Q: I'm 41 and have just started to have my eyebrows waxed. They became very puffy and sore for about a week. If I can't find anything to help I'm going to have to stop, so I would love all the help I can get.
Alison: They shouldn't be puffy and sore after a week. If you've waxed your eyebrows yourself then you may have not stretched the skin with your other hand while waxing or you may have not pulled the wax off at the right angle, and have caused a little inflammatory reaction in the eyebrow area. The skin will have been pulled up and become bruise like – so causing the cells to fill with fluid.
If you've had this done at a salon, then you should tell them if it happens again as the techniques they've used may have been incorrect. Give them the opportunity to correct this for next time.
Remember also that you can be more sensitive to waxing at the time of the month – and this applies to any form of waxing. So, it's best done at the beginning or middle of your menstrual cycle when you will be less sensitive.
Hygiene is also important before and after waxing. Make sure your skin is completely clean and free from any make-up. Afterwards, if you want to apply a little make-up I recommend Bare Escentuals and would advise using an antiseptic - I recommend applying tea tree oil on the area for a couple of days.
There are other hair removal options that you could consider – threading is done in a salon and is really quick, or tweezing can be done at home or in a salon.