Frequently Asked Q's

What are the benefits of sugaring?

The sugar removes hair in the natural direction of growth, during its early growth stage — eliminating breakage, unnecessary discomfort, irritation and ingrown hairs. It will not adhere to live skin cells, eliminating the chance of "lifting" off layers of healthy skin, causing hyperpigmentation, scabbing, and long term damage to your dermis. Sugaring paste is not heated to temperatures that will burn your skin. Alexandria Professional Sugar Pastes are 100% water-soluble. There is no risk of damaging or staining clothes, and — most important — your skin. Alexandria Professional Sugar Pastes are 100% hygienic. Our practitioners never re-use the sugar paste — it is always discarded after each client is treated. Bacteria do not breed in high concentrates of sugar, eliminating the possibility of cross-contamination. No need to shave between treatments or let your hair grow, grow, grow. Alexandria Professional uses skin conscious products, without urea's, parabens or Petro Ingredients! Alexandria Professional Sugar pastes are made from honey, lemon juice, and water. It's safe enough to eat!

How long does my hair have to be to get sugared?

The Alexandria Professional technique requires only 1/16" (2mm) of hair growth for treatments — eliminating the long wait between spa appointments. Two-day, previously shaven re-growth can be removed — no need to give up on a bikini line that's too short to wax!

How should I prepare for my sugaring appointment?

Facial sugaring, brows, lip, cheeks, chin: discontinue use of all Retinal, Retinoid aka Vitamin A creams and serums two weeks prior to your appointment. Retinal is a very active resurfacing ingredient that increases your skin cell metabolism which puts your skin in a constant loosening and exfoliating state. This resurfacing state can cause your live skin to be lifted off, causing hyperpigmentation. Body sugaring, legs, arms, underarms, bikini area: try to soak in an Epsom salt bath for 20-30 minutes at least once before your appointment. This should be done, preferably, the night before. If you can soak more than once, prior to your appointment, that would be great. This can be done every other night, however many times you'd like. The ratio of Epsom salt to bath water should be two cups of Epsom salt to very warm water (so you can tolerate it comfortably) up to, at least, your belly button. The Epsom salt bath breaks down the dry top microlayers of skin on the surface of your skin that adheres to your hair follicles, ultimately speeding up the sugaring process.

How should I care for my skin after my sugaring appointment?

You should continue soaking in Epsom salt baths or using salt scrub in the shower. This keeps the top layer of dead skin from forming and prevents ingrown hairs. Please note, these are very medicinal types of exfoliation. If you are someone who has always battled ingrown hair, whether you shave or wax, body sugaring will give you the least amount of ingrown hairs and, in many cases, you will see a complete decrease in ingrown hair activity. This is very specific to each individual. I continually try the latest professional skin care products that assist in tough ingrown hair problems. If you fall into this category, let me know and we will find a solution together!

How long should I wait between sugaring appointments?

Your regrowth will depend on the time of year, your genetic background, and any health issues you may be working through that affect hair growth. In general, most clients are ready for their second and third sugaring appointments 4-5 weeks after their first appointment. Once you've been sugared three times, you will start to see a decrease in your regrowth. This is because hair follicles grow in three stages and each follicle is on its own growth cycle. By sugaring appointment three, we will have, in most cases, sugared every follicle at least once.

How does microcurrent work?

Microcurrent uses safe, painless, low-level electrical impulses on strategic locations under the skin to rehabilitate, firm and tone the facial muscles on both an immediate and long-term basis. As we age, our electrical impulses can slow down causing aging and sagging facial skin. Microcurrent facial machines gently work in harmony with the natural bioelectrical currents naturally found in our bodies to help speed up the natural regenerative process resulting in firmer, healthier, more youthful looking skin. This is a technique used for both men and women that can dramatically improve the appearance of your skin.

Based on technology which has been successfully used in Chinese as well as western sports medicine, this technique utilizes microcurrent stimulation to restore healthy skin cells. This subtle electrical stimulation placed on the skin at specific points, reprograms facial muscles back to a youthful tone and resilience.

What are the benefits of microcurrent treatments?

Microcurrent delivers a variety of benefits that can vary by individual and skin type. For some clients they see immediate, subtle results. Consistently clients feel an overall rejuvenating and calming effect after each session. Results are gradual, and cumulative over a series of 12 sessions. Post 12 back-to-back sessions, maintenance and continued benefits are maintained with sessions every 4 – 6 weeks. Immediate benefits, (1-3 sessions): Lifts eyebrows Rejuvenates the skin Reduces puffiness Improves facial circulation Increases lymphatic drainage Increases product penetration Re-hydrates skin Increase cellular metabolism (ATP) Improves hormonal balance which aids in the successful treatment of acne Allows for an easier make-up application Helps constrict enlarged pores Long-term, cumulative benefits, (3-12 sessions and maintained with a session every 4-6 weeks and can be built into your regular professional facial routine): Improves skin texture Counteracts dryness Improves facial and neck sagging Lifts eyebrows Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles Evens out skin tone Aids in skin exfoliation Enhances the body's natural collagen and elastin production

Are microcurrent treatments safe?

Yes! Microcurrent facial treatments are considered safe, easy, and gentle on the skin unless you fall under one of the following: Children Pregnant women People subject to seizures People with active cancer/tumors People with cardiac pacemaker People with implanted defibrillators/stimulators People with electronic implanted devices

Is the microcurrent technique painful?

Absolutely not. This non-invasive treatment induces a state of relaxation in a gentle alpha-wave stimulation. You may feel a slight tingling sensation as the instrument measures the condition of your skin. This can be adjusted for complete comfort. Many people are so relaxed they fall asleep.

How many microcurrent sessions do I need?

A series of 12 sessions is recommended, one every two weeks for optimum results. Maintenance every 4-6 weeks is ideal to maintain your results.

How soon will I see results from the microcurrent treatment?

The condition of your skin and your lifestyle play an important part in determining results. Usually, you can see results after the first session and the treatment results are cumulative in effect.

How does the microcurrent treatment affect muscle tone?

Our everyday emotions, stress and tension can cause muscles to constrict and relax, etc. The series is designed to re-establish proper muscle tone. Depending upon our facial expression, microcurrent treatments can re-program a facial muscle to accept or release its tone, relaxing the constriction and toning the skin for a more rested appearance. This treatment continues to work after each procedure and has a cumulative effect.