Although facial wax in many ways is the same as wax for other parts of the body, there are a few major differences. First, unlike skin on the legs, skin on the face can't handle the same kind of rough treatment. Also, there are many different surfaces on the face from the sensitive skin beneath the brows to the curved skin of the upper lip to areas that may be dry or oily, such as the T-zone, chin and cheeks. Special and careful techniques and methods are called for.
Honey- and Sugar-Based Recipes
To make your own wax, combine the juice of half a lemon, 1 cup sugar and 1/4 cup honey in a saucepan. Heat the mixture until the ingredients are mixed and the sugar has fully melted. Alternatively, you could heat the mixture in the microwave for 2 minutes, stopping to stir every 30 seconds. Be sure to use a glass bowl. The mixture can be very hot, so wait until it cools enough so it won't burn you.
Homemade Facial Waxing Technique
Special care must be taken when waxing the brows. Determine the shape that you want to achieve before starting any waxing. If this is your first time waxing at home, start slowly by only removing small sections of hair from the brow at a time. Once you've created your wax and determined your shape, apply it with a Popsicle stick in the direction of the hair growth. Remember to remove hair from below the brow, not above. Place a cloth strip over the wax. Hold the skin taut, and remove the strip, pulling quickly against the growth. The same technique should be used for the whole face. Just work in small sections and hold the skin very taut when pulling off the cloth. If your wax stops working, heat it up again in the microwave and continue working.
Homemade After Treatment
Whether or not your skin is sensitive, you may develop redness, a rash or swelling on the waxed area. To soothe irritated skin, you can use one of several methods. Baby oil soothes skin, while also removing any remaining wax residue. Aloe vera gel heals the skin and is cooling. Cold compresses can help bring down some of the swelling. You can also rub tea tree oil on the affected area. Alternatively, crush a few pills of uncoated aspirin and take advantage of their anti-inflammatory properties by mixing them with water until they form a thick paste. Spread the mix on the area. Let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes.