Frequently Asked Questions


 Waxing and Skincare services can be confusing and kinda scary! Here are a list of questions you probably have. If your question is not answered here, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Waxing Questions

Does it hurt?

It depends on what area you are waxing and your pain tolerance. All waxing is quick pain and disappears as quickly as your hair does! Intimate waxing my leave a little bit of skin tenderness but you should never be in pain when you leave. We believe that pain is based on individual tolerance and the desire to want the hair removed. If you really aren't into waxing and you have a low tolerance than yes it will hurt. If you really want all the benefits of waxing and/or a higher pain tolerance, than yes it hurts, but not that bad! 90% of people say it is no where near the pain they expected. Your first intimate wax will be painful but the more you come back at regular intervals the easier it gets. Especially from the first wax to the second, its about half the pain from the first. We recommend taking an OTC pain reliever about 30-45 minutes before your appointment, preferably Ibuprofen if you can.

How long does my hair need to be?

At least 2 weeks of no shaving or hair removal for body waxing. For the best hair removal, a longer wait is suggested (close to 4 weeks). 

How long will I be hair free?

We hope to get you hair free for 2-3 weeks while your hair grows in on the 4th week, but much finer and less growth. It will take a few waxes to get all your hair on the same growth cycle. If you are patient and trust in waxing, you will enjoy being hair free for weeks while that 4th week is your grow back stage for your next wax. You will notice that grow back period is NOTHING like shaving. It's soft, fine, and less color!

I break out when I wax, is there a way to prevent that?

Most of the time, breakouts after waxing are caused from a histamine reaction. Usually right after a wax you get that "chicken skin" look and a day or two later you get little white bumps everywhere you were waxed. It happens mostly to those people who do not wax regularly or experience hives regularly. This can be prevented by taking an over the counter antihistamine if you feel you can take them. Speak to your doctor about taking any medication. Antihistamine cream or ointment can also be used after waxing to limit your reaction. Please bring your own as we can not provide that.

Is Charlie Rae Skincare safe and sanitary?

We take extreme steps to ensure safety and sanitation. We would NEVER double dip and we use hospital grade disinfectant for tools like tweezers and scissors. We will ALWAYS wear gloves. Cross contamination is always a concern and you can rest assured you are in good, clean hands!

Do I need to prepare anything for body waxing?

YES! Leading up to your appointment be sure to moisturize daily and exfoliate a few times a week. If you are preparing for an appointment that is closer than a week be sure to exfoliate well and moisturize heavily at least 12 hours before your appointment. 

Do I need to do anything after body waxing?

YES! Your skin is now open. You need to treat your skin like it has an open wound. No swimming, sweating, sex, or sun for 24-48 hours. Swimming in natural bodies of water, such as the Bay, should be avoided for 72 hours. 

It is important to start exfoliating 2-3 days after your wax to avoid ingrown hairs. Your esthetician can recommend the best way for your skin type. We have multiple options to purchase in our studio.

Is there anyone who can't get waxed?

YES! Here is a list of medications that contraindicates waxing:

  • Accutane (Acne medication) – You must be off this medication treatment course a minimum of one (1) year prior to waxing.

  • Adapalene (Acne medication)

  • Alustra (Retin A)

  • Avage (See Tazorac – Acne medication)

  • Avita (See Retin A)

  • Differin (Acne medication)

  • Isotretinoin (See Accutane)

  • Renova (See Retin A)

  • Retin A (Acne and Anti-aging medication)

  • Tazarac (Acne medication)

  • Tazarotene (See Tazorac)

  • Tretinoin (See Retin A)

Can I wax if I'm pregnant?

First, Congratulations! Second, Of course! As long as everything is going smoothly and there are no complications you deserve to be smooth and sexy too!

Can I get a brazilian wax while on my period?

You will probably be more sensitive but totally ok to come to your appointment. Please use a tampon and just tuck the string.

Do you wax guys?

Yep! No problem. Full body waxing available.

Facial Questions

It's my first facial, which one should I choose?

The Charlie Rae Signature Facial is totally customized for each clients need. If you want an anti aging facial or an acne facial it's all included in our signature facial.

I don't know what is in my current skincare products, does that matter?

YES! We need to know everything you put on your face to be sure we can do certain treatments. If you aren't sure if you can get something done, bring in all your products to show your esthetician. You can even get up to 10% off all retail products by doing so!

Can I just start with a peel?

Unfortunately no. We are going for progressive, not aggressive. Damaging your skin in the first appointment will lead to a lifetime of skin problems. Your skin's acid mantle is very delicate and we can prepare it by first starting with an enzyme which gives an amazing exfoliation anyways!

Do I need to purchase retail products?

We will never push anything on you that you don't want. We would never try to get you to buy anything you did not need. If you are here for results, home care is extremely important. That's up to you to purchase anything but we will recommend products to use at home. The treatments that require you to use specific products for a few days after will be included in the service price and provided for you at each service.

Can I get a facial if I'm pregnant or nursing?

YES! Congratulations and you deserve to be pampered! Please let your esthetician know so the proper precautions can be taken. Certain products and ingredients can not be used.

Will I breakout from a facial?

A properly performed facial will prevent breakouts and give you an amazing glow. You are welcome to come in for a complimentary consultation to talk about your skin and concerns.