Feb 02

Tips for Preventing Razor Bumps

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For many women, razor bumps and shaving seem to go hand-in-hand. There are many creams on the market that claim to treat this problem, but how do you prevent it?

 

1. Always shave wet.

 

Shaving dry skin can not only be painful, it can also be counterproductive. When you shave dry, you are setting yourself up for nicks and scratches and rash-like irritation from friction. Dampening your skin prior to applying your shaving product cream (bar soap is not recommended) allows the razor to glide freely for smooth close strokes.

 

2. Change your blade often.

 

Not only does hair get stuck in the blade, but coarse hair dulls blades quickly, and constant exposure to moisture causes razor blades to rust unbelievably fast. This can make for an – ouch – rough shave! It is recommended that you change your blade when it no longer shaves close. Avoid the urge to simply exert more pressure on the blade. This timeframe will vary from person to person, depending on how frequently you shave and how coarse your hair is.

 

3. Moisture is key.

 

Moisturizing the skin after shaving is one of the most important steps in preventing razor pumps. Applying a good moisturizer will calm irritated skin as well as ensure skin stays soft and supple. Some great natural moisturizers/oils for after shaving include:  aloe vera gel, coconut oil, olive oil, and – especially in the winter months – shea butter. These won’t just coat the outer layer of skin like many petroleum-based drug store lotions will, they’ll absorb into it.

4. Exfoliate, exfoliate….  exfoliate

 

Exfoliation is the secret behind skin that is ALWAYS smooth and glowy. You can use a loofah daily with your favourite body wash (mine is Dove Moisture), you can dry brush a few times a week, you can use an exfoliating scrub or body sugar… the possibilities are endless. Go according to your personal preference and incorporate it into your routine.

Why is it so important? Exfoliation removes dry skin cells, which dull the appearance of the skin, and reveals a layer of fresh smooth cells. These newer cells don’t just look and feel better, they absorb moisture more easily.

 

Instead of searching for that “miracle cure”, try putting these tips into practice consistently. Making sure that your skin stays in good condition and avoiding poor shaving practices is one of the most effective ways to prevent razor bumps.

 


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Aug 26

My Experience with Electrolysis

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In my early twenties, I noticed a few fine hairs around my chin area. Even though it was embarrassing to have a couple people point it out when I hadn’t noticed, it was not a big deal at the time. I would just tweeze the few that I had.

After I had my daughter, I noticed an increase in the amount and thickness of the hair. Thank you, hormones. I then resorted to going to the salon every so often to get it waxed. Pretty soon, I grew tired of having to wait until my hair had grown out a little – and was noticeable – to get it waxed. I decided to take matters back into my own hands and alternated between tweezing, using cream depilatories, and even tried epilating (which isn’t recommended for the face). Eventually, I got into the habit of shaving, as it was the quickest and most convenient remedy.

The more I shaved, the faster and thicker the hair seemed to grow. Soon, I was shaving almost every other morning before work. It made me feel so unfeminine and self-conscious. Imagine not wanting to even answer an unexpected doorbell ring at home out of fear of someone noticing and staring at the area you’re self-conscious about.

About a year and a half ago, I decided to look into laser hair removal and electrolysis. From my research, I determined that electrolysis would be the best fit for me. It’s what’s most recommended for dark skin and hyperpigmentation and there’s a smaller instance of regrowth than with laser.  However, it is a much more expensive a time-consuming process. I knew going in that for my chin area, I would need at least 20 hours of treatment and would have to spend between $500 and $800 CDN. I decided it was worth the cost, and began to scope out spas.

I found a spa that specialized in dark skin and was close to my place of employment. SCORE! For a few months, I went for 30 minutes of treatment once a week after work. Hair grows in stages so it would eventually grow back in the same place until the hair follicle had been killed completely… I knew I had to be patient. After a few months, I started going for 30 minutes every 2 weeks. A few months later, about 10 to 15 minutes once a month.

I have seen a significant improvement. After having what felt like a beard – to be totally honest – I now have maybe several stray hairs that take about a month to grow in. The experience has been even more tedious and expensive than I expected but I do not regret it at all. In fact, I wish I had done it sooner.

There are no before and after photos as, up until now, this has been a personal journey I did not wish to share with “the world.” Some of my female friends and family members still have a “Why can’t you just wax?” attitude. I understand though how excessive hair growth can hamper your self-esteem as a woman, make you feel self-conscious, and cause you stress. If you suffer from this, and have any questions, know that you are not alone. Please check out the following post and feel free to contact me with any questions.

 


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May 21

The Beautiful Benefits of Laser Hair Removal

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By:  Cathy Phillips

 

Tired of unwanted hair in your underarms, legs, thighs and face? Want to have flawlessly hairless skin? Then laser hair removal is the answer to your problems. Nowadays, with the advancement of technology, it is not that hard to achieve beauty. You may think that laser hair removal treatments are a bit pricey, but why risk your skin to nicks, cuts and sagging when you can have an easier and more effective choice?

Most people are skeptical to undergo laser hair removal treatments simply because they know little about it. What they do not know is that it offers a lot of benefits and advantages over the traditional shaving and waxing procedures.

First, it is more effective since lasers can be directed to target areas with dark and coarse hairs, without affecting the skin around the area. Second, it is very fast, easy and painless. An upper lip hair removal treatment can take as fast as two minutes to finish, while larger areas like the legs and thighs can only take an hour. Lastly, laser hair removal has long-lasting effects, and most of the time, can result to permanent hair loss. It may cost a bit high, but it is still cost effective compared to waxing which does not fully eliminate unwanted hair.

When opting to undergo treatment, it is best to choose a duly-accredited and certified laser clinic to ensure that they are one of the best in what they do. Ask questions in order to know everything you need before the treatment. You will find that laser hair removal is way better than plucking your hair one by one, or enduring the pain of waxing. It is safer, cleaner, and easier, plus the added benefit of being more confident that no unwanted hair will come popping out anytime soon.

 

 For information regarding advancements in laser hair removal as well as trends and answers to questions,  please  click here.


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Sep 14

Permanant Hair Removal for Dark Skin

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>What is electrolysis?

An electric current is applied with a very fine needle-shaped electrode, or metal probe into each hair follicle to destroy the root. There are three types of electrolysis: galvanic, thermolysis and blend.

  • Galvanic electrolysis uses a chemical reaction to destroy the hair follicle. It is very effective but slow
  • Shortwave diathermy (radio frequency) destroys the hair quickly by means of heat but is not as effective as galvanic electrolysis
  • Blend – a combination of both methods

The blend method is most commonly used.

Electrolysis vs. Laser…

Electrolysis is the preferred method of permanent hair removal over laser (for dark-skinned individuals especially) for two major reasons. First, it’s permanent. Hair grows in different stages: growing, resting and shedding. Because all of the hair isn’t on the same stage at any given time, multiple sessions are needed to target the hair in the growth phase for electrolysis hair removal to be most effective.

Many people who have undergone laser hair removal can attest that the hair eventually grows back (it can take months or years). If laser is their method of choice, they simply go back and get more done when this happens. It happens because a hair follicle that’s not killed while in its growing cycle will grow back. Electrolysis can be a tedious process, often requiring dozens of treatments as opposed to a handful. Over the span of many months each hair follicle is killed in various stages of growth until it’s apparent that all have been permanently killed (during the growing stage) and will not grow back. Second, with electrolysis there is less tendancy to scar. Laser has the tendency to leave behind marks (hyperpigmentation, darkening, OR hypopigmentation, lightening) depending on the person who performs the procedure. A laser is meant to burn – the follicles and the skin they stem from. There’s no getting around this. Some skin reacts better than other with minimal side effects/scarring. Since dark-skinned women are inherently prone to hyperpigmentation, an esthetician or dermatologist will usually recommend electrolysis over laser, especially when it comes to the facial area.

A few quick tips for those interested in electrolysis:

1. It requires a serious investment of time and money. A small area like the chin can take about 25 half-an-hour sessions or 13 full hour sessions over the course of a year to complete. At between $50-$80/hour, this will run you between $650-$1,000. It’s important that you go on a weekly or biweekly basis in the very beginning. You always want to remove hairs as they come up. If you just let it grow, it will likely slow down the whole process. If you start removing the hair from the root on your own (tweezing or waxing) you can expect to be put back at square one as work done on the actual follicle will be lost.

2. You should always go for a consultation first. This will allow you to check out the estethian or dermatolgist, see if they’re up to par (fully licensed, use disposible needles, have adequate experience with client testimonials, etc.). You can also ask any questions you may have and receive a patch test to see how your skin responds. Do your research beforehand to know what questions to ask.

3. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate. It’s recommended you exfoliate the area every other day. This will keep the skin conditioned as well as prevent ingrown hairs. Your session will be easier and faster because the electrologist will have a clearer view of the follicles and won’t be slowed down by tugging at ingrowns.

4. It’s painful for some. Minimize discomfort. If you find it painful, popping a couple of Aspirins half an hour before your session may help.

5. Be patient. It may be a tedious process but it is the most permanent method known to date. Remember the reasons you chose to get it done in the first place. The progress will come. The end result will be well worth it!


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