Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
- Shower before shaving. Hydrate your skin in the shower for several minutes to ensure your skn is as pliable as possible,
- Apply plenty of shaving oil or gel. As you apply, use a hand mirror to get the best view of the back of your head in the bathroom mirror.
- Use and advanced razor. This helps reduce pressure and provides less irritation.
- Use light, gentle strokes, and shave against the grain. That's the best way to get the smoothest, closet shave. Start from front to back and then shave the sides.
- Finally, apply a non-comedogegenic facial mosturizer. This will prevent your scalp from dryness and flaking.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
This isn't good for many reasons, two of them being: 1) They sting a
cleanly shaven face like crazy 2) They're big-time drying to the skin.
A better way to go is a soothing post-shave balm or a gel. These
products calm down and re-moisturize the skin.
When hair curls around and re-enters the skin (an ingrown hair) this
creates a razor bump. To rid yourself of ingrown hairs and the
resulting razor bumps first use shaving oil to shave. Using shaving
oil will give ou the closet shave, eliminating ingrown hairs. Also,
use an exfoliator to remove dead skin cells or a face scrub to free
ingrowns. Warming the face thoroughly will make you kinder to existing
bumps. If all else fails, try a targeted ingrown hair solution.
Too much lather is a waste of money! Why keep piling on foam that will
never touch your face? For the best and closest shave, use shaving
oil. It not only moiturizes your skin, but conditions as well.
Monday, June 1, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
- Avoid shaving dry or sunburned skin
- Do not shave before an exfoliating treatment (shaving is actually a form of exfoliation itself).
- Never use a blunt razor or share a razor with someone else (especially one that has been used on a beard)
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Skin is at its most sensitive immediately after shaving. To prevent inflammation, let skin rest at least 30 minutes before: Applying lotions, moisturizers or medications. If you must moisturize immediately following shaving, select a cream formula rather than a lotion, and avoid exfoliating moisturizers that may contain alpha hydroxy acids.
- Moisten hair for three minutes with water and then apply shaving oil. This preparation is a must, as the hair in the bikini area tends to be thicker, denser and curlier, making it more difficult to cut.
- Handle the skin in the bikini area gently, as it is thin and tender.
- Shave horizontally, from the outside to the inside of the upper thigh and groin area, using smooth even strokes.
- Shave frequently year-round to keep the area free of irritation and ingrown hairs. Shaving oil will be a preventative of irritation and unwanted ingrown hairs.
- Moisten skin and apply shaving oil. Shaving oil will give you the closest and smoothest shave.
- Lift your arm up while shaving to pull skin tight.
- Shave from the bottom up, allowing the razor to glide over the skin.
- Avoid shaving the same area more than once, to minimize skin irritation.
- Don't press too hard! Simply let the blade and handle do the work for you.
- Avoid applying deodorants or anti-perspirants immediately after shaving, as doing so can result in irritation and stinging. To prevent this, shave underarms at night and give the area time to stabilize before using deodorant.
- Moisten skin with water for about three minutes. Shaving oil is the best bet for a close smooth shave. Water plumps up the hair, making it easier to cut, and the shaving oil helps retain the moisture.
- Use long, even strokes without applying excessive pressure. Shave carefully over bony areas like ankles, shins and knees.
- For knees, bend slightly to pull the skin tight before shaving, as folded skin is difficult to shave.
- Stay warm to prevent goose bumps, as any irregularity in the skin surface can complicate shaving.
- Don't press too hard! Simply let the blade and handle do the work for you.
- Remember to shave in the direction of hair growth. Take your time and shave carefully over sensitive areas. For a closer shave, carefully shave against the grain of hair growth.
Vellus: This is the fine, white hair found on a woman's face. Vellus hair grows for a limited time, never reaching any appreciable length.
Transitional: Usually a fine, brown hair found on a woman's arms. Like vellus hair, transitional hair never reaches any appreciable length.
Terminal: Hair found on the scalp that also comprises the face and body hair seen in men.
Skin consists of two primary layers: the epidermis and dermis. The epidermis is the external layer of skin and is composed mainly of a protein called Keratin. The inner layer of skin, known as the dermis, contains collagen protein which provides strength and contains the nerves, blood vessels, sweat glands, oil glands and upper part of the hair follicle.
The skin is in a constant state of renewal as cells from below divide and replenish aging cells above. Every 14 days the external skin surface is renewed, and every 45-75 days skin undergoes a complete re-building of its full thickness.
|Myth: The age that you begin to shave influences the amount of hair you will have on your legs and underarms. |
Fact: These factors are determined strictly by heredity. Early experiences with shaving coincide with the natural increase in hair growth resulting from puberty.
Myth: Shaving promotes darker, thicker or faster re-growth of hair on legs and underarms.
Fact: Since shaving removes hair on the surface of the skin, it doesn't affect the color or the thickness of the hair. After an area has been shaved, the hair shafts start to emerge from the follicle, so your hair looks and feels coarse and bristly. If you allow the hair to grow out, it will take on its original appearance and texture.
Myth: A tan can be removed by shaving.
Fact: Tanning occurs at the lower levels of your skin, where the skin's pigment cells are located. Razor blades never come in contact with these cells. Shaving can actually "polish" your skin and give it a healthy glow. You'll improve the look of your tan by removing flaky surface skin cells that give your skin a dull appearance.
2. Take a warm shower or bath. At least 10 minutes of the heat will soften skin and relax the hair follicle.
3. Exfoliate. Rid dead skin cells and provide a closer shave by using a mild exfoliator.
4. Dab on some shaving oil. Working as a barrier on your skin, the razor will glide easier instead of dragging and moisturize skin. It also helps prevent razor burn, general irritation and ingrown hairs.
6. Shave. Using a fresh blade, first go in the same direction of hair growth and then in opposite direction while holding skin taut. Don't go over the same area too many times.
7. Rinse. In between strokes, be sure to rinse blade. A clogged razor won't work well.
8. Cleanse. Rinse pubic area and pat dry with towel.
9. Moisturize. Apply a light, preferably unscented lotion.
10. Fight ingrown hairs. It has a lot to do with the products used with shaving. Using a shaving oil protects skin working as a barrier so the razor will glide easier instead of dragging, for a more comfortable shave. Made up of oils, it replenishes moisture lost from shaving and wards off irritation. Skin that is soft and pliable makes ingrown hair harder to break into.
Monday, May 11, 2009
4. Using a shaving oil or gel rather than a cream helps avoid clogging the pores.
5. Avoid passing the razor over the same area numerous times
6. If razor burn appears, apply an aloe-vera based cortisone cream twice a day to soothe the skin and reduce redness.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
1. Cool the itchy area with a cold wash cloth. It can be laid over the area, or used to pat the irritated skin.
2. Rub the area with an ice cube.
3. Apply a clear, unscented Vitamin E oil or baby oil.
4. Apply an over-the-counter cortizone anti-itch cream (this may help with razor burn and little red bumps as well).
5. Dust with baby powder.
6. Use loofah or an exfoliating mitt, or various exfoliating scrubs available (Apricot Scrub being one of the most common).
7. Apply cool, pure, unscented and undyed aloe vera gel.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
True or False: Oil or shaving cream isn't necessary...soap and water works just as well! FALSE! Shaving oil and creams tend to be less drying than ordinary soap and they won't clog your razor the way soap buildup can. Shaving oil like Shave Magic helps hold moisture in the hair, making hair easier to cut.
Use a new razor. Wash your legs and underarms or face to remove oil and perspiration. Use 4 to 5 drops shaving oil before shaving to help keep water in the hair and to ensure the razor glides easily over skin. For maximum comfort, use a light touch and shave in the direction of hair growth to shorten hairs and then against the grain to get the closest results
Friday, May 1, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Using an all natural shaving oil can also help reduct redness and razor burn by helping with the proper lubrication for a smooth shave.
Are you using the right product when you shave? Try shaving oil and feel the difference.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Use a new razor. Wash your legs and underarms or face to remove oil and perspiration. Use 4 to 5 drops of shaving oil before shaving to help keep water in the hair and to ensure the razor glides easily over skin. For maximum comfort, use a light touch and shave in the direction of hair growth to shorten hairs and then against the grain to get the closest results.
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