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31 Mar 2016

Waxing— What to do and what not to do

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Before Waxing Read This!

Showing lots of skin is popular here in the beautiful Southwest Florida weather, but how do you get smooth skin you are comfortable revealing? Waxing.

Waxing: What not to do

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Waxing legs, arms, underarms, bikini, back, chest, legs, hips, abdomen and hands and feet can keep your skin hair free for three to six weeks. Waxing for women and waxing for men is a very effective method.

But before waxing there are a few things you should know.

Make sure you review your medications. If you are taking oral medications including Adapalene, Alustra, Avage, Avita, Differin, Isotretinonin, Renova, Retin A, Tazarac or Tazarotene, it would be wise to be clear of this medication for three months as you could experience irritation or skin thinning.

Anyone taking these medications could find that it could be even more aggressive to their skin since the process of waxing ordinarily causes an exfoliation of the skin.

For those who are taking Accutane, stay clear of this medication for 12 months.

It’s also important to avoid topical medications to the area including anything containing benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, hydroquinone or any chemical or manual esfoliant or hair bleaching creams.

It is also wise before a wax to check areas for irritation, sunburn, insect bites or breakouts. Don’t forget to look for areas of the skin that are dry and dehydrated. If you find any of these issues in the area to be waxed, it is best to treat them and avoid waxing until they are completely healed.

Another tip to remember is that with waxing, exfoliation is key. Some of the best exfoliation tools include a loofah, exfoliating cream or a wash cloth. Exfoliation removes dead skin and helps to avoid painful and unsightly ingrown hairs. This should be done a couple of times prior to the day of your wax. Exfoliation should be done in a gentle circular motion as to not irritate the area. It should also not be done the day of the wax.

On the day of you appointment, avoid any type of oil on the area to be waxed as the wax cannot adhere to it.

The care after waxing is important as well. Avoid heat to the waxed area. This includes hot jacuzzis, hot showers and tanning booths. Other things to avoid are harsh abrasives or exfoliants. These tips are applicable 24- 48 hours after treatment.

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