Waxing Before and After Care



Thinking about getting waxed? Don't know where to start? Check out our Do’s and Don'ts that will help you prepare for your amazing experience with us at European Touch of Beauty!

Before Wax

  • If you have been shaving or trimming you must let your hair grow out for at least three weeks.
  • Gently exfoliate the skin with scrub the night before waxing. This removes the dead skin cells and opens up the hair follicles and will make the waxing service a lot less painful while preventing irritation and ingrown hairs.
  • Do not exfoliate the same day as your appointment as it can increase possibility of lifting skin
  • Do not use any products containing retinoids, glycolic, salicylic acids on the area you wish to get waxed for at least five days prior to your visit.
  • If you have been taking Accutane you must stop the use for at least 12 months before getting a wax.
  • If you have had a chemical peel or microdermabrasion on area to be waxed you must wait four weeks before getting a wax.
  • No prolonged sun exposure or tanning at least 48 hours prior to waxing.
  • If waxing for a special event try coming in 2 to 3 times prior to event for smoothest, most flawless skin.
  • Keep the area being waxed free of any lotion or oil.
  • Avoid caffeine or alcohol before your appointment. Caffeine and alcohol are stimulants and can increase sensitivity.
  • Be sure your skin is healthy - no sores, broken skin or sunburn.
  • Do not wear non-breathable or tight clothing.. It can be the cause of irritation and ingrown hair. Wear something loose and comfortable.
  • If preferred you can take over-the-counter pain medication 30-45 minutes before your appointment. It can help reduce any pain, inflammation, swelling or redness.
  • Try your best to relax your body. Take a deep breath, it will help clear your mind and reduce any tension before the next strip. Do not be nervous! You are in good hands. All of our estheticians are very experienced with all types of hair and people of every size and ethnicity. We will guide you through the entire process and make sure you leave happy!
  • Common side effect of waxing is histamine reaction. You may experience hives, tiny bumps, itching, or irritation. It's your body's natural reaction to when it thinks it's being attacked, so it's essentially a defense mechanism. This will not last, and some clients find that the best way to speed it along is to take some Benadryl an hour before your appointment and then again a few hours later. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if this is a good option for you.

After Wax

  • Avoid touching the freshly waxed skin. Your skin could stay red and tender anywhere from 30 minutes to 48 hours after your service.
  • You may experience bumps. Don't panic! These are temporary and will fade within 72 hours.
  • No sun or tanning for at least 48 hours after your service. Since waxing is a form of exfoliation, it could increase your risk for sunburn.
  • Avoid extreme heat for 24 hours from hot tubs, hot baths, sauna, and pool in areas that have been waxed; it could cause irritation and sensitivity. Your skin is vulnerable after waxing.
  • Avoid exercise or sex for 24 hours. Sweat and friction makes your body more susceptible to outside bacteria that can potentially cause an infection, bumps, or more sensitivity.
  • Avoid tight clothing for 24 hours after a wax.
  • 48 hours after waxing, start exfoliating your skin with scrub. This is the step you do not want to miss. You're paying for the area to look good, so let's keep it that way! Exfoliating is going to help prevent unsightly ingrown hairs and bumps. After waxing, dead skin cells can build up and trap hairs. This prevents the hairs from growing out. Instead they grow back into the skin which results in bumps and redness. Use a chemical or physical exfoliant every day to help eat away at dead skin cells and keep the area smooth. Wait at least two days after waxing to start exfoliating.
  • Be sure to moisturize your skin. This helps keep skin healthy and helps the wax remove the hair easier. Avoid using heavily perfumed or thick lotion on the bikini area as it might cause ingrown hair.
  • Do not shave between appointments. We will work to get your hair in a good growth pattern and shaving can disrupt that.
  • Come back and see us every 3-5 weeks! Waxing consistently makes your hair grow back finer, softer, and not as quickly. Plus, when you miss appointments, you will be giving your hair roots time to thicken back up and this is what causes pain when removing the hair. Stay on schedule with your hair removal services and waxing will get very easy and almost painless!

Please Note

If you use any other the following please let us know. These products can make skin thin and more sensitive to waxing which can result in lifting and extra sensitivity. Every individual reacts differently to these products and sometimes waxing can be done if a proper patch test is completed.

  • Acne Medication (Accutane, Differin, Isotretinoin). Must be off for at least 1 year.
  • Retin A, retinol or any products containing it.
  • Bleaching or lightening agents for skin (Hydroquinone).
  • Chemical depilatories (Nair).
  • Benzoyl Peroxide (Proactive).
  • High percentages of alpha hydroxy acids (Lactic, glycolic).
  • Topical or oral antibiotics.