Body Sugaring & Body Waxing
- Body Waxing
- Body Sugaring
- What happens during waxing/sugaring treatment?
- Are there any contraindications?
- What do I need to do before and after Waxing/sugaring?
- How long will the results last?
- Is it OK to shave between waxing/sugaring appointments?
- What can I do about ingrown hair?
- Are there any side effects?
Are you sick of shaving, don’t have the time to shave as often, or suffering from skin irritations caused by shaving? Well, maybe it is time to try body sugaring or waxing! Body sugaring and waxing are great solutions for both men and women for hair removal on various parts of the body. Face, chest, back, arms, legs and the bikini area are all areas of the body where unwanted hair can be removed with waxing.
No cuts or abrasions that can leave you with scars, while shaving can cause rashes on sensitive skin.
Body waxing is one of the best methods of temporary hair removal for male and female. It is more effective than shaving and produces smoother results because hair is pulled from the root not just from the surface of the skin providing longer lasting results and with repeated waxing, unwanted hair grows back finer and sparser. it also acts as an exfoliating treatment that removes dead skin cells from your skin.
If you typically shave, a few treatments may be required to see the full benefits of waxing.
Unlike soft or hard waxing, with sugaring, the name says it all! sugaring is a gentle, natural hair removal that is less painful than waxing and results in less irritation and ingrown hairs. It is a specialty technique that needs to be applied correctly. At Medix clinic, we use Alexandria natural sugar paste consisting of sugar, water, and lemon juice to remove body and facial hair. Alexandria Professional Sugar Paste is 100% natural. There are no chemical additives; no wax resins and is deliciously edible. Yes, you can eat it! With sugaring, large amounts of hair can be taken out at once and removed fast. In case hairs are missed, sugaring can be used over the same area without fear of much irritation. The sugar paste easily washes off with water and it doesn’t leave the skin sticky.
The major difference between sugaring and waxing on legs and sensitive areas is that wax products are made of resins which adhere to skin cells on legs and bodies but sugaring products never adhere to live skin cells. Therefore, when it is removed, it only gently exfoliates dead skin cells, leaving behind glowing skin. However, it takes more time to remove hair with sugaring than waxing.
What happens during waxing/sugaring treatment?
Hair needs to be at least half a centimetre long for wax or sugar to grab onto. If the hair is really long then you need to trim it down a bit with scissors or clippers before coming for your appointment. Waxing/sugaring hair that is too long will make it more painful and also has more of a tendency for breaking hair above or below the skin’s surface instead of coming out of the root.
First the area will be cleansed with a proper cleanser. Then for waxing, we apply warm wax on the hair with an applicator. Hard wax doesn’t require a strip, so will dry a bit before it’s removed. With soft wax, a strip of cloth or muslin will be put over the wax. The technician will hold your skin taut before removing the wax in a quick pull so it’s less painful. Your Therapist will continue to work in sections until hair is removed.
Because wax shouldn’t be applied over the skin more than once, any stray hair missed by the wax will be cleaned up with tweezers. A special product to help remove wax residue will be applied, and then something to help calm the skin.
For sugaring, the area will be cleansed with a proper cleanser and also powdered for to absorb any oils and help the paste not stick as much to the skin for more comfortable treatment. Sugar paste then is applied with therapist’s fingers in the opposite direction of hair growth and then it is flicked off in the direction of hair growth. No strip involves. The sugar paste wraps around the hair while seeping into the follicle to lubricate the hair and making the extraction more gentle and complete. Sugar paste is water-soluble so does not stick to moisture, therefore, won’t stick to live skin cells and it’s safe to go over the skin multiple times to complete the treatment.
Depending on the area and the density of hair, your waxing/sugaring appointment will take between 15 to 90 minutes. First appointments typically take a little longer as there may be more tweezing to achieve a clean result. For a woman’s brazilian, you can expect 20 to 30 minutes. Thorough results and your satisfaction are our goals, not speed.
Are there any contraindications?
Taking Accutane or similar medication
Taking blood thinning medication
Pregnancy in the first 3 months
Any injectable or fillers within 72 hours on the treating area
Sunburn or direct sun exposure in last 2 weeks
Facial peels or waxing within 7 to 14 days
Active acne or break out
Being a type I diabetic
Contagious skin diseases or disorders
Visible skin trauma
Fractures, sprains, and broken bones
Severe varicose veins
Thin and very sensitive skin
Lack of skin sensation
Bruising, cuts and abrasions
What do I need to do before and after waxing/sugaring?
– Before the treatment
If you have been shaving, wait at least 2 weeks, as the hair needs to be a certain length before being waxed or sugared.
Regular exfoliation, twice to three times a week, is recommended as it removes any dead skin so the hairs can break through the skin and not become ingrown.
Avoid direct sun exposure, spray tanning or sun beds for 3 weeks before and after your treatment. High SPF sunscreen should be applied in case of sun exposure.
Avoid peeling or any kind of skin resurfacing treatments for 3 weeks before your treatment.
– After the treatment
Avoid wearing tight clothing in the epilated areas as it can cause further irritation and/or ingrown hair.
Don’t use make-up or perfumed soaps for 24 hours following your treatment.
Don’t do heavy or sweaty workouts within 24 hours.
Avoid any heated sources such as saunas, steam rooms, public swimming pools, or hot bath or shower for 48 hours.
Treated areas should be cared for by gentle washing with soap and water without scrubbing or rubbing.
Do not exfoliate or use exfoliating products such as AHAs, scrubs, and loofas for at least 24hrs after waxing as they may cause further irritation.
Avoid hot baths, showers or any sexual activity for 10 hours after brazilian waxing, allowing pores to close as they are vulnerable while open increasing the chance of infection or irritation of the hair follicle.
Use tea tree or lavender lotion after every shower, as they have a healing and anti bacterial effect.
How long will the results last?
After your first waxing or sugaring session, the results can last 2 to 4 weeks, depending on the individual’s hair regrowth cycle. With regular treatment, the length of time required between treatments will increase significantly.
Is it OK to shave between waxing/sugaring appointments?
Waxing and sugaring slow down and reduce hair growth. Hair also grows much thinner thus making it easier to remove and less painful when waxed. Shaving just one time in between will negate all that is gained from waxing/sugaring and can further irritate follicles which can cause ingrown hair. So, no, we don’t advise shaving in between your appointments.
What can I do about ingrown hair?
Exfoliating in the shower with exfoliating gloves and products everyday helps to keep the skin free from cellular buildup, which can trap hair.
Are there any side effects?
Skin might be red and tender for a couple of days. We advise taking Ibuprofen to decrease inflammation and skin sensitivity. You may experience some breakouts in tiny bumps, especially after your first waxing and sugaring treatment. This reaction is normal and doesn’t take too long. To speed up the healing process, applying aloe vera gel and tea tree oil is recommended.