Bikini waxing is one of those things that many women endure but very few discuss. Whether you're contemplating your first one or just dreading your next one, you may wonder if there's a way to minimize the discomfort. Though bikini waxes aren't exactly pleasant—the pain falls somewhere between pulling off a Band-Aid and getting a tattoo—there are some things you can do to make the experience more pleasant. Here are some helpful hints to keep in mind.

1. Prep your skin. In the days leading up to your wax, scrub the to-be-waxed area with a product like Dove Exfoliating Body Wash, available for $8.29 here. This will help open up your folicles and prevent ingrown hairs.

2. Scout out the right salon. Yes, there are super-cheap waxes to be had at neighborhood nail joints, but pricier spa-type establishments often use better waxes. Check to see what kind your waxer is using; moisturizing cream waxes will hurt far less than traditional versions.

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3. Before you wax, relax. The more at ease you are, the less it will hurt, so once you're on the table, do whatever you can to calm yourself, whether it's taking deep breaths or listening to your iPod.

4. Get the wax off. The residue left behind from your bikini wax can make skin even more irritated. Try using a product such as Gigi Wax Off, available for $5.35 here. It not only gets off the remaining wax but also soothes with aloe vera.