Welcome back to the blog!
Last week we discussed the different causes for itching and irritation down there. It was a topic that many women (and men) know all too well. I hope you got some value from it and have been able to incorporate some tips to limit discomfort.
Moving along, I can't believe we're already in week three! This week we're discussing the different types of hair removal techniques, shaving and waxing to name a few. I've heard from many of my customers on how much they love it and how much they hate it. Yeah, this is really a personal decision. So whether you've had a bad experience or on the fence about whether this is right for you, I hope this blog will give you clarity.
Why remove hair?
One of the significant disadvantages of pubic hair is that it tends to increase the pubic area’s temperature, especially during the hotter seasons. Over time, it can become increasingly uncomfortable for you as you feel heat and wet down there.
As pubic hair growth occurs, there is a great likelihood that bacteria is also breeding in your pubic area. While it may not cause any serious health problems for you, it can lead to unwanted odor.
Also when you sweat, pubic hair may retain some of the stenches left behind; hence, having pubic hair may lead to some smells. This can be noticed when you have cleansed but have an odor in your pubic region. With that said, removing hair from the pubic area helps rid bacteria and reduces odors significantly.
Hair removal helps you spot problems in your pubic area quickly.
Bumps, lumps, and other problems can occur around your pubic area. While these problems may not be serious, they can be uncomfortable if not taken care of immediately.
Let's learn more about waxing and shaving hair removal techniques and how each one can be beneficial.
Waxing is the process of removing unwanted hair from a part of the body by applying wax and peeling off the wax and hairs together. A person will choose waxing when they want to be completely or almost completely bald in the pubic region (sometimes they will include their buttocks).
Benefits of waxing
Waxing removes hair from the root. This allows you to enjoy the benefits of a hair-free bikini area or the entire pubic area for much longer. Many people can go four to five weeks between their appointments. Also, your hair will likely be much finer when it grows back. When you receive regular wax services, you may find that you can extend the time between your waxing appointments.
Waxing also is a fast service. It delivers maximum results with minimal discomfort. Which means you can go about your day right after you appointment.
Can waxing irritate your skin?
It can but with the right esthetician/method, irritation is just about non-existent. Therefore make sure you seek out a professional with experience. Read reviews and consult with a professional before scheduling an appointment so you know what to expect and he/she can answer all of the questions you have.
How can I prepare for a waxing service?
Let your hair grow. Wait at least two weeks before waxing but its best to get a waxing service every four weeks. Make sure to speak to your licensed professional to understand the process and expectations.
Exfoliate. On the day of your appointment, exfoliate really well in the shower to loosen up dead skin and lift trapped hairs. You can do this a few different ways by using your favorite body scrub such as the Down There Skincare® Intimate Pore Cleansing Scrub, a tablespoon of sugar added to your regular body wash or using a body glove, brush or loofah.
Pain Reliever. If you think you may experience pain with this service (especially if this is your first time), you may opt to take a pain reliever 30 minutes prior to this service. It's not uncommon to feel some discomfort after your first service but all other services should be painless.
Is there an after service care plan?
Yes. If irritation occurs, you can use aloe, cortisone or Neosporin immediately afterwards to calm any redness or irritation. Any antibacterial cream that prevents inflammation and infection.
Maintain your wax and ingrown hairs by exfoliating regularly.
Can you wax down there on your own?
No, waxing is best performed by a licensed professional.
How often should I get waxed?
Waxing services should be performed every 4-5 weeks. Speak with your professional for exact timeframe.
Is waxing for you?
Understandably waxing may not be for you, you may opt for shaving instead. Let's learn more about shaving, it's benefits and techniques.
What if I decide not to wax or shave? Is there anything else I can do?
If shaving or waxing is not for you, there are other things you can consider such as a trim. You can simply use small scissors to trim down there pubic area but keep in mind your bikini area will still be exposed. If you love to wear swimsuits, etc, you will need to shave this area.
There's also depilatory creams. These creams basically break down the bonds of hair. It appears to melt the hair down to nothing. I've tried this approach once and although I didn't have any irritation, I didn't like the smell. It smelled like my hair was burning and being melted.
Did you know?
Did you know there are different ways you can wax your pubic hair? Say what🙊, yes there are all sorts of pubic hair grooming techniques available. Depending on your lifestyle, there may be a specific one for you. I have to admit, when I learned about this some years ago I was tickled. I never knew this existed. Check out the 2022 Downstairs Grooming Trends by Booksy to learn about common ones.
I hope you've found value in this week's blog. At the end of the day, shaving or waxing down there makes you feel lighter, cooler, and odor free. Leaving you feeling confident.
Is there anything that you didn't know before reading today's blog? Let me know if the comments below.
Next week in our final blog in the Down There Skincare Blog Series, we'll discuss how foods and medications affect down there.
See you next week!