Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Smooth moves

Hairiness seems to be the new enemy. Especially as beach time looms, women, especially, think about waxing.

Salon waxing is spendy, so many women do it at home. Jessica K. Krant, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at SUNY, says never wax sunburned or very sensitive skin. Also--do not wax if you have taken isotretinoin in the last six months.

As for the "bikini area," to put it delicately, that is the epitome of sensitive skin, so maybe a salon wax is better there.

If you do opt for home:

--Be sure you hair is 1/4 to 3/4 of an inch long or less. If it's longer, cut it to that length to make it less painful to pull out.

--Avoid retinoid creams (even over the counter ones) 2-5 days before waxing your face--or you may peel off skin.

--To cut the pain, take ibuprofen or apply cold packs to the skin 30 minutes before.

--Wash the area first and dry it.

--Warm the wax. Follow all package directions and check the temp on the inside of your wrist.

--Apply the wax in a small section--spread it in the direction of the hair.

--Then apply the cloth strip. Leave it on 2-3 seconds.

--Then, hold your skin taut with one hand and pull off the cloth in the opposite direction of hair growth.

--Soothe the skin afterward with cold packs. Avoid hot showers right away and apply oil-free or non-comedogenic moisturizer.

If you are still red, swollen or sore after two days, check with your dermie.

I am not very hairy--I am just passing this along.

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