Bikini Waxing 101

Your first time receiving a bikini wax of any kind can be extremely nerve racking, we get it. To ease your anxiety we've put together all the important information you'll need to feel prepared, relaxed and ready. Here's what to expect:

Are you eligible?
Upon completing a consultation form (if you didn't please read our post 5 Signs Your Favorite Wax Spot Might Be Dangerous) you might discover that you are not eligible to be safely waxed at this time. Some factors such as your period, medication, or allergies play a huge role in this. 

Getting Started
You will be lead to a private room where your Licensed Aesthetician will ask you to get undressed. Usually for a basic Bikini Line wax you will not have to remove your underwear (however, don't wear boy short undies to your Bikini Line waxing appointment. This makes it difficult to move around!) . If you are receiving a Brazilian or a French be prepared to take it all off from the waist down. 

Your Consultation
Your Aesthetician will ask you how much hair you want removed. Remember that you should always do what you feel comfortable with. After all it is your body! They also may ask you what type of bikini wax you would like when you make your appointment, so they know can book enough time for you. Not sure what the difference is? Here's a helpful guide:

Be Prepared
Your hair down there needs to be at least ¼” long for the wax to properly grab onto. If the hair is really long then the tech will have to trim it down a bit with scissors or clippers. Its courteous (but also helpful to the wax's efficiency) to bathe before your appointment. Not only will you be clean, but the natural oils from your skin will interfere less with the wax's ability to remove hair.  

The Process (Here We Go!)
While wearing gloves, your Aesthetician will apply the warm wax on the hair with an applicator. Hard wax doesn’t require a strip, so it will dry a bit and harden before it’s removed. Your Aesthetician will hold your skin slightly stretched firm before removing the wax in a quick pull so it’s less painful. They will continue to work in small sections until all the hair (that you've indicated) is removed. It's possible you will be asked to help hold the skin, get on your knees or put your knees to your chest when receiving more than a basic wax, like a Brazilian. This helps the tech more easily reach all your nooks and crannies. 

Remember not to feel TOO uncomfortable. While this may be your first bikini wax, it definitely is not your Aesthetician's. Happy waxing!

-Allure Skin Studio Blogger

The Best Order for Applying Skin Care Products

So you've got a bathroom vanity completely covered in skin care products, and what do you do? Well, if you're like most of us, you probably slather some creams on your face and move on with your life. But what you're missing here is so very important: the order in which you apply your skin care products does in fact effect they way they work for you and your skin. 

According Susana Scott, an Aesthetician with nearly a decade of experience, applying your skin care products in the proper order ensures that your skin receives all the benefits of the ingredients in each product. Let's say you applied a cream-based product first, followed by a serum. Because of the cream's consistency and chemical components, it would prevent the serum from reaching the skin. 

Here is the proper way to apply your skin care products:

STEP ONE (DAY AND NIGHT): CLEANSER
Start by removing the oils and dirt from your face to prep your skin to receive some real lovin' (a.k.a some AMAZING, nutrient-rich products). If you wear makeup, we recommend using a remover wipe either before or after you cleanse to really get that stubborn foundation or eyeliner. 

STEP TWO (DAY AND NIGHT): TONER
Don't skip the toner! What a lot of people don't know is that modern-day toners actually bring a lot of nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants to the skin. While your skin is clean and your pores are open, toner can effectively do it's job. 

STEP THREE (DAY AND NIGHT): MOISTURIZER
For the day time, we always recommend a light, oil-free moisturizer. This product is super important because most of us do need extra that hydration after the damage that sun, weather and harsh chemicals wreak on our skin. At night, the skin does the bulk of its healing, revitalizing and regenerating as we sleep. This is why night cream moisturizers are generally thicker and heavier, designed to be absorbed over several hours.

STEP FOUR (DAY ONLY): SPF SUNSCREEN
The key to keeping your skin young and fresh is wearing SPF sunscreen everyday. Yes, every single day despite the season. Your skin can be harmed by constant sun exposure, whether or not you see a burn. Remember, sunburn is an immediate reaction, but damage from the sun occurs over a lifetime.

STEP FOUR (NIGHT ONLY): SERUM
Serums are extremely concentrated and nutrient-dense treatments. It's important to keep them close to the skin because they can specifically address a skin concern you might have. Some people apply multiple serums that cater to different skin concerns. If an all-in-one serum isn’t possible, apply the ones with the thinnest consistency first.

STEP FIVE (NIGHT ONLY): EYE CREAM
It's crucial to apply an eye cream at least every night, starting in your 20's. Maintaining the thickness of the eyelid and under-eye skin can ultimately make you look more youthful and well rested because eyelid skin can easily lose laxity and its smooth appearance if precautions are not taken. 

STEP SIX (NIGHT ONLY): SPOT TREATMENT
If you ask us, spot treatments are a god send. Most of the time they contain medications that help fight acne and dry up the excess oil in troublesome spots. Allowing yourself to sleep the night with your treatment on your face (despite looking like a dalmatian) should result in smaller spots and clearer skin. 

-Allure Skin Studio Blogger

5 Signs Your Favorite Wax Spot Might Be Dangerous

Listen up everyone, today we’re going over the top 5 signs your current waxing studio might be dangerous for you.

1.) YOU DIDN’T COMPLETE A CONSULTATION FORM

First and foremost, if your Esthetician (we recommend getting waxed only by licensed Estheticians) did not give you a client consultation form to complete before your waxing service, this should be a red flag. While Client Consultations forms can be lengthy and a little personal, they are so very important in getting a safe wax. Your Esthetician must know your medical history, allergies, and current skin care products in order to effectively and safely provide a wax service. For example, you must disclose the use of Retinols and cease use 7 days prior to the service. If not, the wax might pull already broken down skin cells (from the Retinol) causing irritation, burning and even scarring. Yikes!

2.) YOU DON’T FEEL COMFORTABLE (NO MATTER THE AREA OF SERVICE)

The last thing you want when getting your wax service done is to feel uncomfortable with your Esthetician. Being nervous about the service being provided is normal, however, being nervous about WHO is providing that service is not. Always trust your gut instinct. Your Esthetician should be asking you questions about your preferred eyebrow shape or talking you through your nerves concerning your first bikini wax. After all, this is about your body and how YOU want it to look!

3.) THE WAXING STUDIO IS UNCLEAN

Think of your waxing studio as a doctor’s office—it should be clean and sanitary at all times. If your Esthetician has a hard time explaining their sanitation measures, please take a look around. The wax pots should not have wax all over them. The table should always have disposable sanitary paper rolled across it (for the same reason you see it at the doctor’s office—there are A LOT of people who sit there—sometimes unclothed!). Shelves and products should be free of dust. The last thing you want is to be in a place that does not follow sanitation requirements but also doesn’t pride themselves in healthy waxing.

4.) BEWARE OF “THE DOUBLE DIP”

Every licensed Esthetician knows that using the same spatula over and over again breeds bacteria and germs within the wax pot. Once a new spatula has been dipped in wax, and spread across your skin, it should be thrown away immediately. If you are waxed at a place that double dips just imagine how many people have used that exact same pot of wax for various…places on the body. We recommend that you never ask if your Esthetician double dips (in case they will not be truthful), but make sure you watch what they do. If you see this monstrosity occur, we suggest you stop the service and find a new place to take care of your waxing needs.

5.) THE WAX IS TOO HOT

The wax being applied to your skin should feel warm to the touch but it should never feel like it is burning you. Hot wax (used for face, underarms, and bikinis) should be heated to 55-65 degrees, whilst strip wax (used for the rest of the body with paper strips) should be heated at around 65-70 degrees. Extremely hot wax can burn and scar your skin, which can take weeks to heal. Your Esthetician should always ask you if the temperature is comfortable or even test the temperature on the inside of their wrist first.

We recommend that if you notice any of these warning signs you speak up and express your concern. Leave the establishment and ask for a consultation before booking an appointment at a new studio.

-Allure Skin Studio Blogger