Skin Trade Waxing & Facials
- Do not shave the area being waxed for at least 14 to 21 days before you wax. Hair can be 1/4 inch
long but I prefer 1/2 inch long for your first waxing. If you are going to trim your hair, don't trim
it too short. The waxing will hurt more and not be as effective as when the hair is longer and the root
can be grabbed.
- Do not tan the area to be waxed right before the waxing! If it is sun burned, I will not be able
to wax you. If you have just tanned, you run the risk of the wax causing an abrasion on that area and
it will be painful post waxing.
- If you are on Accutane for your skin, waxing on any part of your body is not for you. If you have
had a glycolic (an alpha hydroxy acid) or a salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid) peel or are using
Retin A or Renova, on the area to be waxed, you will have to wait 2 to 4 weeks before the area can
- If you have any sensitivity, pre medicate with a pain reliever such as Ibuprofen 30 - 45 minutes
before the waxing procedure or try Numb-IT and put on 20 minutes before the waxing. Some say that
between 3 and 5pm you are the least sensitive to pain. Also, if you turn your head and cough just
as the wax is being removed, it distracts you from the pain. Remember, pain is a personal thing,
everyone has a different pain threshold. (I've had body builders cry on my table and in contrast a
petite woman power through and not even flinch.) Never be embarrassed.
- Try to schedule your first waxing at a time when you feel rested and not stressed. Caffeine,
nicotine and heavy alcohol consumption can make you feel over sensitive during your treatment.
- A couple of days before you wax, exfoliate in the shower. Take a loofah or synthetic sponge or
glove, add some body wash and with a circular motion rub gently the area that is going to be waxed.
This will remove dead skin, allowing skin to grip shorter hairs.
- If you can, shower and clean your entire body thoroughly before the appointment. There is a
certain amount of nudity involved and you will have to move into a couple of positions. There are
always baby wipes on hand for those last minute clean ups.
- You are ready! Remember the first time is the most uncomfortable and I promise you the second time
will be 100% better.
- Although the discomfort associated with waxing subsides as soon as the waxing is over, the area
can remain sensitive and can feel like a sunburn.
- Wait 24 hours before engaging in activities that cause you to sweat or create friction in the
area that was waxed such as physical exercise, tanning booths, and the sun. Your pores are open as a
result of the waxing and are susceptible to infection. Stay away from the ocean or hot tubs for 24 hours.
If perhaps you did not follow directions and went for a run post the wax resulting in bumpy, irritated
skin, apply Hydrocortisone 1% cream or gel to the affected area.
- You may shower after your wax, just be cautious with the water temperature and apply sparingly a
layer of Hydrocortisone Cream 1% or gel available at any drug or grocery store after your shower. Do it
again that night and the next day if needed. It works great on bumps, redness, itchiness and any
irritation and calms everything down.
- If you notice any areas that are raw or especially tender, apply Polysporin or Neosporin
Ointment (available at any drug or grocery store) that evening and the next day.
- After the redness subsides get into the habit of exfoliating the area. The top of the hair
follicle sometimes gets irritated and a very thin layer of skin grows over it stopping the emerging
hair from coming out, thus resulting in an ingrown hair. Exfoliating removes the dead skin cells
and opens the follicle. Use a synthetic poof or loofah with clear body wash and wash the area
waxed in circular movements. Do not scrub too hard. This reduces ingrown hairs by keeping the
follicles open and conditions the skin at the same time.
- If you have ingrown hairs, please do not pick at them. That only infects them and helps them to
spread. I recommend PFB Vanish for Ingrown Hairs. (I carry it; clients give me good feedback.)
- Don't shave between waxings, it makes the hair resistant to future waxing. The first couple of
waxes may not be perfect and you may not be super smooth. Hair grows in at different lengths
especially if you have been shaving for a long time so at the time of your first wax there will be
really short hairs and long hairs. There also be some breakage resulting in the hair not being
pulled from the root. Be patient. As you continue to wax, the hair volume and thickness of hair
is less so it is much easier to get all the hair and you will feel super smooth. If you see some
random hairs, you may tweeze but only for 3 days after the waxing, then grin and bear it until the
- For waxing to be the most effective, schedule an appointment every 4 to 6 weeks.
- Call me at 858-395-6195 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.