Individual Expressions, LLC. (Formally, Smooth Skin, INC.) Established in 2001 by Joanna Lula.
Prepping Skin for Waxing
As the weather gets warmer and people take off those bulky winter coats and boots, more and more people seek out waxing treatments to help remove hair and make skin smooth. Waxing is an excellent way of quickly removing hair from an area of the body, but waxing does not always work that well all the time. It is important to prep your skin and your hair for optimal waxing.
First, and this is important, you want to let your hair grow. It might look unsightly to you, but your hair must be long enough for the wax to grab when hardening. Most beauticians say between 1/4 and 1/8 inch. Typically, this translates to 1 or 2 weeks of time. DO NOT SHAVE IN BETWEEN WAXES!
On the day you go for waxing, you should exfoliate your skin. Using gloves, body scrubs, or loofahs, you want to loosen up the dead skin to release trapped hairs. You will want to exfoliate after your waxing to help ensure no ingrown hairs.
Be aware of complications associated with certain medications. They can increase sensitivity while waxing. You want to avoid oral and topical antibiotics, alpha hydroxy topicals, prescription exfoliants, and Accutane.
Lastly, you should take care of your skin. This means that you should make sure you moisturize your skin. This will help those going for waxing feel less pain afterward. You will want to use water-based moisturizers because oil-based versions can burn the skin. Using oil moisturizers on the day of a waxing will make it hard for the wax to harden around hairs.