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Waxing Tips: Prepare the Skin for Summer Waxing
June 17, 2019Summer is just around the corner, and it's when we want to wear comfier and shorter clothes. Shorter means more revealing, and this type of summer fashion calls for smooth skin all over. It will be hard for you and detrimental to your skin to keep up with the razor every day to look flawlessly smooth during the summer months, so you might want to start considering other hair removal products, namely hard or soft waxes and other waxing products.
Summer waxing calls for good skin prepping, so follow our waxing tips. You will look and feel glowing and ready for the summer fun.
Analyze the Pros and ConsWe know that you have already decided to get a wax before the summer hits. But we also want to make sure that you know what you're getting into. If this will be your first time waxing, we want to warn you that it might be a little uncomfortable between the pulling and the irritation that comes after waxing. The good news is that the discomfort will be over before you know it and you will be left with smooth skin for longer than you have experienced before. You just might become a regular! Try to stay in with the waxes after the first time, or your hair growth will go back to square one (i.e. your hair follicle won't get weaker and produce less coarse and sparser hair, and you'll have to go back to the razor).
Make Sure Your Skin Is HealthyNo nicks and cuts, pimples, or irritations before your summer waxing appointment. If necessary, use antiseptic and antibiotic creams or ointments on any affected areas until they heal. And in case you were too anxious to wait for the sun and got a spray tan, or spent too long outside hoping to get bronzed, then you will have to wait it out before waxing. Now you know it: no sun exposure before (or after) your waxing appointment.
Exfoliate GoodThis might just be the most important among all waxing tips. Contrary to what many people believe, waxing does not replace exfoliation. Although the first layer of skin does receive exfoliation during a wax, it's necessary to exfoliate prior to the waxing appointment to get rid of old skin cells and possibly trapped hairs that would otherwise increase the risk of ingrown hairs.
Exfoliation is essential for healthy skin, so make sure it's a consistent part of your skin care routine, but let it rest from scrubs 24 or 48 hours before the waxing appointment. When it comes to the best type of scrub, this will depend on your preference. There is a wide range of options in the market, and here are our picks:
Thick and creamy formulas: these scrubs are special for dry skin and they generally contain soothing ingredients like oat, shea butter, and essential oils. These formulas give extra hydration, but they can be smothering for oilier skin.
Gel formulas: these are great for oily skin, and they usually have finer granules. Choose added ingredients like cucumber, mint, green tea, and salicylic acid to remove dirt from pores and avoid blackheads.
Exfoliating accessories: don't forget that mittens, dry brushes, and loofahs also get the job done wonderfully.
If you suffer from body acne or want a deeper and more effective exfoliation, book a full-body scrub around one week prior to your summer waxing appointment. Make sure that you inform the professional that you will soon be getting waxed, so that they avoid using products with retinoids, chemical peels, or glycolic acid.
Get a Body MaskA full body mask will pamper your skin and leave it glowing from head to toe. It consists of a detoxifying, moisturizing, and emollient cream or mud that is applied all over the body and left to penetrate the skin and nourish it deeply. Besides mud or lotion treatments, some spas offer the paraffin treatment, in which the body is dipped or covered in paraffin and then wrapped in plastic film to retain temperature and prevent trans-epidermal water loss. The result is ultra-soft and repaired skin (even from cracks and calluses), and lasting protection against dryness. Some paraffin treatments also have a lipolytic function, especially when they contain purifying ingredients such as charcoal.
Eat RightWe have said this before, but it must be because it's always worth it. Eating right definitely has a positive effect on your skin because many unhealthy foods increase free radicals, which accelerate cell oxidation and, therefore, the aging process. Eat plenty of good fats that can be found in nuts, avocados, and some types of fish, as well as fruit, leafy greens, and plenty of water.
Step Up Your Moisturizing GameIf there is something you cannot skip even a day is moisturization. Regardless of your skin type, moisturize every day after your shower while your skin is still slightly wet. Once a week, you can include body oil in your summer body routine for extra hydration and a pretty sheen on your skin, which will look great with your short summer clothes.
Let Your Hair Run FreeThis doesn't mean that you should let it outgrow your panties and shorts. It only means that you should stop removing hair at least two weeks before your summer waxing appointment to make sure it reaches an optimal length (a quarter of an inch).
Keep It MellowYour skin should have a few mellow days before you wax: avoid sun exposure, saunas, exfoliation, heat, and irritation. As it's obvious, your skin should get the same downtime after your appointment, that way you ensure that it's going to be out of risk of irritation or infection.
Now you're ready for summer waxing. We hope these waxing tips come in handy and you'll get the most out of them. Beauty Image has the best tips and also the best waxes and waxing accessories for professionals. If you want to learn more about us, call TOLL FREE 888-513-8815 or fill out the contact form on this website. Don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter!
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