Before and After Care
The duration of your Gel Polish or Enhancement very much depends upon how you will treat them.
- When doing housework or activities that excessively use your hands always wear protective gloves e.g. cleaning or washing up.
- Avoid using your nails as tools e.g. typing or opening cans, instead try to use your finger pads to prevent breakage.
- If your nails start to lift or come away, do not pull it or try to remove it yourself as this will damage your natural nail, instead return to myself, or a professional, to have it correctly removed and reapplied as water or dirt can get underneath and cause infection
- Apply cuticle oil daily
- If you want to you can carefully file your nails if needed, however this may cause lifting a
- If you wish to paint your nails always apply a base coat
- To remove nail polish use only a NON-ACETONE nail polish remover. Acetone will melt and loosen your extensions
- Avoid insect repellents or sun cream with DEET in them as this can cause lifting and discoluration
- Do not bite or pick at your extension
- If any adverse reactions occurs: rash, redness, inflammation of any kind around the nails please contact me immediately
- Tinted lotions, suntan creams and hair products can discolour your extensions so wash your hands thoroughly after use and use gloves to protect them
- Return for regular nail maintenance to keep your nails looking their best.
- Complete all hair removal at least 24 hours prior to your spray tan
- Exfoliate thoroughly before your spray tan, concentrating on dry areas; the elbows, knees and feet.
- Do not use any moisturising products on the day of the treatment (be careful with shower products as they may contain moisturisers or oils)
- Avoid Make up and perfumed products such as deodorant, perfume and body sprays on day of spray tan as this may may discolour or block your tan.
- It’s up to you what to wear for your tan. You can wear you own underwear/ swimwear/ hot pants, whatever you feel comfortable in (dark or old garments are best as the tan may stain them) alternatively I can provide disposable underwear or you are welcome to go topless/ naked if you don't want tan-lines.
- Having a Spray Tan when pregnant or during menstruation may result in a patchy tan due to hormones which may discolour or block your tan.
- Wear loose clothing and shoes for the first 6 hours after your tan (a dressing gown or loose pyjamas are perfect) so as not to get any smudges or rubs from tight waistbands etc.
- You can sleep in your tan before washing it off if you wish. The guide tan will come off on your sheets but it should wash out. Try and wear some old loose pyjamas and avoid touching your face (or partner!) etc during the night. (hard I know!)
- Avoid all water until you have washed off as this will take your tan off. This means no washing up ladies! If you need a drink remember to sip gently or use a straw so it doesn’t wash the tan from around your mouth. No-one wants a pale top lip!
- Avoid exercising until the guide tan is removed ( sweating will result in a lighter colour in those areas)
- Leave the tan alone for at least 6 hours after which time you can shower. The guide tan will wash off leaving a natural and even color. To remove the guide tan lightly wash away the product until the water runs clear. Ensure to wash all over, if you miss some of the guide tan you can look patchy, if this happens wash again until you've removed all the guide tan. Avoid scrubbing to hard and ensure to check the 'products to avoid' list. Some colour will wash off but this is just the guide tan.
- Once out of the shower Pat dry - do not rub.
- Avoid long soaks in the bath or swimming/ hot tubs (it will fade quicker) and make sure the shower water is not too hot as it will strip the tan faster.
- Apply a water based (not oil based) moisturiser daily to ensure the life of your tan, this will help it last longer, and fade more evenly and smoothly.
- Avoid excessive exercising or large amounts of sweating as it can cause your tan to fade faster, especially in areas where your body rubs/ touches eg. Elbow and underarm area.
- Avoid waxing products and hair removal creams as this will strip the tan in those areas.
-After the 2nd day of your tan begin to gently exfoliate to ensure an even fade
- Avoid harsh products that may reduce the life of your tan such as any oil based products or bleaching products.
These products can affect the life of your tan or the application/result. It is very important you avoid these products to get a perfect, even, long lasting tan.
- Dove soaps and shower gels (both before and after your tan)
- Imperial Leather products (both before and after your tan)
- Deodorants (if you need to wear deodorant before your tan make sure to remove it all before your tan, it's fine to apply after you've washed off the guide tan)
- Make up (Make sure it is all removed with a water based non scented remover before your tan. It's fine to wear it after your tan)
- Body spray, perfumes, and bug spray when they are sprayed directly on skin. Make sure it is removed before your tan. After your tan it is recommended that you spray your clothing or spray into the air then walk through.
- AHA and BHA products (both before and after your tan)
- Anti-acne or anti-ageing products that exfoliate or dry the skin after your tan
- Bar soaps (both before and after your tan)
- Oil based products such as moisturisers or make up removers (both before and after your tan)
- Retin-A products
- Body Hair Bleach Products
- Pore cleansing facial strips
- Toners containing Alcohols or witch Hazel
- Sunscreen or insect repellent that contains DEET
- Waxing products or hair removal creams (both before and after your tan)
Products to Avoid
- It is best to leave at least three weeks of re-growth before making your appointment to ensure the hair doesn't break during treatment. This will allow the wax to grip the hair effectively, pulling it from the root, which will ensure a smooth finish.
- Prep the area during the week prior to your appointment by exfoliating the area to be waxed. This will open up the follicle and minimise the chance of ingrown hairs occurring.
- On the day of your waxing appointment do not apply any creams or lotions on the area to be treated
- No spray tans at least a week before your waxing as the wax will remove the tan in that area.
For the next 24-48 hours:
- Keep the waxed area clean, and avoid heat and friction during
- No hot baths or showers (cool to lukewarm water only).
- No saunas, hot tubs or steam treatments.
- No tanning (sunbathing, sunbeds or fake tans).
- No sport, gym work or other exercise.
- Wear clean, loose fitting clothes to avoid friction on the area.
- Avoid swimming in chlorinated pools.
- Do not apply deodorants, body sprays, powders, lotions or other products to the area, other than those recommended by your therapist.
- Do not use exfoliating products (AHAs, scrubs, etc) and loofas for at least 24 hours after waxing as they might further irritate your skin.
Please note: some slight soreness, small bumps and redness are common and perfectly normal temporary reactions, particularly if this is your first wax. These symptoms should subside over the next 24-48 hours.
You may notice a small amount of re-growth after a week or so. It can take up to 4 treatments for your hair to fall into a synchronised growth cycle that gives the best results. Please do not shave between your appointments. If you would like to maintain your smooth appearance, I recommend regular waxing every 4-6 weeks.