Ah, the bikini wax. What can I say about it? It’s painful, uncomfortable and although I like the end results, I squirm around like a fish when it’s bikini wax time because the fear of the inevitable pain to come literally scares me.
I read an article on Cosmo about a bikini numbing kit called BareEase & Cream. My first thought? Yeah, right! I am a beauty writer so I test out hundreds of products every year, including products that claim to make a bikini wax less painful. To date, I hadn’t found anything that actually worked. But to be fair, I contacted Dr. Edna Ma, M.D., the creator of BareEase & Cream in Beverly Hills and asked for a sample so I could see for myself if this so-called bikini numbing kit actually worked.
The very sweet and kind Dr. Ma replied right away and was eager to send off some samples, knowing full well I’d love the product she created. Still a skeptic, I tried the cream out this past weekend. I applied the numbing cream to my bikini area and slipped into the rubber panties designed to keep the cream in place. I went about my business for about 30 to 40 minutes, then wiped the cream off and commenced operation wax.
Wow! I noticed my bikini wax went a lot smoother and quicker than usual. Without the constant jumping and need for breaks from the pain, the process is much quicker.
Yes, I felt some pain but not much worse than I do on my legs or underarms. A bikini wax will never be a completely pain-free experience, but BareEase & Cream did make it a lot more bearable. I didn’t break into a cold sweat when the hair was savagely pulled off my sensitive area and I didn’t scream or ask myself why I bother doing this every month like I usually do. I also noticed that plucking out those nasty stray hairs was by far less torturous than usual.
What makes this product great (other than the fact that it really works) is that it’s easy to use. You can apply the cream at work, slip into the panties and make your way over to your esthetician. Just wipe off the excess cream before you start and voila!
The product currently retails for $24.99 US and it will be making its way to DermStore.com and DrugStore.com in November. Both sites ship to Canada.
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More of Dr. Ma’s Ouchless Tips:
- If you are not allergic to acetaminophen (eg: Tylenol) or ibuprofen (eg: Advil), take these about 1-2 hours prior to your treatment. These medications take longer to take effect, but decreases inflammation and pain for hours.
- Plan your bikini hair removal after your period.
- Trim the hair prior to waxing. For the procedure, keep the hair to ¼- ½ inch, this is the ideal length. If the hair is too long, it will be more painful. But if the hair is too short, the wax will not stick.
- Relax and breathe. Take a deep breath when the wax is applied, and exhale when she tugs off the strip.