Prep your skin before waxing!

Getting ready for the warmer weather also means thinking about exposing more skin and hair removal. Waxing can be a great option for removing unwanted body hair for 2-3 weeks depending on your hair growth. If you plan to try waxing, follow these tips to avoid peeling, irritation and ingrown hairs.

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When not to wax

 Avoid waxing when skin is more sensitive. It’s best not to wax when your skin has had a lot of sun exposure, is irritated, has breakouts, or when you are menstruating. Give your skin about a week after any of these, or until you skin is healed before you wax.

Avoid waxing If you are taking certain medicines that can cause extra sensitivity or even be dangerous when combined with waxing.  The same is true for waxing on your face:

  • Oral and topical antibiotics cause sensitivity; try to wait until you’re off the medication to wax
  • Retinol or alpha hydroxy over-the-counter topicals; stop using a week before waxing
  • Prescription exfoliants including Retin A, Differen and Tazorac; avoid for 3 months before waxing
  • Accutane; steer clear of waxing for a year

Do not wax for the first time just prior to a special occasion, vacation, or photos. Skin reacts differently to waxing, and some people experience redness or bruising. It is best to do a few test runs well in advance of a big event.

Prepare BEFORE your wax:

Let hair grow. For best results, hair should be one-eighth to one-fourth of an inch long to be waxed. This length allows the wax to better grip the hair and remove it from the root, rather than just the hair above the skin. For most people this means waiting 1-2 weeks without shaving or waxing.

Exfoliate. On the day of your appointment, exfoliate really well in the shower with a body scrub, glove, brush or loofah, to loosen up dead skin and lift trapped hairs.

Moisturize. Consistently moisturized skin will have less pain when waxed. On the day of your appointment, use a water-based, or oil free moisturizer on your body. Oil free moisturizer helps prevent your skin from burning or abrading during waxing. Just be sure the moisturizer you use absorbs into the skin and does not leave a residue. Oil or lubricant on the skin will prevent the wax from grabbing the hairs.

Discuss with your waxer if you have had any previous irritation from waxing, any allergies, health conditions, or are taking any medication.The more information they have the better they will be able to help avoid unnecessary irritation.

Maintain AFTER your wax:

Soothe the burn. Use aloe, cortisone or Neosporin immediately afterwards to calm any redness or irritation.

Prevent ingrown hairs. Exfoliating in between waxing will reduce the chance of ingrown hairs. There are also ingrown hair prevention products on the market that help to keep hair follicles clear.

Protect your skin. It is best to avoid sunbathing or exercising right after your wax.  Your skin needs time to calm down after its “trauma” and sweat andsun won’t help! If you cannot avoid the sun, then it is critical to use sun protection since waxed skin is more susceptible to burning.

Do not shave in between waxes! It can lead to ingrown hairs. If you need to get rid of a few hairs, grab the tweezers instead for a quick fix.

Happy waxing and let us know if these tips were helpful or if you have any tips to share in the comments below!

 

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