To face wax, or not to face wax…

Tomorrow night marks the end of Grassroots Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus run and I’m facing a little dilemma:

On the one hand, the blood we use in the show is incredibly sticky. I have two more performances as Tamora. Every time she dies, she lies face down in a mixuture of corn syrup, chocolate syrup, and cherry Kool-Aid for a few minutes while the scene finishes. Every time I reanimate for the jig, I have to literally peel my cape, dress, arms and, yes, face off of the wooden palettes. Every time, I can feel the corn syrup inefficiently sugaring the vellous hair off the side of my face in a painfully slow, haphazard manner. A face wax would make getting myself up off of the rapidly drying blood much less rash-inducing.

On the other hand, I would really prefer to nap until the show tonight instead of whipping out the wax, heating it up and doing the whole thing. It’s likely that I’ll be up until at least 3:30am and I am no spring chicken anymore. Momma needs her beauty rest.

To wax or not to wax? Decisions, decisions…

To some, the idea of a face wax sounds foreign and unnecessary. For plenty of people it is. However, I have a good chunk of clients that won’t go without it, especially during the winter months. While my reason for thinking about doing one on myself is atypical, there are a few other reasons to consider it. Here’s a little info to help you decide whether this service might be right for you:

What is it? A face wax removes the super-fine vellous hair that grows primarily on the borders of a person’s face.

Why would anyone do that? As many women get older this vellous hair becomes noticeably longer and thicker due to subtle changes in hormone levels. The hair still isn’t terribly offensive in most cases, but it does catch light and makeup extremely well (setting powder in particular really makes the hairs “pop”). The most commonly cited reason for getting a face wax is that makeup goes on more easily because the skin’s texture feels smooth afterward.

Am I a good candidate? If you don’t have issues with waxing other parts of your face like brows and lips you shouldn’t have issues with the rest of your face. As with most waxing, it’s a bad idea to do after sun exposure. Also, because the face tends to get exposed to more sun over time, it’s typically more susceptible to skin cancer. So, if you know you have some of that action going on on your face make sure to tell your waxing specialist so they can avoid it.

Sounds great! Is there any thing to stop me from taking over the world after I’ve had one done? You’ll definitely want to make sure you’re using a broad spectrum sunscreen for the days following while your skin is more susceptible to UV damage.


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