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Wondering how to get the most out of your service with us? Don't worry, we've got you covered! Review our pre & post care protocols for your select service below.

Pre & Post Care Protocols

Skin & Body Treatment Care

Pre - Skin Treatment Care

Come in bare-faced - coming in with a makeup-free face will allow us to spend more time to work on your skin. Any eye makeup will not be removed by your esthetician to avoid irritations so please be sure to remove all makeup yourself prior to coming in. If you know you will have makeup on prior to your appointment, it may be a good idea to bring a makeup remover or wipe.

  • Know your products - know what products you are currently using. If you have a skin concern, we want to know what products you are using. Chances are something isn't agreeing with your skin. Make a list if needed.

  • Beware of big events - we recommend that you schedule your appointment accordingly. We suggest that you do not book a facial the day of or the day before a major event such as your wedding. Most likely your skin will be fine but let’s not chance trying something new before your big day. You are probably already stressed enough.

  • No waxing or shaving - No waxing or shaving 24 to 48 hours before or after a facial. Before will allow for a very uncomfortable experience that could include tingling or stinging. Afterwards could cause breakouts or worse, tearing the skin. Give your skin a few days to enjoy the fresh clean feeling before inflicting pain on it.

  • Beware of medication - we recommend that you discontinue the use of any products that will thin your skin such as Tretinoin and Accutane at least three months before getting a facial. These medications that thin your skin, can make way for some serious damage if a facial is performed before the skin has had time to rebuild to its natural state.

  • No sun bathing - Avoid sun bathing or tanning beds at least a week before a facial. A sunburn will make for a very unpleasant experience as well as defeat the purpose of getting a facial. Sun damage is the number one culprit behind aging so avoid sun worshipping and tanning beds altogether and wear sunscreen every day.

  • Exfoliate - Will you break out after a facial? Most likely, no, but there is always a small possibility a breakout may occur. Depending on the condition of your skin, if you aren’t used to exfoliating, any excess oil will be released after a facial. This may result in a breakout but don’t fret, it will be gone in a few days and your skin will still be glowing. On that note, continue exfoliating at home to keep the skin glowing and the excess oil from building up again.

  • Communicate with your Esthetician - Let them know what your concerns are and what you are looking to get out of the treatment. It's their job to give you the treatment you want but they also need to let you know what is achievable in the amount of time you have and how to continue working on this goal at home. It’s like going to the gym, a trainer can make you sweat in an hour but you have to continue going to the gym daily to get the results.

  • Be open minded - Be open minded and willing to make changes. You have chosen to have a facial for a reason and estheticians are there to help. If a product isn’t working for you, it's their job to tell you what will work best for your skin type. Estheticians are well trained in skin care and have great skin for a reason. They are there to share their knowledge, offer advice and make sure you continue to glow long after you have left the facial appointment.

Post - Skin Treatment Care

- Avoid picking and touching your face immediately after your treatment for rest of the day.

- Avoid being in direct sun as much as possible.

- Wash your hands before cleansing your face.

- Apply and wear SPF daily. Be sure to reapply every 2 hours.

- Avoid hot water when showering and cleansing your skin. Use lukewarm water.

- Drink plenty of water daily & stay hydrated.

- Disinfect & sanitize your phone daily with alcohol or Clorox wipes.

- Cleanse your makeup brushes and sponges weekly.

- Wash all bedding weekly in hot water. Avoid fragrance-based detergents.

- A healthy diet is essential for overall skin health & well being.

- Schedule your next skin treatments for 4-6 weeks for best results.

- Consistency is key! Remember: 20% of your skin's transformation is done in studio with the help of our estheticians and 80% of the work is done at home!

Lash Care

Pre - Lash Extensions & Lash Lift Care

With a few simple care instructions, you'll be sure to enjoy your new, luscious lashes. To increase the retention (longevity) of your lashes, it is advised to avoid oily products and touching them as much as possible.

  • If you use waterproof mascara, avoid using it 2-3 days before your first appointment. The film it leaves on your lashes may prevent the extensions from adhering correctly.

  • Arrive to your appointment with dry, clean lashes and makeup-free eyes.

  • Remove contact lenses before your appointment and bring your glasses!

  • Avoid caffeine, as this can cause fluttering and twitching of the eye which could lead to burning and discomfort from the adhesive.

  • Be prepared to lie down with your eyes very still for 2-3 hours for the first appointment.

  • Skin sensitivities and allergies are extremely rare and your safety and care are of my utmost concern. We use the highest quality products and the most up-to-date techniques and sanitation protocols in the industry. However Ash’s Lashes Etc. is not liable for reaction due to our products. If you are concerned, I recommend a patch test several days before your appointment.

  • Please be sure to review our policies, which can be found here.

Post - Lash Extensions & Lash Lift Care

Now that you have the BEST lashes in town, take note of these tips to maintain & care for them. With proper care and touchups your lashes can last weeks!

 

  • FOR LIFTS & TINTS: avoid oils and getting lashes wet for 24 hours. After 24 hours, the lashes are maintenance and hassle free! You may apply mascara and makeup as you wish.

  • Do not use a spa, sauna or pool for the first 24 hours. The extensions need that amount of time to properly bond.

  • Avoid tugging or rubbing your eyes.

  • Avoid sleeping face down!

  • Do not use eyelash curlers with your extensions.

  • ONLY use an oil-free makeup remover.

  • If your lashes are tangled or crossed over, use the spoolie given to you during your appointment to gently brush them straight and brush them in place. You're in control!

  • Proper hygiene is very important. Please keep lashes clean by regular cleansing. We have a special foaming lash bath cleanser available for purchase in the studio. A little goes a long way and it will last months!

  • After showering, avoid rubbing lashes. It is best to blot them with a towel and let them air dry. Then brush them into place! You can also dry the lashes by using a hair dryer on the cool setting and blow them dry from underneath. It helps your lashes fluff back  up!

  • Use care when applying facial and eye creams to avoid the lash line. Use oil-free sunscreen and moisturizers. Too many oil-based products can break down the adhesive.

  • We recommend touch-up appointments every two to three weeks to maintain your new lash extensions.

Chemical Peel Care

Pre - Chemical Peel Care

One Week Before the Peel

1. Discontinue any topical prescriptions or any products containing Retinol or Vitamin A.

2. Avoid waxing, electrolysis, depilatory creams, and laser hair removal treatments

3. Avoid sun exposure (indoor and outdoor)

4. Do not receive Botox or dermal fillers

5. Do not have another treatment unless recommended

6. If you don't already have the appropriate products for your at-home skin regimen, expect to make the purchase at your peel appointment. The after care recommended to you by your Esthetician is absolutely vital to your skin's health pre and post skin treatments.

The Day of the Peel

1. Discontinue all use of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), beta hydroxy acid (BHA) and benzoyl peroxide

2. Stop any exfoliating products that may be drying or irritating

3. Men - do not shave the day of your peel

Post - Chemical Peel Care

Immediately Post Peel

After receiving your peel do not use any skincare products that have not been approved by your licensed esthetician or physician. Your treatment was finished with GLYMED products that are safe to be left on your skin for the evening. You may start your Post Treatment Regimen (prescribed by your esthetician) the next morning or as recommended by your practitioner.

IT IS CRUCIAL TO THE HEALTH OF YOUR SKIN AND THE SUCCESS OF YOUR PEEL THAT THESE GUIDELINES BE FOLLOWED FOR THE NEXT 5-7 DAYS:

1. Do not do anything that will cause your body to become heated or to perspire. This may lead to inflammation and/or breakout (Exercise, sauna, hot tubs, hot showers, etc.)

2. Always use warm water on your face and do not scrub. Avoid chlorine.

3. You may or may not experience some visual flaking or shedding of the skin approximately 2-4 days post peel. The amount of visual flaking is not indicative of your end results. If heavier shedding is present, do not under any circumstances, pick or manually peel the skin.

4. You must take precautions to avoid sun exposure in order to protect your skin as well as to get the full benefit of the peel. Peels increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Exposure to UV rays can cause hyper-pigmentation, freckling and sun damage. We recommend that you stay indoors as much as possible and use your GLYMED Photo-Age Environmental Protection Gel (Broad Spectrum Sunscreen) SPF 30 daily and reapply every two hours.

5. We suggest if you choose to apply makeup after your peel that you apply minimal makeup and/or use a mineral-based powder instead of liquid foundation.

6. Do not use any glycolic, retinol, or Retinol-A for 5-7 days or until your skin is back to normal. This is the reason you are to invest in your home-care regimen prior or at the time of your peel appointment as your esthetician will give you a step by step routine to follow post peel.

7. For men, do not shave for at least 48 hours post peel.

SLIGHT REDNESS OR SWELLING MIGHT OCCUR IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE PEEL. THIS USUALLY GOES AWAY WITHIN 24 HOURS. SOME CLIENTS EXPERIENCE TEMPORARY SKIN DISCOLORATION. YOU MAY HAVE AN AREA OF SCABBING OR CRUSTING IN CASES OF SEVERE SENSITIVITY, THIS IS VERY RARE. IF IT IS BOTHERSOME YOU MAY APPLY AQUAFOR (FOUND AT YOUR LOCAL DRUGSTORE) TO THE AFFECTED AREA. CALL YOUR ESTHETICIAN IMMEDIATELY IF ANY OF THESE CONDITIONS DO NOT RESOLVE WITHIN 24 HOURS.

For best results, a series of 6-8 peels at 2-4 week intervals is suggested. Using the correct at home care regimen to keep the results and corrections on going is also suggested. Your esthetician will help you decide which program works best for you, as they vary based on skin conditions.

Sunless Tan Care

Pre - Sunless Tan (Spray Tan) Care

THE NIGHT BEFORE YOUR TAN

  • Please shave a minimum of 24 hours prior to your spray tan appointment. All waxing should be done at least 2-3 days prior.

  • Exfoliate THOROUGHLY for optimal spray tan results – this is mandatory! This will remove dead skin and provide a new, smooth surface for your tan. Exfoliating helps to promote even coverage and lengthens the duration of the tan. Use a dry brush, exfoliating gloves and or a natural scrub sponge.

  • DO NOT USE DOVE PRODUCTS! Dove products leave a film on the skin that can prevent the spray tan solution from even and clean application. Opt for natural cleansing products that don't contain oils.

  • Moisturize any dry patches your skin may be experiencing after your shower but do not apply moisturizer to your entire body – this will create a barrier against the spray tan solution.

 

THE DAY OF YOUR TAN

  • Remove make-up, moisturizer, perfume and deodorant before you arrive to your appointment.

  • It is recommended that you wear dark, loose fitting clothing, such as a simple dress. Solution washes out of most clothing very easily but tends to stain nylon and Lycra materials

  • Decide how you'd like to tan. Many guests prefer to tan nude to prevent tan lines, however, those who do not typically wear a thong or G-string. If the latter is your preference, dark colored underwear and swimwear is recommended. *Pro tip: opt for a bandeau bikini top to avoid tan lines if you're going to wear your bikini during your spray tan!

  • A woman’s tan can be directly affected by her hormones. Considering her cycle, it can cause blotchiness or the color not to develop as dark as normally. It’s not common, but it can happen.

  • Bring a hair clip or hair tie to your appointment to hold up your hair.

  • If rain is in the forecast, bring an umbrella and be sure to wear a loose fitted long sleeve top or jacket, long loose fitted bottoms (such as sweats), and loose close-toed shoes (think Uggs, slip on shoes like Birkenstock Clogs, sneakers or Crocs with loos socks).

Post - Sunless Tan (Spray Tan) Care

IMMEDIATELY AFTER YOUR SPRAY TAN

  • For REGULAR tan solution – keep the tan solution on for 8 hours to fully develop. Rinse off at 8 hours. For best results t's best to not keep it on any longer than 8 hours.

  • For RAPID tan solution – keep the tan solution on for 2 hours for a light tan, 3 hours for a medium tan, 4 hours for a dark tan and up to 5 hours for a deep/"ultra" dark tan. Our personal fave is keeping this solution on for 4-5 hours. The tan develops in real time so you're able to rinse off once your desired tan shade is achieved. DO NOT keep this tan solution on for more than 5 hours – doing so will result in change of violet tones that cancel out any orange hues. Beware!

  • Avoid wearing socks or shoes after your tanning session in order to allow the tan to develop properly on your feet.

  • Avoid wearing tight clothing; it's best to wear the dark, loose-fitting clothing you wore to your spray tan for the remainder of its processing time until you rinse off. If that is not feasible, at the very least avoid wearing tight clothing for at least 5 hours. This includes tighter-fitting jeans, bras, spandex, tight blouses and shoes/socks.

  • Avoid applying moisturizers or deodorants until after you rinse your developed tan.

  • All swimming, showering and vigorous exercise must be avoided as sweating can inhibit the development of your tan. All activities may resume after developed tan is rinsed after the designated develop time. Avoid sweating!

 

REMEMBER

  • As you rinse off after your spray tan develops, you will probably see some color wash off. Don’t worry. This is quite normal as it is only the color guide that the spray tan technician uses when the tan is applied. You will be left with a gorgeous tan.

  • Avoid using abrasive scrubs/scrubbers and exfoliants during your shower - this includes shaving (avoid it for at least 24 hours post tan). It's best to use your hands to apply your body wash! Pat dry or air dry your body post shower & MOISTURIZE!

  • Be mindful of your shower's temperature as very hot showers can accelerate fading of your tan.

  • If you plan to lounge, nap or sleep with your tan and you have light-colored upholstery and or bedding, be sure to lay down a dark sheet or blanket you can lay on to prevent the transfer of your tan. Spray tan solution is washable for most material but not all.

 

MAINTAINING YOUR TAN

  • Moisturize daily! This will aide in the longevity of your tan but also directly affects how your tan will fade! Hydrated, moisturized skin will allow for even, subtle, often unnoticeable fading of the tan. Dry skin will often appear "splotchy" as the tan fades.

  • Long hot showers, hot baths, saunas, hot tubs, swimming pools, salt water (ocean) can/will reduce your spray tan's lifespan.

  • Opt for purchasing our "Tan Extender" moisturize. It's a 2 in 1 after care product that keeps your skin moisturized and hydrated but also subtly builds color back into your fading spray tan! You'll apply it daily, or as needed, just as you would any other body moisturizer.

Body Waxing Care

Pre - Body Waxing Care

You should NOT be waxed if you have the following:

  • Active cold sores or warts

  • Open wounds or lesions

  • Sunburn

  • Excessively sensitive skin

  • Dermatitis, Psoriasis or Eczema

  • Untreated skin cancer in treatment site

  • Rashes, allergies or sensitive skin reactions

  • Accutane use in the past 12 months

7 Things to AVOID Two Weeks Before Your Wax

It is crucial to the health of your skin and success of your hair removal that these guidelines be followed:

AVOID:

  1. Electrolysis, waxing, depilatory creams

  2. Laser or IPL treatments

  3. Chemical peel or microdermabrasion treatments

  4. Retin-A, Renova, Differin, Tazorac

  5. Products containing Retinol, AHA, BHA or Benzoyl Peroxide

  6. Exfoliating products that may be drying or irritating

  7. Sun exposure or sun burn

Come to your wax appointment:

1. In loose clothing

2. Bathed and lightly exfoliated

3. Ready to remove under garments if getting a Brazilian or Bikini wax.

Post - Body Waxing Care

To ensure maximum comfort and benefit after your treatment it is important to follow these steps

  • Avoid applying heat to the waxed area for 24 hours. This includes hot showers (warm is fine), hot baths, hot tubs, saunas, steam, etc.

  • Avoid swimming in chlorinated pools, rivers, lakes, oceans or dirty water for 24 hours.

  • Avoid sun tanning for a minimum of 48 hours. This includes any strong ultraviolet (UV) light exposure or tanning bed treatments. This also includes use of self-tanners or spray tans.

  • Do not exercise or engage in activities that cause heavy perspiration (including sex) for 24 hours. The perspiration may irritate freshly waxed skin.

  • Avoid applying highly fragranced products to the waxed areas. This includes scented lotions, anti-perspirants, cosmetics or feminine hygiene sprays. Use only products recommended by your professional such as Bush Balm Dark Spot Oil and or Ingrown Hair Oil.

  • Avoid using harsh abrasive or exfoliants in the waxed area. However, if you are prone to in-grown hairs, the day after your waxing treatments, you may exfoliate newly waxed area with a loofah and or Bush Balm's Exfoliating Scrub to avoid future problems.

  • Any pinkness of the skin is normal and should subside within 6-8 hours after treatment. Slighting pinkness is normal and indicates that the hair was removed from the root, rather than superficially broken off, as in shaving. This is the reason that professional waxing lasts much longer than compared to shaving results.

  • Feeling slightly sore and or tender after your Brazilian wax is normal and will subside in a few hours.

  • Wear loose clothing after your wax treatment.

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