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Waxing Treatment in Melbourne’s Western Suburbs
We have all had crappy waxing experiences. When it comes to the best experience what really makes a good salon stand out? And how can you avoid a bad salon at all costs?
A good experience comes down to trust, support, technique, quality and likability of your salon specialist. This is what we aim to achieve at our salon for residents of Yarraville, Altona and surrounding suburbs.
1. Hot waxing salon – Get warm down there!
Make sure your salon uses ONLY or mostly warm/ hot wax during your Brazilian wax.
After years of testing and feedback, we all agree that a Brazilian should be done with hot/warm wax only, unless there are tiny fluffy hairs that sometimes struggle to be removed by hot wax. As a general rule, though, hot/warm wax is far gentler. It warms the hair follicle, allowing the hairs to pop out easier.
Don’t be scared to ask your salon when you book an appointment if they use hot wax during a Brazilian it’s YOUR comfort that is at stake!
2. Eyebrows are an ART – don’t leave them to just anyone
I wish I had a dollar for every eyebrow fit up, rescue and reshape from desperate clients from other waxing salons!
When it comes to your face, don’t let anyone touch a hair before they take the time to discuss what shape you are after during a brow consultation. Brow consultation should only take a few minutes. A good wax specialist will offer you a mirror as she takes time to chat about your brows, what you like, what you don’t and together agree on what the outcome of today’s session should be.
If you’re not confident, ask her to explain what she is going to do today.
WARNING: Don’t lay there without asking because you risk having too much brow removed, not the right shape achieved, or a mini first world disaster occurring, which could take months to repair. Better to chat before rip!!!
3. It’s not just a pair of DD’s that need good support
No one wants to feel like their skin is being ripped off.
A good amount of hand support in the right position is super important during a visit to your local salon.
Not all wax specialists will support your skin correctly or at all. Once again when you notice they are not supporting your skin in the area that is being waxed, just ask kindly that they support your skin. Good support helps protect your skin from rips, and it also hurts less when the specialist holds your skin firmly each time before she removes the wax.
Before – checklist
- Hair should be at least ¼ inch long. (About the length of a grain of rice)
- It’s best to avoid creams or lotions being applied to the area on the day of your appointment.
- Absolutely NO Sunbathing 24 hours before or after your waxing salon treatment, as this can cause the skin to lift.
- Gently exfoliate your skin the day or night before your appointment.
After – checklist
- Do not use products on the waxed area until the following day.
- Avoid swimming pools, saunas, hot tubs or excessive sweating for 24 hours after your wax.
- No sunbathing 24 hours before or after as irritations and burns can occur.
- Keep hair follicles clean by showering immediately after exercise.
- Moisturise daily to keep skin supple and help prevent ingrown hairs.
- Exfoliating should be performed 2-3 times a week starting 3 days after your wax to help prevent ingrown hairs.
Ingrown Hairs – are totally not cool
Ingrown hairs can be very painful and unsightly. Caused by a build-up of skin in the hair follicle which forces the hair inside to grow sideways or back down. Ingrown hairs are common and should be treated topically with a good aftercare routine and assisted by your specialist in safe removal.
Lather up with moisturiser
Moisturising helps keep the skin hydrated and flake free improving the elasticity and protection of bacteria penetrating the skin’s surface. It helps to hydrate the skin preventing itching and ingrown hairs, allowing for a smooth finish.
Our human body naturally exfoliates itself, by creating new cells that rise to the surface shedding the dead cells as it goes.
The exfoliation process helps speed up the removal of the layers of dead skin. Regular exfoliation keeps your skin looking fresh and blemish free from ingrown hairs and allows new hair to lift away from the surface.
Exfoliate in the shower gently daily or a little more intensely a few times a week.
Book an appointment at our salon in Melbourne’s west today
For more information about our salon, facial treatments and day spa, get in touch today on (03) 9397 1984. Our services are the preferred service for women throughout Altona, Yarraville and Melbourne’s western suburbs.
What is skin pigmentation?
Skin Pigmentation- when the skin darkens for any reason it is referred to as skin pigmentation. A darkening on the skin is caused by an over production of melanin (colour) which is produced by melanocytes within the structure of the skins cells.
Skin Pigmentation is very common, is usually harmless but because of cosmetic reasons, it is a nuisance and can be very frustrating for those who have it.
What does skin pigmentation look like?
Light to dark brown and sometimes greyish in colour, spots are generally across the the face. Especially areas that are exposed to the sun such as the nose and forehead, hands and décolletage because of the damaging UV rays caused by the sun.
Skin pigmentation also known as Old age spots, brown spots, liver-spots and freckles are hard to cover with makeup, become dark in summer and with time spot size and numbers do increase.
Different types and causes of skin pigmentation.
Skin Pigmentation types and causes are best diagnosed by a skin specialist.
The Main Types & Causes of Skin Pigmentation
UV Sun Exposure-
Most commonly pigmentation is caused by an over exposure to the sun rays. Most damage usually occurs by the age of 18 from unprotected sun baking. Remember the days of lathering up with cooking oil and laying under the burning rays? Freckles and Age spots fall into this category.
Medications that affect the immune system such as antibiotics and seizure drugs.
Trauma to the skin such as picking during adolescent years (and beyond), inflammation from Acne, and surgery.
Hormones and the birth control pill
The pill has an internal affect on the body which typically reduces certain hormones and stimulates others. Whilst taking the pill pigmentation can increase, the length of time and the type of pill can affect pigment. If you are suffering from pigmentation caused by the pill we advise to chat to your GP for advise as there may be an alternate pill or contraceptive.
Melasma predominately shows up on a females skin. It is said to be related to hormones and also may stem from the liver. The hardest of the skin pigmentation family to treat and fade. Birth control pills and hormone replacement medicine can also trigger melasma. People with darker skin are more likely to be affected.
Pregnancy is a well-know cause for skin pigmentation. The pregnancy mask displays typically in patches of darkness around the eyes, forehead and around the mouth which tend to form a butterfly pattern. It usually subsides after the birth of the baby, however some stubborn shadowing and dark spots can remain. When melasma appears in pregnant women, it is called chloasma, or the mask of pregnancy.
Solutions and Treatments for Skin pigmentation
Treatments for hyper pigmentation vary to what the cause, depth and length of time the skin pigmentation has been present on the affected skin. Usually the earlier you begin treatment the faster and better the results and a plan can be put into place to help maintain the success of your new even skin colour.
We are Experts in Skin Pigmentation
It is important to have a detailed consultation and skin prescription by a skin specialist to determine the cause, type and solutions that are best suited to your circumstances, with a focus and experience in this area we will ensure you get the best results.
Solutions for treating Skin Pigmentation
We see the best results when a combination of the below skin treatments, active ingredients are applied topically and our unique System is followed.
Treatments for Skin Pigmentation
- IPL Skin Rejuvenation: the light accelerates the pigmentation by heat not affecting the surrounding tissue. The pigment becomes a crust and falls off over a 10 day period.
- Microdermabrasion: gentle exfoliation treatment that removes the upper dead layer of pigmented skin. The Skin Pigmentation can reduce after just one treatment. More treatments and a combination of other skin treatments and home care will help deliver the best results.
- LED Light Therapy: a gentle dose of LED helps stimulate your skin to heal and repair itself.
- Non Chemical Peel: infuses skin with a unique cocktail of active ingredients (Vitamins and Minerals) to feed and nourish your skin.
Skin Care Products to treat Skin Pigmentation
- Tyrosine Inhibitor active skin care product (sold in salon and online)
- Cell acceleration active skin care serum (sold in salon and online)
- Vitamin C active skin care serum (sold in salon and online)
- Sun Block not all sunbocks are made equal, we recommend sincere products that contain a high amount of Zinc.