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DEAR LAUREL: Iíve been waxing my brows and lip for years and although I love the results, I donít love the redness that comes with it. It goes away eventually, but sometimes I have plans afterwards and donít want to show up with a red face. Is there anything I can do to help the redness go away quicker?  Anne ~ Lexington

DEAR ANNE: Many of us sensitive and faired skin gals are prone to redness and inflammation after waxing and I have yet to meet anyone that actually likes the post-wax red mustache and eyelid look. Fortunately, the effects donít usually last too long and typically dissipate within 30 minutes to an hour. However, if youíre not going directly home to hide until the redness subsides, it can be a little embarrassing when questioned by co-workers or friends about the reasons for your new red look. There are several things you may want to try to help alleviate this minor consequence of waxing.

  1. A cool compress, ice pack or bag of frozen vegetables (peas work best) will help to reduce inflammation and subdue redness.
  2. Tea bags that have been brewed and then cooled will aid in calming the eyes and reduce puffiness.
  3. Applying an antiseptic lotion, aloe based gel or cooling lotion will also help to soothe your irritated skin.
  4. Try dabbing on some Witch Hazel. This natural astringent has healing properties that is shown to be effective in reducing redness.
  5. I have read that taking a couple of antacids like Tums or Rolaids before waxing is alleged to block histamines and reduce redness.
  6. If all else fails, cover it up! I would recommend using a mineral based makeup; itís healthier for the skin and better than using thick foundation or concealer.

As you can see, there are many options to help rid your red. Try one of these remedies and see which one works best for you.

DEAR LAUREL:  I have my brows waxed regularly and would also like to get a facial. Is it safe to have both treatments done during the same visit?   Sophia ~ Belmont

DEAR SOPHIA: In most cases it is perfectly fine to have both your brows waxed and a facial performed within the same visit. However, I would recommend that the waxing be done first so that the moisturizing products used during the facial don't prohibit a thorough removal of your unwanted hair. However, if your facial includes a chemical peel such as an Alpha Hydroxy (AHA) or Glycolic Acid, then you may want to have your waxing done on another day so that your skin is not overly exfoliated and thereby enhance the possibility of irritation and/or a harmful reaction.

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