This is a pretty fancy fake tattoo, although given the Chanel and Kat Von D faux ink sets that have come out lately, spendy temporary tats are clearly having a moment. What do you think? Are bikini-line temporary tattoos gonna be so hot we'll need a fire extinguisher? Or are they another pubic enemy?
But how many people are getting Brazilians, anyway? It's not like there's a hair census that reveals the trends of the nether regions. When it comes to depilation, I'm definitely a "to each her own" kind of girl. While some people wax or shave everything, plenty of others don't. So what do you think? Is Brazilian waxing really as popular as Janeane says?
Ah, ingrowns. They're painful, they look unpleasant, and they have a nasty tendency to show up in your most sensitive spots. Especially since bikinis and short-shorts are only a few weeks away, there's no better time to find out how to prevent them from happening. Yani Cifuentes, a waxing professional from LA's Stark Waxing Studio, talked to me about what we can do to keep ingrowns from rearing their ugly heads. To get her advice, just keep reading.
Some people are taking the overshare to the next level. Ice-T's wife Coco decided to tweet her Brazilian (Twitpic removed the picture, but if you must, the NSFW nakedness is here). Last week, Kathy Griffin had a pap smear done live poolside—for a good cause, but still. And vajazzling videos galore are popping up on YouTube. (Thanks, Jennifer Love Hewitt.) It's not just celebrities who seem to be eager to make their ladybits subject to public scrutiny, though. There's a lot going on here, so to see more about it, just keep reading.
In general, I'm a big fan of people snapping on the latex whenever they're going to be in my business — and yes, that includes estheticians and waxers. What would you have done in this situation? Would you have said something?
It seems there's no part of your body that can't be overanalyzed, tweaked, or decorated these days, and this is especially true when it comes to those most private of parts. Very few people are ever likely to see the results, but there's now an entire niche market dedicated to sprucing up an area that, as far as I'm concerned, only needs a little tidying every now and again. And while many of these are just kind of goofy, some are downright bizarre and even kind of scary. Click through to see what I'm talking about.
Long story short, advice columnist Suzi Godson tells the woman to let 'er rip. "Grooming down there is now considered to be normal, on a par with manicures, blow-drying, and eyebrow waxing," she says. "There is something hugely irritating about being forced to conform to an aesthetic ideal instigated and perpetuated by the porn industry, but, like keeping one’s armpits and legs smooth, it is now expected."
Oh brother. You already know that I hate, hate, hate the whole "wax, or else you are gross and undesirable!" standpoint, but I wanted to get a professional opinion on the matter. So I turned to sex educator Debby Herbenick, Ph.D., MPH, author of Because It Feels Good. Her advice is about 10 times better than Godson's, so read more.
Developed with the help of a physician and esthetician, the service aims to make hair removal more comfortable for the bun-in-the-oven set. Since pregnant women frequently have sensitive skin and reduced maneuverability, the treatment incorporates special pillows, different positions, and a nipple cream to soothe freshly waxed skin. For women who love to be bare, it's a smart idea. But I have a feeling that if I were incubating Bella Jr., I'd probably rather splurge on a nice foot massage than deforestation.
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Bluntly put, we have hair in our nether regions to protect the sensitive skin and mucous membranes found in the genital area. When you wax your bikini line or go all the way with a Brazilian, you strip away a layer of the body's protection — and little bits of skin are torn off as well. This allows bacteria to slip through the barrier and cause an infection under your skin. The waxing process also creates inflammation, which can exacerbate the potential infection by trapping bacteria. Some physicians caution those with compromised immune systems or diabetes, chronic kidney, or liver disease to skip waxing completely.
If you do opt for a bikini wax, make sure the facility is licensed and ask around and get recommendations from friends. It also helps to keep the inflammation down with one percent hydrocortisone cream, and you can aim to prevent infection with a topical antibiotic cream as well.
Have you ever had an infection from getting waxed?
Hair removal is the bane of many of our existences, but it doesn't have to be. A few months ago I dished on my experience with Bliss Poetic Cosmetic Waxing Kit ($45), and now it's Bluegirl81's turn. Here's what she had to say about this DIY home waxing product below:
This wax is amazing. I used to break out on my face when waxing at home or the spa, but this wax does not make me break out. It is virtually pain free compared to other waxes. I have been removing hair on my face for over 10 years and this is by far the best. I will never use another at home wax. Highly recommended.
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