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THE 5 best ways to prepare your skin for waxing

THE 5 best ways to prepare your skin for waxing

Waxing is a popular option for keeping your skin smooth and hairless for weeks, but it isn't a spur-of-the-moment decision. Whether you're waxing a smaller area like your eyebrows and upper lip or you’re getting a larger expanse such as your legs, back or chest waxed, your skin needs some prep to minimize your discomfort and help you achieve the best results. To make sure you're ready for your next waxing appointment or are planning waxing at home, here is the best way to prepare.

CHECK YOURSELF

No matter where you're waxing, check the skin before you wax. Broken skin or inflammation needs to heal before you're ready to wax. If you have moles or beauty marks, point them out to the aesthetician so they can be protected during the waxing process.

LET IT GROW...BUT NOT TOO LONG

Keep hair long enough for the wax to grip it. When the hair is too short, the wax can't pick it up well enough to remove it; when it's too long, it prevents wax from adhering and causes more pain. Two to three weeks of growth, or about an eighth to a quarter of an inch, is ideal for leg, underarm and bikini hair.

LIGHT EXFOLIATION

Gently exfoliate your skin a day or two before waxing, but skip harsh scrubs the day of your waxing appointment. Exfoliation helps wax grab hair and not skin, but it can also leave skin more sensitive to pain, so lighter is better. A rough wash cloth is perfect for gentle exfoliation, but don't scrub too hard.

MOISTURIZE UNTIL THE DAY OF

Moisturize well on the days leading up to your appointment. Healthy, well-moisturized skin allows the wax to release more easily. Too much moisturizer could coat the hair and interfere with the wax's grip, so avoid moisturizing on the day of your waxing session.

THE BIKINI AREA

Whether you prefer a Liposoluble Creme Wax or Peelable Wax, keep skin in the bikini area scrupulously clean. Waxing can leave skin vulnerable to infection, and areas of the body that are normally warm and damp are more prone to bacterial growth.