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.

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!