Waxing Information and Care
Below is a guide for your pre and post-waxing care. When followed, it will assist you in maintaining the clarity of your skin. And maximize the results of your treatment to ensure that you encounter as few service complications as possible.
Be mindful that the hair grows in 3 stages. If it is in the first or second stage it can grow out within 2-5 days and this is likely due to recent shaving, waxing, or depilatories. The ideal time to remove hair is at the third stage which is the resting stage for a longer time with no regrowth. Understand that your Esti cannot control the stage of your hair growth which may encourage new hair growth and your service will be final.
- lightly exfoliate the area to be treated (please note that aggressive exfoliation will compromise the skin and make a waxing service inadvisable)
- Take a mild anti-inflammatory. This is typically only recommended for Brazilian and extended bikini waxes and will help to relieve some of the discomfort associated with these waxing procedures as well as reduce the swelling that you may experience.
- Discontinue all use of retinoids and other chemical exfoliating agents for at least 72 hours. This is very important and failure to do so could result in lifting of the skin as these products compromise the integrity of the skin. This includes all topical prescription acne medication.
- If you are a sunbather, or frequent the tanning salon, it is important to stay out of the sun (artificial or not) for a minimum of 24 hours prior to your service. Waxing services will not be performed if any redness due to sun exposure is present on the skin. This measure is taken solely for our clients’ safety and benefit.
- If you enjoy exercising, please do so before your waxing appointment. Exercise directly after is not recommended due to the higher risk of causing breakout.
- It is a good idea to have a small amount of cortisone cream on hand as this will ease any irritation that you may experience as a result of your service.
Be Prepared For ALL Situations…
You can have a wax on your period, but just wear a tampon. You may be a little bit more sensitive, but you can absolutely still get waxed. We do have tampons available in our studio if needed.
Let It Grow Between Waxes
“We say you hair should be as long as a grain of rice. If you’ve been shaving, try and leave it as long as you can; three weeks would be ideal. If you’re a regular waxer every 4-6 weeks is perfect for repeat appointments.”
You can take painkillers if you want, but if there’s caffeine in them it will make your skin more sensitive. The same goes for a cup of coffee so skip it before you get waxed. Anticipation is really what makes it seem more painful so try and relax. Going to a therapist that uses a quality waxing range and has specific training for intimate waxing, alongside going for regular waxes will give you as pain-free a treatment as possible. The more you go, the finer the hairs will and the less pain you’ll experience.
Give Yourself A Break Afterwards
Before getting a wax don’t use any body lotion or oils. Afterwards, you are restricted with what you can do and apply. It’s best to avoid exercise, swimming, hot showers, fake tan, sauna and sun exposure for 24 hours. If you’re getting your upper-lip or eyebrows done avoid applying makeup afterwards or touching your face as your pores are open so it’s easy for bacteria to get in and for you to break out.
- Avoid sun exposure for a minimum of 24 hours, or until the tenderness subsides.
- Avoid all mechanical and chemical exfoliating agents for at least 24 hours. This includes all topical acne medication as well as all forms of retinoids.
- Avoid strenuous physical activity for at least 12 hours. This is especially important if you are susceptible to breakout as the bacteria naturally present on the skin and in perspiration are more easily able to enter the hair follicle and cause inflammation during this time.
- Avoid hot tubs for a minimum of 12 hours as your skin is more easily able to absorb the chemical toxins present in most hot tub
- Avoid fragranced products of all kinds (soaps, lotions) for at least 12 hours
- Begin exfoliating 48 hours after your wax and continue to exfoliate 3 times per week to minimize the presence of ingrown hairs. If you suffer from ingrown hairs it can be beneficial to discontinue the use of bar soaps as they contain ingredients that are known to increase the presence of ingrown hairs.
- Discontinue the use of bar soaps as they contain ingredients that are known to increase the presence of ingrown hairs.
- Sorry, no sexy time – This is for our very sensitive clients. This one is a pretty standard rule most waxers will warn you about, but it’s easy to forget. Any kind of action down there—sex in particular—can lead to discomfort. It can cause excessive chaffing from friction on extra-delicate skin. Consider turning the first two days into official cuddle time.