Treatment Guide

Waxing

How long do I have to let my hair grow?
Does it hurt?
Should I trim my hair?
I am on my cycle can I still get waxed?
What if I am pregnant, can I still get waxed?
Can medication affect waxing?
What is the normal skin reaction to waxing?
Can I tan before or after my waxing?
Will waxing make my hair grow back thicker, darker or heavier?
When you say Brazilian what do you mean?
How long does the Brazilian waxing take?
How long does waxing last?
How often should I have waxing done?
Are there any special instructions if I have a special occasion planned and want to get waxed for the first time?



Spray Tanning

Will I go orange or streaky?
How long does it last?
Who should not have a spray tan?
How should I prepare?
How long does it take?
How does it work?
Is it safe?
What is the advantage of a Spray Tan over UV tanning?
What should I wear?
What happens if the tanning spray gets in my eyes?
What happens if I inhale the tanning spray?
Will spray tan protect me from getting a sunburn?
How dark will I get?
What should I wear after my treatment?
Can I shower after my treatment?
Can a Spray Tan be removed?



Microdermabrasion

Is microdermabrasion safe for all skin types?
How quickly can I expect to see results?
Is The SkinBase Facial™ only suitable for use on the face?
How often should I have The SkinBase Facial™?
Are there any side effects to the treatment?
I have suffered from reactions to other facials, will this be the same with The SkinBase Facial™?
How many treatments should I have?



IPL

How does IPL work?
How does it feel? Is it painful? How safe is it?
Are there any side effects?
How many treatments will I need?
Am I suitable?
Do I need a skin Patch Test?
Is it permanent? / What kind of results should I expect?
What are the major benefits of Laser and Light Hair Removal?






Waxing

How long do I have to let my hair grow?
You must let your hair grow in for at least 2 weeks if you have shaved in order to get a good wax. This should be about a half of an inch, but the longer the better! The more follicles/roots we can pull, the cleaner the wax, the longer it is going to last and the happier you are going to be! The “grow out” stage is often the most difficult step, but the longer the hair is, the cleaner the waxing will turn out.

Does it hurt?
It hurts more the first time than any other time because you are pulling out 100% of the hair, your nerves are on edge, and you don’t know what to expect. You will experience a quick, temporary sting that stops hurting right away. By far the worst part for most people is the anticipation, not the actual removal! Follow all the tips we give you and you will be fine. Your second time will be so much EASIER! The pain associated with waxing is highly sensationalized and can be a barrier to some. Of course, our estheticians are sensitive to this and do everything they can to minimize your discomfort. We recommend avoiding caffeine prior to your visit, and scheduling your appointment to avoid your menstrual cycle, as both of these can make you more sensitive.

Should I trim my hair?
NO! The longer the better. The longer the hair, the more the wax will adhere, the smoother your skin will become, and the longer the results will last. If your hair needs to be trimmed your esthetician will take care of it as she knows the best length for the procedure.

I am on my cycle can I still get waxed?
Yes. If you are on your cycle just wear a tampon and be prepared to be a little more sensitive than usual. Same goes for the few days before your cycle as well.

What if I am pregnant, can I still get waxed?
Yes. You may be a little more sensitive than usual, but we regularly wax mothers-to-be up to a week before their due date! In fact, scheduling a “pre-childbirth Brazilian” is becoming almost as popular as packing an overnight bag for delivery!

Can medication affect waxing?
Yes! You CANNOT be waxed if you are taking any antibiotics, Accutane, Differin, or Retin A. Additionally, any medications that list “sun sensitivity” on the list of symptoms will preclude you from being waxed. You should also avoid waxing while using glycolic acid, harsh exfoliants or any facial peels. All these products thin out and weaken your skin making you more sensitive and likely to burn or peel. You should wait 2-6 weeks depending on how long you have been on the medication before you wax, as we want to make sure the medication is out of your system so you have a pleasant waxing experience. If you are not sure of how you may react from any other prescriptions you are taking, please give us a call beforehand so we can help you determine if you are able to get waxed.

What is the normal skin reaction to waxing?
It is normal for your skin to show redness after waxing. Some skin is more sensitive than others and reactions may range from no redness at all to very red. The first time you wax an area, or if it has been a while since your last waxing, you will probably experience some redness and sensitivity afterwards. This usually subsides within a few hours, or for very sensitive skin within 24 hours.

Can I tan before or after my waxing?
We recommend that you do not tan before or at least 24 hours after. Also, don’t come in with a spray tan because the wax will exfoliate your tan right off! If necessary, it is OK to spray tan after waxing once the waxed area has had a few hours to recover.

Will waxing make my hair grow back thicker, darker or heavier?
No, it will not. Waxing removes the hair by the root, often weakening the root in process. Therefore, if anything, waxing may make the hair finer and sparser with repeated regular waxing.

When you say Brazilian what do you mean?
The industry definition varies, but for us, it’s everything from front to back! If we remove the labia hair it is a Brazilian regardless of what you leave or don’t leave on top—be it a landing strip, a triangle, or nothing.

How long does the Brazilian waxing take?
The process is usually 20 minutes, but it just depends on how much hair needs to be removed.

How long does waxing last?
Waxing may last 2 to 3 weeks. The more you do it, the longer it will last. We recommend absolutely NO SHAVING in that area between waxes. Shaving traumatizes the hair follicle and creates redness and ingrowns.

How often should I have waxing done?
We recommend anywhere from 3-6 weeks or when the hair is between 1/4 and 1/2 inch long.

Are there any special instructions if I have a special occasion planned and want to get waxed for the first time?
Yes. If you are waxing for the first time for an event or special occasion, we strongly recommend scheduling the same service 4 weeks PRIOR to make sure you have no adverse reactions on the big day!




Spray Tanning

Will I go orange or streaky?
Spray tanning products are now far better and with professional training in the application of these products these problems have been virtually eliminated. As trained professionals our team make sure they match the correct solution to your skin tone, thus eliminating the risk of looking 'fake' or 'orange'. Our spray tans provide a very natural colour, which will be the envy of all of your friends.

How long does it last?
Your tan will last about 5 to 7 days and will fade naturally as the outer layer of your skin naturally sheds dead skin cells. To make the most of your tan follow preparation guidelines to ensure your skin is a receptive as it can be. After your treatment we recommend you minimise the time you spend in chlorinated water such as swimming pools as chlorine will make your tan fade more quickly.

Who should not have a spray tan?
If you have breathing difficulties or you have a reaction to self tanning products you should not have a spray tan. If you have any doubts then please call me before your appointment. Masks are available for anyone with mild breathing problems/pregnant ladies/etc.

How should I prepare?
A full body exfoliation and shave/wax the day before. Do not apply deodorants or perfumes as these can prevent the absorption of the tanning solution. Do not use moisturisers on the day of your tan as they can act as a barrier to the solution. Do apply nail polish to your nails as the tanning procedure may discolour your nails.

How long does it take?
The actual spray tan misting process only take 10-15 minutes. It takes about 10 minutes to setup the spray tan booth and spray equipment and about the same to pack up. Your whole appointment should take around half an hour.

How does it work?
The products contain DHA (Dihydroxyacetone) which reacts with the amino acids in your skin and the oxygen in the air causing your skin to turn brown. Different skin types react in different degrees to the solution, so we have a range of strengths that we can use to achieve different depths of tan. The tanning reaction takes about 6 to 8 hours to develop.

Is it safe?
Spray Tanning is much safer than risking prolonged over exposure to harmful UVA and UVB rays. The main component of spray tanning products is DHA. This has been listed with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 1973, and has been used in cosmetic preparations for almost 30 years. DHA is not absorbed through the skin into the body and it has no known toxicity.

What is the advantage of a Spray Tan over UV tanning?
Spray tanning offers an alternative to tanning by exposure to UVA/UVB. It is particularly suitable for people with sensitive skin or those who do not tan easily. One spray tan treatment is equivalent to around six tanning bed sessions. And as we said in the answer above, it is much safer than risking prolonged over exposure to harmful UVA and UVB rays.

What should I wear?
You should wear whatever you feel comfortable in, most women go topless and wear a dark thong However it is entirely up to you, many ladies feel more comfortable wearing a bikini. We recommend any clothing worn during the misting process should be dark, although the tanning solution will wash out it is more likely to stain lighter clothing.

What happens if the tanning spray gets in my eyes?
Tanning spray has been used in literally millions of treatments with no adverse reactions being reported.

What happens if I inhale the tanning spray?
The active ingredient in the spray tan, DHA, is non-hazardous and should cause no adverse reaction in moderate quantities. DHA is even used as a diet supplement in sports nutrition and is non-carcinogenic. Testing indicates that DHA is actually less toxic than aspirin or caffeine.

Will spray tan protect me from getting a sunburn?
No. Your spray tan does not give any additional protection from the sun. You should take the usual precautions when going out into the sun after a spray tan.

How dark will I get?
How dark you skin goes will depend on your skin type and the strength of the solution we use during the treatment. We will advise you on this during your consultation. Also you skin will react more readily with repeat treatments, so top up tans on a regular basis will help you go darker more naturally.

What should I wear after my treatment?
You should wear loose dark clothing, avoid anything tight as it may produce a rub mark. Avoid wearing socks or tight shoes and if possible wear flip-flops for the developing period.

Can I shower after my treatment?
You should not shower during the development period, about 8 hours. Also avoid anything too strenuous which may make you sweat as this can also affect your tan and may cause lighter patches to appear. By showering you will not allow the tan to develop properly and you will be left disappointed about the depth of your shade.

Can a Spray Tan be removed?
Your tan does not wash off, but is will fade as the outer layer of the skin naturally sheds dead skin cells. You can help the process by exfoliating, however, do not over do it!. The tan will fade naturally over about 1 week..




Microdermabrasion

Is microdermabrasion safe for all skin types?
Yes, microdermabrasion can be used for all skin types on all areas of the body and face.

How quickly can I expect to see results?
You will see results immediately and with each subsequent treatment your skin will continue to look progressively better.

Is The SkinBase Facial™ only suitable for use on the face?
No, The SkinBase Facial™ is fantastic on pigmentation, lines and stretch marks anywhere on the body.

How often should I have The SkinBase Facial™?
Treatments are usually performed every 7 to 10 days but your SkinBase therapist will confirm this with you.

Are there any side effects to the treatment?
After the treatment, the skin may feel tight with mild redness. Therefore it is important that you use a good moisturiser. These effects normally subside within 36 hours of treatment.

I have suffered from reactions to other facials, will this be the same with The SkinBase Facial™?
Crystal microdermabrasion uses a sterile compound with zero risk of allergic reaction. Your SkinBase therapist will provide a patch test on the back of your forearm for added reassurance.

How many treatments should I have?
SkinBase recommend a course of 8, however your SkinBase therapist will talk this through with you following your initial consultation. People with acne or acne scarring might need more treatments and we recommend a monthly maintenance treatment after each course has finished to help maintain the results achieved.




IPL

How does IPL work?
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) technology has come of age since its inception over 15 years ago. IPL targets the pigment in the hair and either damages or destroys the hair follicle, thus preventing future hair growth. It provides a safe, convenient and permanent solution for the removal of unwanted hair. It treats a much larger area of skin per light pulse than laser hair treatment, which means treatment can be faster and cheaper. You can now experience a reduction in hair growth without the side-effects of traditional treatments such as shaving, plucking, waxing, hormonal treatment or chemical and electrosurgical depilation.

How does it feel? Is it painful? How safe is it?
IPL is a non-invasive treatment. No local anaesthetic is required and most people find the treatment comfortable due to the hand piece’s sophisticated cooling system.

Are there any side effects?
Like with just about every other non-surgical cosmetic treatments there are a few side effects that can occur. In reality, intense pulsed light (IPL) side effects are rare and generally only short lasting. Furthermore, during your consultation prior to the treatment, your practitioner will be able to tell you how likely you are to experience any side effects based on your skin type etc. It is normal to have slight redness and swelling after the treatment. This typically only lasts a few hours but can last longer for some people Some people can experience a slight sun burnt type sensation for a few days following treatment.

How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments required depends on the individual’s hair growth. On average hair should expect to be treated at least 8 – 12 times for complete removal. To provide a lasting reduction in hair will take repeated sessions depending on the area and hair growth characteristics. In our experience it would be wise to budget for 6 treatments after which some patients especially those with PCOS require additional maintenance treatments. You must have the treatment on a regular basis to get the maximum benefit.

Am I suitable?
Most people are suitable, but IPL does not work on all hair colours or all skin types. In simple terms the greater the contrast between your hair colour and your skin colour the better the results. You are always required to attend a consultation and a patch test before following a course of treatments.

Do I need a skin Patch Test?
A ‘patch test’ should always be performed; this is normal and required to determine how sensitive your skin is to the treatment and also to establish the right IPL energy settings. We will also check some basic details and explain a few simple requirements to ensure you are well informed about the procedure. You may be advised specific requirements regarding your desired treatment area such as to avoid the sun and sunbeds for up to 4 weeks prior to the treatment, however the therapist will discuss these in more detail upon your personal consultation.

Is it permanent? / What kind of results should I expect?
The heat and light destroy the follicle so it can no longer grow. However, hormone changes and different medicines can cause other hair follicles that were previously dormant to start new growth, as with any permanent hair removal system.

What are the major benefits of Laser and Light Hair Removal?
• They do not cause the irritation that other hair removal methods may cause.
• Larger areas may be treated at one time than with electrolysis, waxing or tweezing.
• They combine the speed of shaving with the lasting results promised by electrolysis.
• They are effective on almost any area of the body where smoother, younger, hair-free skin is desired.

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