We all might be a little squeamish when it comes time for a bikini wax, but we might be worrying about the wrong things. Turns out there is more to be wary of than the pain and nakedness of it all-like the spread of infection.
Double dipping the wax applicator can contaminate the wax, potentially leading to infection. And while it is illegal in several states, it’s not always enforced. “Many aestheticians are even trained to double dip out of convenience,” says New York Hair-removal expert Shobha Tummala.
“We all have a certain level of bacteria on the skin, which is usually harmless. However, there are types of bacteria (like staph) that can be dangerous if you have a weak immune system. So, if your waxer double dips, you run the risk of contracting a potential infection from the contaminated wax,” explains Tummala.
How to Protect Yourself
Your aesthetician should use a clean applicator each time she dips into the wax. Heated wax makes the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and germs. “Waxing tools should be taken out if a sterilized pouch and sanitized before being used again. Always make sure a new roll of paper is put on the table before you lay down too. And, whoever is doing your wax should wear gloves so there is no cross-contamination.
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