How to Conceal Redness After Hair Removal
Whether you wax, tweeze, shave or pluck, experiencing redness after hair removal is so common.
Why does this happen?
Because, in addition to clearing away your hairs, just about every method of hair removal out there also interferes with the outer layer of your skin, usually pulling some of these skin cells off.
The extent to which that happens will usually contribute to how long your redness lasts for – for some, the redness may fade in just a couple of minutes, while others may experience the redness for a few days. Of course, there are plenty of other factors that influence this too, from your skin type and sensitivities to medications you may be taking.
Don’t worry, even if your redness does not seem to be fading away any time soon, there are several steps that you can take to conceal the redness and brighten up your skin tone.
Keep Your Skin Moisturized
Many people do not realize just how much moisturizing can help when it comes to concealing redness…
As mentioned above, one of the reasons behind the redness is the fact that a part of your outer layer of skin has been removed. This outer layer, which is also known as the stratum corneum, plays an important role when it comes to keeping your skin healthy. It performs two main functions:
- Traps moisture in the skin by preventing it from evaporating
- Prevents bacteria, dirt and other impurities from entering into the skin
When this is damaged in any way, your skin becomes so much more sensitive to everything around it, and can also quickly become dry and dehydrated.
Fortunately, a moisturizer can temporarily perform both of those two functions listed above. The way in which a moisturizer forms a protective film over the surface of your skin means that it can trap in water while protecting the skin from environmental damage.
However, not any moisturizer will do…
Since your skin is always going to be more sensitive after hair removal, you need to be using a moisturizer that will not aggravate it any further. A soothing and calming moisturizer is key, along with one that contains plenty of anti-inflammatory properties too, as this is something else that can help with the redness.
Wondering which ingredients you should be looking out for?
Here are a few that would be beneficial to just about every skin type:
- Aloe Vera – one of the best ingredients for reducing redness because it penetrates deep into the skin, where it then heals, hydrates and regenerates damaged skin cells, while also soothing the skin with its anti-inflammatory properties
- Hyaluronic Acid – a powerful humectant that draws moisture from the air around you into your skin, sending this deep into your skin cells
- Chamomile – a natural anti-inflammatory that calms redness while also reducing itching
- Calendula – this botanical soothes and restores the skin
- Cucumber Extract – packed with water, vitamins and minerals, this botanical has a cooling, hydrating and soothing effect on the skin
- Ceramides – naturally found in your skin’s outer layer, applying ceramides topically will help to strengthen and support your skin’s protective barrier
- Shea Butter – soothing and hydrating, shea butter forms a protective barrier over the skin, giving it time to heal. Give the Lionesse Body Butter a try to treat your skin to an intensive dose of this restorative botanical
While all of the above ingredients are suitable for every skin type, make sure that the actual product you choose, along with the other ingredients in it, is suitable for your skin type too.
Have you come across color correcting before?
It’s a makeup technique that has become extremely popular, and for good reason too…
How does it work?
It basically makes use of complementary colors that can each help minimize the appearance of the other.
That might sound a little confusing, but taking a look at a color wheel can help:
The colors that are opposite each other will cancel each other out.
So, for example:
- Applying green over red will minimize the redness
- Applying orange over blue circles will minimize the blue
- Applying purple over yellow will neutralize the yellow
When it comes to color correcting redness, green is the color you want.
However, not any shade of green will do…
The exact shade you choose should depend on your skin tone:
- Fair skin – the palest of the pastel green shades available
- Medium or olive skin – a green that is slightly darker than pastel
- Dark skin – a deeper and darker green
How exactly do you apply your color corrector?
Well, that depends on the product you choose – color correctors are available in the form of everything from concealers to foundations to primers.
If you are trying to conceal a large area of redness, you may be best off with a foundation or a primer. These can be applied just like a standard foundation or primer, with the difference being that the green tint to them will help to tone down any redness.
If your redness is concentrated in quite specific parts of your face, you may find a green color correcting concealer more useful.
Simply dab this onto any areas of concern and blend in well. You can then follow this up with a touch of your own concealer, just to even out your skin tone a little more.
Cool It Down
Redness and sensitivities can sometimes be painful, especially after hair removal.
One of the best methods for providing instant relief is by cooling your skin down.
A cool compress will always help. This will not only feel so calming and soothing, but will also help to bring down redness.
While a water-based cool compress is standard, you could make this even better by using one part milk and one part water. Simply mix the two together in a bowl, dip a cloth in and then apply this to your red skin. You can remove it once the compress does not feel cool any more.
Wondering what the milk does?
It contains important proteins that can help to additionally soothe the skin, while promoting the healing of any damage that has been caused to your skin cells.
You could also try taking a cool shower to help cool your skin down. Just make sure that you immediately moisturize once you are done.
For an added treat…
Try placing your moisturizer in the fridge ten minutes or so before you use it – the cool temperature of the cream will feel so good on your skin!
Here’s one more tip for you if your redness is on your face, although it may seem a little crazy at first…
Try sucking on an ice cube until it melts.
Because the temperature regulators for your face are actually located at the back of your throat. Sucking on an ice cube will help to cool these temperature regulators down, which will then bring down your body’s core temperature, therefore minimizing your redness too.
Turn to Your Kitchen
If you have already tried all of the above methods but still need some extra help concealing that redness, your kitchen may hold the answer.
Your kitchen likely contains quite a few ingredients that could help to minimize your redness, some of which can be used topically and others to be consumed.
Milk has already been mentioned above, but here are a few other examples:
- Green Tea – this is another great ingredient to make a cool compress with, but you should also try drinking more of it to encourage skin healing from within. A topical product that contains green tea extract will help to minimize redness too
- Oatmeal – try taking an oatmeal bath to soothe and moisturize your skin. For added benefits, try using colloidal oatmeal. This means that the oatmeal has been ground up into tiny particles that will have even more of an effect on your skin
- Manuka Honey – a powerful anti-inflammatory that reduces redness while destroying any bacteria. Of course, applying honey directly on your skin can be messy, so it may be best to opt for a skin care product that has been formulated with honey instead, whether this may be a cream, a face mask, a body mask or anything else
Ok, so this tip is not necessarily about concealing redness, but it will definitely help to prevent you from making your redness even worse!
When your skin is red after hair removal, it is sensitive and tender.
You need to be extremely gentle with your skin while it heals.
What exactly does that mean?
Well, let’s begin with skin care…
Harsh exfoliation is a big no-no. Ideally, since redness after hair removal can often be a sign of over-exfoliation, try not to exfoliate at all until your skin has gone back to normal.
The ingredients in the skin care products you use should be gentle too. Stay away from products that contain harsh ingredients, whether this may be in the form of preservatives, fragrances or anything else, at least until your skin has healed and the redness has cleared. Those harsh ingredients would otherwise exacerbate your skin, irritating it even further and making the redness more visible.
Now that skin care has been covered, let’s move on to those specific lifestyle choices you need to make to prevent your redness from worsening…
Make sure that your skin doesn’t overheat. Tips on cooling your skin down have already been discussed earlier, but try to avoid exposing your skin to any hot environments as much as possible. Dryness can also make things worse, so try to stick to humid environments whenever possible.
Heat also matters when it comes to the temperature of your shower or bath. Hot water will only strip your skin of its natural protective oils, leaving it even more vulnerable and exposed than before. This will only increase the redness, meaning that it will take even longer to heal.
One more thing to keep in mind…
Stay away from any additional hair removal sessions until your skin has fully healed.
You may be tempted to quickly go over this area once more to really ensure that it is hair-free, but this will only make your redness so much worse, and could cause additional damage to your skin too.
Look for a Gentler Hair Removal Method
Do you often experience redness after hair removal?
If so, it may be worth looking into some of the other hair removal methods out there, as the one you are using may not be right for your skin.
There are so many options to choose from, such as:
- Shaving – this is the most temporary hair removal method, meaning that you will need to frequently shave in order to keep your skin hair-free. This could really irritate your skin, meaning that it could be worth looking for a longer-term solution
- Plucking – effective but time-consuming, and can be quite rough on the skin
- Waxing – a longer-term method but one that does pull at the skin. The heat from the wax can also exacerbate inflammatory skin conditions
- Sugaring – similar to waxing but with a sugar-based solution used instead of wax. This makes it easier to clean off the skin, while the sugar brings with it some additional skin-soothing benefits
- Depilatories – contains harsh chemical ingredients that can be extremely irritating to the skin
- Bleaching – not really a hair removal method, but one that does still minimize the appearance of hairs. Bleaches can be quite harsh on the skin, but there are more and more gentle formulas appearing out there
Remember, when trying out a new hair removal method, always perform a patch test first. This will help to ensure that your new method does not cause any extra irritation to your skin.
Dealing with the redness that hair removal sometimes leaves behind can be frustrating, but there are many steps that you can take to conceal this. From giving your skin some extra hydration and protection to using makeup in a clever way, these tips will give you back your even complexion in no time at all.