Brazilian Wax – what it is and what to expect

Brazilian wax
Brazilian wax also called LA bikini or XXX consists in removing the pubic hair from your genital areas. It can be all hair off or you can leave a landing strip at the front. It was introduced in New York in 1994 by the J Sisters who originated from Brazil. In Brazil the bikinis are so small that waxing the area is a necessity.

Your first Brazilian wax can be very daunting. You’ll be baring it all to a total stranger and to top it all, it may be painful too.

Preparing for your Brazilian wax appointment

There are a few things to do before your Brazilian wax to minimize pain and the likelihood of ingrown hairs:

  • Exfoliate the area once or twice a week. If the area is free of dead cells it will facilitate the hair extraction and reduce the risk of ingrown hairs.
  • Moisturise every day. Dry skin tends to wrap tightly around the hair making the extraction more difficult. If the skin is well hydrated the hair will come out more easily and complete, rather than breaking at skin level. It will also be less painful.
  • Trim your hair with an electric trimmer if it is too long. The ideal length is around 6mm or 1/4 inch. If it is too long it can be more painful. It may also not allow the wax to make full contact with the skin, and cause hair breakage.
  • Painkillers may help. Some people say that taking 1 or 2 painkillers half an hour before your treatment diminishes the pain.
  • Try to stay relaxed. If you are tense during the Brazilian wax you will feel more pain.
  • Wait after the period. Schedule your appointment to coincide with ovulation or at least 5 days after your period. During your period your body is more sensitive. If you are having the period, you can still go to your appointment using a tampon, however your Brazilian wax will be more painful.
  • Wear loose underwear. Your skin may be irritated after the waxing and tight underwear will make it worse.
  • Avoid Coffee. Caffeine is an stimulant and will make your skin more sensitive.
  • Help the beautician. You can help your therapist keep the skin taut. It will reduce the pulling of the skin, hence reducing pain. If you don’t know where to hold, just ask.Brazilian Waxing

What happens during the Brazilian wax

  1. Your therapist will show you to a room and instruct you to remove your pants and underwear, lay on a treatment bed and cover yourself with a towel. She may provide you with a disposable g-string for you to feel more comfortable, however at the end of the day you’ll have to bare it all, so it makes no difference. She may also provide you with wet wipes for you to refresh yourself if necessary. Your therapist will then exit the room for a few minutes to allow you to get ready.
  2. On her return, your therapist will put on disposable gloves and proceed to clean the area. This is a good time to let her know if you do not wish to remove all the hairs and if you want a special shape. If you want any other than a strip of hair or a triangular shape you should let the salon know when you make your appointment.  Not all therapists are able to make any shape you want.
  3. After cleansing and depending on the wax being used, your therapist may apply white powder. In the case of hot wax, the powder keeps the wax from sticking to the skin. For sugar waxing, the powder eliminates any moisture that may prevent the sugar paste from gripping the hairs.
  4. You will be asked to bend your leg/legs to the side, in a frog-like position.
  5. For hot wax your therapist will proceed to deep a wooden stick in the wax pot and spread the wax on a section of the area to be treated. She will then apply a cloth strip over the wax pressing firmly for it to attach to the still warm wax. Once it has cooled off she will grab a corner of the strip and quickly pull it out in the opposite direction to hair growth. The wax and hairs will come out attached to the skin. If it is too painful you can request to be worked in smaller areas.
  6. For sugaring or sugar wax your therapist will take a ball of sugar paste with a gloved hand. She will then mould the paste onto your skin and pull it off with a quick movement of the hand. In sugaring the hair is removed in the same direction of hair growth, this makes it less painful than traditional waxing. Sugaring will also give you smoother results because there is less likelihood of hair breakage. Another advantage is that unlike wax, the sugar sips inside the mouth of the follicle lubricating the hair for an easier extraction.
  7. The process will be repeated on all areas of the front, in-between and back. The Brazilian wax does not include your buttocks, but yes the area between them. You will be asked to turn to one side with the lower leg stretched and the upper one bent to give better access.
  8. After the waxing the therapist will spray a soothing lotion.Brazilian Wax Hair Removal

After Care

  • The area my be irritated after the Brazilian wax. Excessive blood flow to the treated area my leave the skin red and feeling hot. This reaction is normal and usually disappears within a few hours. Try to wear loose underwear to prevent friction of the area. You can also use a soothing lotion such as Aloe Vera or Calamine.
  • It is also possible to experience a histamine reaction. This is an auto immune defense mechanism. The body thinks is being attacked and produces a histamine reaction. It manifests as inflammation and hives, sometimes small pimples with white tips. This kind of reaction may take 2-3 days to clear. You can ask your chemist for a suitable antihistamine prescription.
  • After any irritation or skin reaction disappears, you should exfoliate the skin once or twice a week and moisturise every day. This will prevent ingrown hairs when the hair grows back.
  • Wait 24 hours before exposing your skin to the sun.
  • Avoid exercising, saunas, swimming pools and the beach for 24 hours.
  • Don’t apply any products with fragrances or chemicals for at least 12 hours. Your pores remain open and any chemicals may further irritate your skin.
  • To diminish pain and for permanent hair reduction it is recommended to do a Brazilian wax every 3-4 weeks. The hardest is the first time. After that the hairs will come out more easily and they will refine making the treatment painless or at least less painful.

New Trends

New trends include Vajazzling, Vatooing and Vajaycials. Vajazzling involves decorating the pubic area above the vagina with Swarovski crystals. Vajazzling was introduced by Jennifer Love Hewitt in 2010. The crystals come in stick on patterns that are applied to clean skin after a freshly waxed Brazilian. You can do it at a salon or buy a DIY kit.

Vatooing consists in applying a temporary tattoo to the pubic area. The Vatoo is applied with an airbrush after a Brazilian wax. Vatooing lasts up to a week, you can have in a variety of non-toxic colours and the ink slowly fades away without cracking. If you want to remove it sooner, you can rub it off with alcohol or exfoliate the area.

Vajaycials are vagina facials. The technique varies from salon to salon, but usually includes a combination or some of the following: gentle exfoliation, steam, microdermabrasion and acid peel to exfoliate, open up the pores, and even out skin tone.

Taking care of your skin in the summer – Dec 15 Newsletter

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Taking care of your skin in the summer

Taking care of your skin in the summerWe all love the summer and the beach, unfortunately the sun is not our best friend when it comes to a healthy, youthful skin. The UVB and UVA rays penetrate the layers of the skin damaging the collagen fibres. Collagen fibres make a criss-cross pattern that keeps our skin plump and flexible. The sun breaks down some of those fibres causing laxity and wrinkles. What happens to an old elastic band in which some of the elastic threads have broken? It won’t tighten any more, the same happens to the skin.
 
 It is possible to regenerate some of the lost collagen with the help of treatments such as IPL, RF, Skin Needling, and good quality skin care, however with age the production of collagen and elastine decreases and much of the damage is irreparable. Another harmful effect of overexposure to the sun are freckles and brown spots or liver spots. These spots are the result of the body trying to protect itself from the UV rays by creating clusters of melanin in the deep layers of the skin. Again, although it is possible to treat pigmentation, treatments can be expensive and if the damage is very deep, not 100% effective.
 
 The best remedy is protection: choose a good broad-spectrum sunscreen, zinc or titanium based are best. Make sure that you reapply it every 2 hours. If you are swimming or exercising, apply more often being mindful that drying yourself will rub off some of the sunscreen.
 
 Vitamin A is essential for the health of your skin, however every time you go under the sun, even for a few minutes, the vitamin A in your skin gets depleted. It takes 7 days to replenish vitamin A through diet and only 3 days through the skin, that is why you also need a moisturiser with high levels of vitamin A such as the Environ Skin Care range.

Body sugaring hair removalHave you tried Sugar Waxing (Sugaring)?

  • Do you suffer from ingrown hairs?
  • Do you get awful rashes after waxing?
  • Does your skin lift up when waxing?
  • Do you have varicose veins?
  • Do you suffer from eczema or psoriasis?
Sugaring or Sugar Waxing is done with a 100% natural paste made out of sugar, water and lemon. Unlike regular waxing, the sugar penetrates the mouth of the follicle, lubricating the hair and facilitating the extraction. The hair is then pulled in the direction of growth and comes out complete with root and sheath, which results in less breakage and less ingrowns.
 Sugar does not stick to live cells and it is used at body temperature, so it is very gentle on the skin and can be used over varicose veins, eczema and psoriasis.
 
 Sugaring is also done with a gloved hand and the same ball of sugar is used to remove all the hair in the area, so there is no risk of cross contamination or double dipping.
 
The Nexus Beauty News – Vol 2, Issue 9 – December 2015 Newsletter
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Sugaring hair removal…the new Waxing – Nov 14 Newsletter

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Sugaring … The New WaxingSugaring Hair Removal

Sugaring hair removal is almost as old as civilisation itself. The ancient Egyptians and Romans used to remove their body hair by using a paste made of sugar. For some unknown reason the practice was almost lost in the middle ages, and it is just now that we are rediscovering the advantages of Sugaring.

What is Sugaring hair removal?

Sugaring or Sugar Waxing is a form of epilation very similar to waxing, however there are some major differences that make it a far better hair removal method.

Sugaring vs Waxing

  • Waxing products are made from resins that adhere to the skin cells. When the wax is pulled the skin is irritated. The sugar paste is made of natural products (sugar, water, lemon) that do not adhere to live skin cells, therefore when it is removed, it only gently exfoliates dead skin cells.
  • Sugar paste can be easily removed with water if accidentally spilled on clothing or other surfaces. Wax is sticky and oily and can only be removed with chemical solvents causing a mess and damaging fabrics.
  • Waxing removes the hair against the natural direction of growth causing pain and breakage. In Sugar Waxing the hair is removed in the direction of growth diminishing pain and discomfort and reducing breakage.
  • Sugaring helps eliminate ingrown hairs. It penetrates deep into the hair follicle lubricating the hair and removing dead skin cells which clog the pores.
  • Sugaring only needs 1.5mm of hair growth
  • Sugaring is 100% antibacterial and fragrance free
  • Sugar Waxing can be applied at room temperature, so it does not burn the skin

Environ Intensive Revival Masque

Environ Intensive Revival MasqueWe are super excited to announce the official launch of Environ’s much anticipated ground-breaking new product, the Intensive Revival Masque – the result of four years of clinical trials.

“The story behind why we developed ‘Revival Masque’ is that this was my first step in the mission I have to make a skin care product that would be like a ‘face lift in a bottle’. I know that this is a preposterous idea, but as a dreamer I decided to pursue it.” Dr. Des Fernandes Environ’s ‘Revival Masque’ has a unique combination of revolutionary ingredients: Asiatic, Mandelic and Lactic Acid that make the skin appear more luminous, smoother and revitalised.

BENEFITS:

  • Asiatic Acid stimulates growth factors that are important in the regenerative processes of the skin, facilitating the regeneration of the collagen matrix.
  • Mandelic and Lactic Acids promote natural hydrating factors in the skin and lightens uneven skin tone.
  • Contains anti-ageing properties creating younger and more revitalised skin

The Nexus Beauty News – Vol 1 – Issue 1 – November 2014
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