This Is What You Should Do Before Getting A Bikini Wax

It's normal to be nervous before your bikini wax. You've probably heard plenty of stories about awkward and even painful experiences other people have had. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to prep for your appointment that will make the experience much easier.

The most important thing to remember is that you shouldn't shave for at least four weeks before getting waxed (via Well + Good). Wax needs at least a quarter of an inch of hair to properly secure onto. Resist the urge to shave the area before then. You'll get much better results if you wait.

You should avoid booking your appointment within five days of your period because your body will be more sensitive to pain during this time. But make sure your wax session is at least three days before you plan to go swimming, as it can take this long for your skin to feel better. "Also, saltwater and chlorine will get into your open pores and cause more irritation if you get a bikini wax the day of," Leyda Quintero, lead aesthetician at Bliss Spa Soho, told Well + Good.

Make sure to prep the morning of your appointment

What you do in the hours before your bikini wax appointment can make a big difference. Take a warm bath or shower and gently exfoliate your bikini area to soften the skin and remove dead skin cells (via Good Housekeeping). This will make the process less painful. Before heading out the door, pop a mild painkiller to help keep the skin from getting inflamed. Your esthetician may also use a numbing cream on your skin for a similar effect.

Your bikini wax outfit should be loose and lightweight. You'll need to undress (or at least remove your bottoms) before the wax and put everything back on when you're done. Tight clothing will rub on your tender skin and be uncomfortable. Avoid wearing tight clothes for the rest of the day to allow your skin to heal.

Finally, communicate with your esthetician before your wax. They will be glad to answer any questions or address any concerns you may have about the experience. Also, be sure to let them if something is significantly uncomfortable while you're being waxed. They can usually switch up their position, wax, or technique a little bit to improve your experience.