Be Bikini Safe This Summer with Professional Waxing
Jun 28, 2013 10:06AM
● By Grace Roberts
Waxing can cause infections and unnecessary pain if not done by a professional. When waxing is done by a licensed professional, it is considered a safe and temporary way of removing unwanted hair. Follow these guidelines below to ensure you have a beautiful wax experience before and after your treatment.
Gently exfoliate and moisturize the day before your treatment. This will prepare your skin and remove dead skin cells, ensuring optimal results. In order for waxing to be effective, the hair should be no shorter than a grain of rice (approximately ½ cm). For most people this means around 7 to 10 days’ worth of growth after you last shaved.
Avoid hot baths, steam rooms and saunas and sun exposure 24 hours prior to your appointment. Please advise the therapist if you are taking Accutane, using steroid creams, had any microdermabrasion, skin peels or are using any products containing AHAs. Keep makeup to a bare minimum to none for facial waxing. On the day of your appointment, do not use oil or any other moisturizers on the area to be treated.
In general, waxing should bring minimum to no discomfort. Every person reacts differently to waxing, as we all have different sensitivity levels. Different areas of the body will hurt more than others on certain people. If you are concerned about pain, you might want to take a natural pain reliever such as arnica about a half an hour before your appointment. This can help in two ways: it will provide some pain relief and reduce any minor swelling.
It’s good to note that caffeine, menstruation and pregnancy increase skin sensitivity. Since a woman’s skin is more sensitive during her monthly cycle, try to get the wax done at least three days before or after menstruating.
Also, don’t worry about feeling embarrassed. There’s nothing the therapist has not seen before. The less anxious you are and the more you relax your muscles, the better your experience will be. Breathe. It can be tempting to hold your breath, but breathing in and out helps reduce the pain.
It’s normal to experience some redness and a prickly heat type rash immediately after a wax treatment. These symptoms should subside over the next 24 to 48 hours. As the hair has been removed at the root, this leaves your follicles exposed and temporally more susceptible to bacteria. This tends to occur during your first waxing experience, as the hair bulb at the base of the hair is larger. Hence, the number one consideration is to ensure your follicles stay bacteria and infection free.
- Keep the waxed area clean and avoid heat/friction during the next 24 to 48 hours.
- No hot baths or showers (cool to lukewarm water only).
- No saunas, hot tubs, steam treatments or tanning.
- No sports, gym workouts, swimming in chlorinated pools or other exercise.
- Avoid scratching or touching the treated area with unwashed hands.
- Wear clean, loose fitting clothes as this prevents any unnecessary friction and minimizes ingrown hair.
- Do not apply deodorants, body sprays, powders, lotions or other products to the area.
- Always wash your hands before applying any product.
- To prevent ingrown hairs, exfoliate and moisturize regularly with a post waxing kit from your therapist.
You may notice a small amount of re-growth after a few days or so. It can take up to four treatments for your hair to get on a growth cycle that gives the best results. To maintain your smooth appearance, a regular waxing is recommended every 4 to 6 weeks.
Grace Roberts is a California state licensed esthetician with the Spa Department at Envision Personalized Health located at 4620 Alvarado Canyon Rd., Ste. 14 in San Diego. Call 619-229-9695 or visit EnvisionPersonalizedHealth.com to schedule an appointment with Grace, Rachel or Genevieve. Save $15 off your Bikini or Brazilian Wax (expires 7/15/13). Limit 1 per person; cannot be combined with other discounts or packages.