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Is there anything I need to stop using before a chemical peel?

Yes, if you're using any products with Retinol/Vitamin A it is best to discontinue use for two weeks before and after any peel treatment.


What is the down time with PCA peels?

Not much at all! Most clients experience a light dandruff like flaking about 2-4 days after a peel, and this usually lasts a few days. It is mostly noticeable to the client vs outside people.


What is the aftercare for a peel or an exfoliating facial?

For 48 hours you should avoid direct sun, heat, and exercise. This includes face washing and showering... warm water is ok but best to refrain from hot. For the week following treatment, avoid direct sun as well as anything exfoliating.. this includes brush exfoliation.


How often should I have a peel treatment?

PCA recommends every 3 weeks for optimal results. I recommend 3 weeks and no more than 4. The reason behind this is for the maximum benefit of cell renewal 28 days is the magic number we want to hit for the best progress.


When should I stop getting peels and other skin treatments?

To this question I say... What would happen to our bodies if we only exercised to lose weight and then stopped forever? We would go back to looking just as we did before the exercise regimen, correct? Well, it's the same with your skin. Your progress will disappear if you stop caring for your skin. Sure, you will see results in a few short treatments, but we are aging every day... not the opposite, so it's important to be proactive and preventative in your skin care.


What are your thoughts on home care?

This is 60-70% of your battle. If you went to a personal trainer once a month you would probably feel stronger for a few days... maybe a week tops, but after that you would weaken with no daily training routine of your own. Your skin needs love every day from you, just like your muscles!


How quickly will I see results?

If you are coming in for extractions, you will see a change immediately in the clarity of your pores. If your coming in for acne, give it one or two sessions with me and you will see a great difference, enough that you will be excited of what's to come, and for many of my clients your skin will be up to 75% better just after 1-2 treatments combined with prescribed home care. By sessions 3-6, you will have very different skin. If you're coming in for sun damage and scarring, that might never disappear completely BUT it will fade... for this, some people whose marks are not too dark or old, might see a difference after even one treatment, but most people I say give it 3-10 sessions (this varies widely depending on existing damage, age, and skin type). Although, after just ONE peel you will most definitely see a change in the texture, smoothness, and radiance of your skin!




What exactly is a brazilian wax?

A Brazilian wax is the complete removal of the hair on the pubic region, the labia and the butt strip.  You do have the option, however, of either going completely bare or leaving a small landing strip or triangle of hair above the vaginal area.


​How long does the hair have to be to get waxed?

I require that you have at least a 3-week hair growth. Honestly, the longer the better for your first wax.  It is VERY important to have enough hair growth when you come for your appointment.  This allows the wax to grab the hairs easily.  If your hair is too short, I will ask you to reschedule your appointment.


​Do I have to be naked?

No, not completely.  But I will need you to undress from the waist down, including your underwear.  I know it's a little unnerving for you, but trust me; I do this ALL day long.  To me, it's all just skin and hair.  So, please don't feel embarrassed.  I will do my best to put you completely at ease.


​If I have my period, Do I need to reschedule?

No!  It doesn't bother me at all!  Just use a fresh tampon upon arrival and I will work around the string.  Honestly, it happens all the time!


​How often should I get waxed?

The baseline recommendation is every 3 to 4 weeks.  That goes for everything: brows to legs to Brazilians.  Some clients experience a slower or faster rate of hair growth, and that time can be changed accordingly.


​What kind of wax do you use?

I use the absolute highest quality French wax available.  It is Rosin/Resin free (that means no irritating stuff that leaves you red and sore) and hypoallergenic. For sensitive areas, such as the face, underarms, and bikini area, I sometimes use a hard wax.  A hard wax melts at a lower temperature, is applied in a thicker layer, and is removed without a strip.  The advantages of using a hard was is that I can go over the area multiple times and it is excellent for delicate skin.  For larger areas, like the legs, back, and arms, as well as some bikini areas, I use a high quality soft wax, which is applied thinly and removed using soft muslin strips.


​Does waxing cause ingrown hairs?

Possibly.  Some people get ingrown hairs no matter what type of depilation they choose.  Exfoliating daily and using an ingrown eliminator, such as Hovan's Gold medi-cream, can be extremely helpful!


​Will I be perfectly smooth after my first wax?

It's possible but not probable.  Some clients are smooth as a baby's bottom after their first experience.  However, it is common that after the first 2 or 3 waxings you may feel a wee bit of stubble.  This occurs most frequently with clients that have coarse, dark hair, and it is most common with leg waxing. The reason for the stubble is because your hair grows on 3 different cycles, each lasting about 28 days.  It takes a few services for your hairs to all grow out long enough to be grabbed entirely by the wax.  When it does: smooth sailing!


​Will it make my hair grow back thicker?

Absolutely not.  If that were the case, then wouldn't a bald man be able to wax his head and grow hair? Waxing does not cause you to grow more hair follicles.  In fact, if you become a regular waxer, you will notice that your hair will become quite sparse and not as coarse.


​Will it make my hair grow back darker?

No. Waxing will not change the pigment of your hair.


​How much does a Brazilian hurt?

Well, let's just say it doesn't feel great.  But I think the worst part is the anticipation.  Once your first time is over and understand what to expect, it's a breeze.  Plus, I always keep chatting to keep your mind off of the pain.  Before you know it...you're done!


​How long does it take you to do a Brazilian?

It all depends on the client.  Usually about 10 minutes, most times even less that! T


​Why is waxing better than shaving?

Waxed hair grows back smooth and fine, unlike the stubble that shaving causes.  Each time you wax, the hair follicle weakens and can eventually die, leaving you with less hair.  Waxing also last significantly longer than other epilation methods.


​Is waxing sanitary? Can I get a STD or any other infection?

Wax is antibacterial by nature.  It is impossible to transfer anything during a wax.  I ALWAYS use a pair of new non-latex, powder-free gloves and I NEVER double-dip!


​Is there any after care tips I should know about?

Yes, you should avoid heat to the waxed area for 12 to 24 hours.  This includes hot baths, sauna, and steam.  The first time you shower after your waxing procedure, use an antibacterial cleanser like Dial body wash, on the waxed area(s).  If you were waxed in the bikini region, and you have sex before your first shower after waxing, don't fall asleep, get up and clean the waxed area, using a antibacterial soap, to avoid bacterial build up, and infection.  For a first waxing, when it has been more than a couple of months since being waxed, or if the skin has lifted, there can be discomfort for 3 to 5 days.  You can use an Antiseptic ointment, which is sold over the counter.  Avoid applying highly fragranced products to the waxed area.  This includes, perfume, scented body lotions, anti-perspirants, cosmetics, or hygiene sprays (a very light powdering of cornstarch is a good alternative).  Avoid sun tanning for 12 to 24 hours.  This includes any strong ultraviolet (UV) light exposure or tanning bed treatments.  Sunscreen chemicals can be irritating to newly waxed skin. This includes self-tanning products and tan accelerators.


Anything else I should know about waxing?

You should refrain from using waxing as a hair-removal method if you are using Retin-A (currently or in the last 3 months), Accutane (currently or in the past 4 months), other keratolytic medications (that increases skin exfoliation), or are sunburned or recovering from a recent laser/chemical peel.




Can my partner/spouse/friend come into the appointment with me?

My policy is to allow 1-2 people, as space allows, in the treatment room at a time.  I have found that this allows me to give the absolute best and most professional service possible.


​How important is it that I am on time for my appointment?

It's important.  I value my guest's time and I stay on schedule when it comes to our appointments.  I am also usually fully booked.  If a client is more than 5 minutes late for an appointment, I will usually have to reschedule.  Although that may sound rigid, if I take a guest late, chances are I will be late for the next appointment.  And for the one after that, and, well you get the idea.


What is your cancellation policy?

My cancellation policy is covered on the bottom of every page.


What is your Referral Program?

For EVERY client you refer, you will receive a $5 credit towards your next service.


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Lake Oswego, OR 97035



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