Prep + Care

Sugaring

  • Sugaring is the most gentle form of hair removal dating back to the ancient Egyptians. It’s often less painful than other forms of hair removal (if done monthly).
  • Sugar paste is 100% natural made of only sugar, lemon and water.
  • Unlike shaving or waxing, sugaring removes hair from the natural direction of growth and is more likely to prevent ingrown hairs. (Initially, it may take 2–3 sessions to work out ingrowns lying beneath the surface of the skin.)

Before

  • The proper amount of hair growth is very important as the sugar paste won’t be able to extract hair if it’s too short. It’s ideal to get sugared 2 weeks after your last shave or 1 month after your last sugaring (or waxing) session.
  • Don’t take Accutane pills for 6 months prior to sugaring or use topical retinoids (on the area to be sugared) for at least 1 week prior to your session.
  • Exfoliate and moisturize regularly, but don’t exfoliate 24 hours prior to your treatment. Arrive to your appointment with clean skin, sans any lotion or oils.
  • Don’t consume caffeine or stimulants of any kind prior to sugaring
  • People are most sensitive to pain during their premenstrual and menstrual phases. It’s ideal to plan monthly sugaring for a different time of the month.

After

  • Avoid touching freshly sugared skin with your hands.
  • Avoid exposing freshly sugared skin to the sun, hot tubs, pools and/or cosmetic products with fragrance for 48 hours post-treatment as skin is more susceptive to UV rays and bacteria during this time.
  • Avoid sweating for 24 hours post-treatment as it can clog hair follicles.
  • Medical experts advise waiting 24 hours after a Brazilian treatment to get intimate with a partner. If you’re prone to ingrowns, 48 hours is advised.

Maintain

  • Don’t shave or tweeze between sugaring sessions as it will create different hair growth cycles and prevent future sugaring sessions from leaving skin smooth for the maximum amount of time.
  • Wait 48+ hours after sugaring to resume a biweekly exfoliating regimen.
  • Resume your moisturizing routine 24 hours after your session. Apply your moisturizer while skin is still damp post-shower to lock in moisture.

Bronzing

Before

  • Keep your skin and body hydrated! Drink water and moisturize.
  • Shower and exfoliate the day prior to your appointment (rather than immediately before your session).
  • Schedule any sugaring or nail appointments prior to tanning sessions.
  • Do not apply oil-based products within 24 hours of your session, and do not use products with salicylic acid or retinol for at least 1 week prior.
  • Wear (or bring) dark, loose-fitting clothes and slip-on shoes.

After

  • If showering 1–8 hours post-session, don’t use soap, lotions or cosmetics post-rinse.
    Note: The tan won’t appear fully developed yet, but this is normal! The tan will continue to develop several hours post-shower.
  • If showering 8+ hours post-session, soap is okay to use and the fully developed tan will be apparent post-shower!
  • Avoid sweating (even light perspiration) until after your initial rinse/shower.
  • To prevent water streaks, use your hands to guide the makeup layer off your skin. Let the water run clear for at least 2 minutes before exiting.

Maintain

  • Resume your moisturizing routine 24 hours post-session. Apply moisturizer post-shower while skin is still damp to lock in moisture.
  • Avoid spending extended periods of time in water as this will accelerate the rate at which the tan fades.
  • Please keep in mind that chlorine, air travel and dry/cold/windy weather often contribute to skin dryness.
  • Always use sunscreen as airbrush tans do not provide UV protection.