Two commonly feared beauty treatments by reputation are waxing and chemical peels. You've most likely heard of these, and at least one probably elicits fight or flight (um brazilian wax). There are quite many benefits to peels and waxing, safe options, and some so easy you can do them in the comforts of your own home, so they can't be that bad right? Check it out….
- Ask friends/family/your hair dresser for a good esthetician that follows safety/sanitation, knows what they are doing, and makes you comfortable and will listen and give you what YOU want
- Make sure you communicate clearly as to your experience, your wants, medical conditions and your skin!
- Take an Advil or Ibuprofen 30-40 minutes before the service to lessen inflammation and pain, or use pre-wax numbing creams
- Start small with a lip or brow wax so that you get an idea of what to expect, and by all means, if thats all you ever want to wax, that's perfectly fine too
- Avoid using any products with retinols for at least one week pre and post waxing
- Try to prepare your skin by keeping the area you want waxed free of oils, too much makeup, or any harsh products. We estheticians can work around this because we cleanse and prep you no matter what, but I've had a client with excessive jojoba oil on the face made things much more difficult, and these things can increase the likelihood of reactions afterward
- You will most likely be red, inflamed, and sometimes people get small little bumps on the area and this is all NORMAL! It mostly all goes away within 1-2 hours. Again Advil, cool compresses, redness neutralizer can all help.
- To avoid ingrown hairs, exfoliate. This is especially important in the bikini area!
- If you must do it at home, carefully read the directions !! You know who you are ;) Practice on a large area like leg or thigh, where precision isn't that important. Bliss makes great home waxing kits like the one below...
- Oils such as olive oil, coconut oil, etc. remove wax the best! Even the best estheticians may leave one or two little sticky spots. Remove it with oil!
- There are many kinds of waxing and hair removal- hard wax, soft wax, sugaring, threading, tweezing, etc. so just try and find out what's best for you
Other than the obvious benefit of being stache free, waxing facial hair creates a smooth canvas for makeup application. Waxing altogether, lasts much longer than shaving, has less irritation to the skin, saves times, and ultimately hair grows back less course and less abundant.
Chemical Peels are chemical solutions applied to the skin that remove damaged outer layers of the skin. They vary in strength from mild to strong, but are still a less invasive way to treat fine lines, skin pigmentation, scars, and sun damage. They cause dead skin to peel or slough off, to reveal smoother, brighter skin.
Let's prepare for peels:
- Peels range from mild to recovering at home for a week with bandages covering your face. The second is usually preformed by a plastic surgeon or dermatologist and you just must do your research! Most peels that you can purchase for home use are mild and quit safe granted you follow directions!
- Follow the directions! If it says leave on for 15 minutes, do so. Don't leave longer!
- Generally, they're not for daily use so start slow.
- Tingling is quite normal to feel for home peels, I've even experienced a very mild burning feeling that quickly subsided. Anything more, WASH It OFF!
- Patch test if you are concerned. Apply a small amount to your wrist or jawline to test the feeling, and result.
- If you have sensitive skin, be careful! Thats doesn't mean avoid peels, but patch test first, start very mild, and do your research!
Waxing and chemical peels both come with a plethora of scary stories, as do many other beauty treatments, but with a little preparation, research, and time, both are quite well worth it. Hopefully, my tips and tricks will encourage you to give them a try if you haven't already.