It’s Still Summer! Here’s Your Guide to a Hair Free Vacation
Step 1- Decide what areas you want to have waxed: be prepared to have about a quarter inch of growth for the best results. Most of our clients choose to have either a full Brazilian or a modified bikini, brows, legs and arms before baring it all in their swim suits and sundresses. But, one thing many of us ladies forget about is that peach fuzz on the sides of our faces! During vacation, especially in the summer, you’re going to be in the sun and taking a lot of pictures. Looking back at those pictures you don’t want to see the peach fuzz you forgot on your face! That’s why here at Smooth we have a customized peach fuzz package to help you have the pictures of a lifetime.
Step 2- Figure out your timing: we recommend getting waxed two days before you will be exposing the areas to the ocean, swimming pools, saunas etc. Your hair follicle will remain open for approximately twenty-four hours after waxing leaving it at risk to bacteria that may be lurking in those waters. Also, the skin will be sensitive to sun exposure so sun bathing for the first 24-48 hours is not recommended. However, once that follicle closes you’ll be reaping the benefits of that Smooth skin!
Step 3 – Pre-wax prep: just because you’re going away doesn’t mean you have to do anything beyond what we normally ask; exfoliate and moisturize inside and out! Exfoliating removes dead skin which can hold onto the hair and make them harder to remove or even cause them to break leaving some stubble behind and we don’t want that! Keeping the skin moist with lotions or body oils and staying hydrated with water makes the skin supple and allows the hair to be removed easier and with less discomfort.
Step 4 – Post-wax skin care: grab some Finipil and apply it to waxed areas at least twice a day for 48 hours after waxing. We carry it here at Smooth Waxing Studio because it is top of the line and contains FDA approved ingredients. It will help protect the open follicle with antibacterial, moisturizing and skin soothing ingredients. It even has a depilatory to slow hair regrowth. It will be your skins new best friend! Three days post waxing restart your exfoliation routine…yes even of the hoo-ha ladies!
The ins-and-outs of an ingrown…
If you’ve ever shaved, waxed or used a depilatory cream (i.e. Nair) chances are you know all about those pesky bumps known as an ingrown. I myself at 36 years old and a nurse would still find myself with the “what the heck, not again!” feeling of confusion and frustration every time one popped up. So I decided to dig deep and no I don’t mean that the ingrown hair! I mean finding out why they happen and how to stop them.
Anytime you remove hair to below the skin’s surface, from shaving, waxing or using a depilatory cream you run the risk of developing an ingrown hair. When you shave the pressure of the blade pushes the skin down around the strand as it cuts the hair, as the blade moves past the area the skin comes back to its normal plane leaving the hair just below the surface.
When you wax, the hair follicle is completely removed leaving an empty pore. This is why waxing leaves your skin smooth for much longer. It will take weeks for that hair to regenerate and as it does it will grow in finer and be easier to remove. The longer you let hair develop the harder it is to remove hence the reason why waxing is recommended every three to five weeks.
But I digress back to the ingrown… so now from either shaving, waxing, or using a depilatory to dissolve the hair, you have hair below the skin’s surface that he will begin to grow. As it grows our hope is it will find its way back out the tiny pore. When it doesn’t that’s when problems start. So what keeps that hair from getting out of the pore? For those that shave, when the hair is cut it will be left with a sharp angle which unless the hair grows perfectly straight will get lodged in the side of the pore and begin to grow into your skin creating irritation and for some pain. You can also get ingrowns when your skin is dry as the pore is brittle and tight and the hair is not strong enough to push through to the surface.
There can also be dry skin covering the pore not allowing the hair out. In all these instances you have a hair that continues to grow underneath the skin creating a pore that fills with this hair and eventually fluid from your body trying to push the hair out. This leads to that nasty bump you can feel and see under the skin’s surface.
Stay tuned for our next blog on what’s in the bumps fluid, why you shouldn’t just pop them and of course how to stop them in the first place!