Top 6 Numbing Creams for Waxing

Updated 05/14/19
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Using a numbing cream for waxing can ease the pain of your hair-ridding experience greatly. It can make something that can be cringe-worthy more like a walk in the park. These products temporarily desensitize skin so that hair being yanked out from the root isn’t nearly as painful, even in the most sensitive areas. Yes, that means Brazilian and bikini waxes, as well as on other parts of the body.

Lidocaine is the most commonly used ingredient for its ability to stop the pain when hair is removed. It works by blocking the nerve endings, and that stops the pain cold.

Here are some of the most popular products that you can use before your service to help relieve the major sting without needing a prescription. The best part is that none of these should interfere with uplifting the hair. Of course, you do need to exercise caution. Follow the manufacturer's directions and use the product only on the outside of your body.

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Numb Master Topical Anesthetic Cream


Numb Master contains 5 percent lidocaine, making it one of the strongest products out there to banish pain when you're waxing any part of your body. Numb Master has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and can last up to an hour. If you really are bothered by the pain caused by waxing, this is the product to use.

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No Scream Cream

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No Scream Cream is made by Relax 'n' Wax, a professional company founded and created by a licensed esthetician, Deborah Merhar. It boasts reducing the pain factor as much as 80 percent.

Try to time it just right. You should put this cream on 30 to 45 minutes before waxing in a somewhat thick layer virtually anywhere you’re getting hair removed. It should not be rubbed in; your skin will absorb the cream in five to 10 minutes. Its active ingredient is Benzocaine (20 percent).

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Bare Ease

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Dr. Edna Ma, a board-certified anesthesiologist, created this product because she found bikini waxing to be painful. Kits have pink latex thong panties (available in two different sizes) and numbing cream. And if you're removing hair in an area other than your bikini or you’d just rather do without the panties, the cream can be purchased separately.

Apply the cream 30 to 45 minutes before waxing. If you're getting a bikini wax and using the panties, put them on. Without panties or to use on another zone, you can apply plastic wrap over the area to isolate the cream. Of course, the panties or wrap is removed before the waxing begins. Lidocaine (4 percent) is the active ingredient in Bare Ease.

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GiGi Anesthetic Numbing Spray

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GiGi, a name you see in the rooms of many salons and spas, carries a long line of waxes and accessories. Its product comes in the spray form, and it is used before or after waxing.

Spray it directly on body areas that are going to meet up with wax. For the face, first, ​apply it to a cotton swab and then to your skin. Wait two to three minutes and then cleanse your skin of all oil, then wax away. The area will not be completely numb with this product. After hair has been removed, it can also be sprayed on to help relieve stinging. Lidocaine (4 percent) is also the active ingredient in this anesthetic numbing spray.

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Satin Smooth Res-Q Analgesic Numbing Spray

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Another professional company, Satin Smooth, gets the credit for this product. It’s also in a spray form and only requires a small amount to be effective. This product, too, relies on lidocaine in a 4 percent solution.

Cleanse your skin thoroughly and then directly spray this product on your skin in large areas like the legs, underarms, and bikini zone. Avoid getting it in your eyes and mouth by spraying it on a cotton swab first and then applying it to your face before facial hair removal. Let the product sit for five to seven minutes on your body before you remove the excess. Then hit the wax.

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Dr. Numb

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Dr. Numb is a water-based product that contains a higher percentage of lidocaine (5 percent) than the others, but it also costs more. 

First, cleanse the zones where it's going to be used with soap and water and let them dry. Do this about 30 minutes before waxing. Then apply a thick amount of cream to the area to be waxed and rub it in.  Then add a thin layer. Cover the area with plastic wrap, which should be removed just before waxing. 

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