Numbing Cream for Waxing

Using a numbing cream for waxing can help your hair-ridding experience greatly. It can make something that can be cringe-worthy to more like a walk in the park. These products temporarily desensitize skin enough so that hair being yanked out from the root isn’t nearly as painful, even in the most sensitive areas. Yes there's no need to be shy, I'm talking about bikini and Brazilian waxes.

Here we have some of the most popular products used before your service to help relieve the major sting without needing a prescription. The best part is that none of these should interfere with uplifting the hair.

Of course you do need to exercise precaution. Follow the manufacturer's directions and keep the product on the outside of your body only.

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No Scream Cream

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No Scream Cream is made by Relax N Wax, a professional company founded and created by a licensed Esthetician, Deborah Merhar. It boasts reducing the pain factor as much as 80% (see how it worked for my assistant Nicole.)

Try to time it just right. This cream is put on 30- 45 minutes before waxing in a somewhat thick layer virtually anywhere you’re getting hair removed. It should not be rubbed in though, the cream will absorb on its own in five to ten minutes.

Active ingredient: Benzocaine 20%

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Bare Ease

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A board certified anesthesiologist, Dr. Edna Ma, created this product because she found bikini waxing to be painful. Kits have pink latex thong panties (available in two different sizes) and numbing cream. And if you're removing hair in an area other than your bikini or you’d just rather do without the panties, the cream can be purchased separately.

Here's how: 30 -45 minutes before waxing, apply the cream. If you're getting a bikini wax and using the panties, put them on. Without panties or to use on another zone, you can apply plastic wrap over the area to isolate the cream. Of course the panties or wrap is removed before the waxing begins.

Active ingredient: 4% Lidocaine

They also make a product for guys. It's called Numb Nuts (buy from Amazon).

(Check out Nicole's review when she used this for a Brazilian.)

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GiGi Anesthetic Numbing Spray

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GiGi, a name you see in the rooms of many salons and spas carries a long line of waxes and accessories. Their product comes in the spray form to be used before or after waxing.

Spray it directly on body areas that are going to meet up with wax. For the face, first apply to a cotton swab then to skin. Wait two to three minutes and cleanse skin of all oil, then wax away. Just note, the area will not be completely numb. After removing hair, it can also be sprayed on to help relieve stinging. 

Active ingredient: 4% Lidocaine

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Satin Smooth Res-Q Analgesic Numbing Spray

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Another professional company, Satin Smooth (I adore their waxes) is to credit for this product. It’s also in a spray form that only requires a small amount to be effective.

First cleanse skin thoroughly (they recommend their Satin Cleanse). Directly spray on skin in large areas like the legs, underarms and bikini zone. To not get into eyes or mouth, spray on a cotton swab first and then to area to use for facial hair removal. Let product sit for five to seven minutes before removing excess. Then wax away.

Active ingredient: 4% Lidocaine

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Dr. Numb

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This is a water based product which has a higher percentage of lidocaine than the others, but also costs more.

First the zones where it's going to be used are cleansed with soap and water and dried about 30 minutes before wax. A thick amount of cream is applied and rubbed into area. Next an additional thin layer is put on. The area is then covered with plastic wrap and taken off right before waxing.

Active ingredient: 5% Lidocaine 

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For more tips see: The Top 10 Tips to Reduce Waxing Pain