Tips For At-Home Waxing
Soon we can go into winter hibernation mode where we wear long pants everyday and forego any hair removal for weeks (or months) at a time. Until then, it is still summer which mean skin-showing fashion and beach days. When daily shaving becomes tedious but laser hair removal is not a financial reality, the best thing to turn to is waxing. Waxing gives you long-lasting results compared to shaving, and you can save extra money by doing it right at home. Glamour talked to Cindy Barshop of Real Housewives fame and prior spa owner about her new at-home waxing products. Barshop laid out some helpful dos and don’ts of waxing at home.
Check out these tips next time you are reaching for the hot wax:
• Grow out your hair beforehand so your waxing effort isn’t fruitless. Avoid shaving your legs for at least three weeks beforehand for the best results, which may mean wearing pants at the beach for a week or so…
• Be sure to exfoliate the area that you are waxing prior to the painful experience. This will give you the best and smoothest results. Barshop suggests exfoliating the day before as well as the day of the wax.
• Avoid waxing right before you hit the beach. This is also a good thing to remember about shaving as well. Wax a few days before you want to show off your smooth legs so you have time to treat any irritation or bumps.
• Barshop suggests using a hair inhibitor between waxes. This will prolong your smooth, hairless skin. I’ll agree to anything that means I can hold off on waxing a little longer.
• Avoid waxing all together if you are on Accutane. This goes for any part of the body because though the medication is working on your face (yes, that means NO brow waxing), it works to thin out skin all over the body. You will be more susceptible to irritation and scarring. It is best to avoid waxing even six to twelve months after you finish the medication.
• Be sure to test the heat of the wax before slathering it all over. Drop a tiny bit on your wrist to make sure the wax won’t burn your entire leg.