Bikini beautiful

What’s summer without those itsy-bitsy bikinis? Renowned beauty expert and cosmetologist Bharti Taneja gives you a quick lowdown on how to keep it smooth and silky down there during this sizzling season.

1. Start with cleansing – The comfort takes the priority when we talk about the bikini area. The excessive sweating can lead to infection, so you should always keep the area clean. Pick a mild cleanser, which is not very harsh on this sensitive area and keeps it infection free at the same time.

2. Use Wet wipes – During the day you can use wet wipes to keep the area cleans and nourished as well. The wet wipes are not only come handy for the purpose (can easily be stacked in your handbag) but also offer a rejuvenating feel. Plus, they keep the bikini area disinfected.

3. Powder power – It’s important to keep the area dry as excessive sweating can become the cause of infection, rashes or skin irritation during the hot months. Puffing the area well with a fragrance free powder can help absorb the moisture. A baby powder is an ideal pick.

4. Cotton cool – Cool and super comfortable, cotton lingerie is perfect for the summer. It keeps you at ease throughout the day and is absolutely kind to the skin.

Get wonderful with waxing

For many women, the summer beauty regimen is incomplete without the bikini wax. It not just gives you freedom from those unwanted hair but also gets you beach ready in your body flattering swimwear. Moreover, hair in the bikini area can lead to bacteria build up due to humidity and excessive sweating. Let’s have a look at varied hair removing techniques and things to keep in mind before getting a bikini wax done:

Hot and Cold wax

The most commonly used options for bikini wax, hot and cold wax are time tested and trusted options for the pubic area upkeep. However, it’s important to go to a professional for waxing.

Ricca and Aloe vera wax

Mild and soothing, these waxes are less painful for the skin and give you silky-smooth fell in minutes. They also help in getting rid of the in-grown hair.

Points to remember

The aesthetician should apply the wax in the direction of the hair and pull it out from the opposite direction, otherwise your hair growth will go for a toss. This also makes the procedure less painful.

Always stress upon using a pre-wax lotion, which helps minimize pulling & tagging of the skin during waxing and post-wax lotion, which disinfects the area after waxing.

Make sure fresh wax is being used for bikini wax.

Ask the aesthetician to use a disposal spatula to avoid infection.

Avoid using razors for that sensitive area as it can cause infection, increases in grown hair and make the hair growth dense.

Permanent hair removal

Already popular around the world, Intense Pulse light is extremely safe and most widely recommended hair removal technique, especially for the bikini area. It gives you maximum coverage with minimum pain, or should say no-pain in comparison to other traditional waxing methods. It doesn’t involve deep penetration and works smoothly on the hair.

(The author is the Director of ALPS Clinic and Academy)

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