Now to the real question at hand..
Does it Hurt?
The short answer is yes. The truth is the hair removal experience by waxing is different than being kissed by puppies. Why? Jessica Krant, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York and founder of Art of Dermatology explained it like this: The discomfort of waxing is for only one reason: The hairs have roots and are attached to our body. Lifting the hairs out via waxing means taking them out by the root. There is no way to bypass this process when removing unwanted hair by waxing. And, you don’t want to. Lifting hairs out by the root means they can take many weeks to grow back. When they do grow back, the hairs are softer and sparser. The discomfort is less each time you wax. With shaving, which only slices the hair from the surface, the hairs are growing back coarser with a sharp edge. If you prefer weeks rather than hours of smoothness, there are ways to minimize any unease by being prepared and following our tips and tricks.
Will I be Able to Handle it?
If you can bare walking in high heels all day, you are already one tough lady. It’s very likely you can handle a second of discomfort for long-lasting smooth skin. It is common for first-timers to experience more tenderness as previously shaved follicles are stronger. However, waxing gets easier over time as the hair becomes weaker, finer and sparser. Seasoned waxers describe a feeling akin to simply “zipping off a bandaid”.
Is it Worth it?
Everyone is different. Factors such as your skin type, hair type and area of waxing are all important things to consider when determining your hair removal method.
If you are in a rush to remove hair right before a big event, shaving might be the better option. If you are prepared to get the technique right and want a longer-lasting option, waxing will be the winning choice.
Tips & Tricks
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According to a recent British survey, women spend the equivalent of 72 days, or around 1,700 hours shaving their legs in their lifetime. This same survey showed that women consistently ranked shaving their legs as their most tedious part of their personal care routine.