Reducing the “Ouch!” Factor

Let’s just be honest, hair removal can be quite a painful experience even though different women have different threshold for pain. My sister, who gave birth to her daughter naturally without the help of  epidural, claimed that she still shakes with fear everytime she’s about to get her monthly waxing. Yes, shaving can be a pain-free alternative, but we all know that the result isn’t quite the same, right?

Anyway, because some women can not avoid this procedure, here are some tips on how to minimize the pain for waxing:

  • Don’t go prior to or during your menstruation because you’ll experience heightened sensitivity to pain.
  • Eat or drink something that’s soothing and has a pain reducing ability such as ginger tea. A study in 2005 suggests that ginger could reduce pain and inflammation more effectively than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as aspirin).
  • Don’t wear body lotion, your legs will be slippery and the process will take longer (we all want to get out of the place as fast as we can, right?)
  • Stick with your most trusted therapist. All girls have one. For some reason, in the hands of these waxing goddesses, the process that usually gets our face wet with tears becomes relatively pain free and comfortable. If you don’t have one, ask your friends for recommendation.
  • Try to relax! Take deep and regular breaths during the process. If you’re tensed, your hair follicles will constrict and it’ll cause resistance.

Would you like to add more tips?