Redness. Ingrown hairs. Painful strips. There’s no doubt that waxing is the most painful of beauty treatments, especially in the summertime when you’re strutting down the beach in a bikini. Thankfully, we have pain-free tips that will help you combat the stress of waxing whether you’re doing it yourself or seeing an esthetician.

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Legs

When you’re getting your gams waxed, it’s best to start with the ankles and wax in strips. If you think you’re covering more ground by spreading wax over your entire leg before removing the wax, you’re actually risking more pain. The wax will harden and make it more difficult to strip hair from the root.

Bikini/Brazilian

Waxing your bikini line or going for the full shebang makes waxing your legs and eyebrows a breeze. But there are ways to make the experience tolerable instead of dreadful. First, apply a numbing cream to the bikini area 30 minutes before you’re about to wax. You can also take an over-the-counter pain reliever like Advil or Aspirin to minimize the pain. Also, ensure that the wax is cool before application. If it’s too hot, you risk taking off skin, which is extremely painful, especially for such a sensitive area.

For the First-Timer

If it’s your first time waxing any area, apply a cold compress to numb the area and reduce pain. Rose water toner is also a soothing applicant that can help make the experience less painful. Additionally, once you wax, don’t revert to shaving! Hair has a growth pattern, and disrupting it between shaving and waxing interrupts the process. After your third or fourth wax, the hair will be on a regulated growth pattern, making it much easier to remove and all the less painful! There’s a reason people throw their razors away. Waxing gives you the silky smooth skin you’ve always wanted anywhere you want.

Waxing Maintenance Rules

The rules of waxing are rules any woman should know. After a wax, whether it’s at-home or at the spa, it’s important that for at least a full 24 hours you avoid wearing tight clothing, minimize sun exposure and avoid steam rooms. After waxing, your pores are open and exposed to bacteria, which is induced in heated environments. You should also avoid fragrances that contain bacteria as well.

Finally, a painless way to achieve smooth skin all over! As if there wasn’t enough to look forward to already with summer in sight. We hope these helpful tips make your next waxing experience as painless as possible and maybe even tolerable!

We Found the Secret to a Pain-Free Brazilian Wax

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Regular bikini waxers know that the timing of the whole endeavor is a serious art. Your hair needs to be long enough to pull, you shouldn’t wax too close to your period (ouch), and you don’t want to go right before having sex to avoid irritation. It turns out, though, timing your workout accordingly may be the secret to avoiding the worst part of getting a wax-the pain.

Because my personal preference is to be hair-free and getting a Brazilian once a month is eons easier than dealing with the annoyingly speedy cycle of shaving and stubble, I’ve spent a lot of cognitive energy trying to figure out the sweet spot to make a wax happen with as minimal pain as possible. It sounds easy enough, but I have both an erratic schedule and crazy-sensitive skin that makes that post-irritation time frame typically closer to 24 hours. Oh, and I suffer from an embarrassingly low pain tolerance that often drives me to use this exhausting scheduling coordination as an excuse to just give up and shave.

I did convert to chocolate waxes, which hurt less and are more soothing to sensitive skin-and I’ll never go back to the regular stuff again.

Out of sheer luck, though, I recently happened upon the holy grail of timing that solves pretty much all my grooming gripes: I stopped in to get a chocolate wax immediately after working out and, for the first time, having someone rip the hair off my most sensitive region was, dare I say, painless.

Turns out, I really did stumble upon a great solution, says Zakia Rahman, M.D., clinical associate professor of dermatology at Stanford University. (And it’s true even if you’re opting for a standard, non-chocolate wax.) You’re probably familiar with endorphins-those feel-good hormones our bodies produce during a workout. And it turns out, they not only reduce emotional anguish but also physical pain. “Endorphins are actually quite strong pain relievers,” says Dr. Rahman. “They bind to the same receptors as morphine does, so they can absolutely reduce the pain of waxing.”

She adds it can be helpful to shower in between your workout and wax too. “This can help open up the pores the hairs are coming out of, which will make waxing easier.” (Add that to the list of reasons you should shower at the gym!)

So if getting a wax immediately after working out is the way to go, there’s only one question left: Is it rude to drink a post-workout shake while on the table?

  • By Rachael Schultz @_RSchultz

6 Tips to Make Bikini Waxing Less Painful

Does the thought of how painful waxing can be turn you off? If you are a waxing virgin, you are probably even more scared about it. If you’re looking to wear those cute summer dresses and bikinis when the summer season hits, it’s time to wax. We are here to tell you that you don’t need the salon. You’ve got this!

We have got 6 tips that will make bikini waxing a breeze.

Tip #1: Work in Small Sections

You aren’t in a competition. So, no, you don’t need to finish waxing at high speed. Take your time and tackle one small area at a time. It gives you better control over the waxing strip and allows you to stretch the skin properly. Consider one small section as the size of two postage stamps.

Tip #2: Trim the Hair Regularly

If your hair is too long, you will experience more pain. If your hair is about 1cm it will be less painful. So trim things up before you get started.

Tip #3: Use Advil to Reduce Discomfort

Take Advil or another anti-inflammatory at least 30 minutes before you do bikini waxing. It will help reduce the discomfort.

Tip #4: Hold the Skin Firmly

If you are waxing on your own, use one hand to hold the skin taut and another hand to apply the wax. Press it down gently and stretch the skin again with one hand before you pull the strip in the opposite direction of hair growth.

That’s why our first tip mentions working in small areas because you have better control over the process. If you are getting a bikini wax done at a salon, ask the person to work in small sections as well. You can assist them in stretching the waxing region.

Tip #5: Don’t Wax During Your Period

During your period and in the days leading up to it your skin may be more sensitive and you may experience more irritation when waxing. If you already experience pain and discomfort during Aunt Flo’s visit then hold off on the hair removal until you are back to feeling your best.

Tip #6: Aftercare is Where It’s At

After you wax one area, apply azulene oil to your skin. This soothing oil will calm your skin and keep ingrown hairs at bay. Go ahead and apply it a couple of times a day for a few days if you experience redness or irritation after waxing, or even shaving or plucking other body areas.

Now go enjoy that smooth skin!

Did we miss something or do you have any other questions? Feel free to contact our waxing guru at [email protected] Happy Waxing.

Key Facts

  • Removing pubic hair is a personal preference.
  • There are no health benefits to removing pubic hair.
  • Follow safety guidelines if you decide to remove pubic hair.

Removing pubic hair is a personal preference. Some girls trim their pubic hair, or go to a salon to have a “bikini wax”; others prefer to shave just about every day, but most just leave it alone. It’s not necessary to remove the hair in this area to keep your body clean. In fact, there are no health benefits to removing pubic hair.

Shaving: Some girls say that shaving pubic hair is “high maintenance” because the hair usually grows back in just a couple of days. In the meantime, your genital area can feel itchy and prickly because the skin in this area is very sensitive.

Shaving doesn’t make the hair grow back thicker; this is just a myth. However, if you want to keep the area hairless and smooth, you’ll need to invest in good tools such as: scissors, razor, shaving cream or gel, or your own electric razor, and plan on shaving every couple of days.

Over-the-counter “depilatories” or cream hair removers: This method of hair removal is painless, but it’s important to be aware that not all “depilatories” are safe to use on your vulva or “bikini line.” Be sure to read the product label first to make sure it is safe to use on your vulva, and follow the directions exactly and in order. Don’t leave the cream on any longer than the directions say. If you notice redness, swelling, or a rash, it could mean that you’re allergic to the hair remover.

Waxing: A thin layer of warm liquid wax is applied over the hair you want to remove. Next, a thin cloth-like material is placed over the wax before it hardens. It takes a couple of seconds for the wax to get hard. Once hard, the cloth strip is quickly pulled off. This method of hair removal usually stings (when the cloth is pulled off). Waxing is different than other hair removal methods because the hair is removed from the root so it doesn’t grow back as quickly. If you decide to remove your pubic hair using the wax method, it’s best to have it done at a salon or spa that offers waxing as a regular part of their services. If the wax is too hot, you could burn your skin. Never shave before waxing.

Laser hair removal: Laser hair removal is a procedure that uses a strong beam of light that penetrates the skin to destroy the hair follicle. The hair eventually falls out. Protective eye wear must be worn during the treatments. Results can vary from person to person and some people may notice temporary redness and swelling after the treatment. The procedure itself varies in length depending on how much hair is removed, and you must wear protective eyewear throughout the treatment. Laser hair removal can be pricey and take 6 or more sessions. Sometimes it may not work. If you choose this method of hair removal, first schedule a consultation with a health care provider who is board certified in dermatology or cosmetic surgery and who has experience with performing laser hair removal. Make sure the salon is clean and a copy of the provider’s certification is on display.

Electrolysis: Electrolysis is the only hair removal method that permanently removes the hair. A needle shaped electrode is used to destroy the hair root. Treatments are usually once a week or every other week for about a year to completely remove all the hair roots. Each session can last 15-60 minutes and the cost can vary depending on the location and other factors. If you are thinking about electrolysis, ask for a free consultation and get all your questions answered. Look for a clean salon that employs board certified technicians.

Safety Guidelines when Shaving Pubic Hair:

  1. Use a hand mirror so you can see the area you want to shave.
  2. Trim as much hair as possible before you begin shaving – DON’T use a dull pair of scissors.
  3. Soak in the tub for at least 5 minutes to soften the skin and pubic hair before you shave.
  4. Apply shaving cream or gel with aloe vera or another soothing agent (made for women) over all the areas you plan to shave. Reapply as needed.
  5. Use a new/sharp razor or “bikini” razor – DON’T use a dull blade. Try a razor with a built-in moisturizing strip.
  6. Hold the skin tight with one hand and shave with the other hand. Avoid using too much pressure.
  7. Shave in the direction that the hair grows, using slow strokes.
  8. Rinse your skin with warm water after you are done shaving and then pat dry.
  9. Apply baby oil or lotion with aloe vera to the shaved area when you’re done. Avoid scented products because they may sting your skin.

Possible risks from removing pubic hair include:

  • Razor burn (rash)
  • Chemical burn from over-the-counter cream hair removers (depilatories)
  • Redness
  • Cuts, pimples and/or blisters
  • Itching
  • Infection in the hair root – the medical term for this is “folliculitis”. Shaving is a common cause.

Before you decide to remove your pubic hair, you’ll need to think about whether it’s worth the time and expense.

If you develop a rash, red bumps, or itching on your pubic area (vulva), there are remedies you can try at home. Symptoms usually go away within a couple of weeks. If bumps don’t go away in a week, see your primary care provider.

Most of the time you can relieve discomfort by doing the following:

  • Soak in a warm tub or take a shower and let the warm water spray your pubic area
  • Pat the skin (don’t rub) with a soft towel or dry with a hair dryer on the low or cool setting
  • Apply a fragrance-free lotion
  • Stop shaving for a while

Blisters/Pimples:

Do NOT squeeze! Soaking in warm bath usually helps. If it doesn’t improve, see your health care provider.

Itching:

Your health care provider may have you use an over-the-counter topical medicine such as hydrocortisone cream.

Folliculitis (Infection in the hair root):

  • Soak in a warm bath, pat dry, and apply a thin layer of a topical over-the-counter antibiotic such as Bacitracin®.
  • Stop shaving.
  • Call your health care provider if you do not have any relief within a couple of days or the bumps are getting bigger or your skin is red.

Severe Rash, Fever, Bleeding, Discharge or Pus:

Stop shaving and call your health care provider right away.

Removing pubic hair may seem to be trendy, but that doesn’t mean you have to do it. However, if you do decide to remove your pubic hair, be sure it’s your decision and do it safely. If you have a chronic disease, ask your health care provider if there are special reasons why you shouldn’t shave your pubic hair. Call your health care provider if you develop folliculitis or symptoms of infection.

Can Epilators Be Used to Remove Pubic Hair?

Is Pubic Hair Removal by Epilator Safe?

Yes, pubic hair removal with epilator is generally safe for most people. Those with sensitive skin, especially, may find that an epilator doesn’t irritate the skin as much as other methods of hair removal, like shaving or waxing.

However, the pubic region is a sensitive area to begin with. Epilators aren’t the most painless method for hair removal, so it’s possible that you experience more pain when you use one on your pubic area.

On the plus side, an epilator can keep your pubic hair away for longer than other methods, like shaving or waxing, and may even cause it to grow back thinner so it’s not as difficult to remove later.

It’s important to note, though, that pubic hair grows for a reason: to protect the genitalia from bacteria, infection, and potentially some sexually transmitted diseases.

This is just something to consider before you go ahead with hair removal. But if you’re going to do it, then using an epilator can be a safe way when you take the proper steps to ensure the safety of your skin.

Common Risks Involved with Pubic Hair Removal by Epilator

If you’re concerned that epilator pubic hair removal will be painful, then you have a valid concern. There are a few risks involved with epilating the pubic area, but these risks can also be associated with other methods of pubic hair removal.

Pain

Possibly the most common side effect of using an epilator to remove pubic hair is pain. Epilators contain several small tweezer-like tools that grasp and pull hair from underneath the surface.

On a sensitive area like the pubic area, the pain can feel more intense than it would on other areas of the body where your skin is a bit thicker, like your legs.

It’s also common to feel some pain after you’ve finished using the epilator as the hair follicles close and your skin heals.

Redness

Many people experience some redness after pubic hair removal by epilator. Those with sensitive skin, especially, may experience redness and a stinging sensation after using an epilator.

The redness is caused by irritation of the skin, much like you’d experience from shaving. Like razor burn from a razor, the redness from an epilator may leave your skin feeling hot or itchy.

If you do experience redness after using your epilator, you can apply a cold compress to the area to soothe the skin and relieve heat and itching.

Rash

You might see a rash start to form several minutes to a few hours after you use an epilator on your pubic area. This is also a common symptom, but it’s something you’ll need to keep an eye on to make sure it doesn’t get worse.

A mild rash is caused by skin irritation after epilation. You might see some redness and tiny red or pink bumps.

If the bumps become larger, painful, or severely itchy, then you should consult your doctor. A rash should start to look better after a few hours.

Other Options for Pubic Hair Removal

Although epilation works well for most people to remove pubic hair when using the right method and a safe epilator, we thought it would be a good idea to offer some suggestions for other common pubic hair removal methods.

Waxing

Some people choose to wax the pubic region rather than shave or use an epilator. The method can be precise and keep hair away for several weeks, but it’s also quite painful, especially if you’ve never done it before.

Shaving

Shaving is, perhaps, the most common method for pubic hair removal. It’s quick to do, but it can also result in skin wounds and irritation from the razor.

After shaving, you can expect hair to grow back quickly, sometimes within a day or two.

Lasering

Lasering is a more long-term solution for pubic hair removal, although it’s not entirely permanent. The process also requires several dermatologist visits to complete and can be costly.

What’s the Best Method for Epilator Pubic Hair Removal?

If you’ve decided that using an epilator to remove your pubic hair is something you’d like to try, then we want to give you helpful information to ensure your safety during the process.

Before You Use Your Epilator

It’s always a good idea to have warm, exfoliated skin before you use an epilator to prevent ingrown hairs and irritation. Use your epilator after a bath or shower and use an exfoliating scrub during your shower to open pores and stimulate the hair follicles, allowing for more natural hair removal.

You may also want to use your epilator on a small patch of skin on your pubic area first, just to see how your skin reacts to it before epilating the whole area.

Using the Epilator

Any time you use an epilator, you should wait until your hair is long enough for your epilator to grab. Check the instructions for your epilator to find out how long the manufacturer recommends your hair to be before you begin.

When using an epilator on your pubic area, the most important thing to remember is to go slowly. You’ll want to carefully glide the epilator along the contours of your body without adding excess pressure to the epilator.

Go against the direction your hairs grow for best results. This helps your epilator grab even the shortest hairs.

After Removing Hair

After using your epilator, you should wait a few minutes before applying a soothing oil, like aloe vera or avocado, to the area. Steer clear of any lotions with perfumes and chemicals, which may irritate your skin.

What’s the Best Epilator for Pubic Hair Removal?

The best epilator for pubic hair removal is one that allows you to reach hard-to-reach areas and can grasp the smallest hairs so that you don’t need to wait a while between hair removal sessions.

Some epilators come in kits with other helpful tools and accessories, like a bikini trimmer and exfoliating head. These kits can save you money over purchasing separate tools to keep your pubic hair maintained.

In our opinion, when using an epilator for pubic hair, our top pick is the Emoji Soft Caress due to its small size and that its designed specifically for removing pubic hair.

Conclusion: Pubic Hair Removal with Epilator

Using an epilator to remove pubic hair is safe when you take the right precautions and use a reliable epilator to do the job.

Epilator pubic hair removal is a method you should consider if you want to keep your hair removed for longer and your skin doesn’t react well to shaving or waxing. Using an epilator might cause irritation for some, but if you remember to warm and exfoliate your skin before epilating, you can possibly prevent some pain and irritation.

We hope you find the best epilator for pubic hair for you.

Only the bravest of souls willingly choose to go for a Brazilian wax. It’s not exactly a *fun* time, but afterwards, you’re ready for bikini season for weeks on end. Whether it’s your first time (though, we’d recommend starting off with a regular bikini wax before graduating to the Brazilian) or you’ve been waxing for years, knowing how to make the process less painful is always a plus.

Below are 12 tips for making a Brazilian wax much, much more bearable.

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Sure, there are few things in this world we’d skip caffeine for, and a Brazilian wax is one of them. The stimulants in coffee can make your skin extra-sensitive, so switch to decaf for the morning and drink a cup after your wax instead.

Exfoliate Before

Although the goal of waxing is to remove hair, the process also exfoliates your skin. Use a body scrub about two days beforehand so that there isn’t any extra dry, dead skin hanging around that can make it harder for the wax to grab hairs.

Invest in Numbing Cream

Do not—we repeat, do not—use ice to numb the area before waxing, because it will tighten and close up your pores, making the waxing much more difficult. Instead, use a numbing cream about 30 minutes before your appointment to help dull the pain.

Go Right After Your Time of the Month

Your pain threshold is higher just after your period ends, so plan your appointment for a few days after your time of the month.

MORE: You Can Now Track Your Period Using Fitbit

Fourty-five minutes prior to your appointment, take two aspirin and drink a glass of water. That way, by the time you’re getting waxed, you’ll be fully prepped.

Soak in a Warm Bath First

If you have the time, soak in a warm bath for about 20 minutes before the appointment to open up your pores and soften the hair, which will make the waxing easier.

Breathe

This is quite possibly the hardest thing to do, because your natural reaction will be to hold your breath and tense up when your body knows there’s going to be pain. Instead, make a conscious effort to breathe deeply, exhaling a long breath when the wax strip is being pulled.

Make Sure the Hair is the Right Length

Too short and the wax won’t be able to pull the hair, but too long means it will need to be trimmed first. As best you can, make sure the hair is about 1/4 inch long before your wax. If, for some reason, the waxer does not trim the hair, the waxing can be even more painful, so be sure to ask.

Wear Loose Clothing Afterward

For about a day or two after the wax, wear cotton underwear and loose pants or skirts so that the area can breathe and not be irritated by fabrics.

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At least three weeks prior to waxing, stop shaving, which can make the hair more resistant to wax.

Don’t Wax If You Have a Sunburn

Sunburn is enough of an irritation to the skin to begin with, so avoid getting a wax if your skin feels at all burned.

Turn and Cough

The same way that breathing and releasing helps, turning your head to the side and coughing just as the wax strip is about to be removed will distract you from the pain. To feel a bit more comfortable with this, you can tell your esthetician you plan on doing so, so they’re not caught off guard.

12 Tips to Make a Brazilian Wax Way Less Painful | @stylecaster

A version of this article was originally published in May 2015.

Yes it’s that time of the year again, summer time. You’re overjoyed at the thought of bringing out your cute summer dresses, hitting the beach, wearing that trendy new bikini, but oh wait, a slight problem… The winter months had sort of created a dense forest down there. Your pubes were out there for everyone to see, poking out from the adorable swimsuit, making it not so ‘adorable’.

Yeah embarrassing thought, isn’t it? That’s why you rush to get a bikini/Brazilian wax as soon as winter passes. And if your boyfriend is lucky, you might even do it before a date night, if you feel that frisky. But the thought of having someone rip the hair out of your vagina, is terrifying! You avoid it for as long as humanly possible. Everything about it, sends shivers down your spine, from the wait at the salon, to the hot wax on your sensitive area, and then the final act of ripping out hair.

There’s nothing that can make a bikini wax ouch-less, face it, they’re literally pulling hair out of your hoo-haa, and that’s got to hurt. But we’ve got a few tips, to make it just a little more bearable than usual. We tend to distract ourselves with our phone, or a book, but even you know how non-distracting either of those are. So why don’t you try these hacks, the next time you prepare yourself for a Brazilian.

1. Pop a Painkiller 30 Minutes Before Your Appointment

Any over-the-counter pain killer would work, at the end of it, you just need something, to stop experiencing the pain and dread of a bikini wax. Or in this case, make it slightly less painful. Bonus, painkillers also have anti-inflammatory components too! Take it 30-45 before your appointment is due.

2. Don’t Get Your Hoo-Haa Waxed, Just Before Your Period is Due

Your pain threshold is at it’s lowest before your period, and you’re wayyy too sensitive, from about five days before, through the end of your period. Yeah PMS happens. Avoid any or all kinds of waxing during this time, if possible. In fact, getting it right after your period is safer, because a woman’s pain tolerance is highest then. And don’t even think about getting a Brazilian, during your period. Do we even need to tell you how that’ll end up?

3. Avoid Working Out or Wearing Tight Clothes Soon After

Nothing kills the buzz of a hairless, and smooth vagina, like pimples on it! Well, that’s what’s going to happen if you workout within 48 hours of a waxing session. Just save your summer body goals for another day.

Plus, wearing tight clothes and leggings can actually give you a sh*t tons of ingrown hair. Give it a chance to breath, it’s only just emerged out of your dense forest. Wear cotton underwear, and loose pants or skirts for a while, at least you’ll be comfortable.

4. Schedule Your Appointment Between 3-5 pm

Not many know this, but your pain threshold is actually highest during these hours. Not sure how it works, but hey, if it hurts less, then why complain? Something that would make you yelp come 5:30pm, would only make you wince during 3-5pm.

5. Take a Yoga Class Right Before a Bikini Wax

This is quite an absurd, and unheard one. But there are weirder new beauty revelations everyday, so just go with the flow. You need to be quite flexible, in order for your waxing session to go smoothly, so you know, the therapist can get into every nook and cranny. Taking a yoga class before a Brazilian, will help you get just a little more limber. It makes sense doesn’t it, the process goes faster, and you won’t be in pain for all that long, win win!

6. Let The Wax Cool Down Before Putting in Anywhere Near Your Private Areas

Who’s insane enough to put boiling hot wax on your privates, in the first place?! Obvious point, but you need to remember it. We aren’t telling you to put cold wax on your vagina, because that would never work. But a little cooler than normal, is always better when you’re dealing with sensitive areas. What’s warm on your hand, is actually hot down there, you don’t want to rip your skin off, do you?

7. Skip Coffee

Did you hear that? A thousand Starbuck’s lovers heart, shattering to pieces? Don’t be so dramatic, it’s only before your waxing session. You can still have your daily dose of coffee. The stimulants in coffee can make your skin even more sensitive. Switch to decaf, if you really crave coffee, on the day of your appointment.

8. Exfoliate Exfoliate Exfoliate!

Oh did we mention, exfoliate?! There are several claims that you shouldn’t exfoliate after a waxing session, so we’re going to tell you to exfoliate before.

It will get rid of the first layer of dead skin, that’s probably trapping your hair down. It’s easier to pull the hair, right from the root, and on the first try, if you allow it to come to the surface first. Use a body scrub, two days before your appointment, for a quick and smooth waxing session.

We hope these tips make your experience, a little less sufferable. Happy waxing, ladies.

How to Alleviate Pain from Brazilian Bikini Waxing

Whether you regularly get Brazilian bikini waxing or you’re a complete waxing virgin, there’s no doubt that it’s painful. After all, you’re having your hair ripped straight from a rather sensitive area.

While there’s no way to make waxing completely pain-free, there are a few great ways to make it less painful. Read on to learn how you can make your Brazilian Bikini waxing less painful.

Top Tips for Reducing Brazilian Bikini Waxing Pain

If you’re sick of painful, bumpy skin and razor burn after shaving, it’s time to embrace Brazilian Bikini Waxing.

There are many myths about waxing, including the myth that it’s super-painful. But there are some ways you can reduce this pain and enjoy all the benefits associated with waxing.

Here are some ways you can alleviate the pain from Brazilian bikini waxing.

Drink Wisely

When you drink lots of water, your skin is much more moisturized and plump. That makes it easier to remove hair, and your waxing will be less painful.

While you may assume that having an alcoholic drink will help reduce pain, this is a misconception. Drinking alcohol will tighten up your pores. When your pores are open, waxing is less painful as the hair follicle can easily be removed from your pore. When your pores are tight, it grabs onto your hair. Ouch.

Believe it or not, but you should also skip the caffeine. Coffee contains stimulants which make your skin more sensitive. Choose decaf before you wax and treat yourself to a coffee once you’re finished waxing.

Exfoliate

A few days before you wax, begin using an exfoliating mitt or scrub. This removes dead skin, making it less painful when you’re waxing. Exfoliating also makes it much easier for the wax to reach your shorter hairs the first time around- meaning you won’t need to wax the same part twice.

Exfoliating also reduces the chances of ingrown hairs and keeps you nice and smooth down there.

Take Asprin

If you’re the type who gets a little nervous before waxing, take a couple of Asprin an hour before you plan to wax. By the time you’re ready to wax, the Asprin will take the edge off most of your pain.

Check the Length

If your hair is too short, the wax won’t be able to grab it. But if it’s too long, you’ll want to trim it first since this can make it more painful. Aim for 1/4 of an inch long, and give it a trim if it’s any longer.

Distract Yourself

When you’re focused on pain, you tend to feel it more. Instead of treating your waxing like medicine that you need to take, find some ways to make it fun. Maybe you can play your favorite playlist. Or perhaps you have a podcast you love. You may even want to learn some makeup tricks from your favorite beauty blogger.

Grab your laptop or smartphone, and distract yourself with some Netflix, music, YouTube, or whatever helps.

Schedule Wisely

If you’re planning to wax, make sure you schedule it in at the right time. Waxing right before your period is not a good idea. This is because you’re much more sensitive (and maybe even PMSing).

Plan your Brazilian bikini waxing for just after your period. This is when your pain threshold is at its highest, so plan for a few days after your cycle has finished.

Be Regular

Did you know that waxing regularly can mean your hair will grow back thinner? If you make sure you’re regular with your waxing and avoid shaving, you’ll find that each wax is slightly less painful then before.

Work on Your Technique

While waxing at home, you’ll need to ensure that you have the correct waxing technique to alleviate any pain.

It is best if you have a large mirror in front of you to ensure that you are applying the wax on the correct areas. When waxing the bikini, it is best to wax no more than a 2-inch area at a time. Be sure to pay attention to the direction of hair growth, as the wax must be applied in the same direction the hair grows. When you are ready to pull off the wax, it must be done in the opposite direction as hair growth.

You’ve spread the wax on your skin, and you know you have to find the courage to pull it off. Remember, failing to pull quickly enough will mean you’ll leave wax on your skin and you probably won’t get all of your hair the first time.

Holding your breath will cause you to tense, which increases the amount of pain you’ll feel.

Instead, take a deep breath, count to three, and then breathe out as you pull off the wax.

Choose the Right Wax

The type of wax you choose will have a huge impact on how much pain you feel when Brazilian bikini waxing. Hard wax is ideal for this area, as you can simply heat it to the correct temperature yourself, apply it with a spatula, and then zip it off- without needing any additional strips. Hard wax is also the least painful option, particularly if you have short, coarse hairs.

As you can see, there are plenty of ways that you can reduce the pain associated with Brazilian bikini waxing. What are your favorite tips? Get in touch and let us know or check out our waxing products for an (almost) pain-free wax.

If you’re new to waxing, we’d recommend going to a professional for your first time. We quizzed the brilliant therapists at Benefit for waxing tips and what to expect at your first appointment…

What prep should you do before getting a wax?

‘Nothing! No hair removal or trimming. We’ll take care of that for you. Just wear some comfortable underwear to put back on after the service for ultimate comfort.

‘We’ll provide you with body wipes and a body fragrance too so you can freshen up before your service starts.’

What is the most popular bikini wax?

‘Hollywood wax is the most requested wax of the four Intimate Services we offer. This popular wax removes all of the hair in the intimate area from front to back! But don’t worry everyone’s modesty is kept and protected with our disposable underwear.

‘If removing all of the hair isn’t your cup of tea then choose from any of the other Intimate Waxing Services we offer; Bikini, G-String or Brazilian.’

How much will a bikini wax hurt?

‘The more you wax the less painful the experience. The first wax isn’t everyone’s favourite, but once you’ve done it, it’s totally worth it and it’ll gets much easier. Waxing is a form of semi-permanent hair removal that removes the hair from the root meaning each removal weakens the hair growth cycle.

‘Plus, at Benefit we recommend a Hot Wax rather than Strip Wax. Hot Wax coats the hairs being removed and doesn’t stick to the skin, meaning the removal is a lot softer and kinder on the skin and therefore less painful.’

How far in advance of a holiday should you get a wax?

‘A lot of people wax only a few days before going on their holiday, but if you’re not a regular waxer, then this can mean the hairs grow back quicker and that’s not something you want when you’re in your best bikini.

‘We recommend seeing you for at least three Waxing Services before your holiday to ensure all of the hairs are growing at the same stage and removed at the best time. Depending on the speed of the hair growth, we’d suggest 3 months prior to your holiday.’

How often should you get a wax?

‘When you become a regular waxer, you can be hair free for 2-3 weeks on average. Then you need at least ½ cm in length for us to give you a Super Smooth Finish. If the hair is too long, the hair will detach itself form the root and another hair will start growing, so the results won’t last as long.

‘Your Benefit Body Expert will be able to book your monthly follow up appointments to give you the best results for longer.’

What to avoid when getting a bikini wax

‘Don’t shave. I know it may sound like a given, but don’t feel like you need to tame any hairs, we’ll take care of everything for you. Don’t think you’ll need to strip down to nothing and sit on all fours either… At Benefit we want you to have the best experience possible, so your modesty is our priority.

‘You may find you are more heat and pain sensitive when it’s that certain time of the month, so we’d recommend for your comfort to book in when you’re back to feeling your normal self. If you’re headed for the sun/sunbed after your wax, give at least 24-48 hours. Heat on heat can cause redness and the skin to feel sore and can even burn.’

Anything else important we should know?

‘The first trimester of pregnancy is a no-no. At this time, you’re hyper sensitive and lots of hormonal changes are taking place! Get through those key 12 weeks and let’s get you booked straight in after.’

Waxing isn’t for the faint of heart. Perhaps you’ve already “saddled up” and spread your legs on the esthetician’s table, only to be met with searing pain and bad results. Or, maybe you fall into another large category of women who just don’t want to put boiling wax anywhere near that region.

As a once-licensed esthetician with more than four years of hands-on vagina experience, I’m here to tell you that waxing isn’t for everyone. If you’ve tried it and hated it, there are still countless other ways to maintain your lady garden. If you’re too scared to rip off the Band-Aid, or rather, the hot wax strip, no one’s going to judge.

Try another hair removal option to trim the hedges without (too much) imminent pain:

1. Clippers

Pubic hair trimmers are inexpensive and easy for beginners. Clippers are your best bet if you want to minimize hair without too much weeding.

More: Thank this woman later for her cautionary tale on bikini waxing

2. Depilatories

Over-the-counter hair removal creams can work… at your own risk. Make sure to test a small patch of hair first to check for a reaction. Never, ever use on highly sensitive skin.

3. Epilady

The Epilady has been going strong since 1986. Epilady explains, “Each machine on the market has tweezers that close at different points as the head spins.” This tweezer action is used to epilate, or pull hair out by the root. Newer models are much preferred to waxing and shaving and a far better choice than the former 1980s “medieval torture device,” according to one customer. (Amazon, $90)

4. Home electrolysis

Home electrolysis devices are enticing — they advertise “permanent and painless” results. But before you invest a major chunk of change, read customer reviews first. No matter what a product claims, total hair removal often requires multiple electrolysis treatments. (Amazon, $100)

More: 10 Things you esthetician to know before your bikini wax

5. Laser hair removal

As a former laser hair removal technician, this option is my favorite by far. Just be warned that laser on the bikini area may be equally as painful as waxing and takes multiple sessions (an estimated 8-12) to see results. But there are a few big bonuses — laser is permanent and less likely to cause a reaction, compared to hot wax.

6. Natural hair dissolving products

Hair dissolving products made with natural ingredients are always worth a shot, especially if your bikini area is chemical-sensitive. Look for a product with calming ingredients like chamomile, tea tree oil and cane sugar. Typically, a product is heated and applied similar to wax with less potential for pain, though coarse hair may not respond well to natural treatments.

7. Sugaring

Sugaring is a delightful Middle Eastern-based waxing alternative that uses natural sugar paste to remove hair from the root — making it perfect for the ultra-sensitive bikini area. For a first timer, see an esthetician or another trained professional instead of trying a messy DIY kit at home.

More: Dear men: Here’s what we think about your hair

8. Shaving

Shaving has been and always will be a popular pubic hair removal option because it’s so darn easy. Make sure to go into battle prepared — armed with a sharp razor, shaving cream and aftercare aloe vera gel to prevent the dreaded razor burn.

Waxing is pretty much the worst thing ever. Come to think of it, there doesn’t really seem to be a good way to remove hair from your body. Available options are either painful or expensive or ineffective. Not to mention the fact that all of them require some level of skill to pull off without messing it up. In 2017, you would expect science to have solved the problem of unwanted hair, making the whole mess easy and cheap for those of us who want to remove it. Well, ladies and gentleman, science has answered our pleas. Meet hard wax beans. You’re welcome.

Try waxing at home for once, and see how much better your waxing experience is 💁 visit www.princessbeautystore.com to get yours!

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These little beauties may look like lentils or fish pebbles, but they are oh so much more. These are a painless way to wax any part of your body. If that sounds too good to be true, allow us to explain.

Heat the desired amount (depending on what you’re waxing) in a regular wax heater until the goo is spreadable. Then spread it over the area you want to be hairless. After it’s cooled, pull the strip off in one swift motion against the grain of your hair. Yeah, that’s right, no fabric strips required, just yank it right off. You can apply one edge a little thicker to give yourself a pull-tab though. It may sound painful (the idea of waxing just does), but the key is tearing it off fast. This is one instance where ‘tear it off like a band-aid’ actually means it won’t hurt.

These beautiful beans come in eight different colours and scents (yum!) and go for less than $20 on Amazon. So you don’t even have to break the bank to get your hands on these magical miracle beans. Plus, your bathroom will smell like a spa every time you wax your legs. So much better than that acidic/cream smell of Nair.

The Buzzfeed ladies confirm that hard wax beads are the most painless option they’ve ever tried (although one of them experienced a small amount of pain). And it’s completely effective! No one was disappointed by how much hair came off and it looked like the wax got almost everything. Although that’s one of those things that might reveal itself once you do your whole leg.

The only downside seems to be that it could be pretty time-consuming. That’s something we expect from waxing though and at least there isn’t the added step of peeling strips.

So how impressed are we with science right now? Finally, a painless way to remove hair that doesn’t cost a fortune! Maybe stopping global warming is next?

Say BYE to painful expensive waxing and say HELLO to pain free waxing at HOME! Visit www.princessbeautystore.com and get yours while they are on sale!

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