily remove any excess wax that may be on your skin with a body oil.
TIP: Sugaring is just as effective as waxing, and it’s easier to remove from the skin.