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7 Tips to Know Before Waxing

by Sarah Ramirez
Esthetician at Ra

With the summer season upon us, your legs are bound to get more exposure in a day than they have all winter. But with shaving comes razor burn, and the hassle of daily, maybe weekly, shaving. Instead of becoming a slave to the razor, consider waxing. Waxing removes the follicle from the hair shaft, giving you a no-bump look to enjoy for weeks.

Here are 7 tips to remember before waxing:

  1. Make sure your body hair is at least ¼ to ¾ of inch long.
  2. Take some ibuprofen or Tylenol 30 min. prior before service to help prevent inflammation.
  3. For women, avoid waxing during your time of the month when skin is more sensitive.
  4. Give yourself at least two weeks if you’ve recently used Retin-A, Renova, Differin or Accutane.
  5. Limit UV exposure to 24 hours before and after waxing.
  6. Exfoliate before your visit to loosen up those hairs, and help make their exit easier.

After waxing, apply cold Aloe Vera gel if your skin is still sensitive after your visit. No hot showers, sauna, or gym for 24 hours to give your skin time to settle.

Ra uses two products for waxing services: Nufree and Cirepil. Nufree is a wax-free botanical hair removal system that is gentle and effective from head to toe and everything in-between. Nufree doesn’t actually contain any wax, honey, or sugar and is antibacterial and antimicrobial, which makes it perfect for sensitive skin. Cirepil is also good for sensitive areas, like underarms, the bikini zone, and Brazilian waxing. This wax heats at a low temperature and contains jojoba oil for client comfort.

When you’re ready to prep your body for the beach, make an appointment at Ra with one of our professional estheticians to make your waxing experience a little less painful. 

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Protect Your Skin from Sun Damage and UV Rays

by Silviya Redinger
Licensed Master esthetician and Esthetic
Educator from WA state

Aveda SunscreenWith the summer comes the beach, backyard BBQs, and pool time which means increased risk to exposure. The hours spent working on a sun-kissed glow can result in skin aging and some commonly side effects such as hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles.

Extra precautions are a must to protect your skin: wear protective clothing, hats, sunglasses and sunscreen. Some sunscreens can be harmful to the skin and complexion. It is recommended to avoid sunscreens that include fragrance as it can be photosensitizer, PABAs which are skin irritants, and Isopropyl Myristate which can be comedogenic. Mineral based sunscreens and sunscreens rich in anti-oxidants provide great benefits and protection from the UV rays.

For sunscreen to be effective it needs to be reapplied throughout the day. For example, it is recommended that SPF 30 sunscreen to be reapplied every hour and before and after taking a dip in the water. What does SPF mean? The SPF is the length of time a product protects the skin. So, if a person normally starts to turn pink in 10 minutes of sun exposure, with SPF 15 it will take 15 times as long, 2.5 hours

Using sun protection is essential to skin cancer prevention. Daily application of sunscreen is one simple step we can take towards being sun-safe.

Silviya Redinger is Licensed Master Esthetician at Ra, and Esthetic Educator from WA state. Book an appointment with Silviya for optimal skin recovery and protection.

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Simple Smokey Eyes

Aveda Eye DefinerWant to spice up your life? Planning a date night? Girls Night? Going to a party? It’s time to go BOLD! The “Smokey Eyes” look is the easiest way to look glam! All you need is Aveda’s Mosscara, Aveda Eye Definer Eye Pencil, Aveda’s Trio Eyeshadow and last but not least, Aveda’s Color Options Eye Shadow Transformer!

The beautiful thing about the “Smokey Eyes” look is you can play with different shades of darker eyeshadows that compliment your personal skin tone and personal style. I’m truly amazed how we can transform our look with makeup and I believe that we should be able to use every resource and tool to enhance our beauty!

Come see Ra’s Aveda’s makeup artist and schedule a makeup consultation.


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Makeup 101

Aveda Makeupby Aveda Makeup Artist, Jane So

We’ve all heard the phrase “true beauty shines from within”. Natural makeup is timeless! Everyone deserves to look and feel beautiful, and it’s important to learn what works for you!

The best way to instantly enhance your look is with simple mascara and eyeliner. These products really help define the shape of your eyes and make a huge impact to your overall appearance.

For lips, I love to choose tones that compliment your natural lip color. Lip products come in a variety of styles (glossy, matte, shiny, creamy).

For brows, it is important to frame the face properly with a simple eyeshadow that matches the color of your natural roots.

For skin, you should always use a skincare product with SPF 15 or higher! Sun protection is the easiest way to keep your skin young and radiant! One of my favorite products from Aveda is the Daily Light Guard SPF 30 face cream and the Mineral Tinted Moisture SPF.

Keep your makeup look simple and polished. You want people to think you woke up flawless.

Watch the video below for more makeup basics from Jane. 

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