- No tanning – in the sun or a tanning bed – for at least 24 hours prior to waxing.
- Avoid scheduling your appointment the week before your period. Hormonal fluctuations are likely to decrease your pain tolerance.
- Absolutely no waxing if you use Retinol or take acne medications, such as Accutane. These medications can make your skin more fragile and even cause it to rip.
- Schedule your appointment when your skin is free from breakouts. Waxing will exacerbate skin irritations.
- If you’re opting for a Brazilian, make sure your hair is at least 1/8 to 1/4-inch long. When hair is too short, it can snap like a rubber band. When hair is too long, it can break during the course of waxing, which will cause additional pain. This also means no tweezing between waxes; let it grow.
- Exfoliate. Exfoliate. Exfoliate. Sloughing dead cells helps polish skin and soften hair; the softer the hair, the less painful the wax. Exfoliation also helps hair stand up instead of matting against the skin. However, exfoliation is a process that should be done while the hair is growing – not just the day of your appointment. For some, exfoliating before waxing will dry out the skin, especially during the winter months.
- As tempting as it is, don’t pick your ingrowns. Picking can result in further irritation and scarring.
- Use therapeutic grade lavender essential oil, or the European Wax Center’s Ingrown Hair Serum, which contains glycolic acid, lavender, Aloe vera, vitamin E and fruit extracts to help keep skin calm and hydrated between waxing.
- Remember: the most painful wax is always the first one. Hair is at its thickest, and you don’t know what to expect; anticipating the unknown can add to anxiety levels.
- Cristal recommends scheduling regular appointments, four weeks apart. “Waxing is a commitment,” she says. “Being consistent is key; how you care for your skin at home can make all the difference.”
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