Can You Get Waxed On Your Period? An Introduction
Have you ever experienced the untimely arrival of a period? It’s not fun and can ruin any plans for your day. Maybe you had an early visit from Aunt Flo while on vacation and now your favorite swimwear is stained, or it’s too difficult to get out of bed in time for work and miss work presentations due to debilitating cramps. or maybe you put off your Brazilian waxing because of the messiness during periods. The first two events are out of your control, but do you really need your period as an excuse for skipping out on professional grooming treatments?
There’s no reason to worry about getting waxed while on your period. Whether you’re receiving a Brazilian or Bikini Wax, it won’t stand in the way of achieving cleanliness and beauty. Deidra Green, a licensed and certified esthetician, and a field training manager at European Wax Center say, “Yes, you can absolutely be waxed while on your menstrual cycle. If your skin is healthy and you can wear a tampon [or a menstrual cup], then you can get waxed.”
So, it’s generally not recommended that you wear a menstrual pad to your appointment. “We always want to ensure that we are being as safe and sanitary as possible in the wax suite,” Green added. Using a menstrual cup or tampon while cleaning is safer to reduce any exposure.
While it is safe to have some hair removed down there while you’re on your period, the process may not always be comfortable. The changes in hormone levels during menstruation can make some people more sensitive to pain. The increased sensitivity of your skin may make you more prone to bruising. Research has shown that people experience heightened pain sensitivity during menstruation cycles when estrogen levels are low, as well as a greater tolerance to it. There is a chance that you will experience greater pain when it’s time for your procedure, so most estheticians would recommend that you wait if you can. Unfortunately, periods can sometimes happen without warning and it’s not always in your control.
Check out what to expect at your waxing appointment during your period:
Before your mid-menstruation waxing appointment, Green suggests freshening up your nether regions before going into a waxing appointment by cleansing them with wipes and cutting or tucking any strings that might be attached to the tampon so it can remain in place. Taking a mild pain reliever before your reservation is helpful as well. The American Academy of Dermatology Association says that applying a cold pack to the skin about 30 minutes before waxing can also help minimize discomfort.
The best way to have a great experience is by letting your esthetician know beforehand that you’re on a cycle. This will ensure there are no surprises during treatment time. Your esthetician will cleanse the area, apply wax and hair removal treatments in desired areas. She may then rub in soothing gel or serum to calm inflammation & prevent ingrown hairs.
Post waxing, you may want to take a shower with hot water However Green suggests against cranking up the temp. She says. “You can shower after your wax, just make sure to use lukewarm or cooler water, [as] hot showers can dehydrate the skin”. Dry skin can cause you to experience flaking, tightness, and itching in your pubic area. If the hairs growing back are also dry or brittle then it will be more difficult for them when removed next time. Ingrown hairs, bumps, and redness are all common post-waxing symptoms. To prevent them from happening again Green recommends applying an Ingrown Hair Serum with exfoliating glycolic acid as well skin cell repair vitamins E right away after your wax.
It’s important not to have sex 24 to 48 hours after the wax to give your skin a chance to fully heal, as it could lead toward irritation and increased risk of infection. You should also avoid tanning during this time period as your skin may be more prone to sun damage. The same rules apply when it comes to water-based activities such as hanging out in hot tubs, lakes, pools, and saunas. Green explains, “The reason for this is because you don’t want a build-up of bacteria in your [open] pores that could potentially cause some irritation post-wax.”
Whether you’re getting a Brazilian or wax, it’s typically okay to get one while on your period. However, if the thought of an esthetician being all up during menstruation makes you cringe don’t hesitate to reschedule!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is it OK to get waxed on your period?
While getting a wax while on your period is perfectly acceptable, it is preferable to use a tampon or menstrual cup instead. A pad won't give you the right level of protection because getting your intimate wax done requires you to take off your jeans and underwear.
Should I tell my waxer im on my period?
To your visit, all you need to wear is a brand-new tampon or clean menstrual cup. Your skin is most delicate when you are on your period. Therefore, you might also want to let your wax therapist know that you're on your period so they'll be aware of the situation and can treat you as gently as possible.
Can I get Brazilian wax on my period?
Certainly! Just be aware that you can feel discomfort beyond what you normally would because your pubic area is usually more sensitive at this time. You will need to put on a tampon in order to complete the service.
Is it better to wax before or after your period?
Since your skin is more sensitive and your pain tolerance is lower during that time, it is advised to try to avoid getting waxed no less than five days prior to your period.
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