Q&A

Waxing Q & A


What is waxing & how does it work?

Waxing is a popular depilatory method where hair is removed from the roots for longer lasting results. Wax is applied to the skin and clings to the hairs. When wax is removed, the hairs are stuck to the wax, leaving your skin smooth.  Hair regrowth becomes softer and results last longer than other forms of hair removal.

What kind of wax do you use?

We use premium hard wax, strip wax and soy.

What is the difference between Hard Wax and Strip Wax?

Hard Wax is a peel off wax applied thickly on the skin and removed with your fingertips. It is used for waxing sensitive & delicate areas such as eyebrows, upper lip, facial waxing, underarms, bikini line & Brazilian waxing.

Strip Wax  is applied thinly and removed with a waxing strip; this is great for larger areas of skin such as the legs, arms, back, chest and some facial waxing.

Is it going to hurt?

Everyone's threshold for pain is different. Waxing pulls the hair out by the roots, so some discomfort can be expected. However, with your experienced provider's professional technique, and after routine visits, the discomfort will lessen each time. By establishing and staying on a hair removal schedule, less hair grows back. This means each subsequent waxing will result in less discomfort for you.

How should I prepare for my waxing?

Discontinue shaving the area and allow your hair to grow out at least ¼ to ½ inch long (except on certain body parts such as ears, face, hands and feet). For face waxing, remove any make-up before your appointment. Above all else, PLEASE BE CLEAN! It's okay to shower before your session; warm water will loosen pores around the hair making it easier for the wax to remove. If you're sensitive, take an analgesic (Advil's good) 45 minutes prior to waxing; this helps decrease any discomfort.

What are the best tips to reduce pain?

While it becomes less painful with each subsequent waxing, here are some tips to reduce pain.

  • Take an over-the-counter pain killer, and/or apply topical Lidocaine (such as PFB Numb-It) to the area of skin to be waxed (approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour prior to your appointment).
  • Always insist on seeing a licensed aesthetician, or professional cosmetologist who has the requisite skills and experience to perform your waxing.
  • Exfoliate bikini areas in order to help remove dead skin cells surrounding hair follicles and pores. Doing so will facilitate easier hair removal (facial skin is usually sufficiently exfoliated).
  • Do not apply a skin toner, or an astringent before waxing. These products will tighten your pores and cause a tighter grip on the hair follicles
  • Do not use a cold compress, or ice (for numbing), since ice applied to the skin will tighten your skin's pores, rather than relax them as desired.
  • Avoid waxing injured, irritated, or sun-burned skin; moles, warts, pimples, and cuts should also be avoided. In addition to being potentially painful, waxing these could also be harmful.
  • Remember to breathe naturally and deeply. If you ask her, your provider will gladly count to three when she pulls the wax off, giving you the opportunity to breathe out at the same time.
  • Do not schedule appointments while on your period, right before your period or right after. This will make you more sensitive.

Will you get all the hair out?

If you are new to waxing, or it's been a long time since your last appointment, some hair may resist waxing. This is usually due to ineffective exfoliation and/or the type of hair. If any hair is left after a few attempts to remove it (by waxing), if requested, remaining hair can be tweezed individually during your session. However, if this is your first time for waxing, it's advisable to wait for your next appointment. This doesn't occur often and extra time will be taken to remove all hair as necessary.

 How long will I stay smooth?

Compared with shaving which only cuts hair off at skin level, waxing removes the entire hair follicle down to the root. When most people get waxed for the first time, it usually lasts for about 2 weeks. This is because the hair grows in stages. After waxing a few times (every 2-4 weeks), most of the hair will have had opportunity to be removed (down to the root) and you'll stay smoother, longer between appointments. Waxing regularly can cause roots to become dormant and make hair grow back finer, or stop growing. Many clients on a regular waxing schedule remain smooth up to 6 weeks.

How can I prevent ingrown hairs?

A few clients are simply prone to getting ingrowns. However, you can minimize this problem by staying on schedule for hair removal and by using the recommended after care products (which we sell) that are compatible with our waxing system. These work by gently exfoliating your skin to help prevent ingrowns from forming and helping to heal any pesky bumps you may have already. While everyone's body is different, keeping your skin soft and supple with regular applications of a quality lotion or oil will enable hair re-growth to be unimpaired and less likely to become ingrown.

What are the benefits of waxing?

On top of being smooth and feeling sexy for several weeks, waxing establishes a healthier, cleaner skin, plus it contributes to maintaining a more hygienic private area. Together with proper exfoliation, waxing helps to prevent and in some cases, eliminate ingrown hairs and razor bumps from shaving. And by maintaining regular waxing, your hair will become thinner, softer & finer than before.

How long is the average appointment?

The duration of your appointment depends on the area being waxed. Eyebrows generally take up to 15 minutes, while a Brazilian can be successfully done in 20 minutes, up to an hour. The speed of our waxing services is proportionate to how comfortable the client is with the work. Both ours and the client's time are valuable; this is why it's important to always be on-time for your appointment.


Celluma (LED) Light Therapy

ACNE • ANTI-AGING • PAINWOUND HEALING


*What is Light Therapy?

Light Emitting Diode (LED) phototherapy is the application of light energy to tissue to obtain therapeuticbenefits.The energy is used to improve cellular performance.Phototherapy is known for its healing and anti-inflammatory properties and has a variety of applications across many medical fields.Research has shownthat phototherapy can: increase circulation, accelerate tissue repair,decrease wrinkles,decreaseinflammation, improve skin toneand wrinkles, texture and clarity, ease muscle and jointpain, stiffness, spasmand arthritis and kill acne bacteria, and much more.

How Does Light Energy work?

Specific wavelengths of light energy, when properly absorbed, up-regulates compromised cells. The light(photons) energy is absorbed by photoacceptorsin the mitochondria and used to create adenosinetriphosphate (ATP). The ATP produced then stimulates various metabolic processes which can result in therepair and regeneration of cell and tissue components. In an article, “Therapeutic Light”-by Chukuku S.Enwemeka, PT, PhD, FACSM, he wrote “other reported mechanisms of light-induced beneficial effects includemodulation of prostaglandin levels, alteration of somatosensory evoked potential and nerve conductionvelocity, and hyperemia of treated tissues.The resultant clinical benefits include pain relief in conditions suchas carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, tendonitis, ankle sprain, and temporomandibular joint dysfunction,shoulder and neck pain, arthritis, and post-herpetic neuralgia, as well as tissue repair in cases of diabetic ulcer,venous ulcer, mouth ulcer,fractures, tendon rupture, ligamentous, tear, torn cartilage, and nerve injury.”

What is Celluma?

Cellumais unique and quite unlike any other low-level light therapy device available today.Based on NASAresearch,Cellumadeliversblue,redandnear-infraredlight energy simultaneously to safely treat a widevariety of conditions. Each wavelength is absorbed by different molecules that act as a signaling mechanismfor different cellular processes. For example, some reduce inflammation and some kill bacteria,while othersenhance localized circulation

Celluma Contraindication

  • Women who are pregnant should consult their physician before beginning LED light therapy treatments.
  • Clients with Epilepsy should consult their physician before beginning LED light therapy treatments.
  • You must wait five days after Botox or cosmetic fillers.
  • Some Thyroid Conditions.

Cautions with medications because of light sensitivity:

  • Chlorpromazine (Anti-psychotic), also know as Thorazine, Chlorpromazine HcL, Sonazine. You can be treated if the medication has not been taken within the last eight days.
  • Griseofulvin (Anti-Fungal), also known as Grifulvin V, Fulvicin P/G, Gris-Peg. You can be treated if the medication has not been taken within the last five days.
  • Isotretinoin (Anti-Acne), also know as Accutane. You can be treated if the medication has not been taken within the last six months.
  • Tetracycline’s (antibiotic) also known as Helidac, Terra-Cortril, Terramycin, Sumycin, Tetracycline HcL, Bristacycline, Achromycin V, Actisite, Tetrex, Doxycycline, Ciprofloxacin. You can be treated if the medication has not been taken within the last five days.
  • Tretinoin (Anti-Acne), also known as Retin-A, Renova, Atralin, among others. You can be treated if Tretinoin is used only at night.
  • Methotrexate (Anti-Arthritis & Anti-Cancer), also known as Methotrexate Sodium, PF & LPF, Mexate-AQ, Folex, Trexall. You can be treated if the medicine has not been taken within the last three days.
  • Amiodarone (Anti-Arrythmic), also known as Amiodarone Codarone x, Pacerone. Treatment can be administered only with your physician’s written permission.

The Elaine Brennan GetGlowing Micro-Peel


What is the Elaine Brennan GetGlowing Micro-peel?

The GetGlowing Micro-Peel is a treatment in which a cream is applied to the skin to encourage the exfoliation of dead skin cells and debris while stimulating the skin’s natural renewal process. The GetGlowing Micro-peel is tailored to fit your individual skin type and long-term goals.

How does the Get Glowing Micro-Peel differ from the Elaine Brennan Skin Renewal Peel?

There is no comparison between the two peels and should not be confused with one another.  The GetGlowing Micro-Peel is a mild peeling which will lightly exfoliate the skin leaving it refreshed and soft.

What results will I see?

The GetGlowing Micro-peel is designed to refine skin texture damaged by environmental factors and skin conditions such as acne. The procedure assists in smoothing fine lines and evening out skin discoloration. It improves skin texture and reduces the appearance of acne scars and environmental damage to the skin. With each additional Micro-Peel procedure, you will notice incremental improvements in the overall appearance of the skin.

How many treatments do I need?

For maximum results, we recommend a series of Six GetGlowing Micro-Peel procedures in two to six week intervals, depending on the skin type.

Will I experience any downtime?

For approximately one week following the procedure, the skin will undergo a renewal process, lightly shedding its dead outer layer. Depending on the skin, you may or may not experience peeling. If peeling occurs, it usually begins four to five days following the treatment and lasts for approximately three days. In addition, you  may experience mild itching, dryness and redness.

How long does the treatment take?

You will need to be in the clinic for about 30 minutes. The peeling may be done on its own, after a facial treatment or after deep pore cleansing treatment.

How much does the GetGlowing Micro-peel cost$

Our GetGlowing Micro-Peel costs $130. 

What are the actives in the GetGlowing Micro-Peel?

The actives are Resorcinol, Kojik Acid and Salicylic acid.
Resorcinol works by breaking down rough, scaly or hardened skin and is used to treat acne, eczema, psoriasis, seborrhea, photo aging, solar keratoses, epidermal atrophy and improves skin tone and unevenness.
Kojik Acid works on melanocytes interfering with the production of melanin. It has excellent skin-lightening abilities and is classified as an antioxidant.
Salicylic Acid is used to treat skin conditions such as psoriasis, acne, oily skin, blackheads and whiteheads. It directly dissolves the keratin plugs to regulate the skins cells acting as an exfoliant. Salicylic acid improves collagen production and thickness of the skin. It has anti-inflammatory properties.

Contraindications

  • Herpes simplex/cold sores/ fever blisters or a history thereof unless taking an antiviral medication.
  • Severe cold or flu symptoms
  • Allergy to Resorcinol or Salicylic Acid (Aspirin), Sulfa Drugs
  • Open wounds or lesions
  • Pregnant or nursing women
  • Accutane for the past 6-12 months
  • Sunburn, allergy, use of tanning bed
  • Cancer or patients using chemotherapy drugs, patients undergoing radiation and patients with an autoimmune disease.

Warnings

  • “Sun Alert”: Because this product may make your skin more sensitive to the sun, be certain you have adequate sunscreen protection against UVA and UVB rays while using this product and for at least a month after you discontinue. This includes during cloudy days and during the winter months.
  • If you are unsure about your allergy issues, always check with a health care professional before applying skin care products.
  • No depilatory creams or facial wax to be used 7 days prior to peeling.
  • May cause stinging, peeling, flaking, irritation, pruritus, erythema and mild edema.
  • Do not combine our peeling with other modalities.
  • You  should not pick, scratch or scrub at the skin which could predispose to infection.


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