Tips & Tricks

Waxing

Facial Waxing

  • let us know if you are regularly using rapid exfoliants such as glycolic acid, alpha hydroxy acids and any vitamin A products
    • if used daily, tweezing will be necessary
    • if used 2-3 times per week or less, refraining from use for 5 days or more often lessens the chances of sensitivity
  • Pre event waxing, especially pre wedding waxing should be done at least 3-4 days before the event
  • There are many antibiotics that make the skin sensitive to waxing
    • as a precaution, do not schedule a wax until you have been off all antibiotics for at least 10 days

Body waxing

  • hair should be at least 1/4 inch long to ensure proper removal
  • a good exfoliating plan often prevents unsightly ingrowns and aids in proper removal during waxing
    • a good rule of thumb is 48 hours post wax, 3 times per week in between appointments and 24 hours before your next appointment
  • the first 24-48 hours post wax for the bikini area are very important
  • do not use fragrances or dyes in any soaps or creams
  • do not begin exfoliation
  • do allow the area to breathe by wearing loose cotton
  • do not engage in any activity that might cause you to sweat excessively including sex
  • if any adverse reactions occur such as bruising, skin lifting or breakouts please call us immediately so we can put a plan in place for swift recovery good rules of thumb include taking an anti-inflammatory and, or anti-histamine as needed and not picking at the irritated skin

Skin Care

Cleansing

  • a good cleanse takes 1-2 minutes
    • in this time the cleanser can bind with all of the impurities and dead skin sitting at the surface
    • massage the skin in a circular motion with the full pads of the fingertips
    • work down into the bone structure
    • spend extra time on problem areas
    • don’t forget areas such as in front of and behind the ears and the lips
  • if cleansing in the shower, make it the last thing you do
    • this will remove all the residue from your shampoo and conditioner that makes it to your face
  • have a small hand towel that is just for drying your facial skin
    • don’t share this towel with anyone or use it to dry your hair or body
    • drag the towel firmly against the skin to dry
    • always sweep to the side and, or up
    • change the towel out regularly depending on how active you are or how much makeup you use
  • some of my favorite cleansers are old world cleansing agents that will never foam
    • when we use good quality oil, honey or even dairy products we do not strip the skin thus helping it to achieve better balance
    • even our oily and breakout prone friends can benefit from using non traditional cleansers
    • start with good quality local wildflower honey, manuka honey or grapeseed or jojoba oil
    • apply a nickel size to damp skin and begin your massage as directed above
    • adding water as needed to maintain slip

Hydration & Nourishment

  • the two most important habits to build is a good cleansing routine and nourishing the skin daily
  • even oily people need to feed their skin with good water and oil content
  • finding the right product is essential and can be daunting, schedule a consult or sign up for an online skin analysis to help you navigate the beauty aisles

Oily & Breakout Prone

  • change your pillowcase regularly: sleep on a clean side, flip it, sleep on the other side then change it
  • sleep with your hair away from your face
  • keep cell phones, office phones and the frames of your glasses and sunglasses clean with alcohol once a day
  • if you workout in the afternoon, use a gentle cleansing wipe to prepare the skin pre activity
  • post workout, splash your skin with cold water and use a clean towel to dry it as you would post cleanse