Seven Skincare Sins – How many are you guilty of – Sin 4: Not Waxing or Keeping Your Body Primed

Why are waxing and priming important?

Waxing is the process of using hot or warm wax to rid an area of the body of unwanted hair. After application it is removed swiftly, sometimes with the use of a cotton or paper strip. The truly crazy carry out their own waxing regime, but the smartest women go to a beauty therapist. There are many benefits to waxing. For a start, regrowth can take up to four weeks, as opposed to a few days with shaving.

There is no risk of cutting the skin – and it really doesn’t hurt that much if it is done properly. When you switch to waxing, it is easy to incorporate good habits into your beauty regime which encourage skin renewal. There are some great products to help, especially in the Dermalogica Body Therapy range.

How to read the Signs
Using a razor makes hair grow faster – so your stubble will be back within a few days
The new hair is likely to be thicker
You are likely to be itchy as hair regrows
You could end up with dark shadows under your arms

Saintly Solution – your guide to super silky legs and underarms
As well as ridding yourself of dark shadows under the arms, by waxing, your hair will grow less over a period of time, and you will get fewer ingrown hairs, especially if you use hot wax on sensitive areas.

Home waxing kits may seem like a cheap and easy option, but you run the risk of doing it badly. A therapist will do it quickly, hygienically and with minimum discomfort.

Although you will be entrusting the job of waxing to a beauty expert, there are things you can do at home to keep your skin in excellent shape between waxing sessions.

Don’t immediately go back to exfoliating your legs if you have just had them waxed, as they may be sensitive. Have a break for a few days. After this time, gentle exfoliation of the legs two to three times a week will be beneficial. Exfoliation removes the dead skin cells, which in turn will help to prevent ingrown hairs.

After a few days, your newly waxed skin will also really appreciate your body moisturiser. Make sure you are using products best suited to your skin, and selected for you by a professional skin care therapist.
For all care and best practice relating to waxing, it is vital you speak to your beauty professional before you have the procedure carried out.

Time of Life Recommends…
For the weeks when you’re not waxing: Dermalogica Exfoliating Body Scrub
Benefits
This scrub will smooth, polish and energise the skin. It is excellent for rough elbows, knees and backs of arms. Rice Bran and Phytic Acid aid the process of dead skin removal, while Green Tea polyphenols soothe and mop up free radicals.

Application
Dispense a generous blob and lather up over the body in the shower. Rinse and pat dry.

And….The Dermalogica Ultimate Buffing Cloth
Benefits
Help to smooth rough skin by using this exfoliation cloth. It is excellent on hard to reach areas, like the back.

For touchable skin: Dermalogica Body hydrating cream
Benefits
An advanced formula enables Dermalogica Body Hydrating Cream to be quickly absorbed. It is non greasy, and is suitable for even the driest skin.

Application
Smooth on liberally. Consult your skin care therapist about when to use it if you have just had a wax treatment.

To banish dry skin: Dermalogica Ultra Rich Body Cream
Benefits
The Environmental Protection Complex of Glycolipids and Vitamin E, aids the skin’s barrier function and helps to fight free radicals.

Application
Slather on liberally after bathing, paying attention to elbows, heels and knees. Consult your skin care therapist about when to use it if you have just had a wax treatment.

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