When an invite to get a "V-Facial®" popped into my inbox, I laughed out loud—and so did the rest of the office when I mentioned it. But when I read further, I realized the treatment actually sounded pretty nice: a scrub, in-grown hair removal and mask for my lady parts? I figured it was at least worth a try.
I dropped into Fuzz Wax Bar for the new V-Facial® treatment, filled with questions and a bit of anxiety. Having a Brazilian wax is an intimate experience because the esthetician has to get right in there, and I figured a V-Facial® would be much the same in terms of getting up close and personal. Thank goodness I had Jane as my esthetician. She was friendly and funny, and she made me feel totally comfortable as she propped my legs open and wiped me clean with antibacterial towelettes. Then she began scrubbing my skin (not strictly the vagina or vulva, but the area around it and around the pubic bone) with Fuzz Wax Bar's custom scrub, made with sugar, salt and glycerin. She removed the scrub with a warm, damp towel, then checked my bikini line for in-growns, which she removed with tweezers and a lancet (for those extra deep hairs trapped beneath the skin). In case you're wondering, it was not remotely painful. Next was the cream mask, made with all-natural ingredients. Jane smoothed it on, then massaged it into my skin with a high-frequency wand that helps the product to penetrate and treat deep in-growns. Another warm towel removed the mask, and the final step was a soothing moisturizer. I left feeling rejuvenated, which may seem like a silly word to use, but it's genuinely how I felt. Jane also gave me a bunch of maintenance tips (watch for those in another post!), that I feel I can implement in my day-to day-routine. After the treatment, I had a quick chat with owners Jessica Frampton and Florence Gaven about the new launch at their stores. They answered my burning questions. Why offer the V-Facial®? When the co-owners were looking to create their wax bars in Toronto, they began market research into treatments offered in the U.S. They came across the V-Facial®, but decided to focus on waxing treatments before expanding their range. What are the benefits? The V-Facial® treats in-grown hairs, removes dead skin cells and smooths bumps around the bikini line, prevents acne and helps maintain healthy, hydrated skin. It is also a chance for your esthetician to check on your wax and make sure you are doing proper maintenance at home. When should you get a V-Facial®? The ideal time is 10 days after a bikini or Brazilian wax, because your hair is just starting to appear beneath the surface of the skin. However, that doesn't mean that you have to get a V-Facial® after every wax. I think it's the perfect treatment to get 2-4 times per year, just as a way to maintain healthy skin and clean up your bikini line. If you never suffer from in-grown hairs or bumps, then you probably don't need this treatment at all. What does it cost and how long does it take? The cost is $58 ($48 for members) for a 20-minute treatment.