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Easy Ways to Wax Your Upper Lip (DIY at Home)

by Sandy Taylor

For many of us, waxing the upper lip is a great way to ensure the area looks clean and maintained. In this post, we will explore a few easy ways to wax your upper lip. These methods can be done at home. I have also included some DIY recipes using other ingredients if you are looking to wax your upper lip without wax.

How To Wax Upper Lip Without Breaking Out

The best way to wax your upper lip without breaking out is to ensure that you apply wax to clean and dry skin. Apply the wax in the direction of your hair growth and finish off the routine with rubbing alcohol and aloe vera gel.

Here’s What You Need To Do:

  1. Clean the Upper Lip with a Pre-Wax Oil and Cleanser – Clean skin is key to avoiding infection and irritation after your wax routine. Using a pre-wax oil or cleanser helps to remove dirt, sweat, makeup, bacteria, and excess oils from your skin. This helps to ensure that your wax works effectively by allowing it to hold better on a cleaner surface.  Ensure that the cleanser or oil you use does not negatively react with your skin or upper lip.
  2. Apply Baby Powder – Baby powder helps to absorb excess oils and moisture, making the upper lip area dry and helps to make your wax more effective. An oily upper lip prevents wax from gripping properly to your hairs and increases the chance of irritation when you try to pull the wax out.
  3. Apply the Wax in Your Hair Growth Direction –  The goal is to minimize irritation as much as possible. By applying wax in your hair growth direction, it makes it easier to pull out the hair. Do not double-dip the wax because it may introduce bacteria to your upper lip.
  4. Use Rubbing Alcohol Post-Wax – Rubbing alcohol will help close open pores, which reduces the risk of infection and breakouts.
  5. Finish With Aloe Vera Gel – Aloe has natural soothing properties and contains antioxidants, enzymes, Vitamins A and C which can help heal your skin. It is also anti-inflammatory and can reduce the chance of breakouts.

How To Wax Upper Lip Without Ripping Skin

The easiest way to wax the upper lip without ripping skin is to divide your upper lip into 5 sections and wax each section at a time. Ensure to pull in the direction of hair growth and apply the wax on clean and dry skin for smooth results.

Here’s What You Need To Do:

  1. Clean the Upper Lip with a Pre-Wax Oil and Cleanser – Clean your hands and upper lip area with a pre-wax oil and cleanser to remove bacteria, oils, moisture, sweat, and dirt from your upper lip. This helps to ensure that your wax works effectively by allowing it to hold better on a cleaner surface.  Ensure that the cleanser or oil you use does not negatively react with your skin or upper lip.
  2. Apply the Wax By Working in Sections – Divide the upper lip into five sections. The space that dips below your nose, called the philtrum, should be one section. Divide the upper lip to the right and to the left of your philtrum into two sections each.
  3. Apply the Wax in Your Hair Growth Direction – Apply the wax in the direction in which the hair grows for each section. This helps to reduce irritation and for smoother results. You only need a thin layer of wax for each area. Ensure that the edges of wax for each area do not touch as you will be removing the wax 1 section at a time.
  4. Apply Wax Strips – Cover each area of wax with a strip and smooth it into the direction of your hair growth. Do not push down too hard as this will spread the wax below the strip to the other areas of your lip.  Ensure to leave a piece of the loose stip at the ends.
  5. Remove the wax– Tuck in your lower lip between your teeth. Using the loose piece of strip in each area, pull the strip off in the same direction as your hair growth. Repeat the process for all other sections.
  6. Soothe skin– Apply an aloe-based gel or after wax Lotion to prevent redness.

How To Wax Upper Lip Without Wax

The best way to wax the upper lip without wax is to use a wax substitute such as gelatin, turmeric and milk mixture, or egg whites. Keep in mind that using these methods is less effective because these ingredients do not hold to hair as strongly as wax. However, they are great natural alternatives for waxing your upper lip where the hair is usually less course.

Try the DIY Recipes below: 

Gelatin

  1. Mix a tablespoon of unflavoured gelatin, three drops of lavender essential oil, and one and a half teaspoons of milk into a bowl.
  2. Heat in the microwave for twelve seconds.
  3. Wait till it’s warm and apply it on your upper lip in the direction of your hair growth.
  4. Wait till it’s dry and rip it off against your hair growth direction.
  5. Rinse with cold water.

Turmeric and Milk

  1.  Mix a tablespoon of milk and a tablespoon of turmeric into a bowl.
  2. Apply the mixture on your upper lip in the direction of your hair growth.
  3. Let it sit for about twenty minutes until dry, and then rub it off gently against your hair growth direction until all the dried paste is removed.
  4. Rinse with cold water

Egg White

  1. Mix one egg white, a tablespoon of sugar, and half a tablespoon of cornflour, and whisk until you get a smooth paste.
  2. Apply it onto the upper lip in your hair growth’s direction.
  3. Wait for about twenty minutes until fully dry, then rip it off against your hair growth’s direction.
  4. Rinse with cold water.

How To Wax Your Upper Lip With Hot Wax

The easiest way to wax your upper lip with hot wax is to ensure the wax is warm to the touch before applying. Ensure to apply the wax in sections and in the direction of your hair growth. Once the wax is dry, pull it off in the direction of your hair growth to minimize irritation.

Caution: Hot wax can burn your skin and is not suitable for everyone’s upper lip where the skin is usually more sensitive and delicate. The information presented below is for your information only.  Always allow the wax to cool to a comfortable temperature before using it. The ideal temperature is about 86°F or 30°C.

Here’s What You Need To Do:

  1. Prep the Wax – Add 3 tablespoons of wax into a small pot and place the pot directly on the stove. Gradually heat the wax on the lowest setting.
  2. Stir Consistently with a Wooden Spatula. Stir until you notice bubbles forming on top of the wax then remove the pot from the stove and let it cool for about ten minutes before handling it. The wax should be warm to the touch before applying it to your skin.
  3. Clean Your Upper Lip – Use a pre-wax oil or cleanser helps to remove dirt, sweat, makeup, bacteria, and excess oils from your skin. This helps to ensure that your wax works effectively by allowing it to hold better on a cleaner surface.  Ensure that the cleanser or oil you use does not negatively react with your skin or upper lip.
  4. Apply the Wax in the Same Direction of Your Hair Growth – This ensures to create less irritation when you remove the wax. If you are concerned about irritation, apply the wax in sections so you’re only focusing on 1 section at a time during removal. Leave the wax on your skin for around 10 minutes. Pat the wax with your fingers, and when the tackiness is gone, the wax is ready for removal.
  5. Remove the wax – Find the thickest edge of the wax and have your fingertips under that edge. Hold your skin tight with one hand, then rip off the wax in the same direction as your hair growth.
  6. Soothe the Area with Post-Wax Treatment – Using hot wax can create dryness and irritation. Apply an aloe-based gel to your upper lip after waxing can help soothe the area. Aloe has natural soothing properties and contains antioxidants, enzymes, Vitamins A and C which can help heal your skin.

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