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Waxing, It’s Not That Bad! Part 2

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In the first part of this waxing series, we took a look at the technical aspects of waxing. In this post I would like to tell you what to expect, and some tips to make it a bit easier for you to bare.

Pain?

So many people ask, does waxing hurt? Yes, waxing can be painful, after all you are getting hair ripped out of your skin. The pain is definitely tolerable, the initial sting only lasts a short time. Some people will choose to take some ibuprofen beforehand to help with the pain, however you do not want to take aspirin, because of it being a blood thinner. Yes, there can be blood, all that means is that we got the entire hair follicle out, which is attached to a blood vessel. It is also a good idea to keep in mind that your body is more sensitive around the time of your period, so it will hurt a little more. The more often you wax, the less painful it will be, due to the fact that your hair is growing back thinner and more sparse. Like many other things in life, it gets better with time!

Hair Length

Another thing you need to know is that you need to let your hair grow! It needs to be about 1/4″ long, which means you will need to grow it out for about 4 weeks. If your hair grows a little faster, it may be longer than a 1/4″ and that is ok. If your hair is longer than that I can trim it without a problem, but if the hair isnt long enough the wax wont adhear to the hair.

Bikini Waxing?

The last bit of information you should know about the waxing process itself is; don’t be embarrassed about how much hair you have, because we all have hair! Basically any part of the body can get waxed. When getting a bikini wax, it may be a little weird getting your lady business waxed, but after a couple minutes of talking the akwardness seems to go away. To me, there is hair attached to skin and I need to remove it, I dont think about anything else. It is not one bit awkward for me, so I hope you don’t feel that way either.

After Care

You should avoid hot baths or hot tubs after a wax for at least 24 hours. Your freshly waxed skin is susceptible to bacteria infections for the first 24 hours after. You should also avoid tight clothing to make sure your skin can breathe after the wax. Try to avoid any activities that could cause friction on your skin. After the first 24 hours, you can start using a mild antibacterial soap and exfoliating lightly to make sure you do not get any ingrown hairs. What are ingrown hairs you ask? Ingrown hairs happen when the hair grows sideways, or curls back into the skin. Sometimes the hair is not strong enough to push through the skin, so it curls back or grows sideways under the skin. These need to be taken care of, because they can become infected. The best way to remove them would be similar to how you would remove a sliver, with a tweezers to carefully pull it out.

I hope that after reading this you will give waxing a try, afterall, it’s not that bad!

~Jess M

~It is never too late to be what you might have been.-George Eliot~

Derma

Did You Know?

You may already know that skin is our bodies largest organ, but did you know that the skin you see now, will be gone in about a month? That’s right, our bodies get rid of 30,000-40,000 old skin cells everyday!

Skin cells change shape, they start off fat and square. Over time, they flatten out and when they get to the top layer of skin, they flake off. Over 50% of the dust in your house is actually skin! Can you believe that there are about 19 million skin cells in every square inch of your body, that means there are about 300 million skin cells on your body! On average, you shed about 9 pounds of skin cells per year!

Your Derma

What are some important things to know about skin? Changes in skin, if you notice you skin is drasically changing, there might be something causing that you need to address. Pimples for example are not always caused by diet or dirt. Hormone levels and menstratuion can be some of what is causing breakouts, as well as sweating, some medications or beauty products. If you have heard that the sun can make acne better, that is not actually true. The UV rays actually stimulate oil procution, in turn actually causing acne to worsen. The other thing you need to watch out for is moles, and the ABCDE’s of skin cancer.

A – asymmetry
B – border (irregular or poorly defined)
C – color (if it varies from one area to another.)
D – diameter (anything greater than 6mm)
E – evolving (if it changes size, shape or color)

If you notice any of these changes, you should see your docotor right away.

Skin Nourishment

There are some vitamins that are crutial for healthy skin.
Vitamin A treats sun damage and cellulite. Vitamin D reduces spots and growths. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, regenerates Vitamin E and provides sun protection. Vitamnin E is also an antioxidant and protects against sun damage and aging.

Skin is a very interesting organ, the only one of its kind to have all the functions it does. From protecting our organs, muscles, and bones to regulating our body tempurature. Skin is an amazing thing!

 

 

“Dream big and dare to fail.” ~Norman Vaughan

Waxing: It’s Not That Bad!

When To Wax

Generally in winter, the last thing you think about is waxing, especially the parts that aren’t exposed to the chilly air; but you should not skip waxing in the winter for many reasons. What if you are going on vacation? You’ll want to wax those areas that a swimsuit won’t cover; and who wants to worry about shaving while you are supposed to be relaxing.

Why do you want to wax year round? Our hair grows in 3 stages: the growing stage, the dormant stage, and the falling out stage. When we get in a routine of waxing, we can get the hair when it is the dormant or falling out stage which can make the hair come out easier and it can hurt less. The hair will also stay away longer. You want to wax throughout the fall and winter, as well, so that when spring and summer comes it wont be as difficult to wax. Some people will choose to wax in the warm months and shave in the cold months, but that is not suggested, you should either shave or wax. The reason being, you will get out of the routine of hair growth and you will basically start all over. You can trim some hairs if they get to long before your next wax, but don’t shave.

What can you get waxed?

Just about anything! From eyebrows down to your toes, it can be waxed. If you have never been waxed, I wouldn’t jump into body waxing right away. I would start small like the eyebrows; that way you get a small taste of what to expect. Here at Back to Bliss we have 4 categories of waxing; Slick, Glazed, Polished, and Smooth. The Slick category includes: brows, chin, upper lip, fingers, and cheeks. Everything in the Slick category is $10 no matter who you go to. The Glazed Category includes: under arms, bikini, abdomen, and shoulder, these services range in price from $30-$36 depending on who see. Last but not least the Smooth Category includes: brazilian, full leg, and full back; depending on who your practitioner is the price ranges $50-$60.

Clarifying Bikini Waxing

If you are wondering what the difference is between the bikini, bikini shaping, and the brazilian; let me clarify for you. The bikini wax is anything that is outside the panty line. The bikini shaping is just a bit more in and a bit lower than the regular bikini wax. The brazilian is the removal of all hair in the pubic area, front to back.

Different Types Of Wax To Use

There are two types of wax, soft wax and hard wax. The reason there are different kinds of waxes is for different areas of the body and the difference in coarseness of the hair. When using a strip wax, the hair as well as the top layer of skin gets removed. Generally this wax gets used on the eyebrows and larger areas of the body. When using a hard wax, only the hair gets removed. This wax is used on people with very sensitive skin, and on very sensitive areas; for example, when getting a brazilian wax.

This is all the technical information about waxing. I will be doing another blog about waxing, the things you should know about waxing and what to expect. Stay tuned for Part 2!

Jessica McCord

~Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life.~ Yoko Ono

Soulful Beauty Event

May 2nd 2015 Is A Day Just For You

Enjoy services and participate in our soulful nurturing workshops designed to inspire, pamper and renew you!  Begin the day by waking up your Chi to get your artistic juices flowing.  Our paint away workshop is a blast!  The lovely bridge over flowing water with a fall scene represents change, transition, choice, and movement in your life.  What better theme for spring!  Finish the day with a beauty workshop with Jess M. and create and take home some wonderful bath ritual products that you can use after you get home to complete your day of renewal.

Attend each event individually or stay all day for one low fee of $60.

 

qigong

10 am Waking up the CHI

In Spring Forest Qigong, Carrie will show you how to get the energy flowing in standing and sitting positions.

Individual Class Fee: $8

 

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11 am Paint your way to Calm (with the paint away ladies!)

Paint Away’s Kimi and Roxie will show us how to paint this picture in a creative fun way, while bonding with family and friends. All ages welcome. Kids under 15 can choose a smaller canvas.

Individual Class Fee: $30

 

spa-girl

1 pm Beauty Basics

Join Jessica M for a few new fun Spring/Summer looks with Jayne Iredale makeup.

Individual Class Fee: $8

 

emily

2 pm Take home the “AHHH” workshop

Emily has expanded her class to include: bath salts aromatherapy, oils, scrubs, facials, and how to incorporate them into a bath time routine for an at home spa day. You will go home with the “Take home the AHHH kit” (valued at $30.)

Individual Class Fee: $30

 

 

Come and experience all four classes for $60!  A light snack will be provided for anyone attending.

Registration is required. If you have any questions or would like more information please feel free to call (715)-316-0040 or email at info@backtoblisswellness.com

 

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