Monday, July 26, 2010

Maximize Results: Post-Sugaring

First, a word about professional body sugaring in that very special region: ya gotta commit to doing it consistently. For most of us, that means every 4-5 weeks. There are a few lucky guys and gals who just don't grow much body hair; so they may only need to come in at 6-8 weeks.

Consistent, regular sugaring allows the skin's natural response system to grow accustomed to the process and prevents it from reacting with inflammation ... and, inflammation is the primary reason you get heat, bumps and irritation following epilation.

Once you set a monthly schedule for professional body sugaring, the post-sugar issues are minimized but the decrease in hair is maximized ... it's a win-win!!

So, these tips are primarily for clients and readers who are just beginning to sugar or have yet to commit to doing it consistently. If you "wintered" your bikini or have bumps because you let 3 months lapse since your last sugar, read on!

Immediately following your sugar:
  • Take it easy ... no exercise, no hot tub, no sand or surf, no sex, no working out. Consider this your pass to wear comfy, loose clothing and spend the evening lounging in front of the fire place with a great book.
  • Take action ... prior to your sugar, purchase a calming serum or hydrocortisone product. Avoid products that are heavily perfumed and don't overstimulate the skin by applying too many products too frequently. Use common sense and follow the recommendations for use on the packaging.

Two days after your sugar (and onward):
  • Gentle, consistent exfoliation is one of the best things you can do for your skin and this applies to your bikini zone, too. I prefer chemical and enzymatic exfoliation for this region. Physical exfoliation works too but use caution: loofahs and some scrubs can irritate and leave very small tears and scrapes on delicate skin.
  • I typically stock a terrific salicylic acid serum that works fabulously. I recommend that you apply it once per day. If no bumps arise, you can down shift to 4 times per week. If you begin to see bumps, increase usage to 2 times per day.
  • Spot treat bumps or red, sensitive areas with a gentle clay mask. I love good clay masks and always keep one on-hand. Clay doesn't dry the skin but helps to deep clean pores, improve circulation in the skin and draw out impurities ... which helps inflammation subside. So, apply a very small amount directly and only to the bumps; leave the mask on a minimum of 10 minutes.
  • Give your skin some hydration! I see a lot of dry bums throughout my day ... don't skimp on moisture for this region. Find a soothing, emollient but zero perfume balm to lubricate your special parts. This will also prevent additional irritation from chafing fabrics or friction.
  • Feed your skin, too. Ensuring that you get Vitamins A, C, D & E as well as minerals and Essential Fatty Acids supports your skin's immune system and allows it to do its job most effectively.
  • Manage your stress ... Yeah, yeah, I know. But seriously, the skin has a unique ability of exhibiting your internal stress. Want your skin to feel less itchy? Look into deep breathing, meditation, long walks, healing massage and facials to bring a little serenity to your day.
  • Drink water!
Reiteration of the important stuff:

Dos: Directly following the sugar session, please be gentle with your skin and apply soothing products designed for sensitive skin. In between sessions, keep in-growns to a minimum with consistent, gentle exfoliation 3-4 times per week. For best results, do not shave or use depilatories between appointments. And, always apply an effective SPF to sugared areas that are exposed to the sun's loving rays.

DON'Ts: Following sugaring --where the hair is removed from the root-- your skin will have open follicles that are susceptible to irritation. To prevent redness, in-grown hairs and other adverse reactions avoid the following:
touching your freshly sugared skin, wet suits, sand, hot tubs, working out, spinning, extreme hot/cold, sweat, heat, abrasions, sun exposure

Occasionally --typically following the 1st & 2nd treatments-- smallish white bumps may appear. This is a normal histamine reaction when hair is removed at the root; it's simply your body's natural, protective response to the newly opened follicles. Do NOT squeeze these bumps. Instead, apply a thin layer of Mud Puddle and let it set for 15-20 minutes. Rinse gently with warm water and apply Phenomen-all. The bumps will go away on their own within 1-2 days.

The keys to successful hair removal are consistency, exfoliation & hydration. Improving the condition of your skin will absolutely improve the results of hair removal.

If this is your first experience with either hair removal or sugaring, I recommend these links:
sugaring: the need-to-know stuff
Exfoliate ... It's great!

Ready to give your skin a sweet treat?
Simply email or call me at kenya [at] / (310) 866-0928

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