Make Sure Your Waxing Services are Safe and Legal


I know everyone is trying to save money these days but when it comes to waxing, the savings may not be worth the risk.  Nail Salons are now offering cheap waxing services, and it’s so convenient and inexpensive to get your eyebrows waxed when you get your nails done. But before you do, here are a few things you may not be aware of:

  • Did you know that in most states, including Pennsylvania (where I live and work), anyone performing waxing services is required by law to have a state issued license?
  • And, did you know that the only licenses issued in PA that permit  waxing are those held by Hair Stylists and Estheticians?
  • That means the person giving you a manicure or pedicure may be licensed for nail services only. Unless the person doing your nails  has a Cosmetology License  (which includes hair, facial, nail, make-up, and waxing services) or also holds an Esthetician License, he or she is not permitted by law to perform any waxing services.

But, does it really matter? Absolutely! Waxing may look easy, but if you’ve ever tried waxing at home you know it’s not! If the person providing your waxing services doesn’t have the necessary education, your waxing could be quite painful, ineffective and could cause bruising, bleeding burning or tearing of the skin. With professional training and by following the proper protocol, waxing is a safe easy way to remove unwanted hair.

Waxing removes skin cells along with the hair, and the use of certain acne and anti-aging medications, getting a facial peel and even having a mild sunburn could cause problems ranging from very mild to serious. And if you take blood thinners or have a bleeding disorder, you could be at risk for excessive bleeding.  In order to insure a safe, successful waxing, your service provider needs to ask some questions before your service. The following is a partial list of waxing contraindications:

  • Using prescription skin medications like Accutane, Differns and Retin A.
  • The use of over the counter skin care products like glycolic acid or salicylic acid.
  • Taking  blood thinners or anyone with a bleeding disorder.
  • Taking drugs for autoimmune diseases like lupus.
  • Sunburned skin.
  • Facial peels , microdermabrasion or laser resurfacing.
  • Using skin bleaching products.

The effects of waxing, as well as many of the things we do that exfoliate our skin, are cumulative and with repeated waxing, the skin can become thinner and more sensitive. This means even if you’ve had no previous problems waxing while using acne meds or other exfoliating products, there’s no guarantee it won’t happen in the future. In fact it most likely will.  And it could result in tearing, burning or scarring of the skin.  You could also be at risk for contracting an infection, particularly  if your service provider is not practicing proper hygiene (no double dipping of the wax applicator. Ever!).

There are also after care directions you need to know about, including, but not limited to:

  • Don’t use any creams or lotions on areas that have been waxed.
  • No tanning for 48 hours after waxing.
  • For body waxing, no hot baths or hot tub.
  • No deodorant after underarm waxing.
  • No facial peels or microdermabrasion after facial waxing.

And just because someone has a license, doesn’t guarantee they are following     safe and proper practices. If your service provider doesn’t have a current Cosmetology or Esthetician License (ask to see it), or isn’t making  you aware of contraindications before every waxing service (we can’t know what changes you’ve made since we last saw you), find someone else to do these services for you.  It may be a little more expensive, but it will be well worth it.

Follow these links for a complete list of contraindications:                                                       


Welcome to my Skin Care Blog

My career as a licensed esthetician began in 2000 and since then many women (and a few men) have passed through my doors. Their questions, experiences and skin care issues are as unique as they are, and what I learn from them is as valuable to me as anything I try to teach them. But the most important lesson I hope to pass on is, be the best you can with what you have. There are many products treatments and procedures available, that are capable of making drastic changes in your appearance, but in my opinion they often come with a price.  The long term effects from over exfoliation with harsh scrubs and peels can actually cause damage to the skin resulting in accelerated aging. And many medical procedures and treatments have not been tested over a long period of time, so no one really knows what will happen to your skin in 10, 20, 30 or more years. Women today are being used as guinea pigs to create profit for the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry. So for anyone interested in maintaining healthy, beautiful skin without compromising your skins integrity, I invite you to follow this blog. I will offer tips and advice about how to best take care of your skin, to keep it looking beautiful not just for today, but for the rest of your life. My approach is focused on using products that are from nature, and treatments that are effective, but not aggressive. I encourage you to enjoy, share, comment, or ask questions about the information presented here. You can follow me by clicking on the link on the right side of this page and entering your email address. I promise I will never share or sell your email address to anyone.

Here’s to Happy, Healthy Skin………..Judy

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