Before a Wax:
1. Before your wax make sure to exfoliate really well the day before. This will help slough off any dead skin and help with ingrown hairs.
2. Don't take Ibuprofen, aspirin or any blood thinner. Although ibuprofen and aspirin might help with the pain, it thins your blood creating a higher chance of bruising from waxing.
3. For facial waxing if you are using Retin-A, retinol or a chemical exfoliant do not use these products at least a week before coming in. This harsh exfoliant can cause "lifting" of the first layer of skin from waxing.
4. Don't trim your hair. For any wax, I will always take care of the trimming for you. The reason I prefer to do it this way is because I know the exact length it should be in order for the wax to be the least painful. If the hair is too short it will hurt more!
5. Hair needs to be at least as long as a grain of rice to be waxed. Any shorter than that and I would recommend waiting to schedule your appointment. If you have been shaving you should wait about 3 weeks before getting waxed.
After a Wax:
1. After a body wax it's important to wait until day 2 or 3 to start manually exfoliating. Once you're skin is calm and ready for exfoliation again its important to use a scrub in the shower daily to keep your skin healthy and prevent ingrown hairs between waxes.
2. Calendula gel or Arnica gel afterwards can help reduce inflammation and calm the skin. Diluted tea tree oil and lavender are also great anti-bacterial agents to help with red bumps or irritation after a body or facial wax. For your facial wax you can dilute these essential oils with your facial toner or for the body you can dilute them with rose or jojoba oil.
3. To make waxing the best possible experience for you, you should reschedule 4-6 weeks out from your last wax.