SOS WAX and Skincare

The Do’s and Don’ts of Waxing: A Comprehensive Guide


Body and facial hair are completely normal. Many people don’t even think twice about it. Yet, others feel uncomfortable about or embarrassed by it. Some simply prefer having smooth, hairless skin. In this case, waxing services are a liberating solution.


Smooth skin is easily achievable via waxing. However, many are unaware of neglectful or improper skin treatment before and after the waxing process; this can lead to skin irritation and injuries. Let’s go over some do’s and don’ts you must remember when you book full-service waxing in Las Vegas, NV, to achieve safer, more effective results.


The Do’s of Waxing Before Your Appointment

Schedule an Appointment with a Professional

Your waxing salon experience will depend on several factors, including the service quality and the technician’s skill. Do your research to ensure you receive high-quality waxing services.

Ask friends and family for recommendations, and check out reviews on Yelp or Google+. A reputable waxing salon should offer these things: trained technicians who are skilled at their craft, an inviting atmosphere to relax, and products that are as organic as possible.

Just remember to schedule an appointment with a professional to avoid unnecessary (and painful) surprises!

Keep Your Hair Long Enough

Before getting ready for your waxing appointment, ensure your unwanted hair is long enough to be removed completely. It should be at least a quarter of an inch. If your hair is too short, you could end up with stubble. This can lead to ingrown hairs.

Prepare Your Skin 

In the weeks leading up to your waxing appointment, do everything you can to prepare your skin. Waxing is much easier on skin that’s been moisturized and exfoliated for at least a week before. And trust us, waxing hurts more on rough, flaky patches than on soft skin.

Wear Comfortable Clothing

Before heading to your appointment, you must wear the ideal clothing. Waxing can be uncomfortable and sometimes painful. Tight clothes might cause discomfort, so opt to wear soft and loose-fitting clothing to your waxing appointment.

Take a Shower Beforehand

Showering beforehand will help you get the most out of your waxing appointment. The warm water opens up your pores, removes dead skin cells, and softens the hair, allowing a smoother, less painful waxing process.


The Don’ts of Waxing Before Your Appointment

Avoid Shaving, Plucking, or Tweezing the Area to Be Waxed

Hair grows in different cycles, so if you have recently shaved or tweezed in an area, it may be too short for waxing. This can lead to skin irritation, ingrown hairs, and possible infection.

Avoid Tanning Appointments Before Your Waxing Session

If you tan right before your appointment, the pigment can transfer onto the waxing strip, resulting in an uneven application of hard or soft wax. Tanned skin is more sensitive than un-tanned skin, so the pain of waxing services will be greater on the former.

Avoid Exfoliating Pre-Wax

Exfoliating is particularly bad for your skin before a wax. While it makes your skin clearer by removing dead skin cells, it might affect the protective layer of oil that keeps your skin moisturized. It makes you more susceptible to ingrown hairs, redness, and dryness after waxing.

Avoid Any Vigorous Activities or Exercises

Hot yoga, running, or high-impact workouts can cause microtears in your skin, making hair removal more painful than they have to be. Vigorous exercise raises your heart rate and blood pressure, making it harder for your skin to tolerate pain. And vigorous exercise combined with increased blood flow can cause bruising during your Brazilian wax.

Don’t Wax While on Your Period

It will be more painful on sensitive skin. When you’re menstruating, blood flow increases and causes swelling in the skin, which leads to sensitivity and pain when waxing. If possible, wait until after your period has ended before getting wax services.

The Do’s of Waxing After Your Appointment

Moisturize Your Skin 

To prevent irritation, ingrown hair, and redness. Waxing can cause your skin to become inflamed and irritated due to the heat from the wax strip or strip applicator. Moisturizing will soothe any irritation or redness that may occur after Brazilian waxes.

A moisturizer keeps your pores open while they heal so they don’t get clogged with dead skin cells or other micro debris that would otherwise contribute to an ingrown hair problem.

Use Post Depilatory Lotions

Your skin may be red, itchy, or irritated after a facial or body waxing session. Post-depilatory lotion soothes the skin and neutralizes any wax residues left on your skin. It also moisturizes your skin and prevents dryness, peeling, and flaking after waxing. It promotes healthy cell regeneration and helps heal any minor cuts or scratches caused by waxing.

Wear Loose Clothing

Wear loose clothing after your Brazilian waxing appointment. Your skin will be more sensitive and prone to irritation for at least 48 hours after the service. Don’t wear tight clothing that might chafe or irritate the area.

The Don’ts of Waxing After Your Appointment

Don’t Scrub or Exfoliate the Area

After your waxing appointment, it’s important not to scrub or exfoliate the area. These actions can irritate your skin and cause redness and swelling. Instead, use lotion and numbing cream to moisturize the skin after waxing to soothe irritated areas.

Don’t Expose the Area to Sunlight

After you wax, your skin will be red and sensitive. You should avoid exposing the area to sunlight for about 48 hours after your waxing appointment. This is because sunlight can cause irritation and burning, leading to skin damage.

Don’t Swim, Visit a Sauna, or Get Inside Hot Tubs

When you are getting waxed, the skin is very sensitive and fragile. Avoid saunas or hot tubs after a waxing session because this can irritate the skin. It can also lead to infection. Avoid swimming for at least 24 hours after your waxing appointment so that the pores of your skin do not swell up with water.

Don’t Apply Perfume, Makeup, and Lotions Within the First 48 Hours

You can damage your skin if you use gels, perfumes, creams containing retinol, alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), or salicylic acid within two days of waxing. These ingredients can increase skin sensitivity and irritate when used too soon after a waxing appointment.

Schedule an Appointment Today!

Finding the right spa to meet your waxing needs can be daunting. Choosing the right place takes trust and a good reputation. SOS WAX is a beauty salon for all your waxing needs. Our staff is trained and certified to ensure you get the best waxing experience.

We consistently provide customers with the quality waxing services that they have come to expect from our business. We love what we do and will create an atmosphere where you feel comfortable, relaxed, and ready for anything that comes your way right away! You’re sure to have a great time during your visit!