Who doesn’t like to flaunt hairless, smooth limbs? But just like most things in life, one size doesn’t fit all. You need to choose your hair removal body wax based on your overall health and any skin conditions you might have. For instance, low melting hard waxes are best suited for diabetics while depilatory lotions might be the best choice if you have acne, psoriasis or eczema.
Read on to find out the different types of body waxes based on your exact needs, so you can avoid that awkward conversation at the salon.
Also called strip wax, this is spread in a thin layer on the area being waxed. Ideal for larger areas of the body like the back, arms and legs. It is applied directly onto the skin with a wooden or metal spatula. Then a strip of cloth is pressed over it and pulled off in the opposite direction of hair growth. Soft wax is ideal for removing tiny, fine hair (and dead surface skin) to give you smooth skin instantly. However, this body wax should ideally be used only once on a particular area otherwise it can cause the skin to blister and bleed.
Hard body wax is usually used for smaller, more sensitive areas such as the upper lip, underarms and bikini area. This type of body wax is warmed and then directly applied on the skin. After the wax cools and hardens, it can be pulled off in the opposite direction of the hair growth. Hard wax only binds to the hair, never the skin, therefore it can be applied several times to the same area without causing damage to the skin underneath.
This kind of body wax works just like hard body wax and is recommended for people with sensitive skin. As the name suggests it’s infused with fruit extracts, making it antioxidant and vitamin-rich. It’s much gentler than soft wax and nourishes the skin while removing hair. It’s a lot pricier than regular wax but worth it if you have skin conditions that flare up when you use regular body waxes.
A popular choice in recent times, chocolate wax capitalises on the much touted antioxidant and skin beneficial properties of chocolate. It’s also less painful to use than other body waxes. These variants are usually also infused with glycerine, soya bean and almond oils, making it a skin soothing choice especially if waxing leaves your skin looking angry and red. Again, this wax is costlier than most, but well worth the price.
This one’s the most traditional form of hair removal wax that’s been used for ages. It’s typically made from sugar, lemon and hot water. Sugar pulls the hair from the roots, but since it’s made from natural ingredients, it’s suited for almost all skin types. Sugar wax only attaches to the hair, not the skin, and therefore can be used multiple times without causing irritation. However, the hair needs to be at least quarter inch long, so it’s not a good choice if you have fine, very short hair.