A guide to getting a bikini wax before your cruise.

With all the time you'll spend wearing a swimsuit during your cruise, it can be super convenient to get a bikini wax prior to your trip - you'll save so much time not having to shave! But the idea of getting a bikini wax can be intimidating.

Well not to fear, we've got the tips right here. Here's what you need to know about getting a bikini wax in preparation for your cruise:

 

BEFORE YOUR WAXING APPOINTMENT

Let the hair grow out

It's important to let the hair in your bikini area grow out for 2-3 weeks before getting it waxed. If the hair is too short, the wax won't catch it. A good rule of thumb is to let the hair grow to 1/4 inch in length.

Exfoliate before waxing

The night before your bikini wax, gently exfoliate the area in the shower. This helps loosen up and remove dead skin cells so you can get the closest wax possible.

The ELEMIS Frangipani Monoi Salt Glow is great for exfoliating your body. This gentle polishing scrub with natural hibiscus flower petals gently exfoliates dead cells to help brighten skin while the mineral-rich salts purify, cleanse and soften it. To boot, the rich infusion of exotic Tahitian monoi oil conditions the skin – leaving it hydrated prior to your wax appointment.

Be conscious of timing

After waxing, there will likely be some redness and sensitivity in the area, which can last for 1-2 days. If it's your first time waxing, you may want to make an appointment for 2-3 days before you leave for your cruise to give the redness time to dissipate. Typically, it takes about two to three weeks until you'll see stubble growing back in.

 

DURING YOUR WAXING APPOINTMENT

Wear loose, breathable clothing

There's nothing worse than getting waxed and then having to wear tight clothing that causes you to chafe. Wear soft, loose, and breathable shorts or pants to your appointment.

Prepare yourself

Taking ibuprofen 30-45 minutes before your appointment can help reduce pain during the waxing as well as inflammation.

 

AFTER YOUR WAXING APPOINTMENT

Avoid hot showers and baths

After your wax, avoid taking hot showers or baths for 1-2 days, as the heat can aggravate the skin.

Skip the sweaty gym session

In the same vein, skip the gym in a day or two after getting waxed. Waxing causes your pores to open, which makes them more vulnerable to infection, so steer clear of getting sweaty.

Hydrate your skin

Your skin needs extra nourishment at this time so make sure to give it what it needs. Moisturize the area using a gentle body oil or body cream that is made for sensitive skin. A great option for the sensitized area is the Skin Nourishing Milk Bath which uses milk proteins and natural plant collagen to replenish your skin. Stay away from using highly fragranced moisturizers as that may irritate the area.

There's no reason to fear bikini waxes - just follow our tips and enjoy smooth skin on your cruise! For more tips on body care, click here.