The Best Post-Wig Removal Skincare Routine
Whether you're leaving your install in for hours or days, the process of removing a wig can be tough on the hairline and surrounding skin. Harsh ingredients in adhesive removers can dry and aggravate the hairline - not to mention the glue itself can cause irritation by blocking pores for hours on end. Luckily, a good skincare routine can recover the skin around your hairline.
Before we jump into skincare, let's emphasize the primary key to having the least amount of skin irritation: be gentle during the removal process! Invest in a good adhesive remover and let it sit on the glue for a few minutes so it has time to dissolve - this way, you'll have to do as little tugging and rubbing as possible. Be as gentle as you can for a happy hairline. Now let's get into skincare!
Step one is always to gently wash away any remaining adhesive, sweat, dirt, and grime that has accumulated on your skin. The following cleansers are gentle on the skin but great at removing grime!
Sweet Chef Oat Milk Latte Cleanser, $13
This gentle cleanser features niacinamide (vitamin B12), soothing oats, antioxidant-packed coffee seed, and hydrating hyaluronic acid to gently slough away makeup and any remaining wig adhesive.
Nubian Heritage African Black Soap Bar, $4.99
Using hydrating shea butter, moisturizing aloe vera, and the calming properties of oats, this bar soothes and detoxifies. Plus, palm ash adds minerals and antioxidant properties that cleanse and protect the skin.
If leaving adhesive on your skin has caused blackheads or acne, using a gentle chemical exfoliant can help unclog stubborn pores and smooth out texture. However, it should be noted that this step might not be suitable if your skin is sensitive - especially if you rubbed hard while removing the adhesive (physical exfoliation), your skin may be too sensitive to immediately jump into another exfoliant. In this case, try using one the next day, and instead opt for a serum and/or moisturizer the night of. If your skin is ready for an exfoliant, here are some great options!
Bolden Brightening Glycolic Acid Toner, $19.50
This toner hydrates the skin with hyaluronic acid, a humectant that attracts moisture, and niacinamide (vitamin b12) that improves skin texture and supports your skin's barrier. The star ingredient, glycolic acid, sloughs away dead skin cells to reveal smooth skin underneath.
Paula's Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
BHA (beta-hydroxy acids) are oil-soluble and ideal for unhappy pores. This product uses BHA salicylic acid to penetrate deep into pores, relieving congestion. Plus, methylpropanediol hydrates the skin and green tea soothes irritation.
Rosen Tropics Toner, $18
This toner features pineapple enzyme extract and papaya fruit extract, two plant-based ingredients whose enzymes gently exfoliate the skin and provide anti-inflammatory benefits.
Antioxidants are perfect for skin that is too sensitive to go in directly with an exfoliant, or skin that hasn't broken out from adhesive but just needs a little extra TLC after the ordeal. Antioxidants protect the skin from free radicals and pollutants, and are great at calming skin. Formulated as both serums and oils, your preference may boil down to your skin type. Listed below are both options, plus a video that goes over antioxidants in depth!
Sweet Chef Ginger and Vitamin C Serum, $20
This potent serum combines the power of vitamin C and plant extracts. Ginger extract releases powerful antioxidants while turmeric root extract calms the skin with its anti-inflammatory properties.
Fresh Vitamin Nectar Antioxidant Serum, $28
Harnessing the power of vitamins C, E, and B5, alongside various fruit extracts, this serum's micro-capsules deliver potent results. Plus, antioxidants like jicama root juice and beta-carotene hydrate and revitalize the skin.
54 Thrones Aja Nourishing Face Oil
This oil, packed with 14 plant nutrients, is a powerful combination of botanicals, herbs, and extracts that sooth and repair the skin. With a base of antimicrobial Marula oil, this product moisturizes and nourishes skin.
Nothing says "sorry for covering you in adhesive" like a good moisturizer. With its ability to sooth irritation, calm inflammation, and hydrate, perhaps this step is the most important of all. Your ideal moisturizer should leave your skin feeling elastic and hydrated, accomplished through an array of ingredients like water-attracting hyaluronic acid and skin barrier-repairing ceramides. Below are our three favorites for use all around the face, including the hairline.
Skin Buttr Moisturizer, $42
This cream not only moisturizes with olive and almond oil, but hydrates with aloe leaf juice and shea butter. Plus, if your skin is hungry for more antioxidants, this product is packed with multiple plant extracts that get the job done.
CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion, $12.99
This fragrance-free, lightweight lotion is sure to be non-irritating on even the most sensitized skin. With three ceramides that repair the skin barrier, hyaluronic acid infuses moisture into the skin while dimethicone locks it into the skin's protective barrier.