Skin Tip: Easy Way to Get a Smoother Shave!

Most women shave in the shower but men can benefit from this too!  The humidity created by your shower helps soften skin and keep it moist allowing for easier facial hair removal.  Just make sure the water isn’t too hot as this can dry out your skin.

Thanks for tuning in this week! 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend,

Stephanie 

 

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow!

With different methods of (temporary) hair removal, it might be hard to decide which route to go.   The two categories that comprise temporary hair removal are depilation and epilation.  Which is the best way to go?   Well, it boils down to your preference, results and, believe it or not, has more to do with your health than you think.

Depilation

Depilatory products remove hair at or near the level of the skin.  For the most part, hair will usually grow back within a couple of days,but since everyone’s hair growth pattern is different, it may take about week.  Shaving and chemical depilatories are examples of depilation.

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Shaving

Shaving is still one of the most common used methods in hair removal in that it is cheaper and easier.  Utilizing a sharp razor and shaving cream/lotion can result in less irritation, nicks and cuts.

 

veetDepilatories

Depilatories, something like Veet or Nair, are sometimes preferred by those who may be sensitive to razors or have resistant, coarse hair.  They work by dissolving hair at the skin level using chemicals such as sodium hydroxide, potassium hydroxide, thioglycolic acid or, calcium thioglycolate. A small patch test should be performed before a full application as chemical depilatories can result in skin irritations, rashes and allergies.

Epilation

Epilation is the process of removing hair from the follicle meaning you pull hair out from the root.  Tweezing, waxing and sugaring fall into this section. It takes about three weeks or more for hair to grow back.

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Tweezing

Tweezers are used to pull hair out by the root one at a time.  Tweezers can be used on eyebrows or on remaining hairs after waxing.  Although the process is slower, it can be an alternative for those sensitive to waxing hair on their face.

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Threading

In threading, a piece of cotton thread is twisted and rolled along the surface of skin, entwining the hair in the thread and lifting it out of the follicle.  Skin can get a little red and sore but unlike waxing, majpr irritation is avoided as the top layer of dead skin is not stripped off in the process.

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Sugaring

Sugaring can be used on those individuals who have sensitive skin or who are sensitive to waxes.  Sugar and lemon are mixed together and heated into a honey-type consistency, which is then molded into a ball and pressed onto the skin and quickly stripped away.  Unlike waxing, it can be removed in the direction of the hair growth, which is less irritating than waxing and the sugar paste adheres only to the hair.

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Waxing

Waxing is the most frequently used epilator as it takes hair longer to grow back, usually 4-6 weeks, and the skin feels smoother without the stubble.  Depending on the service being done, either hard wax or soft wax will be used and the waxes are made primarily of resins and beeswax.  It’s faster than tweezing or threading as larger areas can be covered and adds a minor exfoliation effect.  However, if you have a low pain threshold, this may not be the best option for you.

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Look Out For…

Perhaps the most important things to look for or consider aside from knowing a brief description of the processes themselves are the following:

Always make sure the location you visit is clean.  Instruments used should be properly disinfected and stored away.

If you’re getting a waxing service, ask about their double-dipping policy.   For hygienic and health purposes, a new waxing stick/spatula should be used each time the wax is applied to your body.  Every.  Single.  Time.  If that is not the case, run far away!

If you:

  • use Retin-A
  • take Accutane,
  • have had recent chemical peels, laser treatment or microdermabrasion
  • use products that contain AHAs or BHAs or retinol
  •  have varicose veins
  • take high blood pressure medications
  • have any allergies
  • used tanning beds (not advisable)

please disclose this information in your consultation card and/ or inform the skin therapist.  Certain medications can make you bruise easily and can pull your skin off!  My skin has lifted before and trust me, it’s painful and takes a while to heal.  Your safety is our priority!

Never discontinue your medications without consulting your physician first.

Infected skin- herpes simplex, acne, rashes or inflamed skin-or open lesions is a contraindication to any treatment.  Wait until the breakout is clear.

Avoid sun exposure, exfoliation, excessive heat (hot tubs, suanas) for at least 24-48 hours after waxing.

I hope this information gives you some insight on what to expect when looking into hair removal services. Which method do you prefer and why?

Father’s Day Skincare Gift Ideas!

Men’s skincare is too often overlooked but can make a world of a difference-and a great Father’s Day present!  So weather you’re still looking for gift options or you’re a guy who wants to step up his skin health, take a glance at some of the options below!

 

JackBlack

$52; sephora.com; getjackblack.com

Jack Black Core Collection

I’ve purchased and gifted this set several times and it always seems to be a crowd-pleaser.  This trio includes a facial cleanser, shaving lotion and face moisturizer with broad spectrum SPF 20.  It’s fragrance and alcohol free and perfect for men who want a simplified routine.

dermalogica

$38, ulta.com

Dermalogica Shave System

This shaving kit includes two shaving creams (Pre-Shave Guard and Soothing Shave Cream) which can be used alone or together to help soften the beard. Other items included in this kit are Daily Clean Scrub, an exfoliating cleanser which helps minimize ingrown hairs;  Post-Shave Balm, which helps control oil and reduces redness that can occur after shaving; and Daily Defense Block SPF 15 is a matte sunscreen.

PCA Skin

$22, dermstore.com/ PCA Skin Representative

PCA Skin Total Face Wash Face & Body Cleanser

A 2-in-1 product for men on the go!  This gentle foaming cleanser is formulated with lactic acid to exfoliate, moisturize, and help prevent ingrown hairs and also doubles as a body wash in one easy step.  Antioxidant vitamin E improves the barrier function of the skin; soothing aloe, allantoin, and  bisabolol help to calm skin; and tea tree oil provides antiseptic properties.

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$48, sephora.com; $56 ulta.com

Anthony Logistics For Men The Essential Traveler Kit

This kit features an array of products that are perfect for those who travel or for those who want to get a feel for the products.  The Glycolic Facial Cleanser exfoliates and loosens dead skin cells to achieve a closer shave; the Shave Cream calms the skin and includes anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effects; All Purpose Facial Moisturizer contains antioxidants vitamin C to brighten skin and vitamin E to help nourish skin; Invigorating Rush Hair + Body Wash incorporates Pro Vitamin B5 which promotes tissue healing in skin and helps to retain moisture ; Advanced Formula Lip Balm SPF 25 Mint and White Tea soothes, protects and conditions lips.

 

AOS Block

$20, sephora.com; theartofshaving.com

The Art Of Shaving Alum Block- Unscented

If you’re prone to nicks and cuts, this may be a product to check out.  The alum block helps stop bleeding from minor cuts and delivers antiseptic properties.

Have you tried any of these products?  What did you think of them? 

I am always looking for and researching new lines so if you have a skincare line you use and love, do share!  

Shaving 101!

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Razor burn. Ingrown hairs. Razor bumps. Sensitivity. Inflammation.

Sound familiar?

For most men, shaving has become a habitual ritual since their adolescent years. Shaving is a fast, easy, and effective way  to remove hair but can all too often leave you with some skin woes.

Follow these proper shaving techniques and tips to minimize undesired skin problems- it’s simple and makes a difference!

1)      Choose a multi-blade razor with replaceable cartridge blades.

2)      Change razors/razor cartridge blades frequently.  Most razors allow for 5-7 uses.

3)      Store razors in a cool, dry place.  Blades need to be thoroughly rinsed of any debris/product.

4)      Always cleanse your face first and make sure your face is wet prior to shaving.

5)      Allow shaving gel/foam/cream to sit on skin for a couple of minutes to create a barrier between skin and blade and to soften the hair.  Use of bar soap, shampoo, and hair conditioner is NOT recommended as it can leave a film on the blade, thus dulling it quicker.

6)      Shave with minimal pressure.

7)      Keep in mind that if you shave the same area multiple times, the chance for razor burn increases.

8)      Never shave with a damaged blade.

9)      Soaking the razor head and blade in rubbing alcohol for one minute can minimize the spread of bacterial infections.

10)   Never shave an infected area/broken until it’s been completely treated.

11)   Never share razors.

12)   Chamomile, allantoin, licorice root and aloe are a few ingredients to look for to calm and soothe the skin.

13)  Products with chemical exfoliants like salicylic acid and lactic acid can help prevent ingrown hairs and can lift ingrown hairs to the skin’s surface.

Anthony Logistics for Men, Jack Black, and The Art of Shaving seem to be popular (and loved!) brands that offer simple, no fuss but effective shaving products for men.

I hope this post was helpful!

Thoughts or comments, please share!