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Why You Need to Exfoliate Before Waxing

Why You Need to Exfoliate Before Waxing

On the off chance that you have a moment to yourself, take it. Soak it all in with a little self-care in the way that best serves you. For many, we consider basic maintenance to be “gifts” because of how seldom we create time dedicated to simply prioritizing our needs.


Once you start your waxing journey, you’re in it for the long haul. Setting time to meet your needs, especially when it comes to your favorite appointments, helps you commit to your overall wellness routine. When you make time to exfoliate before your waxing appointment, you ensure an experience with minimal discomfort!

The importance of exfoliating before a wax

The smooth skin tips that your esthetician provides you with are little treasures that should be safeguarded. Whether it’s a secret body wash or moisturizer that tames the inflammation of a post-Brazilian wax or a skincare tactic for when you’re on vacation, estheticians are a gold mine of all things skin care knowledge.


Although waxing is a super safe procedure, there are a few concerns that can be addressed by exfoliating before your appointment.

What are the benefits of exfoliating before a wax?

Pre-wax exfoliation gets your skin primed and prepped for proper pulling. Dead skin cells accumulate quickly, and healthy exfoliation helps unclog the skin and expose fresh, new skin cells beneath. With a little exfoliation, you have a better chance of your body hair being pulled straight from the root. No breakage, and no random stray hairs left behind. 

When is the best time to exfoliate before waxing?

Exfoliation is a word that gets tossed around a lot. By definition, it’s a process that causes a surface to shed. The goal of exfoliation is to knock ingrown hairs loose, clear dead skin cells from your skin surface, and allow your skincare products to work to their optimal capabilities. 


A gentle exfoliation 24 to 48 hours prior to your waxing appointment is ideal. You’ll want to skip hard scrubs on the day of your appointment. Exfoliation helps your skin provide an easy grab for body hair instead of an easy grab on the surface of your skin.

Why you should exfoliate after a wax, too

Of course, exfoliation isn’t solely for before your waxing appointment. After a wax, it can offer benefits that are just as beneficial to your skin. In fact, getting into a regimen of exfoliating 2 to 3 times per week leading up to your next waxing appointment can help your skin avoid ingrown hairs, bumps, and irritations that accompany hair regrowth. Post-wax exfoliation is all about risk reduction and nourishing your skin.

Different methods of exfoliation

The future is bright, and varying methods of exfoliation continue to evolve between new active ingredients and technology that we only dreamt of. Each method brings its own unique benefits to the table, and there’s a little give and take at play, depending on your preferences.

Body scrubs

Is there anything more delicious than an invigorating body scrub? Especially after a long day, in a tired body. Body scrubs come in all different shapes and sizes, chock full of nutritious oils and textures, a gentle body scrub session in the shower is the perfect self care opportunity.

Chemical exfoliants

You may have heard about chemical peels, and like many, are intrigued by the image of the satisfying feeling of peeling off the post-sunburn skin in the dead of summer. Chemical exfoliants, on the other hand, don’t involve peeling any of your skin away. 


When a chemical exfoliant is applied, it begins utilizing its active ingredients to penetrate deep into the pores, eliminate any bacteria, reduce signs of aging and reveal your lush, new skin beneath through the wonders of exfoliation.

Should you combine natural ingredients in your home?

Is there anything about a DIY situation that yields great results? With endless trends and wannabe “hacks”, it’s sometimes exhausting to seek out DIY projects that are worth the effort instead of just buying the real thing. You can create a body scrub with some simple ingredients that are likely in your pantry. You can use oats, sugar, honey, almond meal, and more, but it’s variable how your skin will react.
exfoliating dry brushPlus, if you’re prone to acne, the potential for a flare up isn’t a risk you should take with an untested, viral DIY recipe.

Dry brushing

When it comes to soft exfoliators, dry brushing is the perfect medium. Dry brushing is a type of gentle exfoliation that involves using a firm bristled brush to get rid of flaking from dry skin, restore firmness and encourage blood flow and circulation. 

Book your waxing appointment at Stripped Wax & Beauty

If you’re ready to take your skincare to a high-quality level, Stripped Wax & Beauty is excited to welcome you. Head over to our website to learn a little more about our practice. We look forward to seeing you soon!