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Saturday, May 05, 2012

Using an epilator

May 05, 2012 3 Comments

Hello everyone! 

Today I want to talk to you about my favorite hair removal method: using an epilator!

I’ve been using an epilator for eight years now and I love it!  Removing hairs at the root means that hair won’t grow back for weeks.  Plus, constant epilation reduces the amount of hair re-growth!

The coil springs in the epilator grab the hair at the root and pull it out.  It's one of the more affordable ways to remove hair, as you don't have to deal with the expense of shaving or waxing.  In addition, once you get the hang of using an epilator, it takes less time than shaving.

I've been using this model for 8 year!


Does it hurt?

I’m not going to lie, the first time I used it, it HURT and left my skin red and irritate, BUT by the second use the hair was thinner and it didn’t hurt as much!     

Always start epilating the areas where it's less painful.  The lower legs are the least painful area for most women (the underarm and bikini area are the most painful).  For reduced pain, stretch skin with your hand.  By the time you proceed to the more sensitive areas, you'll feel less pain as the pain threshold goes up and the skin gets used to epilation. 

How often you epilate depends on one's hair growth.  Epilating frequently has two benefits: your pain threshold increases and your overall hair growth reduces over time. 


Tips:

Exfoliate a couple times of week use a body scrub, loofah or ayate washcloth.  Always exfoliate both before and after epilation. 

I apply pure aloe vera gel post-epilation to sooth the skin.  Using thick lotions just after epilation could block pores and cause ingrown hair.  Using a skin toner after epilating can also aid in preventing ingrown hair because it helps close the pore.  For more information read Removing and preventing ingrown hair


Depending on your pain threshold and how sensitive your skin is, an epilator can be an excellent choice for removing hair. 

Have you ever used an epilator?  What was your experience?  Leave a comment!

XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Shaving tips

April 11, 2012 2 Comments

Today, women are increasingly opting for epilation and laser hair removal.  However, shaving remains the most popular form of hair removal.
Here are some shaving tips and tricks:
  • Do not shave dry skin.  Shaving is a natural exfoliator and if you shave dry skin, you risk clogging up the razor with dead skin.  This may result in nicks, ingrown hair and razor burns.
  • Only use shaving cream recommended for women, not soap!  Leave the shaving cream on for 3-4 minutes to soften up the hair.  


  • Experiment with razors until you find the perfect one for you.  Look for a razor with lubricated strips, pivoting heads and multiple blades. 
  • Be sure to change razors or cartridges on a regular basis; a dull blade can lead to nicks and irritation.
  • Be sure to exfoliate your skin before shaving.  This gets rid of dead skin cells, allowing a closer shave. There are several ways to exfoliate.
  • Since your leg hairs grow down, start at your ankles and shave up.  For your underarms, shave in every direction since the hair there grows in at different angles.  
  • When finished shaving; rinse, pad dry and apply moisturiser.  
  • Ingrown hairs are caused when the hairs curl back under the skin.  Avoid ingrown hairs by exfoliating daily.  Read this post for more information: Removing and preventing ingrown hair
  • If you have coarse hair, consider waxing or sugaring.  You'll find that in time, hair won't grow back as fast.  Read this post for more information: Sugaring vs. Waxing

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XOXO
Euphrasie85

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Removing and preventing ingrown hair

October 14, 2011 2 Comments

Ingrown hair is a condition where the hair curls back or grows sideways into the skin.  Ingrown hair can affect any part of the body, not just areas that are depilated or epilated in any way.  Usually, they are minor irritations that can be painful and can become infected if left untreated.

Tips to help you get rid of ingrown hair:

  •  Exfoliate the area.  This will help to remove any dead skin cells, dirt and oils that might be trapping the ingrown hair.  I suggest using an all-natural sugar scrub!
  • Apply a small amount of acne medication; ingrown hair is very similar to a blemish.
  • Apply a warm compress for a few minutes to soften the skin and bring the hair to the surface.
  • Use a sterile needle or tweezers to gently tease the hair out of the skin.  The warm compress should have brought the hair to the surface.  If it hasn't, do not try to remove the hair.
  •  Use a blackhead/comedone extractor.  The comedone extractor is very simple to use.  Just press the tool’s loop on the area around the ingrown hair and press down against the skin.
blackhead extractor and tweezers

  • Wash the area and apply an antiseptic to provide protection against infection.   

Normally, an ingrown hair corrects itself in its own time.  Try to prevent ingrown hair; by shaving with proper shaving gel/cream, shave with the grain of the hair, use aftershave cream that prevents ingrown hair and exfoliate regularly.  You should also avoid wearing tight clothing on the affected area.

If these methods do not work, consider consulting a dermatologist for advice.

XOXO
Euphrasie85