Does Waxing Remove Tan?

Waxing is a method of hair removal which removes body hair from the roots itself. It is a painful method of hair removal, but the results last from 4-6 weeks. The area which is waxed tends to have a slower growth of hair and the hair tends to be less coarse.

 

In order to wax an area, a thick layer of hot or cold wax is applied on skin. A waxing strip is pressed on to the wax. The wax solidifies on application and when the waxing strip is peeled off, the wax comes off pulling off hair from the roots.

 

For an effective waxing session, the skin surface is wiped dry. A light dusting of talcum powder is applied to remove moisture and surface oils. Then, wax is applied to the area in the direction of hair growth. The waxing strip applied is peeled off in a quick smooth movement, to remove the hair growth.

 

Waxing has another benefit, namely removal of tan to an extent. In a country like India where fair skin is prized, a waxing session helps lighten the skin up to one or two degrees.

 

How Does Waxing Lighten a Tan

 

Tanning of skin is caused by an excess of melanin secreted in the uppermost layer of skin. The skin is an organ which keeps renewing itself through its lifetime. The skin tends to regulate secretion of melanin as protection against sunlight. With prolonged exposure to sunlight, the skin secretes excess melanin as a protection against the sun. This deposit of melanin in the outermost layer gives skin its darkened colour, namely a tan.

 

 

When skin is waxed, the hair growth on the skin surface is depleted. Without the cover of fine, dark body hair, skin automatically tends to look lighter.

 

 Secondly, when the waxing strip is peeled off, dead skin cells on the outermost layer of skin also slough off. The fresh growth of skin underneath is exposed. As this layer is not exposed to sunlight, it does not yet have excess deposits of melanin. Consequently, it appears as though waxing helps in lightening the skin.

 

Tips to Reduce Side Effects of Waxing

 

To reduce the pain from waxing, beauticians recommend application of mild heat to the area to be waxed. This opens the skin pores and makes it easy to pull out hair from the roots.

 

To reduce the redness and inflammation which follows waxing, application of a cold compress helps close the open pores. Beauticians also use ice pack which is actually an ice cube wrapped in a cotton cloth to soothe the waxed skin.  Lotions made from chamomile and aloe Vera can soothe the burning sensation following waxing.



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