5 waxing tips that will keep your skin soft and smooth
This summer has been pretty fantastic so far, don’t you think? It’s rare for us Brits to be baring skin for so many months, and we are only just in July. If you’re like us, you’ll be thinking about how to make sure you can finish off that summer look with the smoothest, softest skin. When it comes to hair removal, there is no contest when it comes to looking after your skin – waxing is the only way! Our professional and friendly team at West One MYB can offer waxing for everyone, whatever your requirements. Just make sure you do a little bit of pre-wax and post-wax care so that you can show off your very best skin this summer.
1. EXFOLIATE BEFORE AND AFTER
Prepare your skin the day before a wax. Invest in an exfoliating mitt as it will really help to prevent those horrible ingrown hairs. If you want to use a product, choose something that’s natural and remember to save the environment by finding a product without plastic microbeads.
After your wax, get ready to exfoliate again! Use a mitt and exfoliate 3 days after the wax and then every 2 days thereafter, right up to your next wax.
2. GET THE HAIR LENGTH RIGHT
It’s really important that your hair is neither too short, nor too long. Make sure it’s at least 0.5cm, so that the wax can get a really good grip and pull the hair follicle entirely. You also need to make sure you trim any hair that is longer (talking bikini line here…). You want no longer than 2cm here.
Don’t be tempted to pick at any ingrown hairs. They will resolve themselves and you’ll end up with a big mess, and a scar. Get your next wax booked in for three weeks from your appointment and don’t shave in between or you’ll undo all your hard work.
3. CHOOSE THE RIGHT WAX
There are hundreds of different brands and types of wax, from soft to hard, strips to stick applications, and you might well feel that you need to be an expert to get it right. That’s why so many people choose a trusted salon, recommended by friends, to handle their waxing needs. At West One MYB, we use a hot wax for intimate areas rich in high purity beeswax, resulting in a lower melting point, more elasticity and less pain! For other areas we use a wax formulation ideal for sensitive skin and clients prone to allergic reactions with lower operating temperatures to enhance client comfort.
4. AFTER-WAX TREATMENT
Apply a powerful after-wax lotion to the area immediately after waxing to eliminate potential infection, irritation and the chance of ingrown hairs. You’ll want to use something that doesn’t contain perfume or alcohol. Aloe Vera and Tea Tree are great here. Keep it in the fridge – you’ll be grateful after your wax!
5. TIMING IS KEY
Getting a smooth result is all about timing. You need to give your skin the chance to breathe, recover and be calm. Avoid sun exposure at least two days before your appointment. We recommend you avoid excessive exercise for 24 hours after your wax to minimise irritation. Shower immediately after exercise and use an antibacterial cleansing gel to clear your follicles of perspiration which can carry bacteria.
Book early and be organised – get your appointment booked in good time, prep your body and your skin, and have a bottle of cold after-wax treatment in your fridge at home. And make sure you’re not exposed to the sun or any lovely oils and creams for at least 24 hours or your skin will end up burning hot!