Aftercare guides to help increase your treatment benefits
Aftercare advice maximises your treatment benefits and helps you to be aware of things that are not recommended. I will always give you aftercare advice after your treatment however the chances of you still being on a relaxation cloud are pretty high, so you will find my guides below and your aftercare can also be given to you in a leaflet form or send by message. It may seem like a list of 'Don't do's' however this is as I want your treatment to be fully beneficial for you. If you are unsure whether you need to avoid something not mentioned below, after treatment please ask as this list is not exhaustive.
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Straight after receiving a massage - this could be back massage, full body, aromatherapy or an Indian head massage you may find that you need to sit up slowly and give yourself a minute to adjust. For at least 24-48 hours after a massage I recommend the following :
Drink plenty of water after your treatment as this helps flush out toxins that were released during the massage. Eating healthy and light meals as your body will be working hard after a massage so eating lighter/Healthy helps your body with digestion. Avoid alcohol and caffeine. Avoid strenuous activity for 24 hrs.. Relax as much as you can after a massage as you may feel more sleepy than usual, you will probably sleep very well the night after a massage as your body & muscles have had chance to fully relax. To enhance your treatment please leave on the massage oil for as long as possible as they include essential oils which have added benefits to your body and wellbeing. DO NOT EXPOSE THE AREA TO THE SUN, some of the massage oils include ingredients that will make you sensitive the sun, leading to sensitive or possible burns. If any irritation is felt from the oils please rinse straight away, seek medical advice if the irritation continues and please let me know so we avoid this oil and ingredients in the future. Headaches are normal after a massage although some people never experience it, drink plenty of water to help reduce the symptoms.
After any kind of facial your skin can feel a little sensitive so there are a few things I recommend to ensure you get the full benefit of your treatment. If you had exfoliation and/or steam please avoid exfoliating for 2/3 days as your skin will be renewing itself and maybe more sensitive. Avoid exercise for 24hrs if you can as the erythema (redness) will be still underlying. Avoid steam rooms for 48 hrs. Avoid swimming for 24 hours this is down to the possible bacteria in the water on your freshly cleansed skin. Avoid make-up for 24 hrs unless it is mineral medical graded ( I can provide a medical grade powder foundation application, after the treatment, should you need coverage before leaving the salon.) Avoid touching your face and it is advised to wash make-up brushes every week especially after a facial. Keep up with any product recommendations and follow skin care advice morning and night. Don’t be scared if you break out in a few spots after a facial this is the bodies way of removing toxins you do not need and starting the skin renewal process. This can last a couple of days to week. For this reason, I do not recommend having a facial just before your wedding or special event encase. Keep up to date with facial appointments and never use body products on your face.
Gel polish -
Gel polish is designed to last up to 2 weeks depending on the quality of your nails and how you use them. Please avoid the following to maximise the durability of the gels : do not use your nails as tools e.g. to open things that potentially will damage them or cause them to split or snap. Wear gloves when using cleaning products as this reduces the life of the polish dramatically.
Soaking off at home: I do offer soak off in the salon, free of charge if the gel polish was done by myself. please allow an extra 15/ 20 mins for this. If doing at home there are two soak of methods you can use. First thing ACETONE will melt plastic, so NEVER POUR DOWN THE SINK as this will melt your pipes and cost you in plumber bills.
Method 1 - Gentle buff the top of the nail plate with a nail file to remove the shine of the gel polish. Then Pour acetone into a glass bowl and soak nails for 15/20 mins can take up to 45 mins. When the gel has melted using an orange wood stick gentle push the gel off your nail. Soak & Repeat until completely removed. Then apply hand moisturiser or cuticle oil to the nails, if applying nail vanish, swipe over nails with nail varnish remover before to take the oil off. Dispose of acetone by soaking up with kitchen roll and placing in a carrier bag then remove to your outside bin. Always soak off in a well ventilated area away from varnished surfaces.
Method 2 - Gentle buff the top of the nail plate with a nail file to remove the shine of the gel polish. Then get squares of tin/kitchen foil ready and 10 cotton wool balls. Soak the balls in acetone and apply to nail polish, secure the tin foil around your finger with the cotton wool ball held in place. Repeat this for all nails. keep checking if the gel has melted, repeat until gel has melted usually 15/20 mins can be up to 45 mins though. When the gel has melted using an orange wood stick gentle push the gel off your nail. Soak & Repeat until completely removed. Then apply hand moisturiser or cuticle oil to the nails, if applying nail vanish, swipe over nails with nail varnish remover before to take the oil off. Dispose of acetone by soaking up with kitchen roll and placing in a carrier bag then remove to your outside bin. Always soak off in a well ventilated area away from varnished surfaces.
After waxing your skin can be more prone to get an infection in the hair follicles. Please follow the advice to reduce the chances of this happening. The waxed area will have an aftercare cream applied after waxing, please keep this on as it has bacteria fighting properties within it, Aloe Vera gel is recommended for home use as this helps hydrate your skin and reduce inflammation. Please avoid tight leggings, tights, underwear and trousers for 24 hrs as this can irritate the skin if you have had your legs, bikini area waxed. For 24 hrs avoid perfumed products on the area, exercise, hot baths, saunas/steam rooms or showers, avoid deodorant on waxed underarms. Avoid friction to the area for 24 hrs , longer if the area still feels sensitive. Redness is normal in the waxed area for 24-48 hrs depending on your skin sensitivity. Avoid tanning and sunbeds for at least 48 hrs this is as the tan may settle into your hair follicles after waxing and sun exposure can cause sensitivity. Avoid makeup for 24 hrs if you have had any kind of facial waxing. Do not exfoliate for 48 hrs, however after the 48 hrs I recommend exfoliating a couple of times a week to help prevent in-growing hairs. Avoid swimming for 24 hours this is down to the possible bacteria in the water on your freshly waxed skin. Please note for waxing hair needs to be at least 1/2 cm long to adhere to the wax strip or wax. To maintain waxing I recommend an appointment every 4-6 weeks. You will get better results not shaving in-between waxing appointments. Sometimes it can take around 3 appointments to start getting the hairs in the growth hair cycle, please do not get disheartened if after a couple appointments you notice slight regrowth after a week or so. Small bumps, slight soreness and redness are common temporary reactions which should ease within 24-48 hrs.
Please note all tinting requires a patch test that must be done at least 48 hours before any tinting treatment to reduce the chances of having an allergic reaction to the tint. There are no exceptions!
Avoid make-up on the tinted area for 24 hrs e.g. mascara - eyelash tinting & eyebrow pencil - eyebrow tinting. Tinting will fade quicker if there is sun exposure, activities like swimming. Avoid further eyelash treatments for 48hrs after tinting unless the treatment is a combined treatment. Avoid waxing the area before booking in for eyebrow tinting, this can however be done after tinting.
I will try to take payment before we paint your nails if you are having a normal polish. This is to minimise the chances of smudging them. I will always encourage you to moisturise your hands daily with a hand cream and use a cuticle oil if your cuticles are very dry. If I find your skin is very dehydrated I may recommend using hand cream more or booking in for intensive hand mask and mitts treatment. Please ask for details as I can provide this on it's own if needed. No to use your nails as tools e.g. to open things that are likely to snap your nails.
After a pedicure I often recommend bringing flip flops (weather dependent) as this reduces the chances of smudging your nail polish. Between pedicure treatment times, If you are cutting your own nails, it is important to only cut straight across as this minimises ingrowing toe nails. Do not wear tight or ill fitting shoes as this will impact on your foot health. If you are diabetic I will require Dr's permission before going ahead with a pedicure. At least once a week I recommend putting foot cream on with socks to help moisturise your skin, to help them feel silky smooth.
Spa parties -
Child parties - If makeup has been applied please remove before bed with a flannel and warm water. Nail polish can be removed with cotton wool ball soaked in nail varnish remover, swipe over the nail to remove.
Adult parties - Please see above advice depending on the treatments you choose to receive during the party.
Please contact me should you have any questions regarding this list or anything not mentioned on it.
I take every possible care to make sure I follow safe practice, so I accept no liability for any injury or illness you may incur through my treatments unless it is as a result of my negligence. This includes your failure to inform me of any conditions which may result in an issue or not following appropriate aftercare.