I get so many questions on Snapchat about keeping my skin smooth and hairless–I hate that word LOL but for lack of a better term, I’m going with it. And it’s such a simple answer.
I’ve seriously thrown away all my razors since I started waxing. I’m never going back.
When I started waxing, I was super skeptical, mainly because I have a low (and I mean LOW) pain tolerance and I felt really uncomfortable airing all my business out for the world to see, if you know what I mean.
But I sucked it up and pushed through my first few sessions and I really started seeing results! After I read up on all the benefits of waxing, I was SOLD.
So here are the facts:
I feel like we all know what waxing is. And we know it’s SUPER painful, LOL. But I want to talk specifics…
Basically, waxing removes hair from the root of the hair follicle. Shaving, on the other hand, just cuts the hair that’s on the surface of your skin. So you can still see the hair even after you shave. Also, when you shave, you’re stretching out your skin, making your hair follicles larger. So your hair gets thicker and thicker each time it grows back.
Waxing shrinks your hair follicles since the hair is taken from the root. So each time you wax, your hair gets thinner when it grows back!
Waxing also gives you SOFT SKIN. It acts as an exfoliate because it gets rid of dead skin as well as hair.
So many benefits, people! Other amazing reasons to get waxed include no itchiness, longer lasting results (the hair takes more time to grow back in), and reduced likelihood of ingrown hairs.
I’m also a huge fan of how quick the whole process is. And I mean like REAL quick. Shaving takes sooooo long and I just really don’t have that kind of time in my day to run a razor on my skin over & over again.
My bikini line has stayed consistently waxed for awhile now, but recently I tried getting my legs waxed.
LIFE CHANGING. Let me tell ya.
I’ve always struggled with ingrown hairs and dry skin on my legs. So waxing them totally took care of those problems.
Buh BYE dry skin. SO over it.
But in the past year, I’ve definitely learned a lesson or two on the DO’s & DON’Ts of waxing.
+ Exfoliate on a daily basis: I like using a dry brush (a gym bag NECESSITY) in the shower with either a salt or sugar scrub every day. It keeps your pores from getting clogged with dead skin and your skin soft!
+ Take Advil: I mean, just in case it’s too painful. You can never be too careful, ya know?
+ Book your appointments 4-5 weeks apart: This can totally vary from person to person. 4-5 weeks works best for me. I know sometimes women need to book waxing appointments closer together and some don’t need to get waxed as frequently. It takes a few sessions to really figure it out.
+ Sweat after your appointment: Sorry babes, keep the sweating to a minimum the day of your appointment. Sweat can irritate the empty hair follicles which can lead to ingrown hairs and infection. NO THANK YOU.
+ Shave between treatments: I mean never ever, EVER shave in between sessions. I learned this the hard way, so trust me here. Shaving in between waxing treatments makes your hair thicker, which can make waxing more painful the next time.
+ Sunbathe about 12 hours before or after your appointment: Your skin is very sensitive after a waxing sesh. So exposing the waxed skin can heat up the surface of your skin and cause MAJOR discomfort and irritation.
Post-waxing care is SO important, too.
It’s totally normal right after your wax for there to be some redness and a possible rash to appear. It should go away after a few hours. But, you do need to make sure you keep the area clean and bacteria free. This means:
+ No swimming in a chlorinated pool, spas, or saunas for 24 hours
+ Avoid applying any lotions for at least 12 hours (fragrances and other lubricants can cause a burning sensation)
+ Also avoid touching the waxed area to ensure it remains bacteria free
+ Use a tea tree oil based product to apply to the area for its anti-bacterial qualities.
I also like to put a cold rag over the area to reduce the redness!
But really, it’s such a simple process with such AMAZING results. I don’t see how you wouldn’t want to get waxed!
And PS: if you’re in the LA area, Sugaring LA is my ultimate FAV waxing salon. Super professional and really quick.
Any waxing tips I missed? Who else prefers waxing to shaving?
Talk soon, babes!