Retinol/retinoids, Skin peels, AHAs, and BHAs - ingredients that used to be reserved for professionals are increasingly working their way into everyday skincare products. While we are blessed to be able to indulge our skin with the most advanced, effective formulas at super affordable prices, we have noticed that some clients do not realise that using these products can prevent them from having waxing treatments. Just like we would refuse to wax someone with sunburn, it is not safe to wax newly exposed skin.
Many clients will understand that they can't be waxing while on Accutane (popular Acne medication), they may not realise that their new eye cream actually contains Retinoids too! When carrying out your client consulatations (especially for facial waxing appointments), it is important to speak to your clients about their current skincare routine and how those products might affect the treatment they have booked in for. They need to have stopped using these products at least a week before their appointment and declare it in their consultation form. Although Lycon Hot Wax is designed to be super kind to skin, using any of these products before their appointment can lead to increased sensitivity, redness, skin lifting and grazing - so it is your responsibility to ensure that you have asked all relevant questions before you carry out the treatment.
Retinols chemically penetrate deep into the skin's middle layer (the dermis) and help to neutralize free radicals which in turn boosts the production of elastin and collagen, as well as having an exfoliating effect on the skin’s surface. You often find these in over the counter anti-ageing, wrinkle reducing or acne treatments. Retinoids have become wildly popular, so most of the time your products will advertise it's presence as a feature, but there are some alternatives with similar effects that might not be so obvious such as Bakuchiol & Granactive Retinoids.
AHAs are fruit-derived acids that help peel away the surface of your skin so that new, more evenly pigmented skin cells may generate and take their place. They are generally found in drugstore skincare aimed at treating mild hyperpigmentation (age spots, melasma, and scars), enlarged pores, surface wrinkles and uneven skin tone. You may not even realise your face product contains AHAs, but have a look at the ingredients - if you see Glycolic acid, Lactic acid, Tartaric acid, Citric acid, Malic acid, Mandelic acid, Hydroxycaprylic acid, or Hydroxycapric acid, you're dealing with AHAs.
A common BHA which we LOVE is Salicylic Acid, but again - they should give it a miss in the run up to their waxing appointment!
Encourage your clients to get familiar with their ingredients lists, and to speak to you before their appointment if they have any questions to avoid disappointment.