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Since it takes about 28 days for new skin cells to reach the surface of your skin, getting a monthly facial is ideal. At the very least, get one with the change of each season to help prepare your skin for the difference in temperature and humidity. You can prolong your facial by maintaining a regular skin care routine at home that includes cleansing, exfoliating, moisturizing, and applying sunscreen.

Your Hands & Feet: Tips to Toes

No beauty routine is complete without a manicure and pedicure. Depending on how fast your nails grow and how active you are, you may need a weekly manicure to keep your polish fresh and chip-free but two to four weeks between manicures is typical. A French manicure hides chips better, so you may be able to stretch out the time between manicures. If you have acrylic or gel nails, you will need a fill whenever there is obvious growth, usually once every week or two.

Because our feet don’t take the same amount of daily abuse as our hands, a pedicure can last one to two months, unless you simply want to change the color.

Hair Removal: Be a Smooth Operator

Waxing is a great way to remove unwanted hair, and it lasts much longer than shaving or tweezing. If you wax your brows, face or upper lip, you will need to go every three weeks to remain smooth and fuzz-free. If you use Retin A or another vitamin A-derived skin product, discontinue use at least one or two weeks before you wax to minimize irritation and sensitivity.

For facial waxing, hair should be 1/8 inch in length and you will need to re-book every two to three weeks. Body hair (legs and arms) should be about 1/4 inch and you will need to have it done again every three to four weeks, depending on how fast your hair grows. Over time your hair will thin out and waxing may not be needed as often.

Bikini waxes typically last four to six weeks. Trim your hair first (no shorter than 1/4 inch in length) to minimize pain. If it is your first bikini wax, it’s best to leave hair slightly longer to ensure that the hair can be removed completely without risking any ingrown hairs.

Procedure Touchup every… Tip to make it last
Acrylic or gel nails 1-2 weeks Oil nails daily and file any bumps or snags.
Facial waxing 2-3 weeks Pluck stray hairs with tweezers between appointments.
Manicure 2-4 weeks French manicures hide chips and imperfections.
Body waxing 3-4 weeks Waxing regularly makes hair thinner and less noticeable over time.
Facial 4 weeks Cleanse, moisturize, exfoliate and use SPF regularly.
Bikini waxing 4-6 weeks Try Tend Skin's products, which prevent ingrown hairs and bumps, keeping your smoother longer.
Brow or lash tinting 4-6 weeks Avoid chlorine pools, which fade the tint.
Pedicure 4-8 weeks Choose a neutral, clear or light pink polish for a longer-lasting look.
Hair trim 4-12 weeks Leave-in conditioners and styling products with silicone can smooth split ends.
Hair coloring 6-8 weeks Try a do-it-yourself touch up or color glaze between colorings.
Hair highlights 8-12 weeks Don't highlight too often or hair will lose contrast.
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A freelance writer, marketing consultant and life coach, Leanne often writes about health and nutrition. See all of Leanne's articles.

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