Yesterday, Yum came to me with a dilemma. She had her brows waxed over the weekend, and much to her dismay, was left with reddish bumps as a result. She had done nothing different than usual, taken any medications out of the ordinary, or even gone to a new waxing lady, but still ended up with itchy, irritated skin. To find out my tips on helping Yum get her brows back to normal, just keep reading.
- If there's an infection: If you feel that the bumps are bad enough, head to a doctor. However, witch hazel, an antiseptic cream like Neosporin, or a natural remedy of tea tree oil, could help heal a minor infection.
- Take the sting out: Simply applying ice to the affected area can help cool it off. A dab of aloe gel will help hydrate and take the sting out, and lavender oil is another an effective and natural way to ease irritation.
- Anti-inflammatory: Cut the redness and itch out with a dab of cortisone cream. It's as easy as that.
- Post-wax products: There are lots of products available to help soothe angry skin post-waxing, like Tweezerman's After Tweeze Soothing Cream ($12) and the ever-popular Tend Skin ($17 to $50).
- For the next time: Let your waxer know about your post-waxing bumps. Perhaps the wax was too hot for you, or you simply need a different formula, such as wax formulated for sensitive skin. Also, be sure to check out my three tips to help you prep your brows before your next hair removal appointment, and you'll be good to go.