Whenever you use wax to remove hair from your skin, a little residue may be left over. It is painful and ineffective to try to remove it with your fingers. Fortunately, there is a much easier way to remove wax from your skin: use oil. This Removal Method works for any type of wax, whether hair removal wax or candle wax.
Part 1 of 2: Removing the wax with oil
Step 1. Choose the oil you want to use
Any type of oil will remove the wax from the skin. Oil seeps under the edge of the wax to make the skin slippery, helping the wax to slide off. Hair removal kits often come with a nourishing mineral oil that is intended to be used for removing extra bits of wax. You can also purchase a wax remover formula that contains ingredients suitable for this job. However, any of the following oils will work just as well:
- Baby oil.
- Massage oil.
- Olive oil.
- Canola oil.
- Melted coconut oil.
- Oil-based lotion.
Step 2. Soak a cotton ball with oil
Dip a cotton ball in the oil until it is soaked with the liquid. You can also use a cotton pad, folded cloth, or clean cloth. Technically, you could just pour the oil onto the skin, but using a cotton ball to apply the oil will help prevent too much dirt from forming.
Step 3. Hold the cotton ball over the wax for 30 seconds
Bring the oil into contact with the skin around the edges of the wax. That way, it can slip between the wax and your skin to loosen the wax. Lightly press the cotton ball to release more oil so that the spot is completely soaked.
- If you're dealing with a large area of coverage, you can dip paper towels in the oil and place them over the wax. Press for the oil to help loosen the wax from your skin.
- If you have wax spots in more than one location, use more than one cotton ball to take care of multiple spots at the same time.
Step 4. Rub the wax
Use the cotton ball to rub the wax, which should come off your skin easily. If the wax still doesn't come off easily, apply more oil until the skin is free of wax.
- If you're having a hard time removing the wax, you probably need to use more oil. Patiently apply the oil and see if the waxed spots are completely soaked.
- Try using a terry cloth to rub off any remaining bits of wax.
Step 5. Wash skin after oil application
Use soap and water to wash away excess oil. Pat it with the towel to dry the skin. Your skin should feel soft and fresh, thanks to the oil treatment you just performed.
Part 2 of 2: Preventing wax from sticking
Step 1. Make sure your skin is hydrated
If your skin is dry before you apply the wax, it will try to absorb moisture into the wax. This will cause the wax to sink a little deeper into the skin and stick to it, making it difficult to remove. The morning before you are planning to wax your skin, apply a moisturizer to keep your skin well hydrated.
- Allow the moisturizer to fully penetrate the skin before applying the wax. You want your skin hydrated but not oily. Otherwise, the wax will not be able to remove hairs efficiently.
- Avoid using an oil-based moisturizer as the oil takes longer to penetrate and can decrease the effectiveness of the wax.
Step 2. Trim the hair to a manageable length
Your hair is easier to shave if it is between 5 mm to 10 mm in length. Hair longer than this will wrap around in the wax, making it much harder to pull cleanly. This will result in the wax sticking where it shouldn't.
- Try shaving a week or more before the day you plan on waxing. Doing so will allow time for the hair to grow to the correct size.
- Trim hair in areas where it is too long to shave, such as the bikini line area.
Step 3. Sufficiently heat the wax
Hot wax is thin and easy to apply while a colder wax becomes thick and difficult to handle. Completely melt the wax so that it has a liquid consistency before applying it.
- Test the hot wax on a small area of skin before spreading it. The wax should be hot, but not so hot that it burns.
- During the waxing process, you may need to stop and reheat the wax if it gets cold (unless you have a wax melter).
Step 4. Avoid sweating
Wax tends to stick to wet skin, so before you apply it, you need to ensure that your skin remains dry throughout. You can keep your skin dry using the following methods:
- Apply baby powder to the area you plan to wax. This will prevent the wax from sticking to the skin while at the same time allowing it to pull the fur.
- Wax in a well-ventilated room. Turn on the air conditioner, open a window or have a fan on so you don't overheat while you're shaving.
- Avoid exercising or raising your blood pressure before waxing. Do the procedure while you're calm and relaxed so you won't be sweaty when you start.
Step 5. Hold the skin taut
Once you have applied the wax and are ready to pull it out, use one hand to hold the skin very close to where the wax was applied. Keeping the skin taut, use your other hand to pull out the wax. If the skin is tight, the wax will come off easier. If the skin is wrinkled, the wax will get stuck in the cracks in your skin and can get stuck.
Step 6. Quickly pull out the wax
Pulling slowly will allow time for the wax to cool and adhere to the skin. Quickly pull out the wax, as you would a Band-Aid. In addition to the hair coming out better, your skin will also look cleaner.
- If you are handling wax that is still hot, roll a small ball of warm wax over the wax point. The wax dot will stick to the ball and come out.
- Test the wax on a small patch of skin so you can practice pulling the wax strip clean.
- Avoid shaving hard-to-reach areas with long hair. See a professional if you are having trouble removing hair from certain areas.