* Immediately after waxing, let skin rest for a day, then exfoliate gently the next day. Do this "skip a day, exfoliate a day" pattern 2-3 times. Pay attention to how your skin feels after the second exfoliation round. If you are not feeling up for a third exfoliation then don't perform one. We don't want to over-exfoliate the area and cause more irritation.
* Once the first week passes, return to a normal exfoliating routine of 1-2 times per week.
How to exfoliate:
Gently work little circles over waxed area for 1-2 minutes with a gentle exfoliating brush or glove, and a gentle cleanser. You may also use a cleanser with exfoliating beads, or make a simple paste of sugar and honey. Add a little coconut oil to your paste to help moisturize and soothe the skin. Ask your aesthetician or dermatologist about quality cleansing and exfoliating products.
Exfoliating helps remove buildup on the skins surface from dead skin, oils, make-up, impurities in the air, etc causing blockages in the hair follicles. It also helps new hairs move out of the follicle as they grow, instead of getting stuck underneath the skins surface causing ingrown hairs and therefore possible infections. After a wax, your hair follicles are open and more vulnerable to the environment.
* Keep area clean with a gentle cleanser and ideally a toner. Depending on your skin type, salicylic acid, colloidal silver or tea tree oil may be some ingredients to look for in your cleansers and toners to help fight any bacteria buildup and/or inflammation. Always be cautious when trying products with new ingredients as to avoid allergic reactions or sensitivities. If using any essential oils like tea tree, make sure to dilute in a carrier oil such as coconut or safflower.
*Always moisturize area after you cleanse and/or exfoliate with a recommended moisturizer from your aesthetician or dermatologist. Aloe vera is also a nice cooling and soothing finishing product.
It is so important that you take care of your skin, after your appointment! Aftercare will make a night and day difference for your beautiful results and for your health in general.