How to Make Waxing Painless

by Lars Tramilton ; Updated September 28, 2017

Waxing leaves skin smooth and free of hair.

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If you want to achieve a smooth and hair-free look on any part of your body, whether it be your legs, your arms or anywhere else, one way to do it is by waxing. Waxing can be done at a professional salon or you can do it yourself at home with a kit. Many people prefer waxing over other methods of hair removal because the results tend to last longer. Waxing can also give the skin a much softer appearance.

Use hard wax. Despite the name, hard wax is significantly less painful than soft wax when it comes to pulling off hairs. Request that your aesthetician use hard wax, or purchase it and do it yourself.

Exfoliate. About one day before you wax, prepare your skin by exfoliating. This can eliminate dead skin cells, making the process significantly less painful.

Use a pain reliever. If you are nervous about waxing pain, prepare by taking an over-the-counter painkiller one hour before you begin the process.

Apply a skin-numbing cream to the area to be waxed about half an hour before beginning. The cream will slightly numb the skin, making the pain of waxing less intense.

Watch the temperature of the wax. If you get the wax too hot, you can burn your skin. Follow directions that come with the wax carefully.

Dry your skin thoroughly. If skin is damp, the wax won't stick as well and can make waxing a lot more tedious and painful.


  • Start with an area that's not too sensitive. Your legs, for example, are less sensitive than your bikini area. The more experience you have with waxing, the more comfortable you will become and it will seem less painful.

    Make sure the hair is at least 1/8 of an inch long before trying to wax. If the hair is too short, there's not enough surface area for the wax to grab onto.

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About the Author

Lars Tramilton has been writing professionally since 2007. His work has appeared in a variety of online publications, including CareerWorkstation. Tramilton received a bachelor's degree with a focus on elementary education from Kean University.