We’re excited for you to wax (and hope you are too!), but your skin might not be ready for it right now. Check if any of the following apply to you.
¹ This includes skin that’s thinned from aging. Do not wax over moles.
² Like a sunburn or rash.
³ These weaken the skin barrier and can make you more prone to wax irritation. If you use a prescription retinol, check with your doctor before waxing. If you use an over-the-counter retinol, taking a week off typically helps irritation.
⁴ These also weaken the skin barrier and can make you prone to irritation. Wait a few days (for things like scrubs and exfoliating face washes) to a week (for chemical peels) to let your skin heal before you wax.
⁵ Everyone’s skin reacts differently, but products that can cause sensitivity include alcohol based toners and anything containing ascorbic acid (watch out for serums containing Vitamin C!).
Double check the warnings above.
Seriously! Maybe you’ve tried a new face wash or experimented with a different serum since your last wax. Check your skincare ingredients each and every time you wax to ensure you’re not using anything to make your face prone to irritation.
Make sure your skin is clean, dry, and room temperature.
Thoroughly wash your face of any makeup or moisturizer then wait about 10 minutes before you start waxing. Makeup, moisture, sweat, and body oil all make the wax less effective, but dry, super clean skin and hair help it work its magic.
Pro tip: Use those 10 minutes to do something else in your routine. Go brush your teeth, do your hair, watch a few TikToks—we promise the wait is worth it!
Check your hair length.
Hair that’s between 2mm and 6mm is best. Typically that’s 2 to 4 weeks of growth since your last wax. If you’re a beginner, longer hair is easier to work with.
Do a spot test.
Apply a single wax strip to your forearm and rip it off to see how your skin reacts. Apply the post-wax cloth to your other forearm to test out its ingredients. You should be able to tell within a couple of minutes whether or not the formulas react well with your skin. To be extra safe, wait 24 hours to make sure there is no unexpected reaction later.
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