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AFTERCARE TIPS for WAXERS

OK! So you went for the waxing. You look great! It feels even better! You take your clothes off to show everyone all the time! You've never had sex feel this good.... FOCUS PLEASE!

What's going to happen now? No worries! You'll live! But there are a few things I advise you do after your waxing for men session to make sure you grow back good.

Immediately after

Your follicles are exposed. Think of it as an open sore and you are prone to infection! SO PLEASE don't do ANY of the following stupid things for at least the first 12 hours after your treatment (the next day is better):

• Sunbake ("Suntan" for those who don't know)
• Go to the beach or swim in the sea (It's ONLY 12 hours mate!)
• Go in a chlorinated pool
• Hang out in a jacuzzi - you don't know whose been or done what in that water
• Ditto for a steam bath or sauna - it's hot in there are bacteria that just LOVE hot, dry and steamy!
• Use any strong smelling creams or lotions - it might burn the hell out of you to remind you of this
• Beware of condoms and/or lubricants
• Don't have unprotected sex
• Allow any 'body fluids' (other than your own) on your waxed areas... unless you know your partner very well.
• Don't go in the gym. Everyone is sweating on everything and who knows what is in the shower with you that you can take away with you....

Redness and Burning
This settles within a couple of hours after. If it does not, what did you do that you should not have? Go see your physician.
Vitamin E

Vitamin E cream is excellent for good skin generally and this helps your skin after waxing! Available from your pharmacy, rub the cream on the waxed areas after every shower.... or get someone to help you with this...

Other products available that are great as after-wax care includes commercial mixtures like tee tree and green tea lotions. However, if it burns too much, chuck it!

Experiment until you find something that works best with your particular type skin. You are not like other men. No two men are the same in fact and everyone reacts differently for their own reasons. Go experiment!

Exfoliate

Your skin will close over your follicles soon after your treatment. (A follicle is the small tubular cavity containing the root of a hair... for those who don't know) The hairs will start to grow again soon and will want to break through that skin.

You'll have to help them with this OR you might get ingrown hairs along with those horrible red bumps and you'll look a mess in the gym change rooms!

DO THE FOLLOWING: Get a SOFT brush from your chemist (NOT a nail brush!) OR just use an exfoliating mitt if you don't want to be caught doing the brush-thing. After soaping up in the shower, GENTLY brush in circular movements over all the waxed areas. Yep, you guessed it.... 'there' too. This goes a bloody long way to keep skin supple and healthy, like any good massage.... Continue this for a few days.

NOTE: We said GENTLY brush in circular movements.... Mate, cut your macho I-feel-no-pain-thing of scrubbing till the blood flows every time. Don't be an idiot! You CAN do 'gentle'. No-one will know! Irritating the skin with rough scrubbing will cause you to expose yourself to infection in those no-go areas for longer than you need to!

Wear Cotton

Anything that stretches does not breath because it has latex in it. Those stretchy designer briefs that make your bits look so great are the BIGGEST ingrown-creators because of their high latex content. These fabrics sit close to your skin, pressing down on the waxed follicle, and stop hairs from growing up and out to the open air, causing ingrowns.

Jeans do the same. They are very dense and don't breathe well either.

Wear something looser for a few days OR try freeballing (no underwear for those who don't know) or boxers or 100% cotton tighty whiteys (briefs for those who don't know) for a few days to give your poor hairs a chance to see the light. It's not forever and you might immerse yourself in a new experience.....

Ingrowns

Sooooo.... You didn't listen when we said to do your homework!

There are commercial products to help with ingrowns. Ask your therapist for some. No doubt they'll stock it for you. Stuff like Legolé and In-Grow Gold and Ingrown-X-it.

Either that or get the sharp and tweezers and dig them out one at a time... or get a caring soul to do it for you... could be fun!

When the hair grows back, go back to your therapist and get cleaned up...!