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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

How To Perfect Your Bikini Line

With summer just around the corner, its time to begin to think about that swimsuit you have tucked away in your closet. In addition to hitting the gym and lathering up the SPF, your bikini line becomes a major factor in the perfect beach bod. Shaving and plucking can fix any immediate hair removal need, but waxing is the easiest and most efficient way to achieve the perfect bikini line. Here are some amazing tips and information on how to guarantee your bikini line will look great all summer long.

Make Sure to Exfoliate:

You should exfoliate regularly between treatments while your hair is growing out. However, you should not exfoliate right before and definitely not right after treatment.  In fact, we recommend waiting approximately one week after your treatment before using any exfoliating treatments.  This will help prevent any burning, scabbing or pain in general! Additionally, because skin is thinner and more sensitive after waxing, you should also avoid hot baths or hot tubs for 24 hours after your wax; the hot water can further irritate sensitive skin.

Post-Treatment:

After waxing, you can also apply a moisturizer with soothing, anti-inflammatory ingredients such as aloe, licorice extract or green tea, to combat any redness.  1% hydrocortisone cream also works wonders to relieve post-wax skin irritation.   Make sure that the fragrance does not have any drying ingredients (such as alcohol), which can further irritate skin.

Types of Bikini Waxes:

Many spas have different definitions of types of bikini waxing. During you appointment, be sure to be clear about what you want, but most bikini waxes can be divided into the following four types:

·      Traditional Bikini Wax: Hair is removed from outside the panty line, usually up to 1.5 inches or more.

·      Brazilian Bikini Wax:  Above the vaginal area, a strip of hair is left, up to approximately two inches wide.  Hair is removed from behind and around the buttocks area, but not from the labia.

·      Extended Brazilian Wax: Above the vaginal area, a narrow vertical strip is left.  Hair is removed from both the labia and the buttocks area.

·      Full Brazilian Bikini Wax: All hair is removed.

Allow your bikini line to avoid the sun right after hair removal ~ the skin is much more sensitive and will be prone to irritation. And make sure you're applying sunscreen every time you're soaking up the sun to keep your skin smooth, beautiful and young looking. 

Now, let the fun begin...

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