Top tips for getting the best out of your waxTreatment
With summer fast approaching many of you will be thinking about getting out your summer dresses, shorts and, dare I say it, the dreaded BIKINI!
This time of year we get incredibly busy at the salon with clients wanting silky smooth skin. So here are some of my top tips to get the most out of your wax appointment.
1. Am I suitable for waxing?
Always let us know if you have any allergies or sensitivities to any products. It is very rare to react but we can offer a patch test 24 hours before the treatment.
Often women’s skin can be hypersensitive during their menstrual cycle. So we advise clients to plan their treatment either just before their period or just after.
We also can’t wax over any sunburnt areas, broken skin or inflamed skin.
2. Preparing your skin
It’s important to exfoliate your skin a day or two before your treatment. Exfoliating before waxing keeps the dead skin cells at bay and allows the hairs to break through the surface of the skin.
Some people like the convenience of a loofah for this. Alternatively you can use a body scrub in the shower. Such as Decleor’s 1000 Grain Body Exfoliator RRP £28.00
I personally love Environ’s Derma – Lac Lotion RRP £41.00. You apply it twice a day onto dry skin. As it contains Lactic Acid it will also hydrate the skin as well as soften uneven skin texture. It’s basically a liquid exfoliator.
2. On the day of your waxing
One of my most important tips is to avoid alcohol, caffeine and exercise beforehand. They will increase the circulation of blood, which may make the treatment more painful.
We use Lycon Waxat the salon. For large areas such as arms and legs we use the warm strip wax. For more sensitive areas such as face and bikini line we use the hot wax. A pre wax oil is applied before the wax. This protects the skin so the wax just sticks to the hairs. In my opinion it is by far the most comfortable of all waxes!
For 24 hours after your treatment you should avoid exercise, showers, baths and sauna’s etc. Also any perfumed products such as lotions.
4. Aftercare advice
Typically most clients wait for 4 to 6 weeks for their next appointment, depending on their hair cycle.
Moisturising along with exfoliation is the key to reducing in-grown hairs. Especially when the hairs start to re-appear.
The hairs should be at least 0.5mm long.