DOs and DON’Ts of Down There Waxing  By Lindsey Pearl  If God were a woman, then she would have made getting our pubes waxed a painless, pleasurable process, right? Sadly, that’s just not the case.    We’ve all suffered from at least one or two of the following – redness, burning, bumps, and in rare cases, even infection. In order to prevent a hair-raising hoo-ha nightmare, finding a recommended hot-wax artist who practices her art in a clean, controlled environment is only half of the battle.    The fine folks at SweetSpot Labs® actually offer up a fantastic “all-in-one” way to brace yourself for the pain. Check out the SweetSpot Labs® Intimate Grooming Spa Waxing protocol.  It even comes with a disposable g-string, just in case you accidentally show up to the appointment in your granny panties. Whether we’re getting a simple bikini wax, a stylish strip, or a no-holds-barred Brazilian butt-wax, there are rules to follow to make sure all goes (and stays) smooth. SweetTalk on the Spot enlisted the professional expertise of New York City dermatologist Dr. Sari Weinstein for some much-needed DOs and DON’Ts.    Before your Brazilian  
  • DO let the hair grow ¼ to ½ an inch. The wax needs something to hold onto!
  • DO prep the area with a mild exfoliating body wash and an exfoliating mitt (but be very gentle!) up until the day before your wax to help prevent ingrown hairs.
  • DO be very clean. Make sure you shower the day of your wax to help prevent infection. SweetSpot Labs®’ gentle wash is the perfect pre-waxing cleanser, scented or unscented. 
  • DO take an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen a half-hour before your wax if you’re very sensitive.
  • DON’T schedule your appointment for about a week before or during your period, you’ll be much more sensitive.
  • DON’T apply any creams or lotions beforehand; you’ll get better results if your skin is dry. 
 After your Brazilian  
  • DO soothe the area with cool compresses once you get home.
  • If you’re prone to developing red bumps or ingrown hairs, DO wash the area twice daily with some Gentle Wash, and apply an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream for a few days after your wax.
  • DON’T wear tight underwear or clothing in synthetic materials (stick to cotton!) to prevent irritation.
  • If you develop bumps, DON’T ever pick or squeeze them because it could lead to scarring. DO apply hydrocortisone and benzoyl peroxide gel, pads or wash (all available in your pharmacy without a prescription). But DON’T hesitate to see your doctor if you develop very inflamed or red pus bumps! You could have an infection, which may require antibiotics.
If you have any questions for Dr. Sari Weinstein, please feel free to email her at: sariweinstein at yahoo dot com.   
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