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After Care Advice
If you have enjoyed one of our treatments, or you are thinking about visiting us, please take a moment to read the aftercare advice below. This is important so that you understand what should be done by yourself after a treatment in the interest of your personal well-being and to ensure you get the best results, maximising and prolonging the benefits of your treatment. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us straight away. Waxing Please note: slight soreness, small bumps and redness are common and perfectly normal temporary reactions and should go down within 48 hours. • Use an after-wax lotion or one containing aloe vera, lavender or tea tree to help soothe and moisturise the skin. Avoid perfumed lotions for 12-24 hours or until skin has returned to normal. • Keep the waxed area clean (try to avoid touching the area unless hands are clean). • Wear loose fitting clothes to your appointment for your comfort after the treatment. • Avoid excessive perspiration as moisture can cause bacteria to grow and your follicles will be open. You should avoid heavy exercise for 12-24 hours. • Avoid alcohol based deodorant for the same period of time as they can block the open follicles. • Hot baths and showers should also be avoided for 12-24 hours because heat can aggravate the skin and can lead to the open pores developing an infection. Warm showers are, of course, fine. Hot tubs, steam rooms and saunas should be avoided for the same reason. • Avoid over exposure to the sun and to sun tanning beds in the days after waxing due to skin sensitivity and the use of fake tanning products should be avoided for the same period as they will soak into the open hair follicles leaving an uneven tan. • Keep skin gently exfoliated starting from 48 hours after your treatment. This will help to avoid ingrown hairs which can occur after waxing. It is important to wait for this time period as the process of waxing itself removes dead skin cells and over exfoliation will cause irritation. Eyelash/Brow Tinting *A patch test must be performed at least 24 hours before these treatments • Avoid rubbing your eyes. • Avoid heat treatments or sunbathing for 24 hours, as this fades the tint. • Avoid putting your contact lenses back in for the rest of the day (lash tinting). • Do not apply make-up or receive any other eye treatments for at least 24 hours after your treatment. • Avoid swimming/sauna for 24hrs. • Although we do our utmost to make sure every trace of dye is removed, it is possible that residues may remain. • Oil based make up remover can cause the tint to fade faster. • Sun/UV lights can cause the tint to fade faster. • Lash colour will last between four and six weeks and brow colour 2 to 4 weeks. INK London Hybrid Gel Polish We are sure that you will enjoy your INK London gel manicured nails and expect the colour to last 14 days as long as you look after them by following our aftercare advice. • Apply hand cream daily and cuticle oil twice a day. This will help to nourish the nail and prolong your INK manicure. Nails in great condition will also help to assist when it is time for removal. We retail INK cuticle oil at £5 per 15 ml. It comes with a handy applicator brush and has been designed to work alongside your INK London hybrid gel polish. • Rubber gloves should be worn when washing up and during household cleaning as water and detergents will weaken the nails and have a drying effect on the skin. They will also impair your gel polish. • Gloves should also be worn when gardening or during other hobbies which may be rough on your hands • Your nails are not tools, refrain from using them as such eg. do not use your nails to open cans of drink. • Care should be taken after the use of sun tan creams and oils and insect repellents as they contain solvents which will cause damage to the INK colour. Please wash and dry your hands thoroughly after their use. • Chlorinated water in swimming pools will also affect the longevity of your INK London manicure so you should wash and dry your hands after swimming. • Some of the more delicate INK colours can fade if in contact with chlorinated water followed by excessive sun (bear in mind that chlorine is bleach and the sun will intensify the bleaching action). • If you wish to temporarily change the colour of your nails whilst wearing your INK manicure you can use nail enamel over the INK but please do not use acetone remover if you remove the polish between appointments. • If you notice any chips or lifting, please do not pick at or pull the coating off. You will cause damage to your nail. Please contact us so that we can assess the nail and decide if a repair is necessary. Repairs are chargeable at £2 per nail after the initial 3 days. Please note: Broken nails cannot be guaranteed against, even within the initial 3 day period. • Depending on your individual lifestyle, your INK manicure will require a fortnightly or three-weekly maintenance, as there will be obvious regrowth. At this point, we can either re-INK your nails (removing existing INK colour and applying a fresh, new colour) or remove INK completely. • Incorrect removal at home may cause damage to the surface of your nails. Please contact me to make an appointment to remove INK properly and safely using a professional remover. We will also give you a mini-manicure so that your natural nails look perfectly groomed! Manicure — OP I Lacquer • Apply hand cream and cuticle oil regularly. • Rubber gloves should be worn when washing up and during household cleaning as water and detergents will weaken the nails and have a drying effect on the skin. Their use will prolong the life of your manicure. • Gloves should also be worn when gardening. • Your nails are not tools, refrain from using them as such eg. do not use your nails to open cans of drink. • Allow adequate time after your manicure for your nails to dry. They may be touch dry as you leave but they can take up to 24 hours to dry completely. • An additional layer of top coat can help to strengthen your varnish in the days after your manicure. • When it is time for removal, use a non-acetone varnish remover. • Keep your hands and nails in tip-top condition by having regular manicures. Pedicure — OP I Lacquer • Apply a lotion to your feet regularly to keep them soft and supple. • Wear cotton socks as they allow the feet to breath and do not induce sweating. • Pay special attention to drying in between the toes after showering and bathing. • Avoid tight fitting footwear. • Do not cut the toe nails too short or down the sides as this will make them grow inwards. • Allow adequate time after your pedicure for your nails to dry and wear open toe shoes / flip flops home after your appointment. • Regularly treat hard skin on a gradual basis. • When it is time for removal, use a non-acetone varnish remover. • Have regular pedicures – Fortnightly if the feet need a lot of attention and monthly if they are in better condition. Facials • Avoid wearing make-up for at least 6 hours after a facial treatment. • Increase your water intake after a Facial, especially if it has included massage. • A facial is likely to have made you feel very relaxed, ensure you have ‘come to’ completely before driving. • Do not undertake any other facial skincare treatments within 48 hours of having a Facial. • Do not apply perfume or perfumed products to treated area within 48 hours of having a Facial. • Stay away from direct sunlight/sunbeds and heat sources e.g. saunas for 48 hours after having a Facial. • Do not apply any other exfoliating skincare products for 72 hours after having a Facial. • Cleanse, tone and moisturise your face daily. This is to prevent loss of moisture, to protect the skin from make-up and to keep the skin soft and supple. • Always remove all traces of make-up at the end of the day. • Drink plenty of water (Recommended 6-8 glasses per day). • Eat a healthy, balanced diet – Include at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables each day. • Always use an SPF. Massage Treatments After your treatment your body and mind will be relaxed. Massage is an aid to the body’s natural mechanisms to release stress, tension and toxins which have built up over time. To gain maximum benefit from your treatment you should follow this aftercare advice. • Drink plenty of water. This helps with dehydration, lost fluids, reduces soreness, reduces fatigue and helps eliminate toxins from your body • Avoid alcohol, smoking, tea and caffeine for 24 hours after treatment. They can have a dehydrating effect on the body and will reintroduce toxins to the body which is counter-productive. • Avoid eating a heavy meal. Eat a light meal so the body can concentrate on natural healing and encourage detoxification. • Avoid strenuous activity and take plenty of rest. • Do not shower or bathe directly after treatment. Allow the massage medium to be absorbed by the skin. • Avoid direct exposure to strong sunlight and do not use sun beds following the use of any oils. • Sometimes people experience some soreness for 24 hours or so after a massage. If you do feel sore or think that you might, stretch gently in a hot shower or take a warm bath. Remember to tell us about your experience so it can be taken into consideration in your next session. • Try to stay relaxed and keep warm after treatment. Take it easy if you can as this will assist the healing process. • Some people experience unexpected reactions after a massage (The Healing Crisis). It is not unusual to experience any of the following: cold like symptoms, increased sweating, a blocked or runny nose, headache, heightened emotions – high or low (e.g. crying or elation), feeling sleepy & fatigued or deeply relaxed, feeling irritable, feeling energized, a temporary worsening of symptoms, increased thirst, increased urination and sounder sleep. These feelings are normal and will be temporary as the body re-balances itself. If any of these feelings last for more than 24-48 hours or you have any concerns please contact us. • For long term results book in for regular treatments. • Support your body with a healthy diet and regular exercise Sunless Tanning In order to get the most out of your Moroccantan spray tan, we ask that you adhere to the pre and post treatment advice below. It will ensure that your tan is as perfect and long lasting as it can be. Pre-treatment • We recommend a patch test if you have never used any self-tanning products before or have sensitive skin. • If you are going to shave or wax, make sure you do so at least 24 hours before having your spray tan, as the product can collect in the pores leaving dark spots if carried out directly after hair removal. There is no requirement to have removed body hair, it will not act as a barrier to your spray tan. • To ensure even coverage prepare the skin by exfoliating the day before your tan. This exfoliation will also help to prolong the life of your tan. • Moisturise your body in the days leading up to your spray tan paying particular attention to drier areas; hands, feet, knees, elbows and ankles. • Do not use a body moisturiser on the day of your spray tan as this can cause streaking. A facial moisturiser is fine. Your therapist will apply a barrier cream to any dry areas of skin preventing gathering of the tanning product. • Do not use any other self-tanning products for the week before treatment. On the day • You can shower before your spray tan but please do not use rich, moisturising shower creams. A simple shower gel is fine. • Do not use a body moisturiser on the day of your tan. • Wear loose, dark clothing and sandals or flip flops to your appointment. The guide colour will transfer to your clothing but will wash out. • You will be provided with a wipe to remove makeup and deodorant. Please do not wear perfume on the day of your treatment. After Care • Once your therapist has dried you off you can get dressed but don’t wear tight clothes and avoid touching your developing tan. • Keep skin completely dry, avoid water contact. (Bring an umbrella if it’s raining as this will affect the treatment). • Do not apply any products over the developing tan. • Avoid other beauty or hair treatments whilst tan is developing. • Avoid activities that make you perspire whilst your tan is developing as perspiration can case streaking. • Moroccantan allows you to rinse the guide colour off after just 2 hours! If you choose to do this, do not wash your hair and do not use any shower gel. Just rinse in the shower until the water runs clear and then pat dry yourself. You can leave the guide colour on for 6-8 (depending on the formula used) and then shower and wash as normal. • Once you have bathed after the tanning session (after 6-8 hours), you can use perfumes, deodorants and makeup as you usually would. • Avoid swimming pools and bathing. Chlorine will prematurely fade your tan and may cause an uneven fade as will prolonged periods in water. • To prolong your tan and assist in an even fade, moisturise daily and avoid exfoliation. • Do not use lotions or creams on your skin which contain Alpha Hydroxyl Acids (AHA’s) or Glycolic Acid as they tend to exfoliate the skin. Use a neutralizing pH body wash. • Spray tan does not contain an SPF. You will tan through it which means you will also burn through it. Please continue to use an adequate SPF to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. *** In the event of an allergic reaction to any product, if symptoms persist, you will need to contact your GP and then advise us so that we can update your client record card ***
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