The Importance of Pre and Post Care Treatment When Waxing
Waxing has gone through several changes and advancements over the years in an effort to make a once very uncomfortable service into a much more comfortable one.
There are numerous pre and post waxing products offered today which help to make sure you offer a fast, effective and minimally painful wax. The most basic waxing system includes a pre- wax cleanse, and an after-care product to further soothe the skin as well as treat any conditions such as ingrown hairs.
Steps to Providing the Perfect Wax:
Prior to the wax, it is important to prepare the skin by completely cleansing the area to be waxed. Use a gentle cleanser that contains an antiseptic agent to effectively remove surface oils, perspiration, pollution, make-up, and cream residue from the skin. It is beneficial to use a cleanser that has active ingredients in it that not only cleanses the skin, but also soothes. Exfoliating the skin is so important. Exfoliation helps to buff away dead skin cells and boost circulation.
Another reason why cleansing is so important is to help minimize reactions and redness. When waxing is performed, the hair follicles are opened exposing them to bacterial invasion. If bacteria does get into the follicle, it can become inflamed and lead to Folliculitis which is a form of skin irritation characterized by tender red spots on the skin that originate from the hair follicle. A red spot or postule on the skin will form as a result. Cleansing the skin will clean away surface bacteria and help to reduce the chances of this happening.
Waxing – When are ready to wax, always important to apply and remove the wax, whether it is strip or hard wax in the correct direction of hair growth. Consider using hard wax on the more sensitive areas such as bikini or Brazilian and strip wax on the larger areas such as arms, back, and the legs.
Post Wax Once you have completed the wax, it is time to cleanse again! Using the same cleanser that you used prior to the wax, cleanse the area entirely.
Calming the skin – After the wax, you should apply an after-care product soothing or post wax lotion that contains active soothing ingredients such as Tea Tree Soothe. If you are someone who is susceptible to ingrown hairs, it would be advisable to apply an ingrown hair lotion to the area. An ingrown hair can occur when the hair becomes impacted in the hair follicle and curves back under the skin. It is often because the skin grows over the open hair follicle very quickly, preventing the new hair growth from coming out through the skin. This is more common with strong hair growth.