Last week we discussed how to get your feet ready for the summer weather, but another common summer ritual is the bikini wax. Bikini waxes are often painful and one of the beauty maintenance routines we dread. However, Dr. Bailey has put together bikini wax preparation tips to help lessen the pain in her blog post: How Can You Make a Bikini Wax Less Painful?
Dr Bailey methodically answers all the questions she commonly hears in her practice and from her online readers. Below is a summary of these bikini wax preparation tips.
Bikini Wax Preparation Q&A
What is the ideal hair length for a bikini wax?
- Trim your hairs to 1/8 to 1/4 inch long for the best wax binding. The wax will have better binding to the base of the hair follicle at this length.
Is it helpful to pre-exfoliate the treatment area?
- Exfoliate the treatment area a day or so before for optimum wax binding and prevention of ingrown hairs.
- Pair the exfoliation with your hair trim.
- Caution: do not over exfoliate. A layer of dead skin cells does protect sensitive living cells from removal.
Are there any bikini wax preparation methods or skin treatments to lessen the pain during treatment?
- Apply warm compresses before your wax to relax the hair follicle.
- Then, apply cold compresses after your wax to soothe inflammation and swelling.
- Or, apply a numbing cream to the treatment area 30-60 minutes before the treatment.
- Complications: you need to completely wash the cream off from your skin and hair to preserve the integrity of the wax. Some people are allergic to numbing creams and an allergic reaction will only add to the discomfort of a waxing procedure. Always discuss these issues with your prescribing doctor.
Which wax techniques and/or types are the least painful?
- Hard or stripless waxes are best for the sensitive bikini area according to our expert aestheticians, MaLinda and Danielle. These waxes behave like hair “shrink-wraps” and stick less to the skin.
- The gold standard is Cirepil Blue Hard/Stripless wax.
- Always choose an expert in bikini waxing who knows all the tricks.
Can you still wax near your period?
- Better to schedule waxing during other times of your menstrual cycle. Hormones released around a menstrual period amplify pain.
Is there an optimum time during the day for pain tolerance?
- Generally, pain tolerance is better in the morning than afternoon, so you may want to schedule morning appointments for bikini waxes.
Will a special diet or hydration lessen pain?
- Avoid caffeine before a bikini wax. Caffeine is a stimulant, thus it increases not only your energy but also your sensitivity to pain.
What are the best after-care treatments for a bikini wax?
- Gently exfoliate the treatment area a day after the wax to prevent ingrown hairs. Physical body scrubs and sponges work well during bathing, such as the Salux Wash Cloth or a Buf-Puf Body Sponge.
- Apply a gentle moisturizer to the treated skin daily for healing.
- Avoid tight clothing and hot tubs 24 hours after your bikini wax.
Would taking an over-the-counter pain medication before a waxing treatment help?
- A pain reliever 30 to 60 minutes before your wax can ease discomfort. Examples: NSAID or Tylenol
- Caution: NSAID may cause small amount of blood anticoagulation, so really fragile skin may risk bruising from wax removal if and NSAID is used.
Bikini Wax Preparation Take-Home Message
Overall, there are several bikini wax preparation methods to consider decreasing the pain you experience during your treatment. Experiment to determine which methods work best for you and your skin type. Bikini waxes may not be fun, but there is no need to suffer any more discomfort than you have to. If you would like to read Dr. Bailey’s in-depth bikini wax preparation tips, click here!
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Sincerely, Dr. Bailey Skin Care Team
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