Waxing is a surefire way to get silky-smooth skin -- unlike shaving, it doesn't leave behind prickly stubble. Better yet, it usually takes weeks for waxed hair to come back. But waxing isn't without its pitfalls. After a hair-removal session, you might suffer from redness, itching and soreness. Your skin needs time to get better. Speed up the recovery process with the right treatment.

Step 1

Dampen a washcloth with cool water, then moisten it with a few drops of witch hazel, lavender essential oil or alcohol-free toner. Dab the waxed skin with the cloth to relieve redness and kill bacteria.

Step 2

Smooth a thin layer of plain yogurt over the waxed area. Let it set for 15 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water. Yogurt helps soothe pain and redness. Alternatively, dampen a tea bag and press it against your skin a few times. The tannic acid gets rid of redness.

Step 3

Apply a pea-sized amount of 1-percent hydrocortisone cream to irritated skin as soon as possible after waxing. This cream gets rid of redness, itchiness and inflammation.

Step 4

Rub a mild exfoliating product into the skin 24 hours after waxing, then repeat the process every few days. This wards off ingrown hairs, which can cause redness and pain.

Step 5

Wear loose clothing after waxing to allow skin to breathe. Tight-fitting clothes can rub against skin and further irritate it.

Step 6

Avoid exercising or performing hard manual labor, if possible, for 24 hours after waxing. Exercising, for example, may irritate skin and make redness worse.

Warnings

  • Avoid waxing during the three days before your period begins. Your skin is very sensitive and more easily irritated at that time.

  • Avoid hot showers, saunas, hot tubs or swimming pools for 24 hours after waxing. All of these can spread bacteria into your body via waxed skin.

Tips

  • To prevent irritation next time, let your hair grow to at least 1/8 inch long before waxing it. Exfoliate the area you want to wax to get rid of dead skin cells. Dampen a washcloth with warm water, then press it down on the area to relax the hair follicles.