Aftercare elements: exfoliation and moisturising


When it comes to exfoliating everyone likes different methods, frequencies and levels of roughness. What this usually translates to is they’ve tried one method, noticed an improvement in their skin and haven’t varied it since!

I’m sure I’m not alone in the ‘often and gentle’ camp. I’ve managed to change the habits of some clients who used to suffer with a lot of ingrowns – commonly on the legs for women, the belt line for men, and the intimate areas for both. I find most male clients quite amenable with aftercare, especially newbies who come in eager to maintain their new look.

So, top tips for post-wax skin care:

  • Don’t exfoliate for the first couple of days.
    • The last thing you want to be doing is rubbing open pores. They’ve just been waxed, they’re exfoliated enough for now!
  • Don’t have super hot baths or showers.
    • Hot water dries the skin out. If possible have a cold blast for couple of seconds at the end of a shower to help close the pores.
  • Gently does it!
    • You don’t need to go at skin like you’re grating cheese! Making yourself really red or if you’ve a darker skin tone marking yourself by scrubbing too hard can cause pigmentation issues just like when you have a scratch or insect bite. A circular motion is best too as it hinders harsh scrubbing, exfoliates from every angle and is good for circulation which will promote healthy skin from the inside out.
  • Daily exfoliation is best as you’re doing it gently.
    • There’s no great build-up of dead skin, make-up, products or pollution to get rid of. Hairs don’t grow inwards as they can push straight through beyond the surface. Clients aren’t always great at implementing our advice so clients – please listen, therapists – please persevere without nagging!
  • Moisturise!
    • After a bath or shower with freshly buffed skin don’t dry yourself completely. Leave the skin damp as now is the time to trap all that lovely hydration into the skin. This is what moisturising is all about. If using multiple skin care products use them in the right order, i.e. oil after lotion as the lotion won’t penetrate the oil. If you’re using a particular brand or system check their advice to get the best results.

Benefits of regular, gentle exfoliation and moisturising:

  • Softer, smoother skin
  • A healthy glow now all the surface build-up has gone
  • Less/no ingrown hairs
  • Tans are extended without too much effort as the moisturised skin doesn’t flake off as quickly.

Thanks for reading, I hope you find the above useful. 🙂

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