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.
Prepare 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 sheer tinted moisturizer, SPF 15.
- If you notice any irritation or beginning of ingrown hairs, apply Aveda’s Outer Peace™ Blemish Relief Pads to the specific area. Outer Peace™ pads have salicylic acid in them, which is a great anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. Use one pad daily until the area has calmed down and ingrown hairs have subsided.
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
- Sunburn or rashes
- Raised varicose veins
- Cold sores