May is finally here, which means the promise of warmer weather (and subsequently, barer limbs) is just around the corner. To aid in the never-ending quest to stubble-free skin, we spoke with esthetician Lydia Jovel from Stark Waxing Studio and asked her to give us a crash course on waxing basics—including exactly what we can do to make the experience as pain-free as possible. Lucky for us, she was more than happy to oblige. Because when it comes to swimsuit season, there’s no such thing as being too prepared.
Click through the slideshow above for everything you need to know about waxing, from start to finish!