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Waxing tips: Your before-and-after wax care guide

We put ourselves through so much to get the soft, smooth skin we want (shaving, waxing, scrubbing, exfoliating… the list goes on). As popular as it is, waxing needs forward-planning – but the results can be worth it. And adding the right before and after wax care into your routine means you can keep your skin feeling smoother for longer. Whether you’re a waxing pro or a beginner, here are our waxing tips to help you get the softest, smoothest skin.

Skin-prep tips

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    Let your hair grow

    Whether you’re new to waxing or a pro, always remember to let the hair grow out a little (for the best results the recommended time frame is 3-4 weeks since your last wax, or 2-3 weeks since your last shave). If your hair is too short, the wax struggles to get a good hold on the hairs to remove them. If they’re too long, it can take a couple of attempts to remove them – ouch!

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    And relax

    There’s one thing no self-care moment is complete without: a warm bath. While you soak, the water will also soften the hair, which makes it easier to remove. The warm water can soften your skin too, so we’d recommend waiting a couple of hours before waxing – more than enough time to squeeze in a manicure or a face mask.

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    Exfoliate before waxing

    Each stage of your skin care routine is important, and exfoliating is an essential part of getting the soft, smooth skin you want. So here’s how to exfoliate before waxing: a day or two ahead, gently buff away dry skin with a body scrub or polish. This will help give the wax a good grip on the hair, and not your skin. Adding our Dove Exfoliating Body Polish with Pomegranate Seeds & Shea Butter into your pre-wax routine will buff away dry skin and leave it feeling soft and nourished.

Post-wax care

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    Stick to the 48-hour rule

    You’ll need to keep your legs clean and dry for the first 48 hours after waxing, and also avoid anything that could irritate your delicate skin. The list includes exfoliating, strong sunlight, saunas, synthetic clothes, and steamy, hot baths (another reason to make the most of your pre-wax one).

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    Exfoliate after waxing 

    If you’re wondering whether to exfoliate before or after your wax, you can do both – but after waxing, exfoliating is a must. Two or three times a week will be enough to help you avoid the ingrown hairs and bumps that can come with regrowth. Made with ¼ moisturizing cream, our nourishing Exfoliating Body Polishes are the perfect addition to your post-wax skincare routine, leaving your skin feeling silky and smooth – just don’t forget the 48-hour rule.

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    Carry on the care

    In the first few days after waxing, take warm showers (over hot ones) and use caring, moisturizing shower products like our Dove Shower Mousse with Rose Oil. Enveloping your body in a creamy lather infused with natural oils, it helps prevent dryness and helps to restore your skin’s natural moisture barrier. We’d follow with your favorite Dove moisturizer to leave you with even softer, smoother skin.

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