Hair has been part of the human body for as long as there have been humans, and despite its cosmetic appeal on our heads, its primary use is still to preserve warmth.
Since clothing came along to help relieve some of that responsibility, we’ve found ways to remove hair from parts of the body where we don’t want it. This effort goes back to cavemen using sharp rocks and seashells to prevent insects from hiding in their hair.
Later, ancient Egyptians used beeswax to get rid of hair for cosmetic purposes. That’s the earliest known form of waxing, and this method is still commonly used today to remove hair from several places on your body.
At our three New York City locations, Dr. Javier Zelaya and the dedicated team at Skinworks Dermatology can help if you’re looking for waxing or one of our other medspa services.
How waxing works
The waxing process is straightforward: You determine which part of the body you want to treat, a waxy substance is applied to that area, and a cloth strip is applied to peel the wax off.
Different types of wax can address different parts of the body. Hard wax is considered better for more sensitive skin because it adheres to the hair more than the skin.
Soft wax can treat broader areas of skin, like the arms, legs, and back, but it also removes the uppermost layer of skin in the process.
Waxing is done warm or cold, depending on the type of wax you use.
Benefits of waxing
Waxing is more effective than shaving because it pulls out the hair root and dead skin cells, leaving your skin smooth and hairless for longer than shaving does. Hair also comes in thinner with waxing each time you do it, making it easier each time.
Waxing treatments last for up to six weeks and can be done at home or, for best results, with our experts here at Skinworks Dermatology.
Hair should be at least a quarter-inch long to be considered for waxing, and people with conditions like warts, moles, sunburn, irritated skin, and varicose veins should avoid using waxing in affected areas.
Diabetes or circulatory problems can also affect waxing, so consult your doctor before treatment if you have either. People taking medications like isotretinoin to treat acne should also avoid waxing.
Safe places on your body to wax
Most areas of the body are good for waxing, and those we treat include:
- Head (face, ears, nose, eyebrows)
- Bikini area
Waxing is still around for good reason, and if you want an effective method of hair removal, we offer a safe, warm, and hygienic environment to help you get rid of your unwanted hair.
When you're ready for a great waxing experience, call one of the Skinworks Dermatology locations in Maspeth, Chelsea, or Park Slope, or book your visit online.