Yay! It’s that time of the month again and no I’m not talking about your mean Aunt Flow visiting! It’s waxing time. You may not be as enthused as I am about “salon brutality” but maybe it’s just my higher threshold for pain. It does help that I grow very little body hair. (Go ahead. Hate me now.) “If you don’t grow hair why should I take waxing advice from you?” you might ask. Au contraire mon fraire, I am a licensed aesthetician and have been for years. I’ve waxed a limb or two in my day. I have a laundry list of dont’s before you wax.
Do not shave. I can’t even count the times I’ve had to endure an awkward moment of turning my client away because their hair was not long enough. If the hair is too short, wax will not pull it out at its root. You will likely leave the salon with longer stubble. No one wants that.
Do not use self-tanner/tanning beds. If you arrive to the spa golden delicious and allow hot wax to be slathered on various sections of your body then your going to have various sections of whiteness. Self-tanners stains the top layer of skin and wax removes a layer of skin. Make sense? If you tan in the sun or a tanning bed your skin will be inflamed already and waxing will irritate it even more.
Do not drink alcohol or caffeine. These are stimulants and may cause skin to be more sensitive and in turn will cause more inflammation and redness… oh and more pain.
Do not wax if your taking/using- Retin A, Accutane or any AHA’s or topical acne treatments with salicylic acid or benzyl peroxide. These treatments are usually exfoliators. This means that they remove layers of skin or thin the skin at an alarming rate. Waxing is also an exfoliator. If you wax over these areas then you may end up with a red, scabby patch of exposed flesh. Even worse, it can “heal” to form a gigantic unattractive pigmentation.
If you’re on Accutane or Retin A and want to wax, you will need to discontinue use of these medications for more than six months. If using AHA’s and topical acne treatments, stop using them a week prior to waxing.
Please heed these warnings and practice safe waxing.