How to Prepare for Your Waxing Session

If you want a hair-free face and body with a minimum of expense and fuss, waxing is the way to go. Better than shaving and more economical than laser hair removal, it can transform the look and feel of your skin.

At Biz MedSpa in Fremont, California, our founder Donald Lee, DO and our entire team of aesthetic experts want you to get the most out of your waxing session. We’ve put together this little guide to show you how to prepare your skin so you get the silkiest results possible.

Don’t shave

Waxing works by grabbing the hair shaft and pulling the entire hair out by the root. That’s why you need to have a little visible hair before your waxing session. If you don’t have visible hair, the wax can’t adhere.

Depending on how quickly your hair grows, don’t shave for several days to up to a week or two. The ideal hair length for a waxing treatment is between 1/4 and 3/4 inches. 

Cut the excess

If you’re hoping to reshape your bikini line or want a Brazilian wax, be sure the hair in the area is short enough. Hair that’s too long won’t give the wax enough leverage.

Trim longer hairs until they’re no more than 3/4 inches long. The shorter hairs also help the entire waxing experience be less messy.

Avoid irritants

If you’re waxing your facial hair, be sure to stop using retinoids or products with retinol or acid in them for at least 2-5 days before you’re booked for your waxing at Biz MedSpa.

Waxing briefly traumatizes and reddens your skin. If it’s already irritated by products that cause redness, you could injure your skin.

Don’t get sunburned

Be sure to use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and avoid the sun as much as possible before your waxing appointment. Like retinoids and retinol, a sunburn irritates and damages your skin. Getting a wax on top of a burn would be extremely painful. Our aestheticians recommend you re-book your appointment if you’ve accidentally gotten sunburned before your waxing.

Exfoliate gently

Dead skin cells may prevent the wax from adhering to your hairs. A day or two before your waxing session, use a washcloth or gentle brush to slough off the topmost layer of dead cells. But use a gentle touch! Remember, you don’t want to irritate or redden your skin at all.

Take a shower

It’s best to be squeaky clean and dry before your appointment so the hairs are easier to coat with wax. Be sure to skip the moisturizing cleansers when you shower. Instead, use a Castile soap that gently removes dirt and debris without coating your hairs with oils. 

Don’t moisturize with cream, lotion, or oil after the shower, either. You want your hairs to be porous, so the wax can adhere firmly and do its job the first time.

Take a chill pill

Even though our aesthetic experts know how to apply and remove wax quickly and efficiently to minimize pain, if you’re sensitive, you may wish to take an over-the-counter painkiller before your appointment. You can also apply cold packs to your skin to soothe it before waxing. Just be sure to dry your skin before your waxing session.

Ready to feel silky and smooth again? Give us a call at 510-270-0422 or use our easy online form to request an appointment for your waxing session today.

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