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As a professional waxer with over 10 years of experience, I am often asked, what the best numbing cream for waxing is?
There are a variety of numbing creams, sprays, and gels out there, so how did I compare all of them?
Price: There was a wide variety of prices from $10-$200.
Effectiveness: I only chose to look at products with 4% lidocaine or higher. Anything less than that is not really gonna do anything.
Ratings: This is a hard one since the person has to use it properly in order to be effective. Also everyone’s pain tolerance is different. And people with coarser, thicker or more hair or first time waxers will experience more pain than others.
CAUTION: READ THE LEAFLETS AND BOXES ATTACHED TO THE PRODUCTS! Lidocaine cream is a topical anesthetic used for numbing the skin in certain procedures, such as skin biopsies, hot waxing, laser hair removal and mammograms. According to the “Journal of Drugs In Dermatology,” when used in small amounts and low concentrations over small areas of the body, it is considered safe. It can cause dangerous side effects when used in higher concentrations over larger body areas. After application, lidocaine cream should be washed off the hands completely. It should never be applied to broken skin. Lidocaine can also affect your breathing, cause seizures and cause an irregular heartbeat. So always check with your doctor before using creams with lidocaine. From https://www.livestrong.com/article/175440-dangers-of-lidocaine-cream/
So take it all with a grain of salt. I’m not a scientist I am simply laying out the Numbing creams, sprays, and gels with 4% or higher of lidocaine in them. It’s up to you to choose the best for you.
Our top numbing cream picks
WHAT MAKES IT BETTER?
Non-invasive and Hypoallergenic
Completely reversible and does not produce any residual effect on the nerve fiber
Rapid onset of action (10-15 mins)
Duration of action lasts up to 4 hours
May be reapplied to prolong the numbness as necessary
Does not cause irritation of tissues and nerves
Contains Vitamin E for faster skin recovery
Applicable to all skin type
This is one of our top numbing creams because it has a long duration of effect and lasts about 1 hour. The numbing effect will reach the optimal level within 20~25 minutes.
My opinion– I’ve never tried it. People wish it was stronger but it has the strongest legal amount of lidocaine in it. Seems Legit 🙂 but has a lot of mixed reviews
The recommended implementation time varies depending on the indication and the skin area to be anesthetized, it usually ranges between 30 and 60 minutes on intact skin.
My opinion: Works awesome. Has the best ratings. If you can afford it, pick this one!
Extensive product Research + Development ensures that the cream works quickly and lasts longer (30-45 minute absorption and lasts for over 3 hours). Backed by a 3-year shelf life.
My Opinion: This is another high-end option.
The top numbing cream rrecommendedby all Spa professionals is GiGi Anesthetic Numbing Spray for Sensitive Skin. This topical anesthetic penetrates the surface of the skin numbing the area to be epilated within minutes
My Opinion: I use this in the spa because it works the fastest and is a spray form. It’s also pretty inexpensive compared to the other
It has 5% lidocaine in it. It also claims to reduce swelling and bleeding and is a topical Spray
MY Opinion: There is not much written about this product. The reviews are decent. All I know is that it is a more expensive version of the Gigi spray.
To use this they recommend exfoliating the skin before. It needs around to sit about 15-20 minutes to be active.
My Opinion: Pretty basic but has a high number of lidocaine in it so it seems to work. Pretty pricey though.
This anesthetic is used to numb the skin during the procedures: It can be used for tattoos, microblading and permanent makeup for eyebrow, eyeliner, and lips.
My Opinion: Not good for waxing. The skin needs to be pieced before using it.
Id love to hear if you have found any other numbing products or if you have any experiences with any of these products.