Summer is just around the corner, and with it comes beach days, pool parties, and of course, bikini season. Many women choose to go for a bikini wax to get themselves summer-ready, but it's essential to prioritize proper vaginal care during this process. Here are some useful tips on how to have a Healthy Hoohoo while getting bikini waxes and avoiding irritation afterwards.
Bikini Wax Care Guide
- Choose the Right Waxing Salon
The first step in ensuring a healthy bikini wax experience is choosing the right waxing salon. Look for a reputable establishment with experienced and licensed professionals who follow strict hygiene protocols. Don't be afraid to ask questions about their practices and check reviews before booking an appointment. A clean, well-maintained salon reduces the risk of infections and irritation.
- Prep Your Skin
Before heading to your waxing appointment, take a warm shower and gently exfoliate the area to be waxed (24-48 hours prior to the waxing appointment allows your skin time to recover before the waxing process). This helps remove dead skin cells, allowing for a smoother waxing experience. Avoid using any creams or oils, as they can interfere with the wax's ability to grip the hair. Remember to always be gentle when exfoliating the bikini area, as aggressive scrubbing can lead to irritation, or even micro-tears in the skin.
- Be Mindful of Your Hair Length
For optimal results, your hair should be at least 1/4 inch long, but no longer than 1/2 inch. This length allows the wax to grip the hair effectively and reduces the chances of breakage. If your hair is too long, consider trimming it beforehand.
- Wear Loose, Comfortable Clothing
After your bikini wax, it's important to avoid tight, restrictive clothing that can cause friction and irritation. Opt for loose-fitting clothes or breathable fabrics like cotton to allow your skin to breathe and heal.
- Wear Breathable, Loose-Fitting Underwear
It's important to be mindful of what underwear you choose to wear post-wax. We recommend opting for cotton underwear, as it's a natural, breathable fabric that allows air to circulate, which can help keep the waxed area dry and promote healing. Avoid synthetic materials like polyester or nylon, as they can trap moisture and heat, potentially leading to irritation or infection. Loose-fitting underwear will be your best friend post-wax, as tight underwear can cause friction and irritation on the newly waxed skin. If you find that even loose-fitting underwear causes discomfort after your wax, go commando for a few hours, or even overnight. This allows the waxed area to breathe and heal without any friction from clothing. For more on our hoohoo winning underwear options, check out our blog here.
- Soothe Your Skin
Post-wax, your skin may be sensitive and irritated. After a couple of hours have passed, you'll want to calm the skin and reduce redness. Our fragrance free and ph balanced Individually Wrapped Feminine Wipes are formulated with Certified Organic Aloe Vera, which is known for its soothing and hydrating properties, helping reduce redness and irritation. When using a feminine wipe post-wax (be sure to wait a couple of hours), it's important to gently pat the vulvovaginal area instead of rubbing to avoid aggravating the skin. Avoid using any harsh products or scented lotions, as they can cause further irritation.
- Keep it Clean
After a bikini wax, it's crucial to keep the area clean to prevent ingrown hairs and infections. A few hours after your waxing appointment, cleanse the area gently with a mild, fragrance free feminine wash (like Healthy Hoohoo's Gentle Feminine Wash) and warm water. Pat dry with a clean towel and avoid rubbing, which can aggravate the skin.
- Avoid Excessive Heat and Sweat
For the first 24-48 hours after your wax, avoid activities that cause excessive heat and sweating, such as hot tubs, saunas, sex, or strenuous exercise. This allows your skin to heal and reduces the risk of irritation and ingrown hairs.
- Exfoliate Regularly
A few days after your bikini wax, start gently exfoliating the area 2-3 times a week. This helps prevent ingrown hairs and keeps the skin smooth. Use a gentle exfoliating scrub or a soft washcloth.
Bikini waxes can help you feel confident and ready for summer fun, but it's essential to prioritize your vaginal health during the process. By following these tips, you can enjoy a smooth, irritation-free bikini line and a Healthy Hoohoo all summer long. Happy waxing!
*Always listen to your body and be mindful of any signs of discomfort or irritation. If you experience any ongoing issues, consult a healthcare professional for guidance.