Waxing Overview

Works by:
Hot or cold wax is applied to the skin in the direction of hair growth. Then, once it solidifies, fabric strips are smoothed on and quickly stripped off against the direction of the growth, pulling the hair out with it. An alternative option are pre-made wax strips.

Best for:
Legs, bikini, eyebrows, underarms and upper lip

Wax can keep skin hair free for weeks, so you don’t have to think about hair removal for some time.

Can be painful. Plus you have to wait until hairs are long enough before you can wax them again, which can be a problem if you want to bare your legs or hate the feeling of regrowing hairs. If you do it yourself, it can be messy, and if you go to a salon, it can be expensive. Finally, wax can miss very short hairs.

Beauty rating:
Great if you find daily hair removal a ‘hassle’ – and if you’re prepared to pay for a professional treatment.

Dermatologist’s note:
“When you wax, you’re essentially removing surface skin cells, so skin can be left dry afterwards. Follow with a soothing lotion, ideally one containing aloe vera.”