The Ten Commandments of Waxing

As the sugaring goddess of San Diego, I know a thing or two (or fifty!) about how to get the cleanest, most pain-free wax possible for my clients.

Waxing with an Esthetician is one of the easiest and quickest ways to have longer-lasting, smooth and hairless skin.

And with summer right around the corner, you should remember to keep these tips top of mind before you book an appointment for your next waxing session!

Don’t Try it at Home

The pros are pros for a reason.

Although there are many DIY options out there, it doesn’t mean you should use them.

Working with an Esthetician ensures that you’ll experience less pain and a higher-quality wax than if you buy it off the shelf and do it yourself.

Estheticians know how to quickly and efficiently get a high-quality result and adjust for each client’s skin.

So don’t risk causing damage to your skin by trying to save a few bucks.

Let it Grow

Both hard, soft, and sugar wax need a certain length of hair to adhere properly.

Make sure your hair is at least about the size of a grain of rice.

No Mid-Schedule Shaving

And don’t even think about shaving in between waxing sessions!

Doing this will only make your next waxing service more painful because of the way the hair grows.

When you wax, your hair comes in more finely and is easier to remove, but all that hard work goes out the window when you shave.

You also won’t feel as clean and smooth as you will with regular waxing sessions.

If you struggle to stay on a schedule with waxing, schedule multiple appointments at one time and make them at least 4 weeks apart.

You can also set reminders in your calendar.

Your skin will thank you!

Avoid Ingrown Hairs

Exfoliation is SO important to avoiding ingrown hairs.

Exfoliate at least 3 times a week, and especially right before waxing.

Speaking of ingrown hairs, if you have a tendency to get them often, we offer exfoliation mitts and other products to help avoid them.

Limit Alcohol and Caffeine

Sunday Funday and happy hours always sound like a great idea, except when you’re waxing the next day.

Alcohol and caffeine can make your skin more sensitive and cause you more pain during your waxing session.

So avoid alcohol and caffeine for 24 hours before your service to keep the pain level in check.

Medications Matter

Plan ahead!

Some medications can affect your waxing results and make your skin more sensitive.

Tell your esthetician in advance if you’re taking any medications, including blood thinners,

Retin-A or Acutane (or similar products), allergy medications, cold medicine or antibiotics.

You should stop using these types of medications at least a week (two if you’re taking antibiotics) before your waxing service.

If you’re doing body waxing (not facial waxing), I recommend taking Ibuprofen, Aleve or Advil 30-45 minutes prior to your waxing service, as it can help with the pain.

Let Your Skin Breathe

Yoga pants may be your clothing of choice, but in this case, they are not a good idea.

Right after waxing, your skin is extremely sensitive.

So wearing loose fitting and breathable clothing like cotton will ensure you stay comfortable and that your skin doesn’t begin to sweat after your waxing session.

Pre-Wax Steam is Your Friend

Take a warm shower before waxing.

This will help your Esthetician by opening the pores so the hair is easier to remove.

Some people think that applying ice to the area can help numb the skin, but DO NOT DO THIS!

If steam is your friend before waxing, ice (and cold in general) is your enemy!

Ice will tighten your pores and make the waxing process more painful.


Yes, waxing can be painful.

But finding a way to relax during your waxing service is crucial!

Tense muscles will make the area more sensitive and cause you even more pain.

So think soothing thoughts. Woosaahhhhh.

Post-Wax Care is Important

Heat may be great before your waxing session, but post-wax, avoid hot showers, the sauna or sunbathing for at least 24 hours.

As much as estheticians love exfoliating, keep your exfoliation mitt away from any area that’s been waxed for at least one full day after your service.

The same goes for working out and wearing tight clothing.

Your skin is still sensitive, and the last thing you want to do is irritate it and risk ingrown hairs.

Now that you’re a pro with pre- and post-wax care, book your next appointment with the sugaring goddess from Barely There Beauty Bar!

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