Valentine's Day isn't remotely close to bikini and beach season. However, paying attention to your bikini area and legs year-round is sure to get you in the mood. Feeling sexy begins when you know you look good under your clothes, whether you're sporting lingerie or sweats. No matter what you're wearing to bed these days, here are tricks of the hair removal trade and product recommendations to give you a positive self-image and prepare you for some fuzz-free Valentine's Day love.
Prep before waxing
Let's be honest: Waxing can be a painful enough prospect to convince women to tough it out with soap and a razor in the shower. Work up to "going under the wax" with the BareEase & Cream prep kit. This ouchless hair removal kit comes with a latex panty and Lidocaine-based cream with aloe and jojoba to soothe and moisturize the skin. The numbing properties of the cream last about 20 minutes once removed.
Banish ingrown hairs
If you have splurged on a bikini wax and want to keep the results fresh for as long as possible, try out Bikini Bump Blaster Pads. They prevent and eliminate ingrown hairs and keep just-waxed skin super-smooth.
Pop some pills
A little over-the-counter pain relief can go a long way whether you're getting a professional wax or waxing at home. "If you're not allergic to acetaminophen, take Tylenol or ibuprofen about one to two hours prior to treatment," says Edna Ma, M.D., a board certified anesthesiologist. Though they take time to go into effect, these medications decrease inflammation and pain for hours.
Stay smooth at home
Not a fan of waxing? For easy at-home maintenance, hair inhibitors can do the trick. "The Completely Smooth for Body and Face products are clinically proven to reduce hair growth by 55 percent," says Cindy Barshop, hair removal guru and owner of Completely Bare Spas.
Decorate your delicates
Whether you opt for professional hair removal or just do a close shave at home, if you want to show your frisky side for an evening, consider dazzling up your lady parts with some one-time bling. Choose the temporary tattoos that are applied with water (go for an abstract design and not the Disney characters your kids love), or order a Vajewel (available as a heart, bow, peace sign or with customized initials) and decorate with crystals. A little bit of maintenance can go a long way in the bedroom.
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