PREPARE

Getting waxed for the first time or by someone new can be intimidating, but rest assured that you are coming to the right place. As Langley and Surrey’s premier waxing salon, WAXOLOGY is committed to doing one thing and being the best at it: waxing! Each and every client is consulted with to gain a full understanding of your unique skin and home care regimen to ensure a safe and sanitary service is preformed. Please take a few moments to read through these helpful PRE and POST waxing tips to optimize your results.

PRE Wax

  • For body waxing, hair must be at least 1/4 inch in length or half the length of your pinky nail (go ahead, check out that pinky!). So please, allow 2 weeks from your last shave or 4 from your last wax and remember, longer is always better! No need for trimming, as this will result in a smoother wax with less tweezing. (In the unlikely instance the hair is too long, I will trim for you).
  • Take Advil/Ibuprofen 30mins before your appointment, it’ll help dull pain receptors and is anti-inflammatory (as long as this is approved by your doctor).
  • Avoid applying self tanners, oils and moisturizers, or abrasive body/facial scrubs the day of your service.
  • No tanning beds or sitting in the sun for at least 24 hours before or 48-­72 hours after your wax. Summer is coming, and this will sensitize your skin.
  • For facial waxing, stop using anti-­wrinkle or anti-­acne products 5­-7 days before. This increases cell turnover, which if waxed over, can result in tearing or scabbing of skin. Ouch!
  • The day of your service, try to avoid heavily caffeinated drinks. These will amp up your nervous system, resulting in a more sensitive wax.
  • For ladies: If possible, schedule your waxing 2 weeks prior to or after your monthly cycle, this can also add to sensitivity. Although waxing is completely safe during your cycle, just be sure to wear a tampon and I’ll work around the string.

Products that are a contraindication to waxing:

The use of Accutane must be stopped for at least 1 year prior to waxing.

Differin, Retin A, Retinol based products, Benzoyl Peroxide, AHA’s and BHA’s (Alpha/Beta Hydroxyl acids), Strivectin, Bleaching Creams, Obagi, Pro­Active: These are all products that must be stopped at least 7 days before waxing, as they speed up cell turnover or dry the skin which can lead to sensitivity, lifting, etc. of skin. When in doubt, stop using the product before waxing and never hesitate to ask!

POST Wax

You’re waxed.. Now what?!? Firstly, you will have redness in the areas where you’ve been waxed. This redness, and even little bumps and tenderness, is normal and may last anywhere from 20 minutes to a couple of days. Follow these steps to ensure you are not exposing your newly waxed bits to bacteria or added irritation. The first 24 hours are most important as your delicate pores can remain open for this time. To avoid breakouts and/or pimples, do NOT do the following for at least 24 hours:

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  • Do not touch or rub skin. This is especially important for facial waxing! I know it’s smooth, but our fingers carry bacteria, and this may transmit infection into your sensitive pores and create breakouts.
  • Do not expose waxed area to the sun or tanning beds. You must wait at least 24 to 48 hours before or after waxing. Tanning before your appointment will sensitize the skin and cause it to lift or rash. Tanning after your appointment will cause your skin to burn.
  • Avoid working out or sweating. I know this can be tough for you gym buffs, and with summer approaching, it’s hard to not just sweat naturally. However, this increases the amount of bacteria we have on our body and it can become trapped in the pores, creating irritation and white pimples. If you encounter a sweaty situation, shower immediately.
  • Avoid swimming, hot tubs, or baths. This water tends to be dirty. Chlorine and/or salt water can also irritate the skin leading to stinging or breakouts.

If you are new to waxing, a few pimples or bumps are common, your follicle is not used to having the hair removed and will be especially sensitive to sweat and bacteria. Your second and third waxing will become less irritating. If white pimples do occur, lighty exfoliate the area daily until there is a visible reduction. Apply Witch Hazel, Salicylic based anti-acne serum, or a triple antibiotic ointment such as Aquaphor 1 to 2 times per day until clear.