Spa Treatment Preparation
Are you unsure how best to prepare for your next spa treatment? Read Girl on the Go's handy Spa Treatment Preparation Guide below. If you have any additional questions, do not hesitate contacting us by phone - 619.269.2693 - or email - email@example.com.
- Take an inventory of your skin. While our skilled estheticians will let you know the best treatment upon examining your skin, it’s best to already know which areas you’d like to target. For example: tone down oily skin, target acne prone areas, focus on lifting, deep cleansing with pore extraction, etc. Communicate this to your esthetician and your treatment will be specially catered to your needs.
- No scrubbing. Skip harsh cleansers or facial exfoliates before your treatment. Your facial will consist of exfoliation and most likely pore extraction as well, so leave the dirty work to us!
- Save new products for later. Just clean your face following your usual cleansing routine. It’s best not to experiment with new products right before a facial so that your skin can be examined in its “usual” state. Using new products may have adverse reactions on your skin (i.e. over drying, inflammation, etc.), so it’s best to hold off until after your treatment.
- Remove makeup. While estheticians will remove makeup for you before beginning your facial, you can arrive to the spa 5-10 minutes earlier and remove it yourself to save time. Or just arrive without makeup altogether.
- Take an inventory of your body. Massage therapists are trained to know where knots are, but it's still a good idea to communicate where you may need particular attention. For instance, based on your job, you're more likely to have knots in certain places. So don't be afraid to let your therapist know that you do something that often causes your knots.
- Prepare your body with a bath or shower. Bathing before your massage will warm you AND your muscles up, making you and your muscles more relaxed.
- Don't overeat right before your treatment. You may be uncomfortable during your massage if you're stuffed.
- Allergies to Oils, Lotions, Powders - The therapist may use oil, lotion or powders to reduce friction on your skin. If you are allergic to any oils, lotions or powders, tell your massage therapist, who can choose a substitute.
- Relax your muscles and your mind. Tightening up by contracting or hardening your muscles during the massage is counterproductive.
- Eat something light before coming in
- Wear loose fitting clothing (no jeans or yoga pants)
- Bring extra undergarments
- Be prepared to sweat
Event Make Up
- Come in with your beautiful bare face! We will provide any needed moisturizer and/or serums.
- Allow hair growth before waxing. Let your hair grow till at least ¼ of an inch before you decide to wax it. Do not shave between waxing appointments. If you do spot a stray hair, use tweezers.
- Cleanse your face. On the day before your waxing appointment, gently cleanse your face. This loosens up dead cells and lifts hair up from the skin.
- Take pain medication. If your pain threshold is low, you could take a painkiller about half an hour before waxing.
- Stay natural on the day of your waxing. This means no make-up and no creams on your face. The products will interfere with the application of wax.
- Hair must be at least half an inch long in order to be properly waxed (4-6 weeks is usually a good time frame).
- Wear something loose and comfortable. Avoid wearing leggings or tights jeans.
- Shower an hour before. The warm water will make it easier for hairs to come out, making the experience less painful.
- Exfoliate. Exfoliating gets rid of the dead skin cells in the area - excess skin can cause ingrown hairs, so getting rid of them makes it easier for the hair to come out during the process.
- Avoid moisturizer. Wax will not properly adhere to skin if there is an oil-barrier so try to avoid any types of lotions the day of your appointment.
- Some women with sensitive skin feel pain for a few hours after it's done, while others only feel it in the moment. If you're stressed about the pain, take something like Tylenol or Advil a half hour before your appointment.
After Your Wax
- Soothe the burn - Use aloe, cortisone or Neosporin afterwards to calm any redness or irritation.
- Prevent ingrown hairs. Maintain your wax and keep ingrown to a minimum by using an antibacterial body wash & exfoliating regularly.
- Don't sunbathe or exercise right after your wax – your skin needs time to calm down after its "trauma" and sweat and the heat of the sun won't help!
- Shower, exfoliate, and remove body hair before your tanning session. Do not use a moisturizing soap or body wash (especially Dove) before you tan. Use either a gel body wash or a bar soap with either nylon exfoliating gloves or a washcloth. Make sure you scrub your entire body well. Please don't use loofahs, as they make you streaky.
- Shave at least 6 hours before your appointment. If you tan right after shaving, your pores are wide open and you may get little dots on your legs!
- If your appointment is later in the day, you may need to shower before coming to remove any sweat and oils from the day.
- Skin should be clean and dry before being sprayed. Don’t apply moisturizers, oils, or makeup before your tanning appointment. They can effect tan development. (A little antiperspirant is fine, though)
- Wear dark, loose, easily cleaned clothing to appointment. Wear loose shoes. Bring an old swimsuit or undergarment to tan in (wool, lycra, nylon, spandex, silk, rayon, and leather can all stain).
- Style hair in a hair clip or ponytail so it will be off of face and neck.
- You will not be able to get wet or sweaty for at least 6 to 8 hours – so please plan accordingly.
- Bring a towel to cover leather or light colored seats.
- Wear loose fitting clothing for 6 to 8 hours, while tan develops.
- Don’t exercise, sweat, swim, or bathe for 6 to 8 hours.
- After 8 to 12 hours, shower normally. Don’t use exfoliates or abrasives.
- Wash with a mild shower gel or soap, preferably one that is moisturizing. Use a mesh shower poof or washcloth (gently). Do NOT use Dove soap or moisturizers! They have enzymes in them that will remove your tan.
- Color wash off in the shower is normal - this is only the color guide tint. Your tan will continue to develop over the next 12 to 24 hours.
- Pat (don’t rub) skin dry.
- Apply a moisturizer or body butter to shower damp skin. Moisturize again before bed with a moisturizer of your choice. (NOT Curel or Dove – these can ruin tans!)
- Apply moisturizer twice a day (after showering and before bed) and if you choose.
- Avoid exfoliating skin. Some products can cause faster fading – bar soaps, alcohol based products such as toners and astringents, products that cause exfoliation such as AHAs, BHAs, Retin-A, etc. (anti-aging, anti-acne, regenerating, renewing)
- Make sure that you shave with a sharp razor to avoid exfoliating skin.
- Hot tubs, swimming pools, and even extended time in the ocean will take off your tan.