Before & After Care
Waxing is a popular option for keeping your skin smooth and hairless for weeks, but it isn't a spur-of-the-moment decision. Whether you're waxing a smaller area like your eyebrows and upper lip or you’re getting a larger expanse such as your legs, back or chest waxed, your skin needs some prep to minimize your discomfort and help you achieve the best results. To make sure you're ready for your next waxing appointment at Uzuri Spa, here is the best way to prepare.
No matter where you're waxing, check the skin before you go in for your appointment. Broken skin or inflammation needs to heal before you're ready to wax. If you have moles or beauty marks, point them out to the esthetician so they can be protected during the waxing process.
LET IT GROW...BUT NOT TOO LONG
Keep hair long enough for the wax to grip it. When the hair is too short, the wax can't pick it up well enough to remove it; when it's too long, it prevents wax from adhering and causes more pain. Two to three weeks of growth, or about an eighth to a quarter of an inch, is ideal for leg, underarm and bikini hair.
Gently exfoliate your skin a day or two before waxing, but skip harsh scrubs the day of your waxing appointment. Exfoliation helps wax grab hair and not skin, but it can also leave skin more sensitive to pain, so lighter is better. A rough washcloth is perfect for gentle exfoliation, but don't scrub too hard.
MOISTURIZE UNTIL THE DAY OF
Moisturize well on the days leading up to your appointment. Healthy, well-moisturized skin allows the wax to release more easily. Too much moisturizer could coat the hair and interfere with the wax's grip, so avoid moisturizing on the day of your waxing session.
THE BIKINI AREA
Whether you prefer a Hollywood or regular bikini, keep skin in the bikini area scrupulously clean. Waxing can leave skin vulnerable to infection, and areas of the body that are normally warm and damp are more prone to bacterial growth.
TAKE A RETIN-A BREAK
Certain medications can sensitize skin to waxing. Retin-A creams do amazing things for fine lines, acne and uneven pigmentation, but they also leave skin susceptible to injury during waxing. Discontinue retinol-based products for two weeks before waxing. Accutane users should stop taking their medication for a month before waxing. Before making any changes to your prescription medications, talk to your dermatologist.
Because we will tailor you waxing treatment to suit your skin and hair type - most clients don’t experience reactions beyond redness and minor irritation.
Please follow these waxing tips to minimize irritation and possible discomfort;
Moisturize your skin daily after your waxing treatment with a Tea Tree or Lavender and Witch-hazel cream as the follicles are open and prone to infection.
Avoid sun/solarium exposure for 48 hrs before and after being waxed.
Avoid saunas, steam rooms, spas and other heated sources for at least 48 hours.
No hot baths, hot showers directly after a wax.
Avoid swimming in chlorinated pools or the beach for 24 hours after waxing treatment
Avoid heavy exercise for at least 24 hours after waxing.
Avoid the use of exfoliating products for at least 72 hours after waxing as they might irritate your skin.
Loofah 2-3 times a week in the shower with tea-tree skin wash. The best time to start is 72-hours after your wax. After use, rinse thoroughly and remove all soap and leave to dry naturally in a well ventilated place.
Avoid using natural loofahs as bacteria thrives in natural fibers.
Avoid applying deodorant for the first 24 hours after waxing treatment.
Avoid applying make-up directly after facial wax.
Avoid tight clothing after waxing, especially in the waxed areas. Tight clothing may result in irritation and ingrown hairs.
Don't shave between waxing. This distorts the hair growth cycle.
Don't pick at ingrown hairs, it may cause scarring, infection and look unappealing. Come in and we will remove them professionally and hygienically.
Apply cold compress or anti-histamine cream to reduce redness, hiving or irritation.
It is recommended your waxing treatments are scheduled between 4-6 weeks; however, this varies for everyone.