Waxing & Sugaring
Temporary removal of unwanted hair from most body parts. Results last 4 to 6 weeks.
For best results do not apply moisturizing cream to area. Take a muscle pain reliever 2 hours ahead if you are worried about pain. Hair should be a least a 1/4" long in order for the wax to grab onto the hair for removal. Do not shave in-between waxing or sugaring appointments. It strengthens the hair follicle, and makes it more difficult to pull.
Waxing removes a layer of skin so it can be more thorough than sugaring. Calming products are applied afterwards to help with the individual’s skin type.ie normal to oily skin.
I perform the strip sugaring method. Sugar is applied and removed by applying a cloth on afterwards. Sugaring is better for people with sensitive skin. It does not remove a layer of skin so it works better if the hairs are longer than a 1/4". It is better for people with oily skin as it does not cause break outs. It's also preferred by people who are worried about the unnatural elements of the wax absorbing into their skin.
In my experience its best to ask for sugaring on the facial area, if you are using a strong retinol or glycolic product skin care regimen. Because sugaring doesn't take off a layer of skin. It doesn't bruise or rip the skin, as much.
Depilatory creams: Information.
I do not offer this service.
The chemicals in the depilatory creams are very alkaline. Its pH varies between 12.0 and 12.5. The increased pH of the cream, causes the hair shaft to swell, and enables portions of the follicles to dissolve and breakdown the hair.
When using: test a small area first. Some people are more sensitive than others. The ingredients in the formula also dissolves dead skin cells, which can result in ingrown hairs. It can burn your skin, which has a pH of 4.5–5.5, even if you use them as intended. Allergic reactions may include swelling, welt formation, rash, hives, difficulty breathing and dizziness.
A trusted source of FDA’s Office of Cosmetics and Colors says it has received reports of “burns, blisters, stinging, itchy rashes, and skin peeling associated with depilatories. It can take a few days for redness, rawness, or stinging to show up.
The chemicals in depilatories include ingredients like sodium thioglycolate, calcium thioglycolate, and strontium sulfide, which break down the protein bonds of the hair.
After using a depilatory cream, your skin will be more prone to sunburn, so using good sun protection is essential.
Do not use products such as glycolic, retinol, exfoliating acids, scrubs three days before applying a depilatory cream. Do not resume use of these products, until three days have passed, after a depilatory has been applied.
If you are considering IPL or Laser treatments, you need to wait 6 weeks after using a depilatory cream. This will prevent your skin from burning.
The depilatory cream does not enter the hair shaft. A depilatory cream is similar to shaving, the only difference being there is no blade. The results may last longer since the depth of action is a bit deeper than with shaving. The speed of regrowth will also vary from one person to another as well as their hair growth cycle.
Don't use the body formulas on your face, they have a higher concentration of chemicals to remove the hair than the facial depilatories . Hydrated hair is easier to remove than dry hair, since it's harder and takes longer to dissolve.