Though waxing is a seemingly straightforward task, finding the right professional can make all the difference in the quality of the service, as well as the result. In addition, knowing how to properly prep the skin before your appointment can help reduce irritation, ingrown hairs, and folliculitis (inflammation of the hair follicle).
Start by exfoliating daily the area to be waxed. This can be done with a sponge, washcloth, or a body brush when bathing. By simply removing dead skin cells you reduce the risk of developing ingrown hairs and overall bumpiness (although I suggest skipping this step the day of your waxing appointment to keep the skin calm). Regularly hydrating your skin with a non-scented body lotion (usually best after a shower or bath) helps to relieve some of the discomfort of waxing, which hurts more when the skin is dry. Taking two Tylenol or aspirin an hour prior to your service also helps to manage the pain.
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