What to do before you get waxed and vaxxed this summer
Warm weather has finally arrived and while many of us are opting for bushy brows these days, everything else is coming off! Before you take on that smoothly waxed (and vaxxed) summer, there are a couple of things you should know. Check out my list of do’s and don’ts to help prep your skin for the best waxing results.
Exfoliate 3-5 days before your appointment, not sooner
You’ll find mixed suggestions about when to exfoliate before a wax appointment. To avoid irritation, do not exfoliate 24 – 48 hours prior to waxing.
Inform esthetician/wax specialist about current medication
Some medications can cause thinning of the skin, and that can lead to lifting and sensitivity during waxing. When booking your appointment, let your specialist know if you’re taking any of the following: acne and anti-aging medication such as Retin-A, accutane, differin, oral and topical antibiotics, retinol, salicylic acids or other acne medications or exfoliants.
Research the salon
For obvious reasons, you want to make sure the salon you choose is clean and safe. Estheticians should always wear a fresh pair of gloves and replace the table covering between each client. I used to love Completely Bare but they merged and are no longer around. Uni K Wax is good and also has decent prices.
Know the difference between a bikini and Brazilian wax
A bikini wax is exactly what it sounds like: hair removal along the top and the sides of the bikini line. A Brazilian bikini leaves your entire area bare and that includes top, sides, front and hard to reach areas in the back.
Book brow appointment a day or two before special event
As much as you want fresh brows before taking photos at your next function, wax your brows at least one day before your event. This allows potential redness, inflammation or irritation to go away on its own.
Don’t break wax routine
For best results, don’t shave in between your waxing appointments as it can cause ingrown hair and irritation. Try to stick to a routine where you go in every 3-4 weeks.
Avoid sunbathing/sun tanning
To prevent sunburn, don’t tan 1-2 days before and after your waxing appointment. Waxing removes the top layer of the dead-surface skin cells – just like exfoliating and can lead to visible burns. Allow 1-2 days after waxing to ensure any irritation or redness is gone before laying out in the sun.
I just had my first bikini laser appointment about three weeks ago. It’s too early to give any updates as there’s a minimum of six sessions to be completely “lasered.” I’ll be back with some updates on that and I’ll let you know where I had it done.