Pre-Waxing Care Guide
Below is a guide that, when followed, will maximize the results of your treatment as well as ensure that you encounter as few service complications as possible.
The following steps will help prepare your skin for your service:
lightly exfoliate the area to be treated (please note that aggressive exfoliation will compromise the skin and make a waxing service inadvisable)
Take a mild anti-inflammatory. This is typically only recommended for Brazilian and extended bikini waxes and will help to relieve some of the discomfort associated with these waxing procedures as well as reduce the swelling that you may experience.
Discontinue all use of retinoids and other chemical exfoliating agents for at least 72 hours. This is very important and failure to do so could result in lifting of the skin as these products compromise the integrity of the skin. This includes all topical prescription acne medication.
If you are a sunbather, or frequent the tanning salon, it is important to stay out of the sun (artificial or not) for a minimum of 24 hours prior to your service. Waxing services will not be performed if any redness due to sun exposure is present on the skin. This measure is taken solely for our clients' safety and benefit.
If you enjoy exercising, please do so before your waxing appointment. Exercise directly after is not recommended due to the higher risk of causing breakout.
It is a good idea to have a small amount of cortisone cream on hand as this will ease any irritation that you may experience as a result of your service.
Post-Waxing Care Guide
Below is a guide for your post-waxing care and if followed will assist you in maintaining the clarity of your skin.
Following these steps will ensure a better post-waxing experience
Avoid sun exposure for a minimum of 24 hours, or until the tenderness subsides.
Avoid all mechanical and chemical exfoliating agents for at least 24 hours. This includes all topical acne medication as well as all forms of retinoids.
Avoid strenuous physical activity for at least 12 hours. This is especially important if you are susceptible to breakout as the bacteria naturally present on the skin and in perspiration are more easily able to enter the hair follicle and cause inflammation during this time.
Avoid hot tubs for a minimum of 12 hours as your skin is more easily able to absorb the chemical toxins present in most hot tubs
Avoid fragranced products of all kinds (soaps, lotions) for at least 12 hours
Begin exfoliating 48 hours after your wax and continue to exfoliate 3 times per week to minimize the presence of ingrown hairs. If you suffer from ingrown hairs it can be beneficial to discontinue the use of bar soaps as they contain ingredients that are known to increase the presence of ingrown hairs.
Discontinue the use of bar soaps as they contain ingredients that are known to increase the presence of ingrown hairs.