I've never had a guest blogger on my blog before but after hearing about Anne's recent beauty disaster over coffee a few weeks ago, I felt the need for her to share her story with you.
If your a top lip waxer or are thinking about tackling your unwanted hair this way then I advise you to read on for Anne's word of waxing warning.
My lingering shadow
I went on a trip earlier this year to Thailand; an amazing, sweltering experience.
About one week into my travels I noticed a prominent shadow descending on my top lip, I was slightly confused as I had, had it waxed the day before I'd left, but simply assumed it was growing much faster than usual.
I often find my hair growth speeds up in the sun, great for my ever tumbling locks, yet not so great for unwanted bodily extras.
I snuck off to bury this issue in a Thai salon as soon as possible, so was unpleasantly surprised to find the shadow still there next time I looked in the mirror.
It then dawned on me that this was in fact not down to my hair growth at all but something more serious, my skin, a worrying realisation.
Pictures of how the shadow slowly progressed throughout my holiday.
I have always been very skin conscious so I was feeling increasingly paranoid as the trip went on, what made things worse was that I was away on holiday with my boyfriend. A new relationship, where such matters were not comfortable enough to discuss yet.
I know it was only a shadow but, it was lingering on an area of my skin that no-one wants to draw attention to!
To make things worse as soon as I got home one of the first things my mum said to me was:
"You need to get your top lip waxed!"
By this I knew it had to be bad as my mum's not the type to pick up on things like this, so I went straight to my sister, thankfully, a beautician, who explained that years of upper lip waxing had left my skin weak and as a result, prone to sun damage.
Repair and Prevention
I've found two products to help me tackle my rather unsightly and cough* slightly embarrassing problem.
Clinique's Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector and Clarins UV plus, SPF 40.
Although not quite back to normal yet my skin has improved significantly as you can see below.
In order to prevent this ever happening again I know I will always need to wear a high factor sun block on that area and most definitely never put it near a wax strip again.
My method of choice from now on will be threading for facial hair removal, that is, until I can afford laser treatment!
This is a warning to all you top lip waxers out there, please protect your skin as it didn't just cast a shadow over my holiday but it could have shaded my future...
Eeeek!! Makes me so glad that I've never waxed there as my skin is sun sensitive and I've no doubt I'd have ended up in the same predicament as Anne had I done it. I agree threading all the way, you can't beat it for cheap, quick and easy hair removal!
Be sure to check out Anne's fabulous fashion, life and all that's in between blog, Anne's-Aneries.