Waxing has been a popular option for unwanted hair removal and keeping the skin smooth for weeks, but it isn't a quick decision to take. No matter which area you're willing to wax; small area like eyebrows and upper lips or large area like chest, legs or back, skin needs some time to recover from discomfort and provide the best of results.
We have brainstormed and prepared a list of "must do" things to ensure that you're perfectly ready for next waxing appointment:
Check your skin carefully before going for a waxing appointment. Conditions like wounds or inflammation requires to be healed before you're ready to wax. Don't forget to point your moles or beauty marks (if you have any) to the esthetician so they can be protected during the waxing process.
Maintain hair length for the wax to grip it. Short hair is difficult for wax to pick and remove well enough; when hair is long, they prevent wax from sticking and cause more pain. About eighth to a quarter of inch or 2-3 weeks of growth is ideal for underarm, leg, and bikini hair.
Exfoliate the skin two days before waxing, but don't use scrubs on the day of your waxing. It helps wax to grab only hair and not skin, but it also leaves the skin sensitive to pain, so lighter is better. Any rough washcloth is good for exfoliation, but don't rub too hard.
Good moisturization is imperative till the day before your waxing appointment. A well-moisturized and healthy skin is easy to wax. But remember that too much moisturization sometimes coat the hair and interfere with the wax's grip, so avoid using a moisturizer on your waxing session day.
Some medications can damage skin to waxing. For example Retinol-A creams are amazing for acne, fine lines, and pigmentation, but it also leave skin venerable to injury during waxing. It’s highly advisable to discontinue retinol creams for 2 weeks before waxing. Regular users must stop taking the medication a month before waxing session and talk to your dermatologist before making any changes to your prescription medications.
If you prefer a Brazilian wax or regular bikini waxing, just make sure to keep the skin scrupulously clean especially in the bikini area. The process of waxing sometimes leave skin prone to infection, sometimes area of the body that are normally damp and warm are more prone to bacterial growth.
Don’t be afraid to ask your wax specialist what kind of wax they use. This will help you to have an idea whether in-use product is hard or soft as well as if it is a bee wax (must know if you are a vegan).