Archive for the ‘Hair Removal’ Category

Ingrown Hair SOS!

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Ingrown Hair SOS!There’s nothing more irritating — not to mention painful — than discovering an unsightly ingrown hair has set up shop underneath your skin. Ingrown hairs are raised, pus-filled red bumps that occur when dead skin becomes trapped inside the hair follicle, forcing the hair to grow underneath the skin. Though sometimes, ingrown hairs, just like zits, can go away in their own time, if left to their own devices for too long there is a chance they could become infected and lead to scarring. So remember: hands off! We’ll show you the steps and products you’ll need to banish ingrown hairs for good.

Often, the best way to treat ingrown hairs is to prevent them from showing up in the first place. This means taking your time when shaving, and using a high-quality shaving cream. For ladies, I like the Whish Coconut Milk Shave Cream with Hair Inhibitor, which is perfect for sensitive skin and is formulated to ensure it won’t dry out skin. For the gentlemen, I’d recommend anything from The Art of Shaving, especially their luxurious Sandalwood Essential Oil Shaving Cream. If you really want to indulge, treat yourself to a complete shaving overhaul by picking up their Starter Kit, which includes a shaving brush, pre-shave oil, shaving cream, and aftershave balm. If you want to go the extra mile, you can even apply Dermalogica’s Pre-Shave Guard before you get started. It’s marketed towards men, but women can certainly benefit from it as well. Of course, certain types of hair, especially coarse and curly locks, are more prone to ingrown hairs than finer strands.

After shaving, immediately apply a balm to the area. I have two favorites to ensure post-shaving bliss. The first is Dermalogica’s Post-Shave Balm, which is formulated to specifically prevent ingrown hairs and is fragrance-free. If I’m in the mood for something a bit scented, I slather on Shaveworks’ Cool Fix, which helps to free trapped hair as well as to kill any bacteria underneath the skin.

Still, sometimes you can do everything right and still get an ingrown hair, especially if you have sensitive skin. If one shows up, we recommend not trying to dig it out yourself. If you just can’t resist, be sure to place a hot towel on the affected area to open the pores and soothe the skin, then remove the hair with tweezers like the ones in this Anthony grooming tool kit. Still, it’s really better to see a doctor, who may recommend antibiotics or other medication to reduce swelling and prevent infection.

Don’t let an ingrown hair get in the way of a day at the beach this summer!

Waxing Do’s and Don’ts

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Waxing Do's and Don'tsTired of the constant expense of disposable razors, the pain of knicks and cuts, and the constant acrobatic display of flexibility while shaving in a tiny shower? Then it’s time you venture into the smooth world of waxing. If you’re a waxing newbie, here are a few things you need to know to get the most out of your waxing appointment.

Don’t Apply Ice Before Waxing

Having a frozen and numb area sounds appealing, especially if you’re getting a bikini wax. But having ice applied to your skin is actually one of the worst things you can do because the ice is going to constrict your pores. Constriction=tightening, and you don’t want your skin clinging to those hairs any more than they already are. If you’re getting a bikini wax, the last thing you want to see is your technician pull out the tweezers to get out any “difficult” hairs. We’re crossing our legs just thinking about it.

Do Wear Loose Fitting Clothing

Trust us on this one: no matter where you’re being waxed, you don’t want tight clothes rubbing on angry skin. This is especially true if you are getting a bikini wax. Skip the cute undies and go for billowing granny panties. Even better is to go commando under a generously sized skirt. You’ll thank yourself when you’re waddling out of the office. Tight clothes chafe skin raw and can lead to ingrown hairs. If you find yourself getting ingrowns, try an ingrown hair product.

Don’t Shave Between Sessions

If you’re wanting to be a full time waxer, you’re going to have to ditch the razor for good. Your hair will probably come back in thicker after a wax, and if your hair is short and stubbly, the wax isn’t going to be able to remove as much of it, making for a messy and patchy wax job. Keep your waxing appointments consistently, and you won’t feel the need to get a quick shave in between sessions.

Do Take Some Pain Relief

Nobody likes a hero, and you’re not getting any medals by bearing an intense waxing without any medicinal relief. Pop some ibuprofen or acetaminophen 30 to 45 minutes before your appointment. This will help with swelling and discomfort afterwards. You can do this no matter where you’re getting waxed, but seasoned waxees agree this works best when you’re getting body waxed.

Don’t let your first waxing session turn into that “Kelly Clarkson!” moment (you know what we’re talking about). With some proper pre-care and careful care after waxing, you can have a smooth, hair free body without the tears.

Bold brows still popular as spring rolls on

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Bushy brows still popular as spring rolls on

True makeup can help you fine-tune everything from your peepers to your pout, but it’s worth taking a look at up-and-coming trends to stay on par with what’s hot in the current season. MSN reported that bold brows are all the rage on the runway, and they don’t appear to be going anywhere in the near future. You can expect to see more celebrities with fuller brows this summer as the style continues to reign supreme in Hollywood.

If you’ve always wanted to ditch your tweezers or skip your waxing appointment, now is the perfect time to do so. Achieving a beautiful, bold brow is also simple, according to SheKnows. All you have to do is let it grow, then get to sculpting!

A professional can be consulted if you’re used to pencil-thin brows and want a few pointers on how to go bigger. Then, think about investing in an at-home hair removal product to eliminate stray hairs as your brows grow out. Doing so can help you eliminate the process of plucking if you want to avoid pain. In the end, you’ll fall right in line with spring’s hottest trend!

Are you eager to add more definition to your brows?

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Are you eager to add more definition to your brows?Have you ever caught a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and wished you had better, more evenly defined brows? While plucking and waxing arches into the perfect shape can be a hassle, it's even more difficult determining which shape is the best for your face!

According to Elle Magazine, the careful art and science of brow shaping boils down to the placement of your brow bone – if you've got a high set brow bone, you should let your arches grow in thicker, since it's bound to be more flattering on your face. Conversely, those with smaller, more delicate features can be easily overwhelmed by full brows.

If, even after plucking, you're still not getting the definition you crave, try using a brow emphasizer that features a tinted gel formula. A product like this helps carefully sculpt brows, which in turn can frame your face to perfection!

For an added allure, you can also create the appearance of lusher brows with a mineral pigment brow kit that blends seamlessly with your complexion. You're sure to look radiant once you're through with this regimen.

From Mountain Man to Dapper Dan

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

From Mountain Man to Dapper Dan


Six Steps from Mountain Man to Dapper Dan:
1) Shower: Hopefully you already do this. Not only will you be clean, the steam helps open your pores and soften your beard.
2) Preshave Oil: Use a few drops of this slippery stuff to lubricate your skin and prevent razor burn.
3) Shave Brush: A traditional barber’s brush builds a thicker lather that will raise your whiskers.
4) Pull Your Skin Taut: This exposes more of the hair follicle and pulls the root closer to the skin’s surface.
5) Shave with the Grain: This is self-explanatory. I you don’t understand this, you probably aren’t old enough to shave.
6) Apply Aftershave: Go ahead, do your Macaulay Culkin thing. Then apply some moisturizer.

Natural hair removal made easy

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Touchable legs can be yours naturally!Just because the weather is slowly getting cooler doesn’t mean you should stop flaunting your legs in skirts and dresses. As long as you layer up top, you should be fine for another month or two! Fall and winter means boycotting wax for some women, but if you’re still adamant about having perfectly smooth legs natural waxing products are your best bet.

MOOM – Organic Hair Removal Kit with Tea Tree (Classic) not only works great, but it feels awesome and makes the whole hair removal process practically painless. The formula removes your hair from the root – leaving no room for any ingrowns – and will leave you smooth for up to eight weeks. All you have to do is heat the wax, spread it on your skin in the direction of hair growth, rub on a fabric strip and pull it off in the opposite direction that your hair grows. It’s as easy as that!

If you’re new to waxing or don’t want to deal with melted wax, MOOM – Express Pre Waxed Strips for Legs & Body is perfect and easy to use. All you do is press the strips on and pull them off in the opposite direction of hair growth. The kit comes with a cucumber and jojoba oil soother to use afterwards which will moisturize and remove leftover wax. The best part? Your legs will be hair-free for up to two months!

Insiders reveal to Allure magazine how to achieve the best skin for summer

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Best skin for summer
While you may always desire soft, glowing skin, now that beach season is here, you’ll certainly want your body to be at its best. Though some of us may be in the dark as to how to keep our skin looking great, experts recently shared a few tips with Allure magazine that will have you ready to step into the summertime sunlight.

While exfoliating is a great way to rid your body of small bumps and dead skin, you shouldn’t use the same products on delicate areas (like your chest) as you do on tougher skin (like your elbows). Beauty expert Charlotte Tilbury recommends using a facial scrub to exfoliate areas where the skin is thinner. Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant will remove dulling surface debris as it conditions, and is great for even the most sensitive complexions, as it is fragrance-free.

Hair removal is one of the most pressing issues when preparing your body for the warm summer weather. But with all the methods of removal out there, which approach should you take before a day – or night – out?

“I always tell my clients not to wax before a big event because it causes ingrown hairs and little red bumps,” Los Angeles makeup artist Joanna Schlip told Allure. “You get a much smoother look by shaving. And you’re getting a really good exfoliation, too.” Using a moisture-rich formula, like Lippmann Collection’s Did I Shave My Legs For This? Ayurvedic Shave Cream, will help to keep your legs conditioned as you ready yourself to rock your short shorts.

If you do come across the occasional ingrown hair, Whish Flawless Bump Fighter can help to eliminate the unsightly, and sometimes painful, irregularities.

After skin is showered, exfoliated and shaved, experts urge you not to forget the importance of a good moisturizer. “Jennifer Aniston doesn’t use makeup or self-tanner on her legs – just moisturizer,” makeup artist Angela Levin, who works with the actress, told the publication. But a good moisturizer can be hard to find, especially given the endless amounts of products out there.

In addition to softening your skin, many formulas boast multiple benefits. There are lotions that help minimize hair growth, firm cellulite and even improve blood circulation. Pick a product that suits your needs, and apply it when you get out of the shower.

You will also want to pay attention to your nose when selecting your moisturizer. Since it’s summertime, a heavily scented cream may come across as cloying, and can interfere with your perfume of choice. Instead, opt for a product with a light scent or, to play it safe, select a body moisturizer that is fragrance free. Dermalogica UltraRich Body Cream is a long-lasting moisture treatment that contains no artificial colors or scents, but if you want a lighter formula, opt for COOLA Total Body SPF 30 Unscent, a body lotion which also provides sun protection.

No summertime look is complete without a beautiful tan, but spending hours baking in the sun can wreak havoc on your skin. Luckily, you can avoid these dangers and fake a great glow with a sunless tanner like June Jacobs Radiant Glow Self Tanning Lotion.

Industry insiders stress that how you apply the product can dramatically alter how realistic your tan appears. “I don’t like to squirt self-tanner right on the skin. If you have a dry spot, it will attach to that,” makeup artist Jillian Dempsey told the magazine. Instead, Dempsey suggests pumping the tanner onto a round velour puff, similar to the ones used to apply face powder, and swirling it over the skin in circular motions, moving quickly over dry areas like elbows and knees.