You can make waxing less painful, so read on, and we will explain ten things you can do that will take some of the pain out of hair removal.

1. Exfoliate the day before

Exfoliating the area of skin that you intend to get waxed will remove the dead skin cells and clean out the pores and that will make it easier for the hairs to be removed. It will also lift the hairs, so that more of them will be removed first time and there won’t be any need for using tweezers. It’s also important to exfoliate after a wax, because it will help stop in growing hairs.

2. Take a pain killer half an hour before waxing

Taking an over the counter pain killer will help to numb the pain. Take a couple of Aspirins, ibuprofens, or whatever your preferred pain killer is, about half an hour before waxing and it will reduce the pain you feel quite a lot.

3. Avoid alcohol and caffeine

Don’t think that a couple of glasses of wine will numb the pain of waxing, because it will actually make it worse. Anything that is a stimulant, like coffee and alcohol, will make the skin even more sensitive. It’s best to avoid coffee and any alcoholic drinks for at least a couple of hours before you wax. You’d be better off drinking water, which hydrate your skin and make it softer.

4. Distract yourself

Whether you are going to a salon for a wax or doing it at home, if you can keep your mind off it, it will hurt a lot less. Play some music, switch on the TV, or if you are in a salon, you could read a magazine or a book. It’s just something to stop you focussing solely on the pain.

5. Let your hair grow a bit before you wax

The shorter the hair is, the harder it will be to pull it out. In fact, if the hairs are still very short, some of them may not come out at all, so you will be getting all the pain, for no gain. Waxing will be a lot less painful, and more successful, if you let the hairs grow to about a quarter of an inch before you try to remove them.

6. Try not to tense up

Another one of good hair removal tips is to avoid any tenseness. It’s not easy to relax, when you know what’s coming, that’s why we mentioned that distracting yourself will help. Distracted, or not, try not to anticipate the pain because if you tense up, that will make it harder for the hairs to be pulled out. Take a couple of deep breaths, relax and yank! The more relaxed you are, the less pain you will feel.

7. Wax in the afternoon

It hurts less if you wax in the afternoons for in the evening. Your pain threshold increases during the course of the day, because your body gets warmed up and your muscles loosen up. The best time to get a waxing appointment would be about 4.00pm, that’s when your body is operating at its optimum.

8. Don’t wax right before your period

Try to avoid waxing in the week just before your period is due, because your skin is more sensitive at that time. Your pain threshold will be higher a week or two after your period has finished, so waxing will feel less painful.

9. Wax regularly

Waxing always hurts the very first time you do it. Repeated waxing not only gets you used to the pain, but it also makes hair grow softer and thinner. So, don’t wait until just before your summer vacation to wax your bikini line, keep it up all through the year. That way, it will be less painful, each time you do it.

10. Use a numbing cream

There are plenty of numbing creams that you can buy that will ease the pain and they are most effective if you apply them about half an hour bore your waxing. One thing not to do, though, is to use ice cubes to numb the pain, because that will make your skin cold and it will tighten up the pores.