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Summer is over, which means the waxing peak season is coming to a close. However, the pulling on of tights and winter coats doesn’t put women off. The salons will still be full of appointments for waxes well into the new year. But for a realtively painful procedure, why is it so popular?
Possibly because there are some little known tricks to reducing the pain factor on this type of hair removal – but you’ll know this if you’re a seasoned pro.
Here are some hacks to get you through your next session (thanks to the good folk of Popsugar):
- Plan to wax after your period. Your pain threshold is higher in the week after your period than beforehand. Think of it like this: if sappy commercials make you cry when you’re premenstrual, having wax applied to your delicate bits certainly will.
- Lose your self-consciousness. Yes, a stranger is going to see you wearing, at most, a paper thong. Don’t worry about offending her or feeling embarrassed. It’s nothing she hasn’t seen before. The less anxious you are, the less you’ll worry about pain.
- Start off slowly. Your first bikini wax is not the time to try a Brazilian. If you’re new to waxing, go with a basic bikini wax. If you want to remove more, there’s always next time.
- The day before you decide to wax, exfoliate in the shower. This will remove dead skin, allowing the wax to grip shorter hairs.
- Speak up. A good esthetician will work with you to make sure you’re as comfortable as you can be. Don’t be too shy to say something if you have a low pain tolerance — it’s better to speak up than to suffer in silence.
- Use hard wax. Hard wax is gentler than soft wax, so visit a spa that uses it.
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever. About an hour before your appointment, take a nurofen or other pain reliever. Ibuprofen is also an anti-inflammatory, so it will help with any temporary swelling following the apppointment.
- It can be tempting to hold your breath, but breathing in and out helps reduce the pain. Take a deep breath in when the wax goes on, then breathe out when your esthetician gives it a yank.
- Know which parts are most sensitive. You wouldn’t expect it, but having hair pulled from the lower abdomen area is more painful than it is around the labia.
- Turn your head and cough. An esthetician at Bliss taught us this trick: when the wax is about to be ripped off, cough. Sounds weird, but it distracts from the pain.
And if your bits need a bit of TLC, we recommend the wonderful powers of Guinot Epil Fresh – After Hair Removal Soothing Treatment 200ml
Its soothing, purifying active ingredients make it the perfect post-hair removal product for estheticians.
– Cools and calms the skin.
– Eases irritations.
– Removes wax residue.
– Leaves skin softer and silkier.
- Alpha Bisabolol, a powerful active extracted from Chamomile, soothes and reduces redness and irritation.
- The combination of different esters easily dissolves wax residue for instantly soft, fresh skin.
- The anti-microbial properties cleanse, purify, and refresh the area where Epil Fresh is applied.
- Use along with Serum Epil Confort for its anti-hair regrowth properties.