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Body Waxing - How To Drastically Reduce The "Ouch!" Factor

Do you like the great feeling that comes from body waxing hair removal but shudder at the thought of what you have to go through to get it?

Body waxing is an economical, effective hair removal method which leaves the skin feeling wonderfully smooth.

But it comes at a price. Depending on your level of sensitivity there can be considerable discomfort or even pain.

Thankfully there are simple precautions you can take which can significantly reduce the "Ouch!" factor. Here they are:

1. Pain Killers

Take a pain killer 30-60 minutes before the waxing procedure. Look for tablets like Advil that contain Ibuprofen which controls mild pain and inflammation.

2. Deep Breathing

Do some deep breathing exercises just before your waxing session. Draw in breath deeply through the nose, hold for a few seconds, exhale slowly and fully through the mouth. This relaxes the body and it also has an effect on hair follicles so they are not so constricted, thus making hair extraction less painful.

3. Numbing Spray

Use a numbing spray a few minutes before waxing. These can numb the skin to a degree (not completely) so waxing doesn't sting. GiGi for example market an anesthetic numbing spray. (See resource box below)

4. Press Immediately

Press hard on the affected area IMMEDIATELY after the strip is pulled off. This is very important. Applying pressure with the cushion of the finger on small areas or the palm of the hand on larger areas can result in a dramatic reduction in pain. The key is doing this right after the hair is removed.

5. Ice

Rubbing an ice cube over the affected area can greatly reduce inflammation and swelling and sooth the protesting nerve endings.

Additional Precautions

Apart from these five main ways to reduce the discomfort associated with body waxing, keep these further precautions in mind:

Hard wax rather than soft wax is better for sensitive parts of the body like the pubic area. Be sure to pull off with a clean stroke to avoid ingrown hairs. Pregnant women or women approaching their period will generally have a higher level of sensitivity.

Individuals with coarse hair are likely to feel more pain and waxing may be accompanied by a little bleeding.

Anyone on medications such as Retin A, Accutane, Tetracycline or Glycolic Acid should avoid waxing altogether as skin may lift off with the hair causing acute pain.

Wait 6 or 7 days at least after a thorough skin exfoliation to avoid skin being lifted off with the waxing.

Do not wax over moles or other skin conditions.

Finally, using a hair inhibitor can slow down hair re-growth and cause the hair that does grow back to be softer and finer thus making subsequent body waxing sessions much less painful.

In Summary

So, is body waxing worth it? Many will respond with a resounding YES. It not only makes you feel great, it is also very hygienic, especially in the genital area.

Using the simple guidelines above, you can now enjoy all the benefits of body waxing without the "Ouch!" factor.


Different Skin Burn Treatment Methods

It is extremely important for a skin burn treatment to be used right away, even for minor skin burns. A burn treatment can come in many forms, from natural ingredients, burn ointments, and many others. What kind of treatment really depends on the severity of the burn. First degree burns, ones that leave the skin red and irritated can often be treated at home with homeopathic remedies or over the counter medications.

Second and third degree burns, those that have blistering or even opens sores, should be treated properly by a doctor or emergency technician. If you absolutely have to apply first aid to these kinds of burns, you have to do it delicately; otherwise you can make these burns far worse than they already are.

First, in order to do the proper skin burn treatment, you have to identify the severity of the burn itself. First degree burns can be very painful, have redness and may swell. If you press on them, they will turn white. With proper treatment, these burns usually start peeling after the first few days, and heal in a week or so. Second degree burns are more severe, are very painful and may include blisters and swelling. It is important to know that if this is the type of burn, that you don't pop the blisters, because infection can get in immediately. The skin is often splotchy and red, and may take up to three week to heal properly. Third degree burns are of course the most severe, with white or charred skin, meaning the burn damaged all the layers of skin. In most cases, the victim may feel little or no pain. This is because the nerves in the skin have also been damaged. These burns can take months or even years to completely heal.

Proper skin burn treatment also means identifying where the burn is. Even first degree burns on the face, lips hands or feet, or other sensitive areas, should always seen by a doctor. Even if the second degree burn is small, it should be also looked at. For third degree burns, the best burn treatment, no matter how small, is by a doctor or emergency worker. While you may have to do some emergency first aid treatment, you don't want to break any blisters, or remove any charred skin, this can make it worse.

The first thing you need to do for skin burn treatment is to remove the source of the heat. This means moving the person from the source of the fire, putting them out with a fire blanket, and removing any burned clothing, all of which is contributing to the continuation of the burn. The next step is to cool the burn down, and pull the heat out of the burn itself. Even without a source of flame, the skin can still continue to burn. There are many different burn treatment methods to remove the heat from the skin. Running cool, not cold or hot over the burn can bring out the heat. Also, as strange as it sounds, plain yellow mustard will also work to draw heat out of first degree burns. There are also burn treatment ointments that can also draw the heat away from the skin. From there, some Aloe Vera or other topical ointment can help with the healing process. Another option is a burn treatment fire blanket. They can be used as a fire blanket to escape or a treatment before professional help can be sought.

As you can see, there are many things to remember and treatments when it comes to burns. Proper care is easy if you have the right knowledge and tools.


Keeping Your Gums Healthy So You Can Avoid A Trip To A Periodontist

Estimates show that almost 75% of adults over the age of 40 suffer from gum disease. There is a huge lack of knowledge when it comes to this condition, how it develops, the different forms of treatment, and the repercussions of not seeking treatment. Many people are not usually even aware they have gum disease. When neglected, gum disease can negatively affect a person's health and can cause the loss of teeth.

This article explores this condition, including some common myths about it. It covers the difference between periodontitis and gingivitis, the symptoms to be on the lookout for, the best way to avoid gum disease, and how a periodontist can help.

The Truth About Gum Disease

Strangely, a number of myths about periodontal disease have appeared recently. Many people believe it only develops because of not brushing when in fact 25% of the population has a genetic predisposition for the condition. Many others believe it is only a minor problem that will eventually disappear on its own. Actually, it won't just disappear. Gum disease is an infection and just like other infections, it can spread if it isn't treated. This can have a serious impact on your health, your appearance, and can lead to your teeth falling out. Lastly, some people believe the treatment for gum disease is painful. With IV sedation from a periodontist, this just isn't true.

Gingivitis And Periodontitis

While both are gum disease, gingivitis is the initial manifestation of the disease. Most people with gingivitis don't feel any discomfort so they usually don't know they have a problem until diagnosed. Gingivitis can often be treated at home with several methods from a periodontist.

Periodontitis is advanced gingivitis and it can be serious when left untreated. The plaque on teeth starts to affect the gum line and the bacteria of the mouth begin to produce toxins that break down the structure and support system of your teeth. At this stage, treatment from a periodontist is crucial.

The Warning Signs

Look for swelling or bleeding after brushing your teeth and notice whether your gums seem to be receding, making your teeth look longer. Another sign of early periodontitis is teeth feeling loose and the gums feeling squishy. If you notice any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your dentist or periodontist immediately to discuss treatment options.

Prevent With Good Oral Habits

The prevention of gingivitis and periodontitis come largely down to good brushing and flossing daily. This stops the spread of plaque and prevents bacteria from producing harmful toxins that will deteriorate the tissue and bone that surround your teeth.

You can usually keep plaque and bacteria in check with twice daily brushing and flossing along with visiting your dentist or periodontist twice per year. In addition, use mouthwash daily to kill bacteria and stop plaque from spreading.

The Job Of A Periodontist

A periodontist serves several roles in your dental care, including providing advice and guidance that can help you prevent gum disease, diagnosing this condition, and providing the treatments necessary for eliminating it. These dental professionals often also offer smile makeovers, laser dentistry, dental implants, and other dental procedures.

If you have the symptoms of gum disease, make an appointment with your periodontist right away for painless treatment to resolve a potentially serious problem.


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