Body Waxing: A Longer Lasting Alternative to Shaving

Body waxing is the most popular form of body hair removal because it is inexpensive, lasts longer than shaving, and can be done at home. Wax is spread over your skin and then a cloth strip is pressed on top of the wax. After the cloth strip is pressed into place and the wax is hardened; it is then ripped off quickly. The hair should come off when the strip is removed.

The wax can be hot or cold. The hot wax traps the hair in the wax when it cools. The cold wax is on pre-coated strips and the hair sticks to these strips as it is removed quickly.

Body waxing removes dead skin cells also along with the hair. Sometimes skin will be red and irritated. Use a soothing cream, and you will be fine in a couple of hours. Your skin will be softer than ever directly after waxing.

Body waxing is not recommended for skin affected with acne, moles, rashes, warts or sunburns. Do not use wax on peeling skin or varicose veins. Do not use on the nipples if removing hair from the breast. Waxing is not recommended for male genitals, or inside the ears and nose.

Hair should be at least 1/4 inch long before you get a waxing. Waxing lasts for, most people, about 3 to 8 weeks. Once you see re-growth, it will be finer than before. To relieve the pain or swelling after waxing, use ice on the area just waxed. Waxing after that time of month for a woman can help make the process less painful.

You can purchase waxing kits at drugstores or grocery stores. If you can’t do the waxing at home, contact a local salon to check out their facilities. It may be a good idea to get the first waxing at a salon and just have them test a small area to make sure you aren’t allergic to the wax.

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