What causes irritation after shaving and waxing? 🔥

What causes irritation after shaving and waxing? 🔥

If you've landed here, chances are you're fed up with those annoying little red bumps and skin irritation that follow shaving or waxing.

We feel your pain!

But worry not, because we've got you covered with our amazing vegan skincare solution! 🌿

Before we dive into the wonders of Folli Oil, let's understand why shaving and waxing can cause irritation in the first place.

Understanding the Causes of Post-Shave & Wax Irritation

  1. Friction: When you shave or wax, you're not only removing hair, but you're also subjecting your skin to friction. That friction can lead to irritation, redness and those red bumps and rashes we all dread.
  2. Improper shaving technique: Using dull blades, pressing too hard, or shaving against the grain can cause irritation by increasing the likelihood of cuts, nicks and ingrown hairs.
  3. Ingrown Hairs: Ingrown hairs can be a real nuisance. They occur when a hair curls back on itself and starts growing into the skin. This can cause inflammation, redness, and sometimes even pain. 
  4. Dry Skin: Shaving and waxing can strip your skin of its natural oils, leaving it feeling dry and tight. Dry skin is more prone to irritation, so it's super important to keep your skin moisturised.
  5. Bacteria: Bacteria love warm, moist environments, and guess what? That's precisely the environment you create when you shave. Dirty razors or improper waxing techniques can introduce bacteria to your freshly-shaved or waxed skin, leading to infection and irritation.

Now that we understand the root causes, let's explore how you can help combat these problems!

Tips to achieve smooth, bump-free skin

Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate: The day before any hair removal session, make sure you exfoliate your skin gently. This will help remove dead skin cells, making it easier for the hair to come out without causing irritation. Use a mild scrub, loofah or soft dry brush, but remember not to be too rough, as you don't want to aggravate your skin.

Prep your skin the right way: When it comes to shaving, always wet your skin and apply a generous amount of shaving oil, cream or gel to create a barrier between your skin and the razor. This will help the razor glide smoothly, reducing the chances of irritation. 

Choose the right tools: Invest in a good-quality razor, we recommend a safety razor. Change the blade regularly as a dull razor that can cause nicks and irritation. 

Be gentle and go slow: Don't rush! Take your time when shaving, use gentle, short strokes, and avoid pressing down too hard on the razor. Shave in the direction of hair growth first and if a closer shave is required, go over again across the grain.

Apply a soothing, post-hair removal product: After shaving, rinse your skin with cold water to close the pores and pat dry. Apply a gentle, moisturiser or treatment oil (such as our Daily Treatment Oil) to soothe any irritation. 

Say no to tight clothes: Give your skin some breathing space after hair removal. Tight clothes can cause friction and trap sweat, leading to irritation and ingrown hairs. Opt for loose, breathable clothing for a day or two after shaving or waxing.

Treat ingrown hairs: Ingrown hairs can cause irritation and bumps on your skin. To prevent them, continue exfoliating your skin regularly, even after hair removal. If you do spot an ingrown hair, don't pick at it! Apply a warm compress to the area, and if necessary, use a sterilised tweezer to gently lift the ingrown hair out of the skin. Apply our Emergency Fix to soothe irritation and encourage healing.

Give your skin a break: If you're experiencing persistent irritation after hair removal, consider giving your skin a break by reducing the frequency of your shaving or waxing sessions. Your skin may need some time to recover.

Introducing Folli Oil: Your Vegan Skincare Solution

Folli Oil is a cruelty-free, vegan skincare product specifically designed to combat skin irritation, soothe inflammation, and keep your skin feeling smooth and hydrated. Here's how it works:

Soothes and Reduces Redness: Folli Oil is packed with natural anti-inflammatory ingredients. These calming components not only help reduce redness and irritation but also provide a cooling sensation that will make your skin feel refreshed and rejuvenated.

Fights Ingrown Hairs: Our powerful formula contains tea tree oil, which is known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. This works to help prevent ingrown hairs, reduce inflammation and keep your skin smooth and bump-free.

Gentle on Sensitive Skin: We understand that sensitive skin needs extra care, which is why Folli Oil is formulated with gentle, natural ingredients that won't cause further irritation. It's perfect for those with sensitive skin who need a soothing, effective solution after hair removal.

How to Use Daily Treatment Oil

It's simple! After shaving or waxing, make sure your skin is clean and dry. Gently massage a few drops of Daily Treatment Oil onto the affected area, and massage until fully absorbed. You can use it daily for the best results, and before you know it, you'll be rocking smooth, irritation-free skin. 🌟

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