Questions about Hair Removal Products That Customers with Sensitive Skin Always Ask
January 06, 2017
If clients come to you before a hair removal treatment complaining that their skin always feels excessively dry and fragile, that they can't apply cosmetics without feeling a burning sensation on their skin, or that sometimes they can't even withstand water touching their bodies, then they probably suffer from sensitive skin. This condition is more common than previously assumed: according to a study made by French magazine Expression Cosmétique in 2014, 50% of women and 30% of men claim that they had suffered from this problem. Having sensitive skin means, in short, that someone is hyperreactive to different environmental factors, like stressors, weather, or pollution. For that reason, it is advisable that they use specialized skincare treatments and hair removal products.
Some people are born with hypersensitive skin, while others develop it due to injuries, allergies, skin disorders, or inadequate skincare. Most people with this condition assume that waxing is just too risky, but there are plenty of hair removal products especially made to work on sensitive skin that can guarantee great results without major consequences.
Here are five common questions customers with sensitive skin often ask themselves or might ask you when scheduling an appointment for a hair removal session.
- "Should I avoid waxing?" Not at all. If a client prefers waxing over any other kind of hair removal options, they don't need to search for different alternatives just because they suffer from sensitive skin. However, when it comes to sensitive skin, it is always best to leave it to the professionals. At a beauty spa, clients are treated with expertise and they can benefit from good aftercare products and tips. A waxing expert will know which hair removal wax has the right ingredients to do the job without causing over-irritated skin.
- "Which hair removal method is better for my skin?" There isn't really a perfect formula for each type of skin; it all depends on the client and how his or her body reacts to different methods. Whether someone chooses shaving, sugaring, laser, depilation creams, or waxing, they must be careful to follow the proper pre- and post-epilation instructions, especially when treating sensitive skin. As for waxing, hard body waxes are perfect for sensitive skin, since the paste attaches itself only to the hair, not the skin, reducing the risk of irritation and discomfort.
- "Would post-waxing side effects take longer to disappear?" Undoubtedly, sensitive skin is more prone to redness, irritation, eczema, flakiness, and other side effects. They won't only take longer to disappear, but the damage can be worse on hypersensitive skin than on normal skin. Therefore, it is essential to minimize waxing side effects as much as possible by choosing the proper products and performing the procedure in a healthy, clean environment.
- "How do I know if a pre- or post-depilatory product is safe for me?" A wide variety of "products for sensitive skin" now stock the current beauty market, but not all are 100% free of side effects. If someone has sensitive skin, a few facts are clear: alcohol-based lotions, products with fragrances, or chemical sunscreens should be completely avoided. Advise your clients to always choose pH-neutral creams, unscented lotions, and mineral-based makeup or sunscreen.
To be extra-cautious, make sure to hold a short pre-waxing interview with your clients so you can learn how they react to certain ingredients. That way, you'll know which products to use and which to avoid. Also, if your clients want to try a new product, suggest them to test it first – they should try it on a hidden, small area of the body and wait 24 to 48 hours to see how the skin reacts. These precautions may seem a little too extreme, but people with sensitive skin must test every product beforehand – precaution is the number one rule!
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