body & facial wax + tint

If you as a client fail to notify the esthetician of any contraindications present, it could have rather undesirable results such as prolonging the condition, worsening the condition, or spreading infection on the body and to other people. If you are being medically treated for any condition and are unsure of the safety of receiving any skincare treatment or waxing, consult your doctor for permission to proceed. It is very important to understand that changes made with medications, herbs, supplements, diet, and lifestyle may cause the skin to change for a period of time and could result in sensitivity during or after your service.

Contraindications that PREVENT wax and tinting services

Contraindications are conditions or symptoms that restrict a treatment. Please note that while this list covers many contraindications, there may be others not listed below that would also prevent you from receiving services, and we reserve the right to determine what constitutes a contraindication. Speak with your esthetician and your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.

  • Accutane (must be off minimum of one (1) year prior waxing service)

  • Recent peels and hydro/microdermabrasion treatments (minimum of seven (7) days prior waxing service)

  • Use of tanning bed within 24 hours

  • Antibiotic

  • Use of skin peeling/thinning products or medications

  • Undiagnosed lumps, bumps or swelling

  • Infectious skin disorders

  • Recent scar tissue

  • Infected, irritated, inflamed, scabbing, cut, sunburn skin

  • Been in direct sunlight for a long period of time

  • Severe and inflamed acne

  • High blood pressure

  • Cancer, Cancer treatments, Chemotherapy, Radiation

  • Lupus, AIDS, other autoimmune disease

Acne Medication Contraindications

Topical creams & gels that can affect facial waxing. You must discontinue these medications 7 days prior to being waxed.

Any prescription and over the counter Retin-A (Retinols, Retinoids, Vitamin A derivatives)

  • Renova (Retin A) (Tretinoin) (Vitamin A)

  • Altinac (Tretinoin) (Vitamin A)

  • Avage (Tazarotene (Vitamin A)

  • Tazorac (Tazarotene) (Vitamin A)

  • Avita (Tretinoin) (Vitamin A)

  • Azelex (Azelaic Acid) (Peeling Agent) 

  • Finacea (Azelaic Acid) (Peeling Agent)

  • Differin (Adapelene)

  • Epiduo (Adapelene + Benzoyl Peroxide)

  • Topical Antibiotics – I.e.: Clindamycin, Erythromycin, Metronidazole, Benzamycin (5% Benzoyl Peroxide, 3% Erythromycin) and Prescription Topical Steroid Cream

Skincare Products Contraindications

The following products can make your skin more sensitive. Thin, sensitive skin is more vulnerable to lifting and sensitivity during waxing. Discontinue use of these medications for a minimum of three to five (3-5) days prior to waxing. Wait 3-5 days after wax to use again.

  • Other acne medications not listed above

  • Alpha Hydroxy Acids (Glycolic, Lactic)

  • Salicylic Acids

  • Any acid-based products

  • Exfoliants

 

 

Prone to Skin Lifting (proceed with caution)

Skin lifting happens when both dead and live skin are pulled off with the wax. Usually, skin lifting only goes as deep as the top layer of the skin but can leave a client open to bacteria, scarring, and pigmentation.

  • Taking blood-thinning medications

  • Taking drugs for autoimmune disease

  • Medications for Lupus

  • Taking prednisone or steroids, aspirin, blood pressure medications

  • Psoriasis, eczema, or other chronic skin diseases

  • Recent cosmetic or reconstructive surgery

  • Recent laser skin treatment

  • Severe varicose leg veins

  • Rosacea or very sensitive skin

  • History of cold sores or fever blisters (waxing can cause a flare-up)

  • Using hydroquinone

  • Recent surgical peel, microdermabrasion or chemical peel 

 

 

Other Precautions and Considerations

  • Pregnant, taking birth control, hormone replacement, or antibiotics: your skin may be more sensitive to waxing.

  • Smokers or those with Rosacea: waxing can irritate dilated capillaries (weak or broken blood vessels) which are common with smokers or those with Rosacea. If the capillaries are very red, stay away from waxing that area.

  • Take blood thinners, have diabetes, phlebitis: these all relate to medical conditions, get a doctor’s approval before waxing.

  • The use of powerful exfoliators on your skin. Salicylic, alpha-hydroxy acid, and any product with white willow bark: white willow bark extract and enzymes all strip cells from the skin. Cause too much exfoliation combined with waxing and could make the skin red, bleed or even lift and turn scabby. 

  • Recently consumed a lot of caffeine: this stimulant in your system can cause skin to be extra sensitive to waxing, meaning you could get redder or inflamed than usual.

  • Drinking alcohol the day of or the night before waxing: alcohol causes the blood to rise to the surface of the skin and can cause the skin to bruise easily.

 

Before your appointment

  • 24 hours before waxing session, prep skin and hair with a warm cleansing and gentle exfoliation to rid the area of any dead skin that may be prohibiting the hair from standing up properly.

  • If area to be treated have been shaved, allow a minimum of 2-3 weeks growth before waxing. Body hair must be at least 1/4 - 1/2 inch in length. Please ensure that hair is long enough in order for it to be removed from the follicle. Hair that is too long may be trimmed, but hair that is too short may simply break off, preventing a successful waxing session. 

  • Can take an anti-inflammatory with pain reliever 20-30 minutes prior to treatment to reduce pain and inflammation. 

  • Do not apply self-tanning lotions, body sprays, deodorants, and other topical creams before treatment. 

  • Avoid tanning beds, hot tubs, and saunas before your session. 

  • Wear loose clothing to prevent irritation after your waxing session.

 

Aftercare Instructions

While waxing is often performed with no adverse reactions, it can have certain side effects including heightened sensitivity, redness, tenderness, swelling, and minor bruising or slight skin removal. Side effects may last anywhere from 1-2 hours to one week, depending on the client’s skin and the body’s reaction to the procedure. 

  • Avoid hot water, harsh abrasives, and any high SPF sunscreen, lotion or perfume containing strong chemicals or fragrances, as they may cause irritation.

  • Avoid exposure to the sun and tanning beds, including self-tanning lotion, for the next 48 hours. 

  • Avoid swimming and heavy exercise/sweating to keep skin clear of bacteria growth, irritation, ingrown hairs and blemishes.

  • Following a wax, any irritation can be treated just like an injury with regular cleansing of the area and apply a cold compress for pain and swelling. Clients may also prevent/treat ingrown hairs and break-out with the use of an anti-bacterial soap, an astringent such as Witch Hazel, and/or a salicylic treatment gel or mask. Use a gentle exfoliator, like a loofah, to help keep the skin clear and less prone to blemishes. A light moisturizer will also be beneficial in preventing ingrown hairs. 

  • The effects of the lift and tint will start to diminish within 2-3 weeks as hair grows out and the tint color fades. Strong sunlight/UV light can make the tint color fade faster.

 

For best results, repeat your waxing service every 4-6 weeks, depending on the area and individual hair growth rate.

 

Brow Tint Aftercare

  • Avoid getting your brows wet, avoid steam, sauna, and swimming for 24 hours after a tinting treatment.

  • Avoid exfoliating facial cleansers or products with lightening ingredients in them may shorten the length of duration. Those containing AHA's or other chemical exfoliates may decrease the life of your tint. A gentle facial cleanser or eye makeup remover is recommended.

  • After 24 hours, proceed with your regular cleansing routine. Eye make‐up remover will not strip the tint. Using abrasive facial scrubs or products with lightening ingredients in them may shorten the length of duration. 

 

Informed Consent:

Although every precaution will be made to ensure your safety and well-being before, during and after your waxing/tinting service, please be aware of the possible risks below.

 

All Wax Services (Facial and Body wax)

  • Waxing does have certain side effects such as skin removal, redness, swelling, tenderness, pustules, acne and folliculitis, etc.

  • Contraceptives may cause the skin to be sensitive to bruising and/or chaffing. 

  • Sunburned or irritated areas cannot be waxed. You must wait a minimum of 7 days before waxing after a light chemical peel or microdermabrasion. No treatment shall be performed within 2 weeks of Botox, Restylane, etc. No sun for at least 72 hours after waxing. 

  • Individual sensitivities may occur during waxing services, regardless of a client’s history of sensitivity. 

  • I do not have any sign of eczema, infection, cuts or scabbing in the brow area or any area being waxed.

  • I have not used a scrub or exfoliant in the last 3-5 days, Retin-A or Vitamin A derivatives, glycolic peels, other peels, microdermabrasion in the past 7 days, or tanned in the last 24 hours. 

  • I have been off of Accutane for at least twelve (12) months. (Accutane Warning*: Using Accutane (or similar) can cause skin to rip off during the waxing process. For your own safety, Wonder Spa cannot wax you until you have been off of Accutane (or similar medications) for over a year.)

  • I understand the dangers of Accutane. Should I decide to take Accutane in the future, I will inform my esthetician and will not get waxed at Wonder Spa at any time within one year of taking the medicine.

  • I do not have any open skin lesions or active herpes outbreak (cold sore or genital). Areas with herpes outbreaks cannot be waxed. I understand that if I have herpes, I may experience an outbreak after the waxing service. I understand I may carry herpes without any physical symptoms or medical diagnosis.

  • I understand if I change my skin care routine or medications, I must inform my esthetician and Wonder Spa PRIOR to any services in the future.

 

Brow Tinting Treatment

  • I have not had an allergic reaction to any form of tint (including hair dye) in the past.

  • I do not have any sign of eczema, infection, cuts or scabbing in the brow area.

  • I understand there are risks associated with having a brow wax and tint. I further, understand that as part of the procedure, skin irritation, stinging, burning, and discomfort may occur. I understand that even though Wonder Spa wax and tints the brows using the proper technique, the instruments, tapes, cleaners, adhesives, and removers used may irritate my skin. I understand that some irritation, itching or burning may occur to the skin which comes in contact with the tinting agent. 

  • I understand that there may be some residual dark staining left on the skin following the tinting process of my brows. This will fade and go away within a short time. 

  • I understand that if the waxing/tinting agent, developer, or mixture of both accidentally comes into contact with my eye, my eye will be flushed with water and medical attention may be required. 

  • I understand that, while every attempt will be made to provide me with my chosen color, everyone’s hair absorbs color differently and my final results may not be the color I initially wanted. Tinting will not thicken, lengthen or add additional hair but only tint present hair. 

  • I understand that over the course of several weeks, the tint will gradually lighten and fade. Re-tinting will be required to keep the new color fresh. Recommended time between tints are 3-4 weeks. 

 

  • My expectations are realistic, and I understand that the results are not guaranteed, due to each individual's unique reactions.