You've got a big date this weekend. You're overflowing with excitement. But when you look down, you realize you're covered in unwanted body hair.
What do you do?
Try sugaring! A great alternative to waxing, sugaring can help you get smoother skin with less pain. However, as with all waxing options, there are a few things you should do to help you prepare for your appointment.
In this guide, we'll explore your preparation tips to help you see the best possible results from your sugaring appointment.
All different types of waxing require some exfoliation of the treatment area before your appointment. Exfoliation gets rid of dead skin cells that may have piled up around the hair follicles. It also aids in cleaning the skin and helps the sugar paste to hold onto hair.
To exfoliate, you can use a few different methods, including:
If you have sensitive skin, stick to a gentler exfoliation method, such as sugar scrubs. Exfoliating 72 hours after your appointment will also help your skin stay smooth as silk. Don't exfoliate too soon after your appointment, though, as this may irritate the skin.
One of the simplest acts of self-care you can do is moisturize regularly. You should moisturize both before and after your appointment.
But, like exfoliating, wait at least 72 hours after your appointment to moisturize. You also shouldn't moisturize the day of your appointment, as this can leave behind bothersome residue.
Moisturizing daily helps hair to grow more smoothly, making sugaring that much easier.
On the day of your appointment, try to minimize your caffeine, alcohol, smoking, and other acidic foods. While it may seem like these substances could help minimize the pain of sugaring, they'll actually have the opposite effect.
Acidic foods and drinks can make the skin more sensitive, which leads to greater pain during your appointment. Try taking Tums 20 minutes before your appointment to reduce your acid levels.
You should also drink plenty of water before your appointment to keep your skin and hair well-hydrated.
Whether it's a fake tan or a real one, you'll want to avoid it before your sugaring appointment. Sun exposure can lead to ultra-sensitive skin. You'll want to keep out of the sun at least 48 hours before and after your sugaring appointment.
Fake tans or retinoid creams can also lead to more sensitive skin. They can also cause increased irritation once the pores become exposed. Wait for at least a day or two after your appointment to do tanning of any kind.
In order to get the best results with the least amount of irritation, the hair you're getting sugared needs to be a certain length before your appointment.
Wait until your hair has grown to at least 1/4 inch before scheduling your appointment. Generally, this is about 2-3 weeks' worth of growth from your last hair removal session.
After a sugar session, you may require a second to get the skin as smooth as possible. Your esthetician can help you determine if this is necessary for you.
Of course, you want your skin to be as clean as possible before your appointment. This helps to prevent irritation, ingrown hairs, and infections.
Though your esthetician will cleanse the area before sugaring, you should still try to take a quick shower before heading to your appointment. This ensures the area will be deeply cleaned and ready to go.
It's also best not to come to your appointment directly from the gym. If you're experiencing a bit of extra moisture, try applying a bit of baby powder to dry out the area. This helps the sugar cling to the hair.
While you may want to look fashionable at your appointment, it's best to do so in loose, comfortable clothes. Some people like to wear dresses to their appointment to make the whole thing easier.
In any case, you'll definitely want the clothes to be loose-fitting, especially around the treatment area. If your clothes are too tight, this can lead to extra irritation and possibly even ingrown hairs.
If you're someone with low pain tolerance, you're probably a bit worried about the discomfort of sugaring. Prevent the pain by taking ibuprofen or some other pain reliever about 30-45 minutes before your appointment.
You can also try applying a numbing cream to the treatment area about 10 minutes before your appointment. Ask your esthetician if this is an in-house option at your preferred location.
Also, if you're a woman looking to avoid pain, make sure to schedule your appointment around your menstrual cycle. While you can get sugared on your period, your skin will be much more sensitive.
Your first sugaring appointment can feel a bit daunting. From pain to your impending nakedness, it's normal to be nervous.
However, too much stress can raise your blood pressure, making the skin that much more sensitive.
If you're feeling worried, just remember that our estheticians are trained professionals. They've seen it all and done it all before. As such, they take great care to make sure you're as comfortable as possible during your sugaring session.
Sugaring is one of the best alternatives to waxing. If you follow these simple preparation tips, you'll be sure to see great results and smooth, hair-free skin.
Check out our convenient locations to book your sugaring appointment today! Our professionals will make sure you get the best results at reasonable prices.
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