How to Make the Most of Your Wax

The "Queen of Brazilians" shares her secrets to healthy hair removal.

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Hair removal began hundreds of years ago and is extremely popular today. However, we now have the privilege of choosing from many sources of removal. After over 30 years in this business—and earning the nickname Queen of Brazilians—I’ve learned a thing or two about the safest and most effective methods.

Years ago, I invented my own natural, soothing recipe of wax, consisting of beeswax and essential oils. The natural ingredients lubricate the skin but adhere to the hair allowing for minimal discomfort and little chance of rash or ingrown hairs.

Preparing your skin is essential to maximize efficiency and to minimize pain. Try a lightweight exfoliation every day for a week before your scheduled wax. I suggest Lotion P50 Corps by Biologique Recherche, which removes dead skin cells from your body while leaving it soft and glowing. It purifies, balances, and hydrates while stimulating the skin’s natural exfoliation. It is important to note that moisturizing creams should never be applied on the day of your wax. You should also make sure your hair is at least 0.5cm in length for successful hair removal. Avoid showering and bathing for two-to-three hours after waxing, as your pores are open and need time to close to avoid irritation. Try to wax at least two days before sun-bathing, as your skin will be more sensitive. Sensitivity is also increased during your menstrual cycle.

Use a soothing post-epilatory gel after waxing. I suggest Post Epil-XT by Cellcosmet, a non-greasy gel that will instantly relieve any discomfort or redness. The Post Epil-XT works directly on the hair follicle, protecting against ingrown hairs.

Award-winning skincare guru Vesna Stojanovic founded La Jolie European Skincare to make her 30-plus years of experience in skincare accessible to her clients.