Having your legs waxed can leave you with silky smooth skin for a number of weeks, but if you aren't careful, you may feel a lot of discomfort. These pointers might make your session a more comfortable one.
Take Patch Test
If you're new to waxing, you should ensure that you won't have a strong allergic reaction to the wax that your salon will use. A few days before your session, visit and have wax put on a small patch of skin. Watch the area for a few days to see if it appears that you're allergic to the wax. If so, the esthetician will need to use another type of wax.
Use a Pain-Reliever
An easy thing to do that could end up helping you feel less pain after the waxing procedure is to take some over-the-counter pain-relieving medication beforehand. Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and aspirin might be just what you need to prevent the pain of waxing from being too strong. Take it in enough time so that it can start working just as your session begins.
Prep Your Skin
To make the wax more effective, it's smart to do a little work the day before. Of course, take a shower, but more importantly, scrub your legs with an exfoliating body scrub. Such a treatment will help clear away any dead skin cells and ensure that the wax handles all the hair in the area.
One thing you should not do to prepare your skin is to shave. Cutting off the hair will means that there's nothing for the wax to effectively hang on to.
Avoid Coffee or Alcohol
If you're heading over to the salon in the morning after you've had your morning coffee, that might not be the best time to get a morning coffee. Caffeine can increase your heart rate and blood circulation, which means that your skin may feel more sensitive than usual. That could result in more waxing pain.
You might go to the other end of the spectrum and try to have a glass of white wine before going into the salon, thinking it will relax you. Alcohol is another substance that could make your skin more sensitive to the wax treatment.
With these suggestions, getting your legs waxed can be a less painful event. Talk more with the salon staff about what else you can do to remain calm and comfortable during your hair removal treatment.