It doesn't matter whether it is summer or winter, men and women around the world are constantly battling against unwanted body hair. Hair removal can feel like a burden, with our hard-earnt cash being spent on countless razors and hair removal creams.
Female waxing and male waxing is a much more affordable option and the luxury of heading to a beautiful salon can be a real treat. So, what is putting ladies and gents of the world off waxing? Pain. Many associate waxing with unbelievable pain and, although it can be a little uncomfortable at times, the results are worth it.
If you have booked your first waxing appointment, rest assured that you will be in the hands of a professional who will make you extremely comfortable. However, you can always try out some of the top tips below to keep any pain to a minimum before, during, and after your appointment.
Warm Bath Soak
Before your appointment, indulge in a steaming bath. The heat from the water can help soften hair and open your pores a little, meaning the hairs come out easier. After your bath, do not apply any lotions as this interferes with the wax's ability to stick to the hair. It is best to attend with clean, dry skin.
If you believe you have a low pain threshold, take an ibuprofen based pain reliever around one hour before your appointment. Not only will this take the edge off of any pain, it will also help diminish any resulting inflammation.
Time of the Month
For the ladies, make sure your appointment is booked for the week before your period. During these days, you are extra-sensitive pain and will be putting yourself through unnecessary discomfort. Pain thresholds are higher around two weeks after.
Maintenance Down Below
If you are having any sort of waxing around your private parts make sure you change into loose-fitting cotton underwear after your appointment. You should always steer clear of the gym too! Wearing anything tight, particularly synthetic underwear or tight sports leggings, can lead to clogged pores. Clogged pores are a breeding ground for ingrown hairs, which can be painful.
It can be extremely tempting to exfoliate to excess before waxing appointment, to ensure our skin is primed and smooth. However, only indulge in light exfoliation around 24 hours before the appointment to ensure you don't damage your skin.
After your appointment avoid anything to do with heat at all costs. Post-wax wax your skin will be very raw and irritated. Therefore, if you sunbathe or take a hot bath, your body will let you know it doesn't like it! Protecting your skin is imperative.
To keep your waxed area in tip top condition, lightly exfoliate the skin two days after your wax, and every second day thereafter. If you have had your armpits waxed, refrain from applying deodorant (it will sting beyond words). Any lotions or products that are water or aloe based are ideal.