Welcome to Health in Heels with Dr. Lisa,
Spring Break is coming up in April, and that means bathing suit season is right around the corner. If you want the smoothest bikini area, you can’t beat a Brazilian wax. Especially if you are a first-timer, Brazilians can be a little scary, but they don’t have to be.
Here are a few tips before you get your wax on:
- You want the hair to be at least a quarter-inch long, which means not shaving for two to four weeks, depending on how quickly your hair grows.
- It’s going to hurt, especially if it’s your first time. Why? The bulb of a first-timer’s hair is larger than the pore it’s being pulled from. Regular waxes make the hair finer and the bulb smaller. But even if you are a regular, it’s still going to hurt. You can use an OTC Lidocaine spray [recommendation] 10 minutes before your wax to help with the pain.
- You can also take an anti-inflammatoires like Ibuprofen.
- If you are on your period, you can still get a Brazilian, but alert your waxing technician in advance and wear a tampon. Most technicians are OK with working around the string, but it may hurt more since your skin is more sensitive during your period.
- After the wax use a soothing serum with aloe vera or tea tree lotion to prevent ingrown hairs.
- And exfoliating between waxing helps.
- You should only get a Brazilian wax if you have healthy skin. Do not go to the the salon if you have a sunburn, or you have a skin condition like psoriasis or sores.
Something to think about:
If you are on accutane [other medications]- the Rx leaves skin thinner and susceptible to tearing.
Also, do not go tanning right after a Brazilian wax. The waxing removes a layer of skin vital to UV Ray Protection.
Hope this video was helpful, if you have any questions or comments, be sure to submit them in the comments below or on my Twitter or Facebook page.
Thanks for tuning in, as always, I’m Dr. Lisa reminding you to be well and be fabulous!