Waxing can be a less-than-comfortable experience, but here are some great hints that can make your waxing experience pleasant!
- Take ibuprofen at least 20 minutes beforehand (as long as it's not contraindicated by your doctor).
- The day of your waxing, limit your caffeine intake as it can stimulate the nervous system which can make you more sensitive and red.
- Try to schedule your appointment within the first 2 weeks after you have ended your cycle as this is when you are probably retaining the least amount of fluid, and should probably be the least sensitive. We will still wax our clients if they are on their cycle as long as they wear a tampon and know they will most likely be more sensitive.
- For body waxing treatments, please allow about 2 weeks of growth before your visit. Everyone's hair grows at a different pace, but 2 weeks is a good rule-of-thumb. Your hair must be at least half the length of your pinky nail (go ahead… check your pinky!) but not too long and trimming is recommended before your appointment.
- Do not go in the sun or go to the tanning booth prior to your service.
- Avoid getting spray tanned before any waxing procedure. Wax tends to lift the color off your skin leaving it patchy-looking.
Some products that conflict with waxing are:
Accutane, Differin, Retin A/Retinol, Glycolic acid/AHA's, ProActive, Avita, Benzoyl peroxide, Salicylic acid/ BHA's
- Start exfoliating as soon as it is comfortable to do so or when tenderness subsides. This is the most important thing you can do and you may exfoliate your skin one of two ways: chemically or manually.
- Chemically: you may purchase a product that contains salicylic acid, glycolic acid or isopropyl alcohol. "TendSkin" or "PFB Vanish" are great products and can be found at beauty supply stores. These will discourage ingrown hairs if used consistently as directed.
- Manually: you may simply use a warm, damp washcloth or exfoliating gloves. The gloves are recommended because they can be washed, dried & sanitized. Loofahs can harbor bacteria or mold, and are not sufficient exfoliators. If you choose a washcloth, just dampen your cloth with warm water and scrub the area that is waxed the opposite way of the hair growth (hair usually grows down, so scrub in an upward motion). This will reduce the chance of ingrown hairs, bumps, pimples and rough-feeling skin.
- If you have been waxed for the first time, a few bumps and/or pimples are common. If you broke out everywhere there can be a few reasons for this, but the most common is that your hair follicles have been irritated by sweat and/or bacteria. Your follicles are not used to having the hair pulled out so they are easy to irritate. Sweat, which contains urea and salt, is considered irritating to your hair follicles, so it is easy for your follicles to be extra sensitive to any type of sweat or bacteria the first time around. Your second and third waxing should be less irritating.
- If bumps or pimples have appeared, antibiotic ointment, tea tree oil, TendSkin and/or PFB Vanish are topical agents that can help clear these up in a few days. You also may just take a dry wash cloth and scrub the pimples or bumps and leave them to dry out, no lotion needed
How does Microdermabrasion work & what results can I expect?
Microdermabrasion is a skin resurfacing procedure and is conducted by vacuuming micro-crystals through a delicate hand piece, which is held at a precise angle to the skin, producing a skin-polishing peel. In as little as 15-20 minutes, this gentle abrasive technique efficiently enhances the skin's condition by stimulating collagen production and does what no other available non-surgical treatment can do in combating the signs of aging skin. The procedure is safe to use on all skin types and colors. It also reduces age spots and fine lines, unclogs pores, diminishes acne, stimulates collagen and a produces a more uniform skin tone. Most people report that their skin is visibly softer, tighter, smoother and younger-looking, even right after their first treatment.
How soon will I see results?
You will notice an immediate improvement after your first treatment. Your skin will have a fresh pink glow and will be visibly softer with a smoother texture. Improvements continue throughout your treatment program.
How many treatments will I need?
Although great results are achieved with the first session, a minimum of 3-5 treatments is recommended for long-lasting results. These treatments are usually preformed every two-four weeks. After the first 3-5 sessions, you should receive treatments once a month to maintain your youthful-looking skin.
Who should consider Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is right for all skin types and for anyone interested in reducing:
- Fine lines
- Uneven skin tones
- Dull, lifeless and sun-damaged skin
Microdermabrasion is however not recommended for persons who have taken the acne drug Accutane within the past six months.
Pre - Microdermabrasion Instructions:
- Do not use Retin-A or other exfoliating creams 24 to 72 hours (1 to 3 days) prior to your treatment.
- Avoid sun tanning or tanning creams/sprays for at least a week before treatment
- You must NOT have recently had laser surgery or used Accutane
- Candidates who have had a recent chemical peel or other skin procedure, such as collagen injections, should wait two to three weeks before undergoing microdermabrasion.
- Prospective patients should also refrain from waxing or tanning the skin to be treated for a few weeks prior to microdermabrasion treatment.
- Wash your face and neck with a non-oily, non-soap based cleanser before each scheduled treatment.
Post - Microdermabrasion Instructions:
To maximize microdermabrasion recovery time and results, it is important to follow all post-procedure instruction below:
- Keep the new skin clean and moisturized
- Anti-inflammatory creams or cold compresses may be used as necessary
- Use a gentle cleanser.
- Trauma such as scratching or picking the treated area should be avoided.
- It is important to avoid irritating the treated skin with harsh chemicals, rubbing or tanning for one week.
- Although some peeling may occur in the treated areas, moisturizer should help minimize this effect.
- Avoid staying in the sun for at least 7 days after the microdermabrasion treatment to prevent UV rays from damaging your skin which slows down the recovery.
- Patients who absolutely cannot avoid sun exposure should use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Do not use glycolic, alpha hydroxy, beta hydroxy, retinol, benzyl peroxide or topical acne medications for 24-48 hours following treatment.
- You may resume prescription retinoid products (Retin A, Renova, Tretinoin, Avita, Alustra or other brands Tretinoin and other prescription retinoid products (Adapalene, Avage, Differin, Tazorac, Tazarotene) 3 - 7 days after last microdermabrasion treatment or as instructed by your technician.