Only the bravest of souls willingly choose to go for a Brazilian wax. It’s not exactly a “fun” time, but afterwards, you’re ready for bikini season for weeks on end. Whether it’s your first time (though we’d recommend starting off with a regular bikini wax before graduating to the Brazilian) or you’ve been waxing for years, knowing how to make the process less painful is always a plus. Below are 12 tips for making a Brazilian wax much, much more bearable.
Skip the coffee: Sure, there are few things in this world we’d skip caffeine for, but a Brazilian wax is one of them. The stimulants in coffee can make your skin extra sensitive, so switch to decaf for the morning and drink a cup after your wax instead.
Exfoliate before: Even though the goal of waxing is to remove hair, the process also exfoliates your skin. Use a body scrub about two days beforehand so that there isn’t any extra dry, dead skin hanging around that can make it harder for the wax to grab hairs.
Invest in numbing cream: Do not — we repeat, do not — use ice to numb the area before waxing, because it will tighten and close up your pores, making the waxing much more difficult. Instead, use a numbing cream about 30 minutes before your appointment to help dull the pain.
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