If you’re contemplating waxing benefits over shaving, the two main reasons why it could work better for you are because:

  1. It’s semi-permanent
    The results from waxing can last anywhere between 1-6 weeks as it removes your hairs from their actual roots – unlike shaving which just trims the hairs from the surface of your skin.
  2. It’s exfoliating
    Have you ever noticed how smooth your skin feels after a wax, and more so than shaving? Well, that’s because waxing acts a bit like an exfoliator and removes any of the dead skins in the area you choose to wax.

Waxing 101

  • Wear soft and comfortable clothing around the areas you’re waxing, especially if it’s your bikini. Stick to cottons, that aren’t too tight and it should help alleviate some of the burn you feel straight after the wax.
  • No matter what area of your body you’re getting waxed, don’t schedule a wax within three days prior to your period, as your skin will be extra sensitive and your pain threshold may be lower.
  • Don’t get waxed on the day of a special event. Your skin may be red and sensitive for a day or two, so best to schedule your wax for 2 to 3 days before a special occasion.
  • If you’ve just had a bikini wax and you think you’re beach ready – you’re not. No matter how much sunscreen you apply, your skin is still going to be too sensitive to sit in the sun. Avoid bathing, saunas, swimming pools and very hot showers for the first 48 hours after your wax.
  • Don’t use perfumed lotions or creams on the area for a couple of days, as they may lead to ingrown hair.
  • Wait at least 4 days after your wax before exfoliating the area.

Last, but not least, don’t have your wax done in a salon you aren’t sure is reliable. If you have any skin sensitivities or allergies,  don’t hesitate to tell your therapist about it before she begins. A well trained therapist will be able to make the experience very tolerable and give you reliable advice on what products are right for your skin post treatment.

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