Scheduled a beach day but totally forgot about one tiny issue? No worries, we’ve all been there. In the midst of checking off our summer bucket lists it’s easy to forget about one very important summer beauty routine: hair removal. And if you’re not one to stick to a strict schedule or are considering waxing for the first time, there are a few things you’ll want to know. These tips can be used as a basis for any type of wax from legs to bikini, because they’re all about keeping skin healthy and fresh. Bookmark this quick list of do’s and don’ts for prepping before your next wax treatment:

How to Prep for Wax by MichellePhan.com
Marloes Horst for Harper’s Bazaar UK 2013 by David Slijper

DO consider the state of your skin. Is it sensitive? Cuts and bruises, including nicks from shaving? From hormones to medications, the outside factors affecting your skin should be considered when you wax. If you are prone to hormonal breakouts and blemishes, for example, waxing in those areas could be uncomfortable and even less effective. As a rule, avoid times of the month where you break out, and be sure to get any skin conditions out in the open before stripping down.

DO exfoliate, cleanse, and moisturize. Continue your summer skincare regimen in order to slough off dead skin cells prevent ingrown hairs. However, avoid products with retinol because it leaves skin too sensitive for a wax. Lastly, don’t forget to moisturize to hydrate skin. As for prepping directly before the wax—leave it to the experts who can apply products to prevent infection and reduce redness.

DON’T shave beforehand. Yes, it’s annoying that in order to have completely smooth skin, we must lay off the razor. No matter where you want hair removed, it’s important that the wax can actually lift the hair from the root. So, it’s good not to do any major maintenance for about 3 weeks prior. Allowing about 1/4” of hair to grow beforehand usually means a cleaner, more precise wax, which isn’t altered by shaving, which can undo the process.

DON’T soak up the sun. Just like wounds and blemishes can cause a wax to irritate skin, so can a burn or sensitivity from time out in the sun. Make a point not to head to the beach or lounge by the pool before or after you head to the salon.

DO consider the upkeep. It can be inconvenient, but for the reasons listed above, wax regularly (depending on how fast hair grows). Most specialists don’t recommend any at-home hair removal treatments. Aside from plucking a few stray brow hairs, you may be better off splurging on those regular appointments.

As always, use these tips as a general rule and express any concerns to your waxing specialist. Keep in mind that everyone’s skin is different and certain areas are more sensitive than others. Now, it’s your turn… What’s your summer beauty routine? Share yours in the comments below!

<3 Mish


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