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Skin Wax

What is a Skin Wax?

 

Waxing is a procedure used to temporarily remove unwanted hair. Waxing is an effective method of removing large amounts of hair at one time. It removes hair with its roots, not just at the skin surface as with shaving. Regrowth of the hair usually takes 3 to 8 weeks.

 

There are two main types of waxing treatments: warm and cold. During a warm waxing treatment, wax is warmed to allow it to be spread easily over the skin in the direction of hair growth. Wax is then spread over the skin. The hair becomes embedded in the wax, which cools and firms up grasping the hair. The wax is then quickly pulled off in the opposite direction of the hair growth, pulling the hairs out of the follicles.

Cold waxes are available usually attached to strips. The cold wax is patted onto the skin. Wax that is still left on the skin must be peeled or scratched off. Caution must be used when heating wax so as not to burn the skin.

 

Women who wax their bikini area the week prior or during menstruation may have heightened sensitivity.

 

Skin Waxing Tips

  • Take an aspirin an hour before waxing to temporarily reduce pain and sensitivity.
  • Allow 3-4 weeks between waxing and/or shaving. A quarter of an inch outgrowth is required for bikini, legs and underarms.
  • if your hair is long it is best to trim so that the waxing is more comfortable.
  • Do not use peels (glycolic, AHA, etc.) or dermabrasion on the waxing area up to 24 hours prior to receiving a skin wax.
  • Do not drink alcohol heavily or sunbathe up to 24 hours prior to receiving a skin wax.
  • Aloe Vera or Hydrocordisone cream can be used as a topical application if skin in the waxed area becomes irritated.
  • Keep the waxed area clean, but do not use harsh cleansers or creams for 24-48 hours post wax.
  • Be sure to wash the skin thoroughly and dry it well beforehand to remove any lotions or oils which may prevent the wax from adhering closely to the skin.
  • No hot tubs, hot showers or baths, sunbathing or tanning for 24-48 hours post wax.
  • Do not exfoliate the skin for 2-3 days post wax, then exfoliate regularly to help prevent ingrown hairs.
  • Avoid shaving between waxes.

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