It’s a cringe-worthy experience that results in beautiful skin: body waxing. Although a bit painful for your first few visits, regular waxing is definitely worth what you get in return. And even after searching for a clean, reputable salon like ours to get your wax on, there are a few tips that you need to keep in mind. Most importantly, you need to prep your skin (and your mind) for the experience.
Check for breakouts and acne
Do you suffer from eczema? Or perhaps you sometimes have a bit of acne on any of the areas that you intend to get waxed. If so, you need to make sure your skin is smooth and free of acne and outbreaks before going to the salon. Not only will acne and outbreaks act as an impediment to the overall results of the waxing, but the wax itself can cause these conditions to worsen. This makes for a lose-lose situation for you – and a good aesthetician will let you know if this skin will be a problem before beginning a wax.
Don’t shave before you go (for a good while)
If you’ve shaved within one to two weeks before visiting your salon, you might want to reschedule. You’ll need at least 1/4 inch of hair before most salon professionals will consider waxing you – and if we’re being honest, the closer the hair is to ½ inch, the more effective your wax will be. (Of course, if your hair is any longer than that, waxing will be a real pain.)
Use what the salon provides for you
A reputable salon will provide sanitary wipes for you to freshen up your body (or at least the areas you’re getting waxed). Make sure to use these. The wipes will remove germs, make things more comfortable for your aesthetician, and ultimately make the overall experience feel better for you.
Post-workout waxes are generally a bad idea
When your skin is naturally warm and coated in sweat, this means that any prior sanitation (such as with wipes) won’t work to its full potential. Because of this, do your best to avoid going to the salon after working up a sweat.
Don’t go during that time of the month
If it’s our favorite time of the month – menstruation – then wait to book your waxing appointment. In fact, the best time to go is about a week after you’ve had your period. Hormones are running wild during menstruation, and your body is extra sensitive – so adding a wax to your week will make things more uncomfortable for you. Plus, let’s be real – it can get a bit messy.
Exfoliation is crucial
Make time to exfoliate your skin at least once a week, especially if you’re getting regular waxes. Do keep in mind that you won’t want to exfoliate within two days of your appointment. Remember to moisturize the soon-to-be waxed area, as this helps to keep the skin soft – which makes your wax safer and more comfortable.
Use antibacterial body wash
Both before and after getting waxed, make sure to use antibacterial body wash. This will help exfoliate your skin, which will go a long way in preventing ingrown hairs.
Perhaps the most important thing you can do: choose a salon with experienced aestheticians who you feel comfortable with! Schedule an appointment with one of our waxing specialists to get the best experience!