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Recycling Spa Wax Its Not What You Think

As you look for more ways to green your life you look for businesses with eco-friendly practices. However, recycling spa wax is not what you think. Most assume it is a process that disposes of wax in an environmentally friendly manner, but it actually refers to the unhygienic practice of reusing spa wax. Here’s what you need to know.

What Does It Mean To Recycle Spa Wax?

Recycling spa wax is the process of gathering all the wax strips used for the day and peeling off the wax—with the hair still on. Then the wax and hair are melted down, the hair strained out, and the previously used wax is returned to the melting pot. While the hair is removed, the wax pot is not hot enough to kill germs and bacteria meaning they can be transferred to future clients. One wax pot could have the germs, bacteria and microscopic chunks of skin from hundreds of clients. Recycling spa wax can also include reusing paraffin wax used on hands and feet during manicures and pedicures. Reusing spa wax was highly common in the 80s and 90s but is now considered a high-risk practice.

Reusing Spa Wax Is Not Hygienic

Some spa owners argue that because they cleanse their clients with an antiseptic before waxing that the transfer of bacteria is not of concern. Make no mistake, this process is anything but hygienic. The wax in the melting pot is not heated to a point where it gets hot enough to kill germs and bacteria. That would need to be to boiling point which would severely burn clients. And there are always microscopic pieces of skin that are removed with, and who wants to be waxed with someone else’s skin flakes?

How To Tell If Your Spa Is Safe

Some salon owners argue that recycling wax saves them money but there is no circumstance in which a reputable spa would reuse their wax. Absolutely every esthetician certification program in the country deems this practice as unhygienic, dangerous for the clients—and of legal risk for the spa. This is an example of getting what you pay for, but regardless of the price, be sure to ask directly and in-person if the spa you are scheduled to get waxed with reuses their wax. Also, watch to see what your esthetician does with the strips once you are done. Are they thrown away or set aside?

Wax Isn’t Your Only Hygienic Concern

We are in a day and age where hair-free is on-trend. Both men and women get waxed and we are waxing absolutely everywhere on our bodies—eyebrows, upper lip, full face, arms, legs, back, chest, bikini line, and even between the cheeks. With such large and sensitive areas being waxed you need to ensure that you are being waxed by a certified esthetician, not someone trained by the spa owner. If your esthetician is not trained it increases the likelihood of burns, bumps, and posts-wax infection. Beyond the wax, all waxing tools should be disposable—and the sheets on the table changed between clients.

If you are looking for a spa in the GTA who you can trust for all your waxing needs, Elmm Spa is here to serve! Each and every one of our estheticians is certified and hygiene is of top priority. We provide everything from eyebrows and upper lip to full body waxing services for both men and women.

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