Summer is here, and body waxing bookings are at their high! Whether it's a leg wax, French or Brazilian, there should be NO double-dipping of the spatula into the wax pot between applications.
Here is a list of some do's and don't to follow before your body waxing session. And a few key indicators are if your esthetician is conducting and providing a safe and clean work environment.
Here is a list of some do's and don't to follow before your body waxing session. And a few key indicators are if your esthetician is conducting and providing a safe and clean work environment for this service.
Body waxing has been a popular method for removing unwanted hair since the 1960s, and ditching the razor has never been more free-ing. When waxing, the results last longer for weeks, leaving you with smoother and subtle hair-free skin. Beauty salons should be licensed and approved by public health to conduct business, and they must follow proper health standards as it benefits everyone. Look out for their permit or certification, as it should be visible within their establishment. There should be no double-dipping every time you get waxed, regardless of which body part you are getting waxed. It is not hygienic or safe to reuse the spatula when dipping back into the wax pot for the second time. You don't know who got a wax before you, what germs/bacteria/infections they may carry, and if it got into the wax pot. If the wax pot gets contaminated, the heat is not strong enough to kill any bacteria deposits and can get transmitted onto your skin through an application.
Don't be afraid to discuss your concerns with your esthetician during a consult. If they are licensed and experienced, they will certainly assure you of the no double-dipping practice and provide you with their protocol details.
Now, before we rip! Here are some tips to prep before and getting waxed.
Step #1 - Don't Shave, Pluck or Tweeze
The hair should be at least 1/4 inch for the wax to grab and hold onto during removal. The esthetician can determine if the hair is too long, and they can trim it if necessary.
Step #2 - Cleanse & Exfoliate
Cleanse before getting waxed and gently exfoliate the skin two days before waxing. A warm bath or shower will not only cleanse but also help soften skin, allowing easier hair removal. Exfoliating a day or two before will help remove dead skin cells and loosen ingrown hair. Important to note that hot showers, and saunas just before your appointment are not recommended as the pores will open up and are susceptible to bacteria and irritation.
Step #3 - Skin Sensitivity, Menstrual Timing
Avoid getting waxing five days before and after your period. Your skin is more sensitive during this time, and best to work around your cycle.
Step #4 - Comfy Wardrobe
Wear something comfortable and easy to take on and off at your appointment. You don't want a tight-fitting wardrobe to rub against your freshly-waxed skin as it can lead to discomfort and irritation.
Step #5 - Exercising, Physical Activity
Sweat can affect how wax adheres to the skin before waxing, and sweat can irritate the skin after getting waxed as the pores are open and are more susceptible to bacteria.
And try to hold off from physical and intimate activity for at least 24 - 48 hours, especially after getting a Brazilian.
Step #6 - Exfoliate
We recommend gently exfoliating at least one day after waxing to prevent further and help reduce ingrown hairs from developing.
Step #7 - Avoid
Stay away from scented products, sun tanning, hot showers, saunas or steam baths and swim for at least one day. Your skin is hypersensitive and vulnerable to bacteria in the first 24 hours.
You can always reach out to us with questions and concerns about body waxing. One of our certified estheticians will happily provide you with a complimentary consultation via email or a scheduled call.