The quote "beauty is pain" must refer to bikini waxing, because there are few things more stressful than going in to take it all (or most of it) off. But waxing down there doesn't have to be a pain in the you-know-what. With these simple reminders, you can alleviate uncomfortable feelings you may have with hair removal of the waxing kind.View Transcript »
I know it's a taboo subject, but bikini waxes have earned themselves a bad reputation because they're a pain in the you-know-what. So today I'm going to share some secrets on taking the sting out of taking it off. When planning your bikini wax, remember a few things. No, no, no nights out before you get your bikini wax because if there's any alcohol left in your system, your skin will be very sensitive. And bikini waxes and sensitive skin do not mix. Also your hair does does need to be a little bit long. About a quarter of an inch is long enough. Anything shorter, it'll break the hair and it won't remove it from the follicle, and anything longer is a hot mess. Also, stay in tune with Mother Nature and don't plan your appointments a week before or after that time of the month. The key to any waxing appointment is to get rid of dead skin cells to prevent ingrown. The day before your appointment, exfoliate the area to get rid of your dead skin and to keep the pores clean. Now you can use a body wash that has salicylic acid like this one by Neutrogena or just use a loofah with your regular body wash. Cleanse and tone the area with antiseptic ingredients and those include things like witch hazel, benzoyl peroxide and tea tree oil. And this is just gonna help keep the area clean even before the wax gets involved. Wish Prelude includes several of those ingredients plus aloe to exude the skin too. Also, if you have sensitive skin, you can take Advil or ibuprofen 30 to 45 minutes before your appointment. Let's say you do get an ingrown, it 's really easy to fix. All you do is exfoliate the area every day with a salicylic acid treatment and then that will bring the hair to the top of the skin. Also you could use with a hot compress or even a face mask to bring the hair follicles= to the top of the skin as well. Now at this point, I know it's not a great visual, but it will start to look like a blemish, and you'll see the hair follicle and be able to extract it with a pair of tweezers. Now that the wax is over, be sure to wear loose fitting clothing, and dare I say it, go commando. You don't want anything rubbing up against that skin because it could cause redness and bumps. Also apply a post wax serum like this one from Stark because it has antiseptics in it, so it will help with redness and keep the skin clear. And with that, you should be well on your way to a virtually painless waxing experience. I'm Kirbie. Good luck and thanks for watching BellaSugar TV.