Category Archives: Aftercare

Chemical Peel & Resurfacing Aftercare

  • Keep skin DRY for 6-24 hours post Peel. Cool water rinse OK, Mineral Powder OK for light sun protection
  • Don’t pick. Peeling and itching will begin after about 48 hours and last 5-7 days
  • Moisturize once peeling begins using recommended product with no active ingredients or exfoliants.
  • No workouts/sweating for 1 week (24-48 hours for Resurfacing.) Use a cool compress if skin heats up.
  •  Waxing OK 1 week AFTER skin has healed with no more peeling/flaking
  • No hot baths/showers for 1 week ( 24-48 hours for Resurfacing ) 
  • Hair color OK 1 week after skin has healed. Chemicals may migrate and heat is often used/produced. (24-48 hours for Resurfacing )
  • Stay out of direct sun for 2 weeks. UVA penetrates glass so driving or a sunny window exposes you to radiation. Use an umbrella, hat, glasses, Mineral Powder, SPF 30 broad spectrum sunscreen (Zinc Oxide preferred)
  • Apply Post Treatment Balm to calm irritation during peeling process only. Hydrocortisone will cause skin-thinning with prolonged use.
  • Peels may be repeated every 4 weeks in a series of 3 twice yearly, best in fall/winter.
  • Avoid oral antibiotics AHA/BHAs, Retinoids until peeling has ceased
  • Injectables and Fillers may be done afterward but wait 2 weeks AFTER a doing them to peel or resurface.

Clear-it and Peeling Cream

Valentine’s Day and Brazilian waxing inspired February’s Monthly Product Features: Peeling Cream and Clear-It.

If you’ve never tried Brazilian, or Bikini Waxing, now is a great time. The Product Features this month are great after-care for these services to help avoid those pesky bumps and ingrown hairs.

I use the same Berodin French Depilatory Wax for sensitive body parts that I use for brows. If you’ve had a bad experience using strip wax, you’ll be amazed at the difference. Check out the YouTube testimonial a client did for body waxing at Star Brows.

The special this month, Peeling Cream by Tu’el, is a great exfoliant for the face, as well.  It contains Lactic Acid (an alpha hydroxy acid or AHA), so it doesn’t just clear surface debris but goes gently and deeply into the cell wall to exfoliate.

It also contains Tea Tree and Lemon Grass Oils to disinfect naturally, as well as Chamomile Extract to calm and sooth.

Clear-it by Tu’el is a non-drying blemish control cream that helps keep hair follicles healthy after shaving or waxing. The active ingredient is Colloidal Sulphur. It also contains Allantoin for calming and soothing and Lemon Oil for disinfecting.

See you at the spa!

Star Brows Bikini Wax: A Vacation Must-Have

Hey everyone! Jenn Prentice from The Style Geek here. I’m thrilled to be guest blogging for Linda while she’s off enjoying a well-deserved vacation. Speaking of vacation, Linda actually played a fairly significant role in helping me prepare for my vacation to Cancun this past August: She gave me a bikini wax.

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Let me preface what I’m about to write by saying that until my visit with Linda two months ago, I had never had a bikini wax. Don’t misunderstand. I keep the nether regions nice and trim, but I’ve always been too scared of the pain of a bikini wax to actually get one. Needless to say, I walked into the waxing room at Star Brows with a bit of fear and trepidation.

Since I know Linda outside the spa, I was a bit worried about how seeing “The Nether” (as I shall henceforth refer to it) might affect our relationship. Once it came time to get bare down there, however, my mind was put completely at ease. Linda was a true professional (not that I expected anything less), and I didn’t feel at all weird in my less-than-elegant position.

The first step was to numb “The Nether” with some lidocaine. Unfortunately, the amount of lidocaine that Linda is legally allowed to dispense is rather small, so I can’t say whether it actually made a difference or not. That being said, I found the entire waxing process to be much less painful than I initially anticipated. (And as someone who has had appendicitis and a miscarriage before, I consider myself well-acquainted with pain.) In fact, on a scale of 1-10, I’d give the pain a 5. I mean, I only screamed once and blurted out expletives twice. That’s not too bad, right?

Linda encourages her clients to actively participate in the waxing process, if possible, by holding the skin taut while she rips off (maybe removes would be a better word choice here) the wax. I chose to “participate” more often than not, and I must say the times I stretched my own skin while Linda removed the wax were less painful than the times I chose to let Linda go it alone.

Aside from the pain, the other thing I was most worried about was that The Nether would have some weird reaction to the waxing and break out, thus shaming me out of wearing a bikini and forcing me to stay in a coverup during my entire time in Cancun. Fortunately, Linda waxes with Berodin Blue Hard Wax, a stripless French wax that helps prevent irritation. She also applies and sends you home with a bit of Platinum Soothing Creme to make sure everything stays nice and calm down there. (Side note: I’d recommend buying a bottle of the Soothing Creme to take home with you. True to its name, it is completely soothing.)

I’ll be honest, The Nether was a bit “sensitive” for the next 24 hours and I did notice a tiny bit of redness, but with regular applications of the Soothing Creme during the day following the waxing, the sensitivity and redness went away in no time. In fact, I’d venture to say that the worst part of getting the waxing was the fact that I couldn’t be intimate with my husband for at least 48 hours. (With The Nether’s skin so raw, any friction to the area can cause bleeding, further irritation, or even infection.) I mean, it’s so pretty down there, and you can’t even show it off!

The good news is, Linda’s waxing lasted for almost an entire month (that’s right, ladies, no razors, no scissors, no nothing for nearly 30 days), and I can honestly say I’ve never felt so comfortable in a bathing suit. Sitting? Running? Jumping? Swimming? The Nether’s new haircut made it all possible and worry-free.

So, for those of you who are afraid of bikini waxing – don’t be. Especially not with Linda. Her waxings are professional, (relatively) painless, and worth every penny. I can confidently say that Linda will become a regular part of my vacation preparation for years to come.

 

Post-Wax Body Care Kit – August Product Feature 2011

Summer means showing more skin, and we want it smooth and hair-free, right?! But don’t go to the Spa and get a bikini or Brazilian wax unless you have a plan for after-care. Otherwise, you may end up miserable, with bumps and ingrown hairs – Ouch! Not pretty.

The Monthly Product Feature for August is the Post-Wax Body Care Kit which includes Tu’el Clear-It Blemish Control, Tu’el De-tox Bath Gel, and FREE Pumice Gloves. These products keep the skin exfoliated between waxing services, help prevent ingrown hair and leave the skin feeling soft and smooth.

If you’ve never had this service or would like a refresher course on how to get the best outcome, check out these two popular posts: Ladies: 10 Reasons Why Brazilian Waxing is Worth It and Post-Waxing Care for Brazilians and Bikinis.

If you’re new to Star Brows, you may not know about The Monthly Product Feature or Rewards yet. To put it simply, 10% of all your product purchases, all the time, go toward free Service Enhancements like Raindrop Therapy, Lash Tint, Chemical Peels, or Star Massage.

When a product is the Monthly Feature, however, you’ll get 20% back in Rewards.

This month’s featured products are: 2 oz. Clear-It Blemish Control $39 ($8 in Rewards) and 8 oz. De-Tox Bath Gel $24 ($5 in Rewards).

The Post-Wax Bodycare Kit includes both products: $63 ($13 Rewards) plus FREE nylon Pumice Gloves. Smooth summer skin guaranteed. 🙂

See you at the new spa!

 

What is a Chemical Peel?

Aestheticians sometimes call their use of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s) when doing facials – chemical peels; but they are not peeling the skin, they are resurfacing. Whats the difference? There are 3 levels or strengths of AHAs available:

1. Cosmetic-you can get these at the drug or department store.

2. Cosmeceuticals-available to licensed skincare specialists.

3. Pharmaceuticals-doctors use these or write a prescription for them.

AHA’s work mainly as  exfoliants. They cause the cells of the skin in the upper layers to become “unglued,” allowing the dead skin cells to slough off and making room for regrowth of new skin deeper down.

AHA’s also stimulate the production of collagen and elastin and improve wrinkling, roughness, and mottled pigmentation or sun damaged skin.

Some examples of AHA’s are: Glycolic – sugarcane, Lactic – sour milk products, Citric – citrus fruits, Malic – apples and pears, Tartaric – grapes.

For home use, I love: Glyco-A Gel by Tu’el

There is also a BHA (beta hydroxy acid) called salicylic. All  the acids have different strengths and purposes. So, what’s the difference between the BHA & AHA’s? Two words: lipid solubility, aka a substance’s ability to dissolve in oil. AHA’s are water soluble, and BHA dissolves in oil. So…oily skin likes BHA and normal to dry skin like AHA’s.

Side Effects of these acids include; irritation, sun sensitivity, redness, and itching.

Rosacea is a skin disease that responds favorably to some forms of resurfacing, but because this condition is often red, irritable and swollen,a patch test on the inside of the arm to check for allergic response or sensitivity is recommended. The capillary walls are near the surface of the skin in this condition (hence the redness and veiny appearance) so the skin needs extra protection. The skin is also thin, so toughening it up and thickening it with AHAs can be helpful.

AHA & BHA products may reverse some of the damage caused by the sun, but at the same time they make the skin more susceptible to sun damage. When using resurfacers use a good sunscreen – see Sunscreen 101 , that contains UVA and UVB protection.

My favorite: Oil Free Essential Protection SPF 30 by Tu’el

See you at the spa!

Post Waxing Care For Brazilians and Bikinis

Going bare ‘down there’ is an increasingly popular option for women these days, but things can get seriously ugly if you don’t take care of your sensitive nether regions in the weeks post-wax.

The bumps after waxing within 24 hours are called folliculitis or inflammation of one or more hair follicles. Common symptoms of folliculitis include a rash, itching, or pimples. There may also be ingrown hairs that grow – either way, the treatment is similar.

So, how do you take care of the skin before and after a Brazilian wax?

Pre-wax pointers

  • Your appointment shouldn’t be any closer than a couple of days before or after your period.
  • Don’t use any lotions in your bikini area before waxing.
  • You need 1/8″  hair growth for the wax to hold onto, no more – no less.
  • Take your favorite pain reliever/anti-inflammatory 30- 45 minutes before your appointment.
  • Prepare an after-care kit from the list below ahead of time, so you can begin caring for your waxed bikini area right away.
  • You may not be a good waxing candidate if you have very sensitive skin, herpes, genital warts, an STD or any other skin condition or contagious disease. Regardless, the technician should be gloved and a thorough pre-wax interview and education should be done.

Waxing after-care

24-48 hours after

  • Don’t take a hot bath (shower is OK).
  • No tanning beds, saunas or steam rooms.
  • Use a cold compress to soothe the area.
  • Sexual activity should be avoided. Friction on the skin can cause it to become inflamed.
  • Don’t use products with harsh chemicals, perfumes, or dyes.
  • Apply only gentle moisturizers.
  • Keep hands away from touching freshly waxed skin, as this can encourage irritation or small pimples.
  • Avoid using a bar soap; it leaves a film on the body that could cause ingrown hairs.
  • Use tea tree, lavender oil, antibiotic ointment or hydrocortisone cream. Clear-it and Peeling Cream by Tu’el are my favorites.
  • Wear loose cotton undies.

48 hours +

  • Exfoliate using a mold resistant material like Ayate (made in Mexico from the fiber of the agave plant) so you don’t introduce bacteria.
  • Use an acne medication or AHA lotion.
  • Try to gently tweeze out ingrown hairs.

What to do if “problems” occurs:

  • Resist the temptation to pick.  If ingrown hairs are not remedied with gentle tweezing, the use of regular exfoliation and the correct products, then it is a good idea to go back to see your waxing specialist who should be trained to extract stubborn hairs.
  • Call your health care provider if symptoms last longer than 2 or 3 days or  if the infection spreads. If the area is infected,  a doctor may prescribe a topical antibiotic lotion or a systemic antibiotic if it is severe.
  • There are other reasons for bumps and redness, that may be unrelated to the waxing like warts, STDs, herpes, fungal infection etc. Practice safe sex, just in case it is communicable.

See you at the spa!