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     Melissa knows her stuff.  I had many questions and she answered all of them with patience. I felt so relaxed with her. I am going back and I will only go to her. Great experience she is amazing!!!!"
 
                                - Lyndi
WAXING


Why wax in the first place?

Waxing is one of the best ways to temporarily remove unwanted hair. It is more effective than shaving because it removes hair from the roots, not just from the skin's surface. Over time, hair in waxed areas regrows lighter and sparser or not at all.

Even fine hair shadows the face, distorting and aging your features. Waxing the brows opens up the eyes, providing a non-surgical facelift. You keep the hair on your head well-maintained, so why not everywhere else?
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How long does waxing take?

Depending on the body part and the density of the hair growth, your waxing appointment will take between fifteen minutes and one hour.
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Will the hair grow back thicker?

Absolutely not. It might seem so because you will be accustomed to a hairless zone, and new hair will be intolerable. Usually, regrowth will be finer, thinner and slower. Eventually, hair growth may stop altogether.
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How long does the hair need to be?

The first time you wax, you'll need to have (at minimum) 10-14 days worth of growth.  Don't worry about trimming, if you think it may be too long.  Your results will be much smoother, if you let your hair grow out.  
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What areas of the body can be waxed?

The wax can be used on almost any part of the body as needed. It is wise to test a small area first for sensitivity. Some frequently waxed areas for women are legs, underarms, bikini line, eyebrows and face.  For men: chest, leg, arms, and back. The exceptions for waxing are hair on the scalp or beards on men.
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Are there any health precautions to keep in mind?

VERY IMPORTANT: Some physicians do not recommend waxing for persons suffering from diabetes or who have varicose veins or poor circulation as they are more susceptible to infection. Waxing is never done on clients taking Accutane and is not recommended for clients using Retin A, Renova, Differin or other types of skin thinning acne medications. Please read the label carefully and consult your dermatologist if you are taking any medication or using any topical cream that contains these medications. Individuals do react differently to these medications and sometimes waxing can be done if proper patch testing is completed.

Also, please advise your aesthetician if you are allergic to any foods - because if you can't eat it, you shouldn't put the extracts on your skin. Please be completely honest with your Skin Care Therapist about all allergies and medications you are taking - it is for your protection.
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What are the possible side effects of waxing and how can they be minimized?

Most clients do not experience reactions beyond redness and minor irritation. Hair may break at the root during waxing, causing some hairs to grow out faster. Please follow these guidelines to minimize irritation and possible break outs.

  • Avoid the sun immediately after waxing and please wear sun block; recently waxed areas are prone to hyperpigmentation (permanent darkening of the skin) if exposed to the sun.
  • Avoid heavy exercise for at least 10 hours after waxing. 
  • Do not use exfoliating products (AHAs, scrubs, etc) and loofas until at least 24 hours after waxing.
  • Avoid tight clothing after waxing, especially in the waxed areas. Tight clothing may result in irritation and ingrown hairs .  I also offer a product to prevent and treat ingrown hairs called Get the Bump Outta Here!
  • Regular exfoliation may be helpful especially on leg and arm areas.

Routine waxing helps the skin become accustomed to the procedure and may minimize irritation.
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What can you expect from a Standard Bikini Wax versus a Brazilian Bikini Wax?

A standard bikini wax is more conservative and generally involves removing hair to just inside the panty or swimsuit line. Hair removal is limited to the front of your body only and does not include the legs or abdomen.

The Brazilian technique has gained in popularity and involves hair removal around the anus, perineum and labia/scrotum, leaving only a small strip of hair, no hair at all, triangle, or V...whatever you desire. This is a very intimate type of waxing and will only be performed after careful consultation. Another option is to gradually remove more hair after each appointment until a Brazilian look is achieved.

How closely you trim, shave or wax your pubic hair is a personal preference. You should do whatever makes you comfortable, whether it's a bare look or a more natural look.
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Want more information about the Brazilian Bikini Wax?

What is a Brazilian bikini wax?

Brazilian waxing refers to hair removal around the anus, perineum and labia/scrotum. To some people it means removing all the hair from the bikini area, and to others it means removing everything but a strip in the front. The Brazilian technique has gained in popularity and involves removal of most hair from the bikini area, leaving only a small strip of hair. This is a very intimate type of waxing and will only be performed after careful consultation. How closely you trim, shave or wax your pubic hair is a personal preference. You should do whatever makes you comfortable, whether it's a bare look, a more natural look, or something in between.
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Can a man get a Brazilian bikini wax?

I am no longer accepting new male brazilian clients. 
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What do I wear during this waxing?

If you are comfortable, the Brazilian wax will be done without any draping. A towel will be available for draping if you prefer.
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What is the procedure for Brazilian bikini waxing?

To begin, the hair is snipped with scissors, if necessary, pre-depilatory oil is applied and then wax is applied a little at a time. The hair is removed and the procedure continues. The wax used for this procedure is a no-strip wax, meaning it is applied to the hair to be removed, it "shrink-wraps" around the hairs, and is pulled off after it cools. The wax is made for sensitive skin, so it's great for bikini/Brazilian waxing.  Stray hairs may also be tweezed.

After the hairs are removed, a cooling gel is applied to help soothe the area. It is a botanical solution, so please advise your skin care therapist if you are allergic to any foods.
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How long does Brazilian bikini waxing take?

Depending on the density of the hair growth, your waxing appointment will take between fifteen and thirty minutes for women, and forty-five minutes to one hour for men.
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What sanitary measures are taken?

As an aesthetician, I do not "double-dip".  Once the wax and applicator comes into contact with a client, it is thrown away and NEVER gets dipped back into the wax container.  I also wear a new pair of vinyl gloves with each client.  All of my implements are disinfected using a quaternary ammonium compound, Marvicide II.
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How long will the results last?

Results will vary person to person.  Hair grows in three phases of a cycle...Anagen, Catagen, & Telogen phase.  In Lamens terms this means hair is either attached at the root and growing, detached & resting in the hair follicle, or beginning to fall out.  After the first time you've been waxed, you may notice re-growth within the first week.  This is normal and is either hair that has broken off during waxing, or hair that was simply in the first phase of growth and hadn't surfaced yet.  The benefit of regular waxing at regular intervals (usually every 3-4 weeks), is hair will begin to grow in on the same cycle.  So, after being waxed your skin should remain smooth for the first few weeks and begin to grow the last week...just in time to be waxed again!
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SKIN CARE


What exactly is a facial?

Think of a facial as extreme cleaning for your face; while lying on a bed, under covers, in a dimly lit room, with the sounds and smells of relaxation! 

Your arms & decollete (upper chest) area will be exposed so I can cleanse, analyze your skin under a magnifying lamp, exfoliate (to remove dead skin cells & give you a glowing complexion), extract open comedones (blackheads....to help give you a smooth complexion), a facial...neck...and shoulder massage (heavenly!  You know...the area where you carry all your tension!  Bliss!), followed with a moisturizer, eye cream, and spf! 

I use AMAZING products...so while it make feel like "fluffy stuff", you're actually receiving skin nutrition!  Irritant free, preservative free, fragrance free, and cruelty free, RESULT driven skin care! 



What are the benefits of receiving a facial?

A facial can offer many benefits!  The face is always subject to the elements such as the sun, maybe smoke or an improper at home regime.  Facials offer you the opportunity to work with a professional skin care specialist who will analyze your skin, help you improve your complexion, and show you how to take proper care of your skin.

A facial helps increase circulation and stimulates the skin.  It can also help slow down premature aging by custom-targeting your skin care.  Facials are a great preventative treatment to help you counteract wrinkles before they occur.

A facial may also help you understand the proper skin care products for your skin.  Most people are using chemically overloaded products; which causes the skin to become sensitized.  As your aesthetician, I will work with you to create a home care regime that will be both easy to use and work with your individual skin type.  In addition to all of these benefits...the bonus is that facials FEEL wonderful and are extremely relaxing; a great stress reducer!



How are your acne facials different from any of the other treatments I've tried?

My treatments are different because I'M DIFFERENT from any of the other treatments you've tried!  I'm here to help you find the source of your acne....not only treat the effects!  It is definitely a team effort.  Acne & breakouts are caused by SOOOOO many different things!  It makes no sense for you to keep trying different skin care lines, supplements, laundry detergents - if the source of your acne is an allergic reaction to something you're eating!  Or perhaps you're using an over the counter cleanser FULL of chemical irritants & wondering why you have little red bumps all over your face or red cheeks that burn when you put anything on them.  This is good news...we can treat this!  ;)  I promise I'm very gentle & will give you a home care regime to get you on track.  I've seen so many different skin conditions over the past 5 + years, but rest assured in knowing most are managed with choosing a proper cleanser & moisturizer.  The most common precursors to skin "acne" I've seen...

  • Irritating products causing sensitized skin which is not "acne", but may easily be confused with it.
  • Improper cleansing techniques or underexfoliation
  • Low water consumption (or diet) = improper elimination = congested skin!  Especially in cheek area!  Our skin is an excretory organ, so whatever is going on inside will most likely present on the face!



Can my uneven skin tone (hyperpigmentation) really be treated?

YES!!!  I'm living proof!  However, I will tell you this.  There is NO QUICK FIX for uneven pigmentation AND it is a constant maintenance!  This is not a condition you will be able to treat, it will go away, and never return.  You must be proactive in wearing sunblock (non-chemical) and sun barriers to prevent reoccurrence. 

I am here to tell you I've tried many different skin care lines, the lighteners, hydroquinone, azaelic acid, glycolic peels, laser treatments, IPL photofacials, and NOTHING WORKED FOR ME!  An aesthetician friend of mine wanted to treat my skin with CosMedix Peels.  She had me prep with an exfoliating cleanser, an exfoliating toner, a retinol, and a natural lightening serum.  After 3 peels everyone around me started to see improvement!  I've moved on to giving myself peels and now have beautiful skin!  :)  However, I speak again from experience....sunblock is not enough to prevent pigmentation from coming back!  You must have a second line of defense against UV rays!  I now wear a hat to block the sun while doing outdoor activities. 



Excess facial hair:  what's normal, what's not?

Many women experience excess facial hair to some degree.  In my experience I'd say roughly 80% or so are dealing with this behind closed doors.  You are not alone!   My role as your aesthetician, is to provide hair removal!  Please come in for a consultation to find out the best option for you.

Excess androgen (testosterone & dhea) is the hormone responsible for hirsutism.  Please consult your doctor to evaluate the cause of your excess androgen. 

More info:  http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/women/9911/29/excess.facial.hair.wmd/

(it's an older article...but straightforward & gives a detailed explanation, without being too lengthy)



How important is it to wear sunblock?


More faq's to come as soon as I find some time to update this site!  If there's a particular question you have in mind, email me!  Melissa@lovetowax.com 




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PEELS


What is Chiral? 

Most biomolecules, including skin care ingredients, are chiral.  This means they have a "left" and a "right" chemical orientation, much like our hands (chiral, pronounced "ki-rul," is Greek for hands).

Chiral molecules, like our hands, are identical mirror images of each other.  Some of these fit into the skins receptors while others do not.  Usually only one of the mirror images is beneficial for your skin, so it is necessary to use only these when formulating effective products.



Why I choose CosMedix over other skin care lines....

COSMEDIX Chirally Correct Medical Skin Care was developed in an effort to increase the effectiveness of ingredients, while reducing any associated irritation.  This is done through a purification process called "chiral correction."  The system is so effective, the FDA mandated that all new pharmaceuticals be chirally corrected when possible, prior to being introduced to the public.

  • Irritant free
  • Preservative free
  • Cruelty free
  • Fragrance free
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Chirally corrected

They're dedicated to using the most natural, most effective products on the market.  They do not use preservatives (the active ingredients act as natural preservatives), biologicals (ingredients associated with animals or animal testing), artificial colors, synthetic fragrances (only essential oils) or ingredients that test high on the comedogenicity/irritancy scales.  Most of the packaging is in the most protective bottling available, opaque glass. This reduces leaching and completely blocks UVA/UVB light.

CosMedix spends more on our ingredients than anyone else in the industry.  You will not find a better assortment of enzymes, antioxidants and acids; that when combined, nourish, stimulate and exfoliate while avoiding the toxicity associated with many lines.

Most skin care products use ingredients that don't fit properly into the skin's receptors, and therefore cause irritation or other harmful side effects.  Using these impurities is like trying to put a right-handed glove on your left hand, it simply doesn't work.

CosMedix products fit because they are chirally correct.  They are more concentrated, more effective and less irritating than any other product available today.  This is the future of skin care and the first medical skin care line to take advantage of chiral technology.



What is a peel?

A peel is part of corrective skin care.  Peels regenerate the skin, often making it smoother with fewer fine lines and reduced pigmentation.  The procedure is sometimes used on other parts of the body, including the neck and hands.



How are the CosMedix peels different?

Traditional chemical peels typically consist of chemical solutions applied to the skin to form flakes or blisters that eventually peel off.  This painful process destroys healthy tissue, forcing the body to heal itself.  CosMedix's chirally correct, non-traumatic peels succeed by stimulating healthy change.  The soothing collagen therapy enhances skin's appearance resulting in a beautiful, renewed complexion.



Tell me more about being chirally correct...

Chirally correct chemical peels are associated with better ingredients, less downtime and fewer unfavorable side effects than other chemical peels.  No anesthesia is required for chirally correct chemical peels, and they are safe enough to be repeated bi-monthly.



What kinds of conditions can peels help?

Peels are often used to treat:

  • Acne
  • Aging skin
  • Dull, weathered skin
  • Excessive sebatic oils
  • Post acne scarring
  • Open and Closed Comedones
  • Blotchy Pigmentation
  • Stretch marks
  • Sun spots
  • Dark Skin Discoloration
  • Wrinkles
  • Scarring (non-keloidal scars)



What kind of skin peels are there?

CosMedix offers Chirally Correct Peels categorized as "Today's Peels" and "Tomorrow's Peels".

Today's peels use natural Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) and Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) to freshen and exfoliate the skin by removing dead cells in order to promote new cell growth.  These peels can be used without any prior preparation of the skin.

Tomorrow's peels, designed to correct the damage done yesterday, are stronger treatments that go deeper and make the skin look tighter and smoother.  The skin needs 10 to 30 days advance preparation prior to application.



What are my next steps?

When considering chemical peels it is important to speak to a licensed professional trained at these types of treatments.  You and a skin care professional can determine if chemical peels are right for you.



How do I schedule a free consultation?

Scheduling a free consultation is easy!  Your consultation will take approximately 30 minutes and can be scheduled by calling me at  (702) 332-1865, or get your calendar & schedule your appointment online by clicking HERE.

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