I debated writing this post for maybe 45 seconds, but I really have no shame on the subject.
Like most girls, [especially those of the Italian, dark-haired variety] I have the oh-so-lovely upper lip hair that totally skeeves me out.
Personally, I opt to remove it + I wanted to share with you the products I use to do so. 🙂
But first! A quick backstory.
I figured out that I basically had a mustache in the 7th grade when a boy that I liked pointed it out in front of a group of people. It was something I had never even noticed before, but his discovery + announcement was a borderline traumatizing experience. I immediately sought out products to make it go away.
Since then, I’ve completely gotten over it + came to realize that the majority of girls have the same stubborn problem.
Over the years, I’ve used bleaches, creams, wax strips – you name it, before finding the best product for me: hard wax.
When waxing my upper lip, I do have a couple of tricks to share — so I’m going to walk you through my process. 🙂
STEP 1: Prep your face! If your skin is too dry, the wax could rip it right off – ouch. If it’s too oily, the wax won’t stick. So what I like to do is wipe any makeup off of the area using a towel or tissue. I then apply a really thin layer of lotion to my upper lip, let it sink in, then gently wipe it off. For me, this hydrates the area just enough!
STEP 2: Place the jar of wax on a paper plate or paper towel + then microwave for about 1 minute. Increase time by 30 second intervals until wax begins to bubble. Be sure to keep an eye on it so that it does not overflow. I promise you, it will make a complete mess in your microwave. I’ve made this mess many times…including the day I took these pictures lol.
STEP 3: Once wax is melted + skin is prepped, stir with the wooden stick. If you do not have a stick with a heat indicator, test a small bit of wax on another sensitive area like the inside of your wrist or between your thumb + index finger. It should be hot, but not scorching! Once it’s ready, gently spread it over your upper lip.
STEP 4: Once wax pieces have cooled, rip them off in the opposite direction of the hair growth. For weirdos like me who *need* to see a wax/pore strip after it’s been pulled, here you are.
I usually repeat the process 2-3 times to get all of the hair off, but do not over-do it! You could eventually begin ripping off thin layers of your skin which would result in scabbing. And THAT is 10x worse than a barely-there mustache! Once finished, apply the soothing aloe lotion.
STEP 5: I usually trim + pluck my eyebrows at the same time I wax my lip, so once everything is done, my face is pretty irritated. To calm it down, I’ll throw on a quick mask!
Wash it off, moisturize, + enjoy your new hair-free face! 🙂
As women, we obviously don’t celebrate “Movember” in the same manner that men do. However, the cause behind it is worthy of our attention. Be sure to take a moment to read up on the Movember movement + support mens health by making a small donation if you can! Of course we have organizations we all passionately support, myself included, but I like to give a little here + there to other causes whenever I can!
Do you guys remove your own facial hair? What products do you use?
Do you have a husband, boyfriend, or friend who’s celebrating Movember?