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Question 1 - How long will an eyebrow tint last?

Answer - It will last between 2 to 4 weeks depending on the length of time the tint is left on. The choice of colours is quite basic- light brown, brown, black or grey, and quite often to avoid too strong a depth of colour, the tint is not left on for too long.

This will then give the desired colour but not the lasting power. Allow your therapist to leave it on for a short time but to repeat this process 3-4 times to give it the lasting result but to still enable it to be the colour of your choice.

Question 2 - How soon can I swim after waxing my legs?

Answer - It is very important to take care of any area for 24 hours after waxing.

Here is a list of things to avoid for this period:

1. Do not get the area hot again e.g. sunbathing, saunas, steam rooms.

2. Avoid rubbing the area so loose clothing is advisable

3. Do not exercise as this will make you hot and perspire and the perspiration may irritate the hair follicles.

4. Avoid swimming due to the chlorine.

5. Avoid hot water - use tepid or cool water to bath.

6. Avoid highly coloured or perfumed soaps.

7. Avoid all moisturisers unless they are antiseptic and soothing.

8. For use with facial waxing avoid make-up on the area.

So yes please avoid swimming for 24 hours as is may cause a rash on the waxed area which you could find worse than the hairs you originally had.

Question 3 - What is the difference between UVA and UVB?

Answer - UVA are the longest rays from the sun and are responsible for ageing our skin and producing wrinkles. They can also trigger allergies. They are the silent and harmful rays as the damage is not apparent immediately.

UVB rays are the middle length rays and are responsible for burning the skin. Some of these rays are prevented from reaching earth by the ozone layer, and with this depleting it is even more important to be aware of the damage we are doing to our skin by sunbathing. Sunburn does not develop straight away, but 2-4 hours after the exposure to the sun so by the time you can see it, it is too late to prevent it.

Apply suntan lotion Y, hour before you go in the sun and bear in mind that the sun can penetrate wet clothing, dense cloud and even shaded areas. Reapply often using a sun cream with both UV A mild UVB protection with a factor suitable for your skin type, the time of year, and level of sun you will be in.

To ‘Ask Sally’ a beauty question, please contact:

Sally Corless
Eden Health & Beauty Spa
44 Suffolk Road, Cheltenham, GL50 2AQ

Tel: 01242 528282