Getting ready for a waxing appointment is a process that takes weeks, so it’s best to plan far ahead for the best results. Being alert to changes in your skin, especially irritation or sunburn, and properly preparing the site to be waxed can help make the difference between long-lasting results and an unpleasant experience.
Check Your Skin
Be sure to check the site thoroughly for signs of irritation before your appointment. Any irritated or sunburnt skin will be aggravated by a waxing, and your esthetician may not be able to apply the wax if your skin shows sign of rash or other irritation. Your health and safety are always the number one priority, and we want to be sure that your skin is healthy before applying any product.
Grow Out Your Hair
Prior to waxing, you’ll need to let the hair to be waxed grow out long enough so that the wax has something to grip. You’ll want to have at least two to three weeks’ worth of growth if not more. It’s ideal to have the hair longer, to give the wax something to grab on to. At least an eighth to a quarter of an inch is ideal for your waxing appointment.
Exfoliation and Moisturizers
A day or two before your appointment, take the time to gently exfoliate your skin. The preparation helps the wax grab the hair rather than the skin, but you don’t want to take off too many layers, leaving your skin sensitive. Avoid chemical peels and harsh exfoliation for several weeks prior to your appointment. Moisturize your skin up until the day before your appointment, to keep your skin healthy. Don’t moisturize the day of your appointment, or the wax won’t stick well to the hair.
Medication Dos and Don’ts
If you have sensitive skin, consider taking an over-the-counter pain medication just prior to your appointment. An ibuprofen or something similar will help reduce your sensitivity and prevent inflammation. Immediately following your waxing, apply aloe, cortisone, or an antibacterial salve to calm and sooth the treated area. Be sure to talk to your doctor about any medications you may be taking prior to your appointment. You should stop using any creams or products containing Retinol for at least two weeks before your appointment. Accutane users should also discontinue use for a full month prior to their appointment. Be sure to speak with your doctor about any changes to prescription medications.
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