10 Things You Should Know to Get the Most Out of Your Bikini Wax!

That moment you realize it's April and you're still wearing your winter coat...

That moment you realize it’s April and you’re still wearing your winter coat…

  • No tanning – in the sun or a tanning bed – for at least 24 hours prior to waxing.
  • Avoid scheduling your appointment the week before your period. Hormonal fluctuations are likely to decrease your pain tolerance.
  • Absolutely no waxing if you use Retinol or take acne medications, such as Accutane. These medications can make your skin more fragile and even cause it to rip.
  • Schedule your appointment when your skin is free from breakouts. Waxing will exacerbate skin irritations.
  • If you’re opting for a Brazilian, make sure your hair is at least 1/8 to 1/4-inch long. When hair is too short, it can snap like a rubber band. When hair is too long, it can break during the course of waxing, which will cause additional pain. This also means no tweezing between waxes; let it grow.
  • Exfoliate. Exfoliate. Exfoliate. Sloughing dead cells helps polish skin and soften hair; the softer the hair, the less painful the wax. Exfoliation also helps hair stand up instead of matting against the skin. However, exfoliation is a process that should be done while the hair is growing – not just the day of your appointment. For some, exfoliating before waxing will dry out the skin, especially during the winter months.
  • As tempting as it is, don’t pick your ingrowns. Picking can result in further irritation and scarring.
  • Use therapeutic grade lavender essential oil, or the European Wax Center’s Ingrown Hair Serum, which contains glycolic acid, lavender, Aloe vera, vitamin E and fruit extracts to help keep skin calm and hydrated between waxing.
  • Remember: the most painful wax is always the first one. Hair is at its thickest, and you don’t know what to expect; anticipating the unknown can add to anxiety levels.
  • Cristal recommends scheduling regular appointments, four weeks apart. “Waxing is a commitment,” she says. “Being consistent is key; how you care for your skin at home can make all the difference.”

Read the original article here: http://www.examiner.com/article/10-things-you-should-know-to-get-the-most-out-of-your-bikini-wax

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