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Exfoliation Options Before a Wax

February 12, 2019
Mid section of therapist waxing woman's leg at spa center

As those who have waxed the legs or other areas of the body without first exfoliating will know, it’s a big mistake. Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin and debris, and it makes it easier for wax to stick to hair during waxing – this makes the process both less painful and more effective, and should be part of your process before receiving waxing services.

At His & Hers Waxing Salon, we’re here to help with this as part of our men’s and women’s body waxing services. Here are a few different methods you might use to exfoliate before a wax that will prepare the skin and keep it in the best possible shape for this procedure.

Rough Wash Cloth

If you prefer simple skincare routines with minimal product usage, a basic wash cloth exfoliation method can work for you. Soak a rough wash cloth in warm water, then gently rub it into the skin. Use small circles, covering the entire surface of the area that will be waxed. Control the pressure you use to avoid irritating the skin. This is a perfect method for people with sensitive skin, or for those who don’t want to spend on products.

Exfoliating Gloves

These are special gloves that have a rough, textured surface specifically designed for waxing. They’ll offer many of the same benefits as a wash cloth, only a bit more expensive but with a bit more precision as well. This method will be faster than a cloth or sponge.

Soap Bars

If you want to stay clean and exfoliate simultaneously, exfoliating soap bars are the way to go. These are bars of soap infused with textured ingredients like oats, salt crystals, sugar and microbeads. The texture in the soap creates an exfoliating effect on the area desired, removing dead skin and debris that would otherwise get in the way. Many of these soaps will also include moisturizing ingredients, so you’ll kill two birds with one stone in a quick, easy process.


There are many scrub options out there, including sugar scrubs, oat scrubs, citrus salt scrubs, and several other options you can find at stores. Each of the specific types can be made at home with some relatively simple ingredients. If you’re looking for deep exfoliation or specialized products, store-bought might be the way to go.

For more on exfoliation before a wax, or to find out about any of our waxing services, speak to the pros at His & Hers Waxing today.