To wax or not to wax?
“In the hand of an experienced, knowledgeable, class-A esthetician, you can get stellar results from a wax, which after time leads to less hair and smoother skin,” Shays says. If you’re going in for a wax, Shay recommends that you try and shower before your appointment. “We understand that you can’t always take a shower, but pick up a cleansing cloth, like Cottonelle’s Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths ($5)—we love these because they are gentle and don’t sting!”
As for shaving, she says that it can irritate your skin and leave cuts and nicks, which leave behind portals for bacteria to enter—a.k.a infection city. “Shaving can also lead to hyper-pigmentation on the bikini line and underarms,” Sahays says. “It can also toughen the skin—stubble just doesn’t feel attractive!”
Lasers, on the other hand, are a great option for those with lighter skin and darker hair. The downside? “It’s not permanent—it’s just a reduction,” Shays says. “Therefore, most people still have to shave or wax after many rounds of painful and expensive lasers. I’ve also seen people who have had laser grow back when they go through a big hormonal change, like pregnancy.” What about depilatory creams, like Nair? “They’re chock full of chemicals, which can change the natural pH balance of your skin,” she warns.