waxing hints

For thousands of years, smooth, hairless skin has been sought after and often considered a form of status, even a rite of passage for some cultures. 

Preparing for your wax service:

  • For best results, body hair should be at ¼" long and facial hair ⅛" long when you come in.
  • Prevent ingrown hairs by making it a habit to exfoliate the skin—eliminating dead surface cells—for an even, polished surface that is ideal for wax application. Use Aveda Botanical Kinetics™ Exfoliant with camomile and lavender for the face. For the body, use Aveda Smoothing Body Polish with aloe.
  • Keep in mind that skin feels more discomfort just before and during menstruation because our bodies retain more water.

Caring For Your Waxed Skin:

  • Protect your extra-vulnerable waxed skin from the sun and other environmental aggressors.  For the face, use Aveda Tourmaline Charged™ Protecting Lotion SPF 15 with anti-oxidants and Moisture Plus Tint™ SPF 15 which offers sheer coverage with a natural rose aroma.
  • Two days after waxing, all skin types benefit from Aveda Balancing Infusion™ for Oily Skin, which gently sloughs and helps normalize skin. When skin becomes balanced, resume your exfoliating ritual to preserve smoothness and help prevent ingrown hairs.
  • After a few treatments, hair will appear finer and take longer to grow back.  
  • If you notice any irritation, apply Aveda Balancing Infusion™ for Sensitive Skin with a cool, moist compress. This treatment calms with a relieving blend of essential oils.

When not to wax:

  • If using accutane or retinoids  (vitamin A topicals can cause thinning and sensitivity with the skin).
  • If having regular chemical peels (as the skin will be thinner and you can risk losing skin when the wax is removed).
  • If any of the following conditions are present;
    • Swelling for any reason
    • Distended capillaries
    • Moles
    • Sunburn or rashes
    • Raised varicose veins
    • Cold sores

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