It’s almost beach season, which means if you’ve been neglecting your bikini line all winter it’s time to get that thing in check. Timing is everything when it comes to bikini line maintenance, so we spoke to Cynthia Chua, the owner of Strip Ministry of Waxing, to get some guidance about when, where, and how to keep things nice and tidy.
How soon before hitting the beach or pool do you recommend waxing and why? Do wax two to three days in advance, especially if you are new to waxing, as people with very sensitive skin might incur slight redness or blotchiness. It will calm down in a day or so. Waxing removes hair from the root, which keeps your skin hair-free for around 2-3 weeks. How should you take care of the area after you get a wax? For the 24 hours after your wax treatment, STRIP recommends the following: -No hot baths -No swimming or sunbathing -No heat or UV treatments like sunbeds or saunas -No tight clothing -No perfumed products including deodorant, anti-perspirant, self-tanner, or makeup -No touching, scrubbing, or rubbing the area -No intense exercise
What do you recommend for that time when the hair is too short to wax but is obviously there and you still want to wear a swimsuit? Strip’s specially formulated Strip Berry Chocolate wax is able to remove hair as short as 1mm. Though if your hair is shorter than 1mm, then you would have no other alternatives but to shave, which we don’t recommend.
Shaving (causes) a rapid (around 2-5 days) resurfacing of hair and results in unsightly, coarse stubble. Shaving commonly results in ingrown hair, bumps, cut and other skin irritations. Also, each time you shave, the hair appears to grow back darker since shaving cuts the hair at a blunt angle, resulting in a coarse re-growth.
If you do have to opt for shaving, ensure that the razor is sharp and make sure you exfoliate before shaving to remove the dead skin. We also recommend using a good quality shaving cream such as Malin & Goetz Vitamin E Shaving Cream ($22). It contains vitamin E and amino acid proteins to effectively prepare and pH balance all skin types for a smooth, non-irritating shave.
Any tips for at-home waxing? If you really can’t go to a professional salon for a wax, using wax strips at home is the next alternative. Here are a few tips for using wax at home: • Choose a good quality wax. Hot wax is usually preferred to cold wax as it is more comfortable. • Do wax in a comfortably warm room and avoid very chilly environments. The cold tightens the pores, which causes more difficulties and discomfort when removing the hair from the hair follicles. You can also opt to have a warm (not hot) shower to open up pores before waxing. • Pull the skin taut as you wax to reduce pain. And wax against the direction of hair growth. • Avoid the sun bed or tanning 2-3 days prior to waxing. Ensure that your skin is always kept moisturized and supple prior to waxing as dry skin can tear and cause discomfort. So, make it a habit to ensure you scrub and moisturize regularly. Having said that, I strongly advise that all waxing is done at a professional waxing salon with skilled therapists since it is such a delicate process that is best left to trained professionals. Never attempt to wax your Brazilian area at home as there are numerous folds in the area. (Ed note: This hurts us just to think about it.) Bad wax may cause minor burns, skin discomfort, discoloration and ingrown hair.
So there you have it. Throw on your numbing panties, get yourself a wax, and enjoy the summer.