Archive for the ‘Grooming Tips’ Category

After Sun Skin Care

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

One of the most important elements in looking your best in your favorite bikini is healthy, glowing skin.  Healthy skin starts with good genes but proper care can turn average skin gorgeous.  After a long period in the sun, when you were of course wearing sunscreen, cleansing your skin will help rid it of the oil, sweat and dirt of the day.  Be sure to use a gentle exfoliating scrub or sponge to remove dead skin cells that can make skin appear dull.

Following cleansing, it is important to use two different lotions; one for the body and a separate one for the face.  A good facial lotion will not leave behind an oily residue which helps keep pores clear and clean.  And don’t forget something on the lips!  They were exposed to sun all day, too.  The tender skin on the lips needs as much attention as the rest of the face.  A good body lotion containing aloe and vitamin e will help replenish the moisture lost during a day of sun exposure.  Apply evenly and allow it to completely soak into your skin.  If you spend a lot of time with your hands in water, don’t forget to reapply hand lotion over the course of the day.  Hands are known to be one of the first places on a woman’s body to show age.  Using these skincare tips not just after sun exposure but every day will help keep your skin smooth and healthy all year round.

Brazilian Bikini Wax Aftercare

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Aftercare is a huge part of making a waxing experience pleasant and rewarding.  You’ve already made the decision to go with a Brazilian wax, done your research and found a reputable spa or salon and, most importantly, gone through the temporary discomfort of having the actual wax procedure.  So, what next?  Most spas and salons that are worth patronizing will offer good aftercare advice, but here are some tips to keep you smooth and irritation-free.

For the first 24 hours or so after your Brazilian wax, your skin will likely be slightly irritated.  If you have especially sensitive skin, this can last up to 48 hours.  If you’re still irritated after this period, you should check with a health care professional as it could be an allergic reaction to the product(s) used.

Once the irritation has subsided, the most important factor in keeping your skin smooth and irritation-free in that area is to use a proper moisturizer.  The best moisturizers to use are ones containing soothing ingredients such as witch hazel and aloe vera.  Do not use scented or overly heavy moisturizers as these can both clog and irritate pores in such a sensitive area.

Another important factor is to exfoliate the waxed area at least a few times a week.  Use a product that is gentle to avoid any abrasions to the skin.  Again, when working in such a sensitive area, it’s important to use the proper products and tools.  If you want to use an exfoliating scrub, be sure to get one with a fine grain so it won’t irritate the skin and always scrub gently.  Loofah sponges work great to exfoliate, as well, but be extra careful that it’s clean before using it down there.

Those are the two biggest and easiest ways to keep your Brazilian bikini wax smooth and avoid unsightly (and painful!) bumps from irritation or ingrown hairs.  Here are a few other things to do for the first 24 hours that will help you maintain smooth skin between waxes.  Wear loose fitting clothing such as a skirt and only wear cotton underwear, if you need to wear any at all.  Avoid spray-on tans and tanning beds, massage oils and lubricants.  Try to avoid exercising as the motion and sweat will cause irritation to the area, and also avoid places like pool and hot tubs where chemicals are prevalent.

Following these easy tips should help keep you smooth and carefree all bikini season long!

Bikini Wax Styles

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

When considering a bikini wax, it’s important to understand there are a few different variations.  Which waxing procedure you want depends on personal taste and the reason why you’re getting waxed.  Spas and salons often times have their own names for these procedures, but the basics break down something like the following.

A regular bikini wax is the tamest of them all.  This version removes only the hair that grows outside the panty line.  If it’s your first time getting waxed, this is a great place to start.  It’s a fairly quick and painless process that just cleans up the edges which is perfect for most full coverage swimsuits.

A full bikini wax takes the regular bikini wax a bit further.  The hair along the sides is waxed further inside the panty line, and often times the top is also waxed to create a smaller triangle area.  This is a popular choice for women who prefer to keep some hair but also like things nice and tidy down there.  Since the hair is removed from outside areas only, this process is still fairly quick and painless.

A French bikini wax is more in depth than the full bikini wax.  All hair is removed from the front side, including the delicate areas.  Sometimes a small strip of hair is left at the top called a “landing strip.”  This procedure is a bit more thorough and can cause some temporary discomfort.

A Brazilian bikini wax is as bare as you can go.  All hair is removed front to back.  That’s right, even on your backside.  A small strip of hair in the front is also often times left with this style, as well.  It’s normal to expect some temporary discomfort with this procedure, especially if you are not used to it.  If you’re sporting some of the skimpier bikini styles this summer, a Brazilian is the carefree way to go.

These are the basic variations of a bikini wax, but be sure to ask your favorite salon or spa which ones they offer.  Not all places offer all waxing procedures, and even if they do they may call it by a different name.  Familiarize yourself with their staff, procedures and most importantly, cleanliness, and you should be well groomed in no time!

Bikini Waxing is an Easy Solution

Monday, March 7th, 2011

A major part of pulling off some of today’s super revealing styles is proper grooming of the bikini area, and sometimes beyond.  The amount of grooming needed all depends on the cut of your bikini and, to some degree, personal taste.  Obviously the smaller the bikini bottom, such as a micro thong, the more you will need to groom.  There are several ways to go about this with waxing being among the most popular.

Shaving is only practical if you are doing a certain area like your bikini line, or slightly more.  If you want a completely bare look like a Brazilian, it’s best to go with waxing.  Going to a professional salon for something like that is the easiest and safest thing to do, even if it’s not the most desirable for some.  If you don’t want to go all the way with a Brazilian, you can also get other waxing procedures done such as the standard bikini wax which just “cleans up” the outside edges.  There are a few stops in between, too, so a waxing professional can help you figure out what to get if you’re not sure.  It’s relatively quick and the pain subsides, with it being outweighed by the added benefit of not having to do it as often as shaving.  Most waxing procedures last approximately 4 – 6 weeks depending on how quickly your hair grows.

Aftercare is a big part to maintaining smooth skin after waxing.  It’s important to let the skin rest for a little while afterwards, and then apply a soothing lotion.  Be sure to exfoliate the area when you shower in order to keep the area free from bumps and other irritation.  Re-apply lotion after every shower.  By doing these two things, you should maintain smooth, irritation-free skin between waxing sessions.