You’ve decided to book an appointment for our professional, affordable waxing services. But now you are wondering what you’ve gotten yourself into as the appointment approaches. First of all, don’t panic! We’re here to provide you with a comfortable experience that meets all of your needs. However, to help calm your nerves before your appointment, review these helpful tips to make your waxing service as stress-free and painless as possible. At Bombshell, we use our own signature techniques to perform practically painless waxing. Whether a lip or brow wax, a Brazilian Bikini, a heart-shaped landing strip, and even between the cheeks, our waxing and sugaring experts will make sure you feel beautiful and ready for any occasion.

Medications That Affect Waxing

Topical creams & gels that can affect facial waxing

Any prescription and over the counter Retin-A (Retinols, Retinoids, Vitamin A), Renova, Altinac, Avage, Tazorac (Tazarotene), Avita (Tretinoin), Azelex, Finacea (Azelaic Acid), Differin (Adapelene), Epiduo (Adapelene + Benzoyl Peroxide), Topical Antibiotics – I.e.: Clindamycin, Erythromycin, Metronidazole, Benzamycin (5% Benzoyl Peroxide, 3% Erythromycin) and Prescription Topical Steroid Creams

You must discontinue these medications 14 days prior to being waxed.

Systemic medications that can affect any waxing service

Accutane – Must discontinue medication for 1 year or more prior to being waxed.

Prednisone, Oral steroids and Oral Antibiotics – Must discontinue these medications 14 days prior to being waxed.

Blood Thinners – I.e.: Coumadin – Consult physician

Additional creams and serums that can affect facial waxing

Alpha-Hydroxy Acid, Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Hydroquinone, Over-the-counter Topical Steroid Creams

You must discontinue these products 48-hours prior to being waxed.

Popular skin care products

Pro-Active Skin Care – Must discontinue products 7 days prior to facial waxing appointment.

Rodan & Fields Skin Care – Must discontinue products 7 days prior to appointment. (Some of these products contain Retinoids. You must be off Retinoids 14 days prior to waxing the face.)

Obagi Skin Care – Must discontinue products 14 days prior to facial waxing appointment.

Laser resurfacing, laser hair removal, injectable fillers, and/or plastic surgery in the area to be waxed

You will need to wait at least two weeks post-treatment to be waxed. For chemical peels, Fotofacials, or other IPL light treatments, you will need to wait about seven days post-treatment to be waxed.

Waxing Tips: Before Your Appointment


The pain that is associated with waxing usually comes from the tension that builds from anticipation. The more relaxed you are, the less discomfort you will feel during your waxing service. Look at your waxing as a pampering experience!

For any waxing appointment

We recommend that you exfoliate the area to be waxed the night before your appointment. This will rid the area of any dead skin build up and greatly reduce the chances of ingrown hairs.

For any waxing service to be effective

You must have at least three weeks of hair growth or more. This is extremely important for first-time clients that have been shaving. We can’t wax stubble. Maintaining a waxing schedule of 4-5 weeks is very important because over time the hair releases from the follicle with ease and your growth will begin to thin out.

Don’t consume alcohol or caffeine before your waxing!

These can enhance the discomfort felt because they cause increased sensitivity. Save the partying for after your waxing service.

Take Advil

Take Advil (ibuprofen) 30-45 minutes before your service.

Sensitive skin?

If you have sensitive skin, topical numbing creams can be used prior to waxing. They are typically applied 30 minutes before you get waxed and worn into the wax room.
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Shy about waxing?

We understand that menstruation might make you shy about your bikini waxing appointment. Have no fear! We deal with this every day. You might be slightly more tender, so taking Advil prior to your appointment might help. We also offer freshening wipes and feminine products if needed.

Waxing Tips: Aftercare

Your first wax will remove the majority of hair that has grown above the skin. Because hairs grow in different cycles, your next few waxes will remove the hairs that were growing below the skin’s surface but have now sprouted above the skin. After three to four consecutive waxing appointments, all of your hairs should be growing in the same cycle resulting in longer lasting, smooth skin! Caring for the newly waxed area is incredibly important. The skin will likely be a little tender and red post-wax, but there are some steps you can take to make sure your newly waxed skin remains healthy and smooth.

Consistency is key!

Maintaining a waxing schedule is imperative to maintain a smooth waxing outcome. Shaving can cause more problems than it solves, so put the razor down.

Maintain a cleansing regimen post-wax

This will help to prevent ingrown hairs and clear dead skin cells from the waxed area to keep your pores healthy and clear

Use Finipil

We highly recommend that you use Finipil, a waxing aftercare product following your waxing service. Your hair follicles are open for 24-hours post-waxing. This post-treatment cream kills 99.999% of bacteria which prevents infection of the empty hair follicles. It cools by dropping the temperature of the empty follicle, freezing away swelling due to water retention, hot showers, or physical workouts. Finipil also protects against and reduces the chance of ingrown hairs and redness.

Avoid wearing tight underwear

Avoid wearing tight underwear for 2-3 days post bikini wax. Your simple cotton panties will be ideal.

Workouts, friction, etc. after waxing

Sweat, friction & bacteria can increase the risk of irritation or infection. Refrain from exercising & intercourse for 24-48 hours after being waxed.

No tanning beds or hot tubs

DO NOT use tanning beds or hot tubs for at least two days post-wax.


After two days, start using the complimentary exfoliating glove we send home with you on the areas waxed to help combat ingrown hairs. You need to be doing this every day.

Waxing Tips from the Professionals: Preparation and Aftercare

Waxing provides you with smooth skin because it is hair removal and physical exfoliation all packed into one! Contact us today to set up a professional, practically pain-free waxing service at one of our many locations!