Bliss Keeps Waxing Poetic-------
At-home hair removal may have come a long way since the days of Epilady (that little torture device required a permit to operate), but there are still some methods that are best left in the hands of a professional. Waxing tops this list. Leave it to the skincare-savvy folks at Bliss, though, to find a way to simplify the process. This month, the brand will add a new addition to its Poetic waxing line in the form of double-sided, no-heat-necessary waxing strips for the face (brows, lips, and chin) and body. Made with aloe vera to suit even the most sensitive types, each pack comes with post-removal azulene oil to soothe inflamed skin. Pre-stripping, Bliss Hoboken aesthetician Marlena Ramoy recommends readying the skin with a gentle exfoliation and an antiseptic cleanser, preferably with rose and chamomile, to remove surface bacteria and perspiration; doing both, she points out, will also help prevent ingrown hairs. The next step is to “heat” the strips between your palms for 15 to 30 seconds before applying to skin. Once adhered, Ramoy suggests rubbing the strip in the direction of the hair growth, and pulling it off in the opposite direction. If the strips sound foolproof, that’s because they are—and travel-friendly too. But should you refuse to take over de-fuzzing duties entirely, these little miracle workers are an ideal way to stay smooth between visits to a pro.
Bliss Poetic Waxing Strips for Face, $25, and Body, $36, available this month at www.sephora.com.