*We cannot wax clients that are taking Accutane (also known as Isotretinoin), Retin-A, or other oral skincare prescriptions such as antibiotics due to the increased sensitivity to your skin.*
It is just as important to take care of and prepare the area before a wax as it is to take care of it after a wax. Follow these tips to ensure a quick appointment that is a little less painful.
It’s advised that you stop using any Vitamin A, acid products, and/or skin peels around 3 to 4 days before your waxing appointment. This will help to prevent post-waxing skin irritation.
Avoid exposure to the sun and tanning beds as this increases sensitivity of the skin
Ensure your hair is at least ½ of an inch. Shorter hair may not be picked up by the wax and can make your experience more painful.
Exfoliate the waxing area 48 hours before your appointment. This will keep the skin soft and smoother and prevent ingrown hairs.
Moisturize the area to be waxed the night before. This will hydrate the skin and help prevent irritation to the skin.
Bath or shower on the day of your appointment to open up follicles, allowing for easier hair removal.
Do not apply any deodorants, make up, lotions, soaps, powders, perfumes or self-tanning products to the area to be waxed the day of your appointment.
Take an OTC pain reliever 30 minutes before your appointment if you are concerned about pain.
Wear loose fitting clothing that will not cause friction to your appointment
After your waxing service, you may expect the area to be red. It’s normal immediately after your wax for a little bit of redness and a prickly heat type rash to appear. This should disappear after a few hours and is normally due to a histamine reaction. Some may experience tenderness and tingling. Blood spots due to the type of hair removed and or where the hair is at in its growth cycle at time of removal can be a common symptom of waxing.
After your waxing service, you may expect the area to be red. It’s normal immediately after your wax for a little bit of redness and a prickly heat type rash to appear. This should disappear after a few hours and is normally due to a histamine reaction. Some may experience tenderness and tingling. Blood spots due to the type of hair removed and or where the hair is at in its growth cycle at time of removal can be a common symptom of waxing. Because waxing removes the hair at the root, it’s important that you keep the area clean, dry, and bacteria free. This means you will need to follow the following steps will help to protect the skin:
24 Hours After
Avoid touching with unwashed hands or scratching (this includes exfoliation) the waxed area
We suggest you shower in a cooler than usual temperature. Ensure the water runs off the waxed area and you do not wash or scrub this area.
Saunas and steam rooms, vigorous exercise, and gyms should be avoided. Sweat can infect open follicles and heat can irritate the waxed area.
Do not swim or take a bath as pools and soaking can expose you to bacteria.
Sunbathing, sunbeds or any sunlight and UV exposure.
Avoid applying products to the waxed area such as deodorants, make-up, lotions, soaps, powders, perfumes, self-tanning products etc. as these can cause irritation, breakouts, and or inflammation
Tight fitted clothing may cause friction to the waxed area. Wear something looser.
Sexual activity causes friction that can be irritating and may introduce bacteria to the newly waxed area. Abstain from sex for at least 24 hours after waxing intimate areas.
To soothe and calm the skin you may consider regularly applying an aloe vera gel. This will rehydrate the skin and soothe any discomfort you may experience. Please take care to make sure the products you use is formulated without any alcohols as ingredients as alcohol is drying to the skin.
Antiseptic cream or Tea tree oil can be applied to the area for its antibacterial properties in ensuring the area remains bacteria free.
3-10 days after your waxing service, you need to ensure you prevent ingrown hairs. The skin will close over the follicles and new hair may get trapped causing ingrown hairs. Gently exfoliate 2-3 times a week with a body scrub. Loofahs and exfoliating mitts can be used in the shower but these must be kept clean and dry, and should be replaced every other month to reduce bacteria exposure. These are especially useful for men exfoliating areas such as their backs and chests after waxing. For non-intimate areas of the body, dry brushing can have a useful exfoliating effect. If it is an intimate area, make sure you choose a suitable scrub that is not highly-perfumed. The exfoliator needs to be grainy enough to have an effect, but not so harsh that will irritate your skin, tear your skin, or make it sore. In fact, over-exfoliation or the use of an unsuitable scrub will graze the skin and may actually cause ingrown hairs, rather than prevent them. Start this exfoliation routine 2-3 days after the waxing treatment. It is essential that you perform this routine between days 3-10 after your wax service. Remember to not over exfoliate as this can cause damage to the skin. Follow your exfoliation with an enriching and nourishing moisturizer. Moisturize the waxed area regularly, preferably with a cream containing antiseptic properties such as tea tree oil, aloe vera and witch-hazel, will also help to alleviate any irritation. Ingrown hairs are often caused by dry or flaky skin which does not allow the hairs to grow through. If you are moisturizing your intimate bits, be sure to use an appropriate cream or oil (without alcohols) that won’t aggravate these most sensitive of areas. This process will prevent ingrown hairs and ensure that your next wax is easier and a little less painful.
It is important that you plan your waxing treatments. Your maintenance schedule will depend on your hormones, your natural hair growth cycle and other requirements. You will notice that new hair will start to grow back within 1-3 weeks due to the naturally staggered hair growth cycle. This part of regrowth will be sparse, about one-third of the hair normally present. Soon after the remaining hair will begin growing in. Regular waxing will even out the hair growth cycle and leave the area hair free for 3 – 6 weeks. Over time the density of hair in the waxed area may start to decrease as well. We suggest follow up appointments 3-6 weeks after waxing. The added bonus of following the after care advice (apart from your skin looking hair-free and smooth for longer), is that it really will make your next wax a whole lot quicker and less painful.
Finally, in the unlikely event that your skin has not returned to normal after 72 hours, seek advice from your doctor in case you have had an allergic reaction to the wax or in case an infection is developing.