I used to think that if I could make it through a bikini wax appointment without kicking or laughing hysterically, that I've overcome the hardest part of this beauty routine. Well, I was wrong. The real work actually starts once you get up off the waxing table.
"The key to maintaining the bikini area is to exfoliate and don't shave in between waxing treatments," according to Arnett Mathews, an esthetician at Stark Waxing Studio in Studio City. "Your hair grows in cycles and shaving in between waxing appointments will prevent a smooth, clean wax."
Fellow Stark esthetician Amy Tice adds, “Ingrown hairs are caused by a buildup of dead skin cells. Continued exfoliation helps prevent the hair from becoming trapped underneath the skin."
So what's the correct way to do this key, yet often skipped step? "Start exfoliating two or three days after waxing with either a loofah, a rough wash cloth or something such as the Stark Dry Exfoliating Mitt. Use a gentle circular motion. You can exfoliate either in the shower, or do it dry before you hop into the shower, which works well if you have a big problem with ingrown hairs. If your skin becomes red and sensitive after exfoliating, lay off for a few days, and then exfoliate more gently.”
And while reaching for the razor may be extremely hard to resist, Mathews recommends fighting the urge as you need at least three weeks of hair growth (at least 1/4 of an inch) before your next appointment to achieve your best wax.
Now that you understand what to do after a bikini wax, click through the slideshow below for seven treatments and tools to keep things smooth "down there."
Meanwhile, check out these 10 tips for a nearly painless bikini wax.
The primrose, thyme and tea tree oil-based formula not only soothes irritated skin, it also works to clear up blemishes. espaonline.com
Slow down the hair growth process by smoothing on this magnolia, jasmine and vanilla-scented and safe moisturizer. completelybare.com
This cult classic gets the job done when it comes to reducing redness and relieving itch. Plus, it comes in a travel-friendly size. kmart.com
Waxing pros recommend this liquid solution to clients who want to stay clear of bumps and ingrown hairs. tendskin.com
Soaked in oat extract, witch hazel and lavender oil, these pads prevent post-waxing bumps and gently exfoliates with just a few swipes. sephora.com
Slough away dead skin cells and keep ingrown hairs at bay by exfoliating the bikini area with this agave fiber mitt. Trust me, it feels smoother than it sounds. starkwaxingstudio.com
The needlenose-shaped tip on these tweezers make it easier for you to remove unwanted hair post-wax. amazon.com