Friday, January 26, 2007

Clean Bikini line

My friend & I are always doing research on line, mainly for things to help us look betta during carnival. Not dat we look bad, but we jus wanna look close to flawless if at all possible. LOL! So I was happy when she snt this web link to me especially since I am a veteran to waxing. I have been waxing for over 10 yrs from legs, under arms, to brazilian bikini area ( not jus di line). Dis site has a lot of helpful hints for you ladies going to wax before carnival, if you don't plan to wax at least shave please, there is absolutely no reason why anyone should have to see anything crawling out from between yuh legs dais jus nasty ok. Thanks Stella;) LOL! Here it is:

Bikini Line Care

After a Brazilian Bikini Wax, it’s pretty important to start looking after your bikini line area. Here are some basics, and just so you know, I’m not a dermatologist; I’m just speaking from experience and trial and error:

1. No heavy creams or oils
It makes sense that when you pull a hair out of its follicle, there’s going to be a miniscule hole where the hair used to belong. My personal belief is that when you apply product to that area, the follicle gets jammed up resulting in unwanted ingrown hair and blocked follicles. A blocked follicle looks like a black head. If you experience this, buy yourself some exfoliating mitts from a pharmacy or beauty supply (you should be doing this regardless) and start to exfoliate EVER SO LIGHTLY in a gentle, circular motion. I would also recommend exfoliating the night before a wax; it gets rid of any dead skin cells etc. Don’t exfoliate after a wax, wait at least 3 to 4 days.

Product Recommended: Desert Essence “Thoroughly Clean Facial Wash”. Get it from Trader Joe's or Whole Foods, costs about $4.99.

2. Ingrown hairs
Yuck! We hate them, we pick them and stick things in them, and still they remain, and sometimes they have the nerve to multiply! Why? I don’t know, but I am going to attempt to explain how to prevent them and how to treat them if you get them. I’ve noticed that there are certain people who are more prone to ingrown hairs – like, for example, ME! I have thick and curly hair. When my hair grows back, it doesn’t grow back to the surface straight, it grows back in a hook/curl. So when it gets to the surface, it sometimes doesn’t break through. You can see these hairs through your skin, they are just beneath the surface and OH SO tempting to pick. I’ve had success with exfoliation (not with a product, but with mitts) and the facial wash that I have recommended above. Don’t use salt scrubs etc., as I find these to be too abrasive and perfumed. These things just irritate the situation and once again, plug up your follicles. So, if you have thick, curly or coarse hair; sorry, you are just more susceptible.

I’ve also noticed clients with ingrown problems along the side and top of their bikini lines. I think wearing tight underwear or jeans irritates the skin, or pushes down on your skin, inhibiting the proper growth of your hair. I know that sounds wacky, but just imagine a fine hair trying to grow back after a wax and is being pushed back by your fashionable new knickers or pants. Not good.

Treat your bikini line skin like the skin on your face. It’s a delicate area and should not be ignored.

Product recommended: Desert Essence Blemish Stick or Burt’s Bees Blemish. Get them at Trader Joe' s or Whole Foods. Warm compresses will also help bring up the hair.

If you are a naughty pimple picker then there is not much help I can send your way. Yes, I know it is satisfying and addictive, I sometimes indulge myself, however, the horrid results of you trying to dig out that pesky ingrown are plentiful. You can end up permanently scarring your skin. I’ve seen clients with awful scars. In the trade, we call them “ice pick” scars. When you push down on an ingrown or red bump, you may see something come out of the top of it. Thinking you have solved it, you wake up the next day only to see another two have popped up. (This will happen on your face too). The problem is that the pushing, forces sebum (oil) and other debris to push out of the follicle through the bottom, rupturing it and causing an infection, which kindly spreads to other follicles. DON’T PICK!!!!

You can also use rubbing alcohol. Just dab it onto the area 3 to 4 times a day. It will dry the bump out.

3. Cleaning your Bikini Area
Very simple. Light exfoliation with your loofah mitts on a daily or nightly basis with squirt of the cleanser and you should be on your way to a glowing, soft as a baby’s bum bikini line. I sometimes use witch hazel on my bikini line; it cleans out any blocked follicles.

The name of the site is Queen bee waxing & there is also a section on di page called ask the dermatologist which has some helpfull QA's. Also if you are in the Miami/Ft.Lauderdale area my aunt referred me to this place called Green Wave in Weston they use all natural products & they service there is awsome & might I add that since I have been gowing there I have had less in grown hairs than in di past. You can check out their website at http://greenwavebodywaxing.com/

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is an awesome article!

Trini By Injection said...

I thought so too. Thanks! ;)

-:¦:-•:*''''*:•.-:¦:-•* cb *•-:¦:-•:*''''*:•-:¦:- said...

Sweet post! Carnival Jumbie (Diva) also has some good wax tips. You should check out her blog and maybe you can do a consolidated post. ;-)

Thanks for the product suggestions. I also recommend Tend Skin for the ingrowns.

Cheers!

Trini By Injection said...

I coulnd't find it in her blog. Do you know wah month it was for her entry? I have tried dat Tend Skin as well it wuks rel nice.

-:¦:-·:*""*:·.-:¦:-·* cb *·-:¦:-·:*""*:·-:¦:- said...

Here are CJ's two previous posts on the very important topic of being bikini bare:

Bikini Bottoms/To Wax or Not to Wax

Trini By Injection said...

Got it thanks. I read it she is too funny oui.