About a month ago, I went to the beauty salon with my friend to get a wax, and she seriously freaked out looking at my arms after it was done. She said my skin looked diseased and in a state of panic, she started screaming at the staff to go get me some ice. I, obviously, found the whole thing to be extremely amusing and hilarious, because this happens to me all the time. In the states, the waxing ladies often worried that I was going to sue them for making my arms so red! In all fairness though, the redness does go away in 1-2 hours and it doesn’t itch or bother me in anyway, so by now I have just made peace with it.
The beautician at the salon, however, suggested that I try Rica wax the next time I come in, so I quickly did a Google search before going in for my next waxing session recently. Apart from regular honey wax and chocolate wax, I hadn’t really tried anything else, so I was curious to give it a shot. According to their website, Rica is a “98% natural, vegetable and plant-based wax” that is free of colophony, a harsh sticky substance, which could be the main culprit behind my red, inflamed skin post waxing.
First, the beautician used Rica’s cotton milk pre-wax gel to clean out the area and make it more receptive to waxing. The wax that she used on me was creamy and milky white in color (they have a wide range of waxes suitable for different skin types) and because it doesn’t need to be heated as long as regular honey wax, it felt gentler on the skin. I found Rica’s “superior hair gripping strength” claim to be quite true; there was hardly a need to go over the same area multiple times to get rid of stubborn hair. It was a lot messier than regular wax, however, and left a white residue that could only be removed by oil. You might want to take that into consideration if you are going for Rica waxing and have to be somewhere afterwards but don’t really have the time to go home to change or clean up. Also, I can’t really say that it hurt any lesser than other waxes; from all the waxes that I have tried, I think chocolate waxing has been the least painful experience. After the waxing was complete, the beautician applied Rica’s non-greasy after-wax lotion that helped get rid of the wax residue and moisturized the skin.
Overall, I was quite happy with the experience and will be sticking to Rica waxing from now on. This is the first time in years that I haven’t come home to angry-looking skin post a waxing session. I also quite like the gels that are used before and after the waxing; it gives it quite a spa-like feel. If you also have extra-sensitive skin, ask your salon about Rica waxing. And if they don’t offer it, don’t you worry! Nykaa sells a range of Rica products including the pre-wax gel, wax jars and refills, and after-wax lotion, so you can experiment with the products right at the comfort of your home!