If you haven't yet had the time to pamper and primp for Valentine's Day, it's not too late to squeeze it in today. For a smooth, hairless finish that is most of all, hygienic, here are four helpful tips to remember before you wax.
- Step 1: Be sure that your skin is prepared for the treatment. This means, cleaning the area well with an antiseptic wash and then drying thoroughly. I also recommend taking an ibuprofen tablet a half-hour prior to the treatment for pain management and swelling. Lastly, try a numbing spray for maximum comfort.
- Step 2: It's time to exfoliate. Use a nonabrasive product so that skin is not only smooth, but so all of the dead cells are removed. This ensures a better grip on the skin and it will reduce the risk of unwanted red bumps that lead to ingrown hairs.
- Step 3: Whether you decide to do the waxing yourself at home or in a salon, make sure that the temperature of the wax is warm, but not hot. You don't want to scald your skin and cause blistering, bruising, and scabbing.
- Step 4: After the waxing is complete, steer clear of hot baths, showers, and fragrant body lotions for a 24-hour period. But do use a soothing product that contains aloe vera on the area to help minimse any irritation.