Waxing provides great results as far as hair removal goes, but it’s one of the more painful methods. If you’ve ever received a professional wax or waxed yourself at home, you know how much it can hurt. Areas with thicker skin like the legs and arms aren’t so bad, but when you move on to the more sensitive spots it can be almost unbearable.
Most women find the face, bikini area and underarms to be the most painful areas to wax. For first-time waxing clients, it’s even worse. Eventually your body becomes used to the process but it still hurts!
If you’re searching for a way to lessen the pain of waxing, whether to relieve some of the fear and anxiety about getting professionally waxed or waxing yourself, or to reduce the pain you know you are going to feel, you’ll be pleased to know there are numbing creams available as one option you can use to take care of the pain.
Deciding on a particular numbing cream for waxing is not so simple however because the reviews are very mixed with the whole range of ratings from 1 to 5 stars on most of the creams. This may be due to personal differences in both expectations and in levels of sensitivity to pain, but there are some (such as Dr Numb Topical Numbing Anaesthetic Cream) which are a bit more expensive and seem to be more effective for more users. (Click the image on the right to see latest discounts)
No cream is going to get rid of the pain entirely. It’s not going to be like the effect of getting a shot at the dentist for a filling, unfortunately. Anesthetic creams can only reduce the pain somewhat, but an 80% reduction claimed by some buyers for some creams is pretty good. Anything which dulls that pain has to be a good thing, right?
Numbing creams are applied directly to the skin a short time before waxing. Most make use of an active ingredient called lidocaine. This is a common local anesthetic that numbs the area it’s applied to. Similar numbing creams are used to reduce the pain of tattoos, Botox, and other uncomfortable procedures on the skin. The onset is quick: most numbing creams only take around 15 minutes to start working. Some take a little longer at around half an hour or 45 minutes. Others claim to work within 3 to 4 minutes!
When it comes choosing a numbing cream, because of the variable results and prices, you may have to try a few to find out which works best for you. Consider your budget and how much time you have between the application of the cream and the actual waxing. If the wait at your salon is short, you probably don’t want to use a cream that takes 45 minutes to set in. Conversely, it would be a problem if the cream wore off before the waxing took place. It’s a good idea to test the cream before the day of waxing in case you have an allergic reaction to it.
Numbing products also come in gels and sprays. They’re available at most salons as well as stores that sell a lot of cosmetic products. Most are inexpensive, so there’s little to lose when trying out new numbing creams for waxing. When you find something that works, you’ll love the relief it brings.
Probably the best solution is to read the reviews on all the products HERE and then make up your own mind after trying a couple of options on different areas where you want to reduce the pain of waxing.