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Aftercare Advice

  • How Should I Look After My Skin After A Facial?
    • Avoid wearing make-up for at least six hours after a facial treatment. • Always cleanse, tone and moisturise your face. To prevent loss of moisture, 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 (we recommend 6-8 glasses per day).
  • What Should I Do After A Dermaplaning Facial?
    Cleanse your face with a gentle cleanser Apply a hydrating serum or face oil After your treatment, follow a simple skincare routine but don't do any skincare on the night after your treatment. Use SPF Do not wear any makeup for 24 hours. Avoid touching your face. Avoid using harsh skincare products. Avoid chlorine and swimming pools for 24 hours. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated Get plenty of rest and relaxation. Don’t use retinol or glycolic acid. Don’t expose your skin to the sun. Don’t use hot water on your face. Don’t use harsh or abrasive cleansers. Don’t use a washcloth or scrub brush on your face. Don’t pick or scratch your face. Don’t book other facial treatments for two weeks. Do not engage in any strenuous physical activity.
  • What Should I Do After A Chemical Peel?
    Listen to Your Chemical Peel Provider For Your Tailored Advice. Wash Your Skin with Lukewarm Water Use Sunscreen Use Gentle Skincare Products Moisturize Using A Light Moisturiser Or Mist. Don’t Touch, Pick, or Scratch. Don’t Exfoliate Until Your Skin Is Fully Healed. Don’t Use Too Many Skincare Products. Wait 1 Week Or Until Skin Fully Healed Before Returning To Your Skincare Routine. Avoid Other Cosmetic Treatments Such As Botox, Filler & Facials. Don’t Expose Your Skin to Excessive Heat. Avoid Strenuous Physical Activity Until Your Skin Is Healed.
  • What Should I Do After A LED Facial (Light Therapy)?
    Use a Gentle Cleanser Follow With a Powerful Serum Look for a Soothing Moisturizer Avoid Sun For At least 48 Hours Always Wear SPF
  • What Should I Do After A MicroNeedling Facial?
    Sun protection As a general rule, you should reach for sunscreen constantly for the first 2 weeks after microneedling. Make sure to apply sunscreen whenever you go outside in the days following your treatment. Don’t spend prolonged time out in the sun for the first week after your microneedling procedure, as you’ll be more prone to sun damage than usual. Avoid infection Use any topical antibiotic cream that your doctor prescribes to avoid infection. Wash your hands before you touch your face. Don’t put on makeup, especially with a makeup brush that has been used before, in the 24 hours following microneedling. To protect your skin, you’ll also need to avoid swimming pools, saunas, and situations where you might sweat heavily, including intense workouts at the gym. After 72 hours have passed, you may be able to resume these activities. Skin care products to use or avoid For the first few days after your microneedling procedure, there are a few things to be aware of. Avoid exfoliants, retinols, and vitamin C Avoid any skin care product that contains harsh chemicals meant to exfoliate. Avoid anything that’s scented, and don’t use glycolic acid or alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). Retinol and vitamin C serum should be avoided for at least the first 48 hours after microneedling. Once 2 full days have passed, you might want to gradually add products back into your daily beauty routine instead of doing your usual regimen, especially if you use products that have strong anti-aging formulas. Cleanser and moisturizer options Run any cleansers, toners, or scrubs that you plan to use in the 2 to 3 days after microneedling by your dermatologist to make sure the ingredients won’t worsen side effects. Hyaluronic acid can be usedTrusted Source following microneedling, and it’s even recommended in some cases to help stimulate collagen production after your procedure. If your skin feels dry, it’s generally safe to apply coconut oil as an emollient to lock in moisture and hydrate your face after microneedling. Diluted, alcohol-free witch hazel may also be used to cleanse dry skin. It’s best to stick to using gentle, natural ingredients that you’re familiar with.
  • What Should I Do After A Microdermabrasion Facial?
    1. Adhere to the advice given Reactions to the crystal used are so rare but what you do to your skin after treatment is super important. Avoid anti-ageing creams or anything with active ingredients. Use something simple and soothing such as the SkinBase Moisturising cream with SPF. Remember, during microdermabrasion the outermost layer of skin is removed so your skin is more susceptible to the elements and you should avoid exposure to UV or any chemicals. 2. Avoid exfoliating skin products In the week after your treatment, we recommend avoiding exfoliating skin care products. Microdermabrasion helps to remove the outer layer of dead skin cells on your face and removes the protective layer from the top of your skin. After microdermabrasion, you’re left with fresh and healthy skin cells and exfoliating these cells can cause skin irritation or hyperpigmentation. Give your skin time to recover from the treatment before you go back to using exfoliating products. We also recommend using a gentle cleanser in the week after your treatment for the same reasons. 3. Use SPF & avoid the sun Use SPF 15+ (at least) throughout a course of microdermabrasion to protect skin and regularly apply moisturiser to replenish moisture. If your skin does feel hot or dry and itchy – splash with cold water and apply a recommended moisturiser regularly. We also recommend staying out of direct sunlight for at least 48 hours too as UV rays can damage your skin and slow the healing process down. If you can’t avoid this, wearing sunscreen is the best way to protect your skin. 4. Moisturise Moisturiser helps to lock moisture into your skin and helps to protect your skin by providing a barrier between your skin and harsh environmental agents. This will help to maintain the results of your treatment and keep your skin looking fresh and smooth. Moisturising should be part of your skincare routine anyway to keep it looking healthy and to protect your skin. 5. Avoid the gym or heavy exercise Your skin will be much more sensitive in the days after your treatment so avoid heavy exercise that causes you to sweat to avoid irritation for 24 hours. Can you wear makeup after microdermabrasion? Try not to schedule your microdermabrasion treatment on the same day as a big event. You can expect to see some redness in your face which will fade quickly. You can wear makeup after your treatment but we recommend waiting for 12 hours. If you do decide to wear makeup during that time we recommend using mineral makeup as this is less likely to cause irritation. What to do after microdermabrasion For 24 hours: No swimming, facial waxing or fake tan application Up to 48 Hours after: No sauna, sun beds or sun exposure. No botox, collagen injections or dermal fillers. For 72 Hours: Do not use any anti-ageing creams, AHA’s, glycolics, retinol or exfoliating products. At all times during a course, apply SPF 15 (at least) and avoid UV exposure. Regular moisturiser applications are vital to replenish the skin and prevent it becoming dry and peeling. In short; avoid chemicals, heat treatments, UV exposure and apply your moisturiser regularly with an SPF of 15 or higher!
  • What Should I Do After Having My Make up Done?
    If any soreness, severe itchiness or swelling occurs please remove the makeup immediately using cool damp cotton wool and apply a cold compress if irritation persists. If irritation still persists after 24 hours please contact Emilie and/or your GP immediately. Avoid the use of saunas, swimming pools and sun beds to prevent makeup from wearing. Avoid touching the face to prevent wearing. To retouch lipstick use a lip brush to keep the accuracy intact. If areas of the face produce oil whilst wearing the makeup you can gently apply powder or bolt the skin using blotting papers. Remember to always remove all makeup at the end of the day using an eye makeup remover, facial cleanser and toner. An oil based eye makeup remover is recommended for easy removal off false strip eyelashes, mascara and eyeliner.
  • How Should I Look After My Lash Extensions?
    1. Do not get lashes wet for 24-48 hours, this includes steam! Steam can sometimes be worse for your lashes than water so this step is really important! 2. Do not use mascara or oil base products around/on your lashes/eyes. 3. Do not rub your eyes! 4. Do not pull lashes out, if they're irritating you please book in for a removal! 5. Please brush your lashes every morning and night! 6. Brush lashes after they've been in contact with water/steam e.g a shower or bath. 7. When cleaning your lashes, use a special lash extension cleaner. I sell lash shampoo on my treatment aftercare page:)
  • How Should I Look After My Brow Lamination?
    As part of your eyebrow lamination aftercare, it is crucial that you: Avoid getting the brow area wet for 24 hours Avoid contact with direct sunlight, sunbeds, saunas, steam rooms and swimming pools for the next 48 hours Avoiding excessive rubbing or touching of the treated area for 24 hours We also recommend that you follow these guidelines in the run up to and the days after your BrowSculpt treatment: Avoid using exfoliating (be it AHA, BHA or scrubs) and anti-ageing skincare around the brow area for three days either side of your treatment Avoid fake tanning products (including gradual tan) on the face for three days either side of your treatment, as it can discolour the eyebrow tint (unless you’re after khaki coloured brows) Your stylist will apply some make up at the end of your treatment, however you should avoid applying any further heavy make up (foundations, etc) on the area around the brow for 24 hours You should avoid getting your brows wet for the first 24 hours after your treatment. Coming into contact with water could interfere with the lamination process and impact the longevity of your treatment. Avoid swimming pools and baths for 24 hours and be extra careful in the shower and when washing your face (avoiding if possible). Your stylist will apply some make up to complete your BrowSculpt treatment. After that, we recommend that you avoid applying any heavy make up around the brow (such as foundation or concealer) for 24 hours after. The hair follicles can remain open for a while after hair removal, so if you are prone to sensitivity or breakouts, you may find that heavy make up could clog the pores. After hair removal, the skin can be left sensitive and prone to irritation from heat. For this reason, you should avoid sunbeds for at least 48 hours after your brow lamination treatment.
  • How Should I Look After My Lash Lift?
    The longer lashes are, the better the lash lift and tint results. Follow the aftercare routine below to make your results lasting: Day 1: Don’t rub or wet your lashes within 24 hours Don’t apply any products such as makeup, face cream or any conditioning oils Don’t use face steamer or sauna Day 2: Don’t rub your eyelashes Don’t use face steamer or sauna Day 3 +: Don’t rub your eyes or eyelashes Don’t use oil-based products or conditioners such as castor, coconut, jojoba oil Don’t use a waterproof mascara Use gentle foaming facial cleanser Use oil-free eyelash enhancing serum Brush your lashes gently to retain the shape
  • How Should I Look After My Tint?
    DON’T expose your freshly tinted brows to water or moisture for 24 hours after your appointment. This means swimming, long showers, or heavy workouts that could make you sweat need to wait. 💦 DO apply a brow serum to continue to care for your natural brows. (Just wait 24 hours after your first appointment before applying.) DON’T go out in the sun for lengthy periods of time without protecting your brows. If you must, try to get in the shade or wear a hat. 👒 DO cleanse your brows daily with an oil-free cleanser like our Lash Detox Foaming Cleanser. It’s safe to use on tinted brows and will keep them squeaky clean and fight off dullness, locking in that bold and beautiful color. DON’T overexpose your tinted brows to chlorine. Too much underwater swimming in chlorine-treated water can hurt the longevity of your lovely tint
  • What Should I Do After A Waxing Service?
    Please follow the guidelines below to ensure your skin is cared for properly over the next few days. 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. If you experience persistent redness or irritation, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Keep the waxed area clean, and avoid heat and friction during the next 24 - 48 hours. This means: No hot baths or showers (cool to lukewarm water only). No saunas, hot tubs, massage or steam treatments. No tanning (sunbathing, sun beds or fake tans). No sport, gym work or other exercise. Avoid scratching or touching the treated area with unwashed hands. Wear clean, loose fitting clothes. 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. To soothe and protect the skin, apply an antiseptic cream to the waxed area regularly for 3 days following your treatment. Always wash your hands before applying any product. To prevent ingrown hairs: starting a few days after your appointment and then continuing a couple of times every week, exfoliate the areas you get waxed using a dry brush or exfoliating mitt. Take the brush and just before you step into the bath or shower gently brush the area you get waxed whilst your skin and the brush is dry. After you’ve bathed/showered, apply some baby oil or E45 lotion to the waxed area. Moisturise every day to keep the skin supple and help new hairs to grow through normally. Don’t exfoliate too much or too rough as this can graze the skin and cause ingrown hairs. 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 get on a growth cycle that gives best results. You will need at least 3-4 weeks growth of hair before it can be successfully removed by waxing; Please do not shave between your appointments. To maintain your smooth appearance, I recommend regular waxing every 4-6 weeks Thank you for choosing me for your waxing service. Please follow the guidelines below to ensure your skin is cared for properly over the next few days.
  • How To Look After My Nails?
    Keep fingernails dry and clean to prevent bacteria from growing under your fingernails. Wear cotton-lined rubber gloves when washing dishes, cleaning or using harsh chemicals. Use a sharp manicure scissors or clippers. File your nails 2 times a week if you find it difficult to cut your nails. File in 1 direction, away from your body. Use cuticle oil on nails daily!
  • What Should I Do After Having Acrylic Nails Put On?
    Be gentle with your acrylic nails for the first 24-48 hours after they are applied. Always remove acrylic nails properly with acetone nail remover. Use suitable moisturisers to prevent lifting. Maintain acrylics every 2 weeks. Protect your nails by using gloves when doing housework and garden work. Stay away from heat and fire, this may cause your nail extensions to melt. After acrylic nail removal, file and buff your natural nails to reduce breakage, apply conditioning cuticle oils and serums to strengthen the nail’s base, wear a nail strengthener, and use a nail repairer on broken nails or hangnails.
  • What Should I Do After Having Builder Gel Nails Put On?
    To keep builder gel nails looking great for longer, there are certain activities to avoid - such as washing the dishes without gloves. Other than avoiding damaging activities, make sure you regularly moisturise the nails, resist the temptation to pick or peel off the product and don’t forget about regular maintenance. These simple steps will help keep builder gel nails looking great for longer.
  • How To Look After My Gels?
    Apply cuticle oil to your nail beds every day Do not file your nails unless absolutely necessary. If you need to, take care to file gently and always finish in a downward direction Always wear gloves when doing general household cleaning and gardening, hobbies that are rough on your hands or use harsh chemical products Avoid using your nails as tools to pull open or pick at anything Take care not to use any products that could contain solvent oils, which causes major damage to the colour. These oils can be found in certain sun tan oils and insect repellent (Deet) To avoid the colour fading on holiday make sure you wash any chlorine off your hands after swimming and dry your nails before sunbathing If any lifting occurs make sure you don’t pick or pull at the nail. Call us so that we can assess the nail and decide if a repair is necessary To hide grown out gels add a dab of glitter to the base of each nail and blend up. This not only looks pretty but means you can put off getting refills for another few days Before your next treatment be sure to book in a gel removal to ensure no damage occurs on the natural nail
  • What Should I Do After My Makeup Lesson?
    After a lesson I recommend these 3 things..... Take plenty of photos and videos so you can remember the looks Place orders on any of the products you liked! Keep in contact with your teacher so you can always ask advice!
  • What Should I Do After A Massage?
    1. Water is your post-massage best friend If we had to choose just one piece of massage aftercare advice, it would be this: drink plenty of water. Why drink water after a massage? Well there are a bundle of reasons. During a massage, built-up toxins are released. That’s great, but they need to be expelled from your body. Your kidneys do the brilliant job of eliminating toxins from your system and they need water to work and push these free radicals out. If you’re feeling lingering soreness after a deep tissue massage, water is also the primary solution. Simply drinking some extra water can help to shift soreness. Massages can also be quite dehydrating. They usually take place in a nice warm environment and your massage therapist is actively encouraging your soft tissues to expel water. So the best thing to do after a massage is to have a lovely long drink of water to get your hydration back up. 2. Stay relaxed One of the best ways to capitalise on the post-massage wonderful feeling is to actively choose to stay relaxed. Don’t rush back out into normal life. Instead, have your massage at home where you can stumble into bed or to the couch for a little while. We also really recommend relaxing the mind as well as the body. Put on some peaceful music, meditate, or simply read a good book. Another simple trick is some basic deep breathing. You’ll feel centred and calm. 3. Avoid alcohol or caffeine We promise that abstaining from caffeine or alcohol for at least 12 hours or so after a massage will make you feel fab. Both are dehydrating and won’t help your body eliminate the toxins that are on the move thanks to the massage. 4. Take it easy We’re also giving you permission to skip that run or trip to the gym in the next 12 hours. Strenuous activity is best avoided for 12-24 hours after a massage as it will help ensure you benefit from relaxed muscles and overcome any lingering soreness. Getting back to high impact activity straight after a massage will simply halt the good post-massage feeling you’re trying to hold onto. 5. But don’t stay too still However, whilst we recommend some relaxation and avoiding strenuous activity, don’t stay completely still either. If you’re back at a desk or screen, make sure you get up and move about occasionally. In the few hours after a massage, do some gentle stretches. This is one of the top tips we give people for how to relieve pain after massage. Move around, or go for a gentle walk. Hold stretches for around 30 seconds each to ensure they are most effective. 6. Book another massage! Mentally you’ll hold onto that post-massage feeling longer if you know you’ve got your next massage already booked in. You can look forward to knowing that it won’t be long until you are in blissful massage heaven again. So, book in your next at-home massage. 7. Listen to your massage therapist There are lots of different types of massage. At Secret Spa we offer massages ranging from vigorous deep tissue massage to utterly calming hot stone massage. Or maybe you’ll choose a sports massage or a pregnancy massage. Whichever type of massage you choose, your professional massage therapist will give you tailored post-massage aftercare advice. 8. Correct your posture A massage can really help to loosen muscles, enabling you to avoid the niggling pain of poor posture. However, if immediately after a massage you simply go back to your old poor posture habits then the same issue will build up again. Use the post-massage hours to keep your posture in check so that muscles relax into place with ease. Mentally scan your body. If you can feel a tense muscle then consciously relax it. If that’s tricky to do, tense the muscle more first and this will help you to actively relax it. 9. Don’t overeat Many of us associate the treat of a massage with the treat of something yummy but naughty. However, overindulging can swiftly eliminate the good feeling from your massage. Instead, eat lightly and nutritiously. Your knowledge that you are treating your body in the right way, without processed sugars or carb heavy meals, will add to your sense of wellness. 10. How to relieve pain after massage If you’ve had an intense deep tissue massage, or your therapist was working hard on a particular tense spot, you may be experiencing some discomfort. Pain after a massage isn’t a bad thing per se. Headaches, soreness and sluggishness are all normal after-effects of a good massage, particularly a deep tissue one. They can be signs that muscle tenseness has been released and toxins are making their way out of your system. But it’s important to know how to relieve pain after a massage so that you can get back to basking in your post-massage glow. All of the tips above will help. However, in addition, don’t push yourself. You can use an ice pack or soothe sore muscles in the bath. If it’s a headache that’s plaguing you then drink plenty of water. Some residual soreness, mild headache, increased urination and thirstiness are all normal. But if you are worried then you should get in touch with your massage therapist, or speak to a doctor. Feeling re-balanced will come soon.
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