Let's be blunt: if there's hair on your body, it can definitely be waxed off. There's facial waxing (upper lip, brow or chin), bikini waxing, leg waxing, underarm waxing and, of course, Brazilian waxing. Here are a few tips to make sure the professional waxing service you receive is the best it can be.
GET A RECOMMENDATION
If your current salon does not offer waxing, get a trusted recommendation. You want a pro with experience and a gentle touch.
CHECK THE LENGTH
If you're getting a wax anywhere from the neck down for the first time (arms, legs, bikini), your hair growth must be a minimum ¼ inch in length. After that, you'll need to wait 3-4 weeks between waxings, depending on your hair growth.
DON'T BE SHY
Your esthetician has seen it all. This is her job! So if you're getting a Brazilian and she asks you to get on all fours so she can get access to, ahem, everything, there's no need to be embarrassed.
REMEMBER THE 24 AND 48 HOUR RULES
Don't go in the sun for 24 hours after waxing. You'll also need to stop using any product with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) 48 hours before your waxing service, and not start using them again until 48 hours after. Skip aggressive scrubs for 48 hours after, too.
KEEP UP THE MAINTENANCE
The better you maintain your skin, the better results you'll get with each waxing service. Post-wax, after any tenderness has subsided, prevent ingrown hairs under your arms and at the bikini line with an exfoliator like Quick Refiner or Pumice Peel. Bioelements Cactus Cloth is ideal for your legs and arms, and a Face Brush is perfect for the face. Exfoliating removes dead skin, and prevents clogged pores, ingrown hairs and bumps.
TAME POST-WAX IRRITATION
A soothing skin serum will calm and cool visible redness while it locks in moisture. Make sure you don't wear any irritating fabrics that can irritate the skin, too – opt for underwear made from soft cotton post-bikini wax. You should also avoid exercise right after, as sweat and workout clothes can trigger irritation. And keep the temperature down in the shower – super-hot water can inflame just-waxed skin.
KNOW YOUR SENSITIZERS
You may want to avoid waxing while menstruating, as it can raise your skin's sensitivity. Also, medications can make you more sensitive as well – avoid waxing when taking Retin A or other prescriptions. Talk to your esthetician if you have any concerns. And never book a wax if you have a sunburn! (Of course, you always wear SPF, right?
Are you worried about your first wax or are you a seasoned pro? Share your questions – or tips of your own! – in the comments below.
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