Pre & Post Treatment Care

It is just as important to take care of and prepare the area before a wax as it is to take care of it after a wax. Follow these tips to ensure a quick appointment that is a little less painful, and remember to book your wax two days before you go on holiday, to allow the follicles enough time to close and the skin to calm down.

1 Week Before
  • Avoid use of retinoids, AHAs and other ‘harsh’ skincare products that may cause irritation.
  • Avoid prolonged UV exposure to reduce the risk of burning. (If you have burnt skin, you will not be able to receive the treatment.)
  • No microdermabrasions or chemical peels.
24 hours before
  • Ensure your hair is at least 0.5cm long. If it is your first time being waxed, hair growth should be around 1.5cm.
  • Exfoliate the area no sooner than 24 hours before your waxing appointment. This will keep the skin soft and smooth, and prevent ingrown hairs.
On the day:
  • Bathe or shower to open up follicles, allowing for easier hair removal and ensuring the area is clean from any products that can affect the treatment.
  • Do not apply any deodorants, make-up, lotions, soaps, powders, perfumes or self-tanning products to the area to be waxed.
  • No sunbeds or sunbathing.
  • You may take paracetamol if desired.
  • Shoes cannot be worn whilst on the treatment beds; please come prepared.

After your waxing treatment, you should expect the area to be red. Some may experience blood spots due to thicker, coarser hair, and the area may feel tender and tingle. For the first 24 hours after a waxing treatment, avoid the following to prevent skin irritation:

First 24 hours:
  • Sunbathing, sunbeds, or any sunlight or UV exposure. Sweat can infect open follicles, and heat can irritate the waxed area.
  • Application of products such as deodorants, make-up, lotions, soaps, powders, perfumes or self-tanning products (including spray tans) to the waxed area
  • Hot baths or showers.
  • Touching or scratching the waxed area.
  • Exfoliation of the waxed area.
  • Tight-fitting clothes that may cause friction with the waxed area.
  • Saunas or steam rooms.
  • Exercise, including swimming.

To soothe and calm the skin, we suggest regularly applying an Aloe Vera gel. This will rehydrate the skin and reduce any discomfort you may experience. Tea tree oil can be applied to the area for its antiseptic properties, ensuring the area remains bacteria free. Savlon cream can also be used if needed.

At least 1 week after:
  • Avoid use of retinoids, AHAs and other ‘harsh’ skincare products that may cause irritation.
  • Gently exfoliate daily from day 2 to day 10 after your waxing service. This will help to prevent ingrown hairs. Remember to not over-exfoliate as this can cause damage to the skin. Follow your exfoliation with an enriching and nourishing moisturiser (no alcohol or perfumed ingredients).
You are not suitable for waxing if you have
  • Had a reaction to a patch test.
  • Sunburnt or irritated skin.
  • Open wounds or skin infections.
  • Skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis or psoriasis.
  • Ringworm.
  • Scabies (a GP’s letter will be required once the condition has cleared).
  • Head, body or pubic lice (a GP’s letter will be required once the condition has cleared).
  • Shingles.
  • Impetigo.
  • Recent scar tissue (at least six months must have passed before the area can be waxed over).
  • Epilepsy.
  • A sexually transmitted disease or genital warts.
  • Moles in the area you wish to be waxed.
  • Had a physician-administered peel within the past two years.
  • Had laser skin resurfacing within the past year.
  • Taken Accutane within the past year. Waxing is also not recommended for clients taking Retin A, Renova, Differin or other types of skin-thinning acne medications.
  • Not received parental consent and are between the ages of 12 and 17, or if under 12.

Please read the label carefully and consult your dermatologist if you are taking any medication or using any topical cream that contains the following (individuals react differently to these medications and sometimes waxing can be done, but this is dependent on a negative result from a patch test):

  • Accutane (Acne medication) – You must be off this medication treatment course a minimum of one year prior to waxing.
  • Adapalene (Acne medication)
  • Alustra (Retin A)
  • Avage (See Tazorac)
  • Avita (See Retin A)
  • Differin (Acne medication)
  • Isotretinoin (See Accutane)
  • Renova (See Retin A)
  • Retin A (Acne and Anti-ageing medication)
  • Tazorac (Acne medication)
  • Tazarotene (See Tazorac)
  • Tretinoin (See Retin A)

If you are currently using any of the following, please inform your technician (these products can make the skin more sensitive, and as thin, sensitive skin is more vulnerable to lifting and sensitivity during waxing, you will need to have a patch test 48 hours before any waxing can be performed):

  • Other acne medications not listed above.
  • Bleaching agents for hair (used mostly for upper lip).
  • Bleaching agents for pigmentation of skin (Hydraquinone, Trilumena).
  • Chemical depilatories such as Nair.
  • >Benzoyl peroxide (ProActive).
  • Alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic, lactic).
  • Oral antibiotics.
  • Topical antibiotics.
  • Retinol.
  • Salicylic acid.
  • Other exfoliants.

You will need GP consent if you suffer from diabetes type 1 or 2.