Before + After Treatment
Before + After Treatment
Tips to maximize your wax experience!
Before your appointment:
- Hair should be at a minimum 1/3 inch in length (2 weeks worth of hair growth) for bikini, Brazilian, and back waxing.
- For eyebrow restoration (rehab), I recommend letting your brows grow for 8-12 weeks before your first appointment - Booking ahead is recommended!
- Do not trim body hair! Longer hair is easier to remove by the root.
- For body waxing, gently exfoliate the area you are having waxed the day before your appointment.
- For body waxing, on the day of your appointment do not apply moisturizers or body oil to the area you are having waxed.
- Limit caffeine on the day of your appointment as it stimulates your nervous system and can make waxing more painful. Caffeine is also dehydrating, which can cause more inflammation and irritation to the treated area after your appointment.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate before your appointment. Hydrated skin is less reactive, so drink your water!
TOPICALS, MEDICATIONS, AND PRESCRIPTIONS
- Please discontinue skin-thinning topicals before facial waxing. 48 hours before discontinue: AHA, BHA (salicylic acid), Benzoyl Peroxide, and Antibiotics. 7-10 days before discontinue: Retin-A, Retinal, Retinol, Differin, and any other topical prescription that has retinoic acid or a derivative of Vitamin A.
- Blood thinners can increase the likelihood of bruising during your procedure and include, but are not limited to: medications (check with your pharmacist or Dr. Google), supplements (like fish oil), and caffeine.
- Do not take Aspirin. Opt for an over-the-counter NSAID 30 minutes before your appointment to ease discomfort, but please note that NSAIDs can cause some skin sensitivity/redness.
- If possible, schedule around your menstrual cycle. I generally recommend that clients schedule at least 48 hours before or 5 days after their cycle. It is absolutely safe to wax during your menstrual cycle but your skin may be more sensitive.
- Schedule your spray tans at least 24-48 hours after your wax appointment.
- Feminine wipes are provided in the bathroom for clients who wish to freshen up before their bikini waxing service.
- Must be 18 or have your parent’s permission to have a waxing service.
After your appointment:
To ensure maximum comfort and benefit after your treatment, it is important to follow the steps below at home.
- Avoid applying heat to the waxed area for 12-24 hours. This includes hot baths, sauna, steam, hot yoga, or cardio workouts.
- Avoid sun tanning for 12-24 hours. This includes any strong ultraviolet (UV) exposure or tanning bed treatments.
- Avoid applying high SPF sunscreens with chemical sunscreen ingredients. Sunscreens made with chemical filters as their primary source of SPF protection can be irritating to the newly waxed skin. This includes self-tanning products and tan accelerators. Mineral sunscreen is safe to use immediately following your procedure but I don’t recommend going into the sun for 24 hours.
- Avoid applying highly fragranced products to the waxed area. This includes perfume, scented body lotions, anti-perspirants, cosmetics, or feminine hygiene sprays.
- Avoid applying harsh scrubs or exfoliants to the waxed area for 72 hours. However, if you are prone to in-grown hairs and provided there is no irritation 24 hours after your waxing treatment, a gentle manual exfoliation with a Body Glove (carried at my studio) may be used to avoid pesky in-grown hairs. It is recommended to exfoliate the bikini area regularly after inflammation has subsided from your treatment. I offer products in my studio to help you maintain blemish free skin after your waxing procedures!
- Any inflammation (pinking of the skin) should disappear within 6-8 hours after the treatment. Slight pinking is normal and indicates that the hair was removed from the root rather than superficially broken off, as in shaving. This is the reason that professional waxing lasts so much longer.
- For best results, I recommend professional waxing every 4-6 weeks, depending on the area waxed and your individual hair growth rate.
- For eyebrow restoration (rehab) I recommend stretching your appointments 10-12 weeks for maximum growth between appointments.
Tips to enhance your facial experience!
Before your facial:
If this is your first appointment with me, please plan to bring the products you are currently using or make a list of what you are using in the Healthy History & Skin Analysis. It’s really important for me to know what you are currently using so I can make the best treatment choice for you during your scheduled appointment.
- Discontinue using Clarisonic or other generic cleansing brushes/spatulas the week of your treatment, or donate it to Goodwill because I have an at-home cleansing option that is gentler and more effective!
- Discontinue the use of Retin-A, retinal, retinol, or variations thereof 5-7 days before your facial. This is really dependent on skin type. If you’re unsure, reach out to me.
- Discontinue at-home exfoliating (AHA/BHA) cleansers, toners, treatment pads, and masks 72 hours before your facial.
- Minimize alcohol and caffeine 72 hours before your facial for best results. Your skin’s threshold for treatment will be weakened by alcohol and caffeine. Both are dehydrating and increase systemic inflammation, which will affect what your skin will tolerate during your facial.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate leading up to your facial. Hydrated skin is healthy skin and healthy skin is more predictable and less moody to treat.
- Prescription medications will also impact how your skin responds to a treatment. Please make sure to thoroughly fill out your Healthy History & Skin Analysis prior to your treatment and include all medications (prescription or OTC) and supplements. It really does matter.
After your facial:
- Wait 3-7 days to reintroduce Retin-A, Retinal, Retinol, Differen, etc…This is also unique to the individual and treatment provided and I will provide guidance to you at the end of your service.
- Wait 48-72 hours before reintroducing AHA/BHA cleansers, toners, treatment pads, and masks. Avoid toners designed to purify or brighten. They generally contain drying forms of alcohol or other ingredients that have astringent qualities, which will not be necessary after your facial. This is truly unique to each person and treatment provided. I will advise you in person at the end of your treatment.
- If possible, wait 24 hours to apply makeup and let the nourishing cocktail applied at the end of your treatment soak in and work its hydrating magic!
- Use your facial as an opportunity to reenergize your regiment. Commit to caring for your skin as recommended - TWICE a day. No more falling asleep in your makeup!
- If you have an at-home LED for aging and have fallen off the wagon, after your facial is the perfect time to reintroduce and re-regiment yourself.
SUNCARE + WINDCARE
- Wait 24 hours before you sweat: hot shower, sauna, hot yoga, or an intense cardio session. Indoor swimming should also wait 24 hours, as the chemicals will irritate your skin after a facial.
- Minimize sun exposure for 24 hours. If you are out and about, make sure you are wearing mineral SPF and a wide brim hat. Chemical SPFs can be a little too irritating immediately following a facial treatment. This is especially important if you are on Oral Contraception or any other medication that causes sensitivity to UV radiation.
- During winter months, protect your face from windburn with a soft scarf (avoid wool as it can be too scratchy).
- Up your water intake and swap caffeinated beverages for herbal options.
- If you are suffering from chronic inflammation, perhaps now is a good time to explore removing foods from your diet-one at a time. You are your best advocate and investigator. Foods that commonly cause inflammation include: dairy, wheat, and soy.
- Remember that red wine is rich in resveratrol but too much of a good thing will wreck havoc on your complexion. Spikes in blood sugar throw the body’s hormones out of whack, free radicals create systemic inflammation, and we will both see the evidence at your next scheduled appointment.
- Plan a little down time after your treatment to relax and recharge.
- Do not pick! If I wasn’t able to extract an unsightly nodule, I promise you won’t do a better job. Opt for ice or blue light therapy by LightStim to spot treat.