You shell out the big bucks to get your eyebrows waxed, your face exfoliated and your skin tanned, so it’s only natural that you’d want them to last as long as possible. While it’s important to remember that all good things do come to an end – your hair will grow back, your face will return to its natural state and that tan will fade – there are several ways you can squeeze every last penny out of these salon treatments.
Keeping that expert eyebrow shape
Ideally, you really only need your eyebrows waxed once in order to get a shape that you can maintain forever. However, there are some ways to make that expertly plucked, waxed or threaded shape.
Before you even go to your appointment, make sure your brows are grown out. Resist waxing or tweezing for three to four weeks before the shaping appointment so you can get the best possible shape. You should also use a gentle exfoliating cleanser on the brow area to remove dead skin, since these cells can hold back small hairs and exclude them from the hair removal process.
When your hairs are starting to grow back, fill patchy places in with a brow pencil to pull attention away from the stray hairs.
Take your facial further
Facials are a lovely treat, but it’s hard to justify getting one every week. You can make them last with a few post-facial tricks at home.
It can help to wash your pillowcase at least twice a week, since putting your face on the same fabric each night can lead to a buildup of dirt and oil that causes breakouts. It also helps to eat plenty of foods loaded with antioxidants and use a hydrating mask each week. Apply this before you get in the shower, then keep it on until the very end of your shower – the steam helps the hydrating elements seep into your skin.
Keeping that golden glow
Whether you stepped in a booth for a spray tan or you had your bronze expertly applied by a pro, this spa treatment fades as soon as the top layer of your skin is sloughed away.
It’s a good idea to shave before your tan, but don’t use shaving cream. These often contain moisturizers and oils that can clog your pores, preventing the dye from seeping in. Try to avoid shaving after your tan, since razors tend to take a little skin with them as they remove your hair.
If you plan to take your tanned bod into a pool or hot tub, rinse off directly afterward, since chlorine can break down the pigments in the tanner.