With summer upon us and temperatures rising, we all want to stay cool and look great. No one wants to have to spend hours stuck inside shaving. When it comes to smooth delightful skin, there’s only one way: wax on, wax off.

Unfortunately, too many people men and women are put off this excellent method of hair-removal by fears of the pain that comes with a waxing session. Although discomfort is inevitable, it shouldn’t put you off waxing as there are plenty of ways to minimise it for a less painful (if not pain-free!) experience.

To get the best results, preparation is essential. Make sure not to shave for at least three weeks before you wax; shaving shortens and thickens the hairs, not only making them much harder to remove but also making areas more sensitive and painful to touch.

Sadly there is nothing you can do to get rid of the pain of waxing completely. If you are really worried, you can try taking an ibuprofen half an hour before you head to the treatment. That way, pain will be minimised while the ibuprofen has the added benefit of reducing any redness or swelling.

It’s also a great idea to get waxing before summer actually arrives. A steady stream of waxing sessions will do wonders for reducing hair regrowth so that, by the time you’re ready to head away on holiday, unwanted hair should be the least of your worries.


If you leave waxing until the summer, make sure not to sunbathe just before your session as waxing sun-burnt or sun-damaged skin is not a good idea at all.

Similarly, try not to sunbathe for at least 48 hours after your session. Waxing can remove the top layer of skin, leaving it vulnerable to sun damage, so make sure to apply plenty of SPF for protection. Try not to apply any perfumed lotions, wear rough clothing or dive into any public swimming baths during those crucial following days too. The sensitive new skin exposed by waxing can be prone to rashes and infections, scratches may become sore or swollen without care.

Always give the skin plenty of time to rest after a hair removal session.


I know it sounds daunting but the results of waxing speak for themselves. They say: No Pain, No Gain, so follow these handy hints and have cool, smooth, skin in no time.

Linda Lush – Lushious Life


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