How soon can I go swimming after a wax?
Waxing therapists advise that you wait at least 24 hours after a treatment before going swimming in a pool or at the beach. But why? Here are the answers you’ve been looking for all in one place:
- To allow redness and irritation to subside
The skin can feel sore and inflamed immediately after a wax. Although this discomfort is quick to subside, it is best practice to allow your skin to get back to normal before going swimming, especially if you suffer with sensitive skin. It’s also a good idea to avoid hot treatments too, like steam rooms, saunas and jacuzzis. Close fitting costumes can aggravate the skin around the bikini line area as well, resulting in soreness and itchiness.
- To give open pores time to close up
Hot waxing removes each hair from the root, leaving behind open pores. Jumping into a swimming pool with open pores can irritate the skin and lead to a greater risk of infection. Therefore, it’s wise to wait a day for your pores to close up before swimming after waxing.
- To protect the skin from the drying effects of pool and sea water
Chlorinated pools and salty sea water have a drying effect on the skin. Remember that waxing doubles as an exfoliating treatment because it removes the dead cells lying on the surface of the body. Avoiding swimming for a day or two gives the skin the time it needs to replenish any lost moisture. If you swim regularly, applying a barrier lotion before your dip will protect the skin from the harsh, drying effects of chlorine.