Why should I get a facial?
Professional facial treatments can assist you in resolving current skin care concerns, as well as preventing future ones. With thorough professional cleansing, exfoliating and nourishing, your skin is better able to perform its natural functions. The products you use at home will also be more effective when skin is in proper balance. Facials are also a very relaxing form of self-care with benefits that go far beyond your skin - touching mind and spirit, as well. Autumn Moon facials are also customized to your individual skin, helping you to see better results.
How often should I get a facial?
For best results, it is optimal to get a facial once a month. Our skin cycles in the same rhythm as the moon - regenerating itself approximately every 28 days. Flowing with these natural rhythms helps to achieve the best results. Skin also changes with the cycle of the seasons. Getting a facial at the beginning of each season - as well as modifying your home skin care routine - will help your skin to adapt and stay in balance with the weather.
What makes a facial "holistic?"
Facials traditionally include cleansing, exfoliation and additional products to treat your skin on the surface. Holistic facials approach your skin care concerns, not only based on what is happening on the surface, but what is happening as a whole that could be affecting your skin. Holistic aestheticians take into account a myriad of things that could be impacting your skin, such as stress, lifestyle, sleep and emotions. Facial treatments include different techniques and modalities to help address these issues, too. This could be through ways such as aromatherapy or energetic touch. .
Do you do facials for men?
Of course! Men have skin, too! I also offer "manscaping" - hair removal and brow grooming for gentlemen.
How should I care for my skin in between treatments?
I always tell people that 95% of your skin care results are based on good home care. While professional treatments accelerate your results, and help to guide you in the right skin care direction, the products you use in between facial treatments are super important. I can help you select products that are suited to you to give your skin the unique support it needs.
Can I get a facial when pregnant or nursing?
Absolutely! Unless your doctor recommends otherwise (please always check with your doctor), it is safe to get a facial when pregnant or nursing. While I recommend being very prudent with products that you use on your body during pregnancy (especially during the first trimester) and nursing, there are many safe, gentle, natural nourishing products that can help support skin during pregnancy and beyond.
Are your facials vegan?
While all of the products I use in my treatments are natural, some do contain ingredients such as milk and honey. However - I LOVE MY VEGAN FRIENDS and I can customize a vegan facial for you. I also offer vegan products so that you can continue your healthy skin care at home.
Are your facials gluten-free?
While I do use some natural products that are not gluten-free, I do also use many that are. I can customize your facial to include only gluten-free products. I can also assist you with selecting gluten-free products to use at home.
How long should I grow out my hair before my wax?
Hair needs to be approximately 1/4 inch or longer for your wax to be successful. This is approximately 2-4 weeks of hair growth. Wax cannot grab onto shorter hairs.
How long will my wax last?
Your first wax should last approximately 3-4 weeks. The more you wax, your hair will grow slower in between and you can stretch your appointments out to about every 4-6 weeks. Please keep in mind this is just a general guideline. Your hair growth is unique.
Can I shave in between waxes?
You can shave, however, make sure your hair has grown back to at least 1/4 inch before booking your next wax.
Will waxing make my hair grow back darker or thicker?
No. Only hormonal changes can do this.
Does waxing hurt?
Waxing can be uncomfortable for some, as the hair is being pulled from follicle by the root. This discomfort can be increased when you are on your moon cycle, due to hormonal shifts. However, waxing gets easier with time, and I use wax that minimizes the pain and discomfort.
What kind of wax do you use?
I use a natural blend of rosin and beeswax that also includes soothing plant oils. Depending on the area, I will use either a low-temperature hard wax or a soft wax with natural cotton strips.
I have sensitive skin, can I still get a wax?
If you tend to have reactive skin, you may want to avoid waxing. I can perform a small patch test to determine your skin's compatibility. Regardless, ANY skin can react to waxing with red bumps and irritation. It is the skin's natural inflammatory reaction to the hair root being pulled from the follicle and, eventually, calms down. If you tend to have red bumps or ingrown hairs from shaving, you will likely also get them from waxing. I can recommend post-wax home care to minimize irritation and, also, prevent ingrown hairs.
Is waxing sanitary?
Yes, when performed with the correct procedures. I wear disposable gloves for each service and fresh waxing sticks for each "dip" into the wax pot (no double-dipping). If you ever see a therapist double-dipping a wax stick into their wax pot - run.
How will I be draped and what should I wear for more personal waxing services (i.e. bikini wax)?
My goal is to make you as comfortable as possible for any waxing service. You will be draped with towels so that only the area I am working on is exposed. There is no need to wear any special garments. I provide disposable undergarments. I take waxing very seriously and professionally and I promise to make the experience a relaxing one for you.
Can I get waxed when I am pregnant?
Absolutely! As long as I can reach it, I can wax it! :)
What about medications?
Yes. If you are currently on Accutane, or have been on it within the last year, you should NOT be waxed due to the changes it creates in skin. If you are using a retinol (such as Retin-A), glycolic, salicylic or other acid based treatment or have received chemical peels, you should not be waxed for 2 weeks after discontinuing use or after treatment. There are also other medications that could contraindicate waxing.
Can I get a wax on my moon cycle?
Yes. Hormonal shifts may make it a bit more uncomfortable and post-wax irritation may be increased, but just use a tampon and you can wax. :)
Can I wax after tanning or being out in the sun? What about before?
No. Sun and tanning bed exposure increases the risk of skin "lifting" (which means pulling off - eek!) during a wax, which can result in scabbing, infection and scarring. Do not wax until after 48 hours after sun or tanning exposure. And if you are sunburned or peeling - DO NOT wax at all until your skin is fully healed. You should also wait to go out into the sun or a tanning bed for approximately after waxing, as it makes skin more photosensitive.
What should I do after a wax?
Relax! Your wax is over. :) But, you can expect some red bumps and minor irritation that could last for up to 48 hours. This reaction is normal and, with more waxing, is usually minimal.
For 48 hours post-wax, you should avoid activities that will cause you to sweat, as well as clothing that rubs against the waxed area. Refrain from hot baths, hot showers, pools and hot tubs. And, as noted above, avoid tanning and sun exposure for 48 hours.
What should I do about ingrown hairs?
Experiencing an ingrown hair is common with waxing. I can recommend treatments you can use at home to minimize and treat them.