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How to Prepare Your Skin for Waxing

How to Prepare Your Skin for Waxing

In a world with so much going on, many of us like to stay on top of everything, trying to take care of everyone. However, one of the things we tend to neglect caring for in our day-to-day life is ourselves. Specifically, we forget to take care of things related to stewarding our body, such as skincare. 

We tend to overlook the things that we don’t see as absolutely necessary. 

We neglect using sunscreen to protect our skin from the sun. We neglect to remove our make-up and wash our face before bed because we’re just too tired from the day to worry about it. The first thing we must work on is changing our mentality and recognizing the importance of skincare. 


Skincare and Waxing

Whether it’s a facial, hair wax, a leg waxing, or a bikini wax, to properly take care of your skin, there is preparation that needs to be done before your appointment. There is also post-care to add to your regimen after your appointment as well

Skincare Before the Wax

  • 2-4 Week No Shaving Rule. You want to wait at least two to four weeks since your last hair removal before an appointment for waxing. There are a few reasons for this. The first reason is that if you’ve recently shaved, it could cause irritation to the skin. 

The second reason is that you want hair to grow out to be at least a quarter of an inch and not much longer. If the hair is too short, the wax will not properly attach and remove. If the hair is too long, it can get very messy, and even be a more painful experience.

  • Exfoliation. Exfoliation is important to prevent ingrown hairs from happening.
  • Moisturizing. Waxing is going to be drying the selected spot a little bit. So having it moisturized beforehand will help prevent your skin from drying out too much.
  • Hydration. Make sure to drink plenty of water and fluids. This plays in part with moisturizing. If your skin is dried out and doesn’t have enough hydration, the waxing process will be more painful than necessary. Moisturized skin, which drinking water helps, causes the hair follicle to more easily remove itself.
  • Pain Relievers. Taking Advil a couple of hours leading up to the waxing will help prevent inflammation and will also help with the pain.

Take some time to prep before your waxing appointment. Your skin will thank you, and so will your salon.

Skincare After the Wax

  • Pain Relievers. Continue to take pain relievers to keep the swelling and pain minimal post-wax.
  • Exfoliation. It’s still important to keep up exfoliation. However, allow your skin to rest and breathe for one to three days until your skin is no longer sensitive. 
  • Moisturize (with Vitamin E and/or Collagen). Moisturization, including Vitamin E and/or Collagen, will be great after and between waxes. Moisturization is good for your skin to keep it healthy and youthful. When you have waxing done, and frequently, the constant pulling at the skin requires good elasticity of Vitamin E and/or Collagen to help keep it firm. If not, you could end up with wrinkles and lines on your lips and around your eyes sooner than you’d like.
  • Hydration. Hydration and moisturization go hand in hand. Water helps with cleansing your stomach, and your stomach is a huge component when it comes to skincare. If there’s something wrong with your gut, it will almost always make itself known through your skin, especially your face.

We’re sure that there are people out there that do not prepare their skin and do post-care between waxes. However, for healthier and younger-looking skin, we highly recommend it.


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