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Recently, during an already awkward wax, my beauty therapist paused at the end, looked at my nether region, and announced to me that I need to start exfoliating my lady parts.
Erm, sorry? What?
Exfoliating my face is part of my skincare routine, but exfoliating down there? Does everyone know about this? Am I the only one not aware that my vagina region required this kind of attention?
Too taken aback to question this at the time, I lied and said that I am, of course, already exfoliating my bikini line.
Now that I have pants on and a clear mind, what else to do other than investigate this madness?
I chatted to Ann Paterakis, who has over 20 years experience in waxing, and has founded her own salon, Soho wax lounge. She says exfoliating after a wax is good because it helps to prevent ingrown hairs.
"Exfoliating your bikini line can be done about a week to 10 days after a wax, or just until you start to see the hair beginning to grow," Paterakis explains.
"You exfoliate to remove the top later of dead skin. Use a loofah glove or an exfoliating cream. Obviously don't exfoliate the labia, just the bikini line." (Post continues after gallery.)
And just when you thought you couldn't learn anything else about waxing, Dr Ilana Galgut, a leading Associate Doctor and Cosmetic Physician at enRich Dermatology, says exfoliating can also be done before a wax.