Wax strips and Dermaplaning 💁🏻♀️
Hello everyone. In this post, I’d like to share more about two of my favorite facial hair removal methods: waxing & dermaplaning. 𝐌𝐲 𝐭𝐨𝐩 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐰𝐚𝐱 𝐤𝐢𝐭: Nads Body Wax Strips | 24 strips, 4 calming wipes A staple product in my hair removal regime. I particularly like to purchase the “body” wax with the bigger patches. I find they work more effectively, they stick to facial hair better than those labeled “face” wax strips -- plus you get more for your money. I like to cut the strips into smaller sizes to use on my upper lip, chin, as well as my eyebrows. I dab baby powder on the areas before applying the strips. It makes the wax stick to the hair so much better and it makes it less painful. I then rub the strip on the skin for about 15 seconds and remove. None has worked as efficiently as Nads for me. It also still remains very effective even if left in a humid environment. It’s very affordable and a great value product. My previous box lasted me two years 🤯 𝐅𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐢𝐠𝐠𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐬 𝐨𝐧 𝐦𝐲 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐞, 𝐈 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐝𝐨 𝐃𝐄𝐑𝐌𝐀𝐏𝐋𝐀𝐍𝐈𝐍𝐆. Dermaplaning is a form of exfoliation, a procedure that involves a sharp tool, a scalpel, to scrape off the top layer of the skin, remove dead skin cells from the surface, and also get rid of fine vellus hair known as peach fuzz. *disclaimer: If you’re someone who’s not comfortable holding a very sharp tool though, please refrain! *If you're on prescription strength retinoid, stop using your cream at least two days (or a week) before and after doing dermaplaning. Apply hydrating and repairing skincare only. 𝐌𝐲 𝐭𝐨𝐨𝐥: Dynarex #10 Disposable Scalpel I do dermaplaning once a month. First, I wash my face with a gentle cleanser and let it completely dry. Keep in mind that doing the procedure on dry skin can be so irritating to some people -- in this case, you can apply facial oil before starting. I usually start scraping from my forehead going down my face. You have to be very light handed but also make sure you remove the surface layer of dead skin cells. They will come off like white little particles -- almost powdery. The overall procedure takes me around 30 minutes. I then follow up with a hydrating face mask like the Hada Labo Gokojyun or on some days, just a gentle gel moisturizer like Procure Rosacare. 𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬: ~ Use only gentle face mask or moisturizer after procedure. ~ Do not use the scalpel in areas with active pimples or lesions. ~ Avoid touching, washing, putting other products on the face for at least 24hrs ~ Have a healing/antibiotic ointment at hand, just in case...🙊 Overall, I find it a very beneficial procedure for me. I deal with a lot of peach fuzz/dead skin cells so exfoliating doing this makes active ingredients absorb better, even making makeup application so much easier and flawless.
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Scrub for Body Acne & Cellulite
This is a DIY recipe I learnt from my grandmother who is also a skincare fanatic like me. Unlike me, she mostly uses home organic products that have always worked wonders for her skin. Ingredients needed for this are simple and can be found in your kitchen: -Olive Oil -Coffee -Brown Sugar Coffee and brown sugar work together to buff out the skin and remove the dead skin cells. This scrub also fights cellulite. It does so by increasing blood flow and circulation. It also helps get rid of red bumps in the back if your arms and legs. It helps boy acne too. Olive oil on the other hand helps to moisturise and balance out the coffee. Coffee is great for helping puffiness and swelling of skin so can use this on the face as well as the body as required. Coffee is also natural astringent that helps to tighten the pores. Of course, eating well and exercise helps in reducing cellulite but what this scrub does is that it helps in increasing the blood circulation and remove excess water from your skin. This in turn helps make it appear firmer. Now lets go and see how to make this scrub in few steps: -Mix all three ingredients in a small bowl. - Thereafter start rubbing the scrub in a circular motion, upwards towards your heart for about few minutes and wash it off under warm shower.
How I Get My Body Summer Silky Smooth!
We all have body hair, but here’s how I pretend that I don’t! Summer is here! OMG and the hair on my legs and even my toes has to go immediately. With a variety of products out there and tools to try, I think I have mastered the hair removing process to trick anyone into thinking, ‘does she even grow hair?’ Whenever I know that summer is approaching I do 3 things: dry brush, shave, moisturize and repeat on a weekly basis. Dry Brushing If you are unfamiliar with how dry brushing works then you are in for a treat. The dry brush tool of my choice is by EcoTools. The dry brush has synthetic and cruelty-free bristles that help “to exfoliate and detoxify” the skin. It removes the layers of dead skin and product build up which makes it easier to shave unwanted hair. How To Dry Brush: Before you take a shower or a bath, remove all clothing and step into the shower with the water turned off.Gently brush your skin using vertical strokes on the legs and arms.Gently dry brush the elbows by using small circles on the elbows.Turn on lukewarm water and rinse off then proceed to showering with a moisturizing body wash or soap. Every week repeat the process to keep the skin soft and to also gradually remove impurities such as scars. Shaving The next part of summer prep is shaving. I’m sure that everyone has their way of shaving but for me it is always in the shower but here’s the kicker, you don’t stand to remove the hair. What I like to do instead is sit down and shave. How To “Shower Bath” Shave Start by washing your entire body to get the skin and hair soft.With the legs still soft and the pores are open sit down in the tub with the water running. The bath tub will fill slightly, then drain again so you can keep dipping the blade in water to keep it unclogged of your hair.Choose either a single blade or double blade. I prefer BIC Silky Touch Twin Blades. More than 3 blades are too much on the skin because of the sharpness of each blade which can cause irritation especially on coarse hair or thin skin.Start by shaving opposite of hair growth without shaving cream. You do not need shaving cream because you’ve already prepped the skin by washing it.Examine each area after shaving to make sure that you didn’t miss any parts. Do this once every 4 days. Shaving everyday can lead to ingrown hairs and/or skin irritation. Moisturize The last step is to always moisturize. Rather you are using a moisturizer created by using in the shower or using the classic lotion after you are finished showering, you definitely do not want to miss this step. Sometimes I actually like to put an oil on before I apply a moisturizer to really seal in the moisture but most of the time, specifically during the summer, I skip it. You never want to skip moisturizing the skin after you shave because the skin is begging for moisture retention and this definitely makes the skin feel softer, silkier and incredibly great looking. You all, Summer is here! Now is the time to shed all those layers of clothing and opt for shorts, sandals and dresses. Show off that amazing and now hairless body.
Embarrassing retinol story 🤦🏼♀️
embarrassing retinol story 🤦🏼♀️ when i was first starting to get into skincare about 3 years ago, i heard all this amazing stuff about retinol. tbh i knew it was good for anti aging and acne, but that’s literally it. so i went on to deciem ‘s website and bought THE HIGHEST retinol i could buy (not pictured) and used it like moisturizer. i used it every day & just slapped it on my face with nothing else. ARE YOU CRINGING YET CAUSE I AM 😫 welp flash forward a week of using it and i was looking in the mirror one morning and realized i had burned my first layer of skin off and i just had patches of raw skin on my face 😂 tl;dr don’t be an idiot like me and do research about what retinol is before buying!!! flash forward to now, i’ve done my proper research and i’m obsessed with this retinol pictured from deciem packs a serious punch, but isn’t irritating at all. best part? it’s 13 bucks 😊
Things to do for GREAT SKIN!!
We all want great skin, which is hard because everyone’s skin is different in many ways. But if we all can do this, we can all get the skin we dream about! (Remember everyone’s skin is different)‼️ 1. Cleansing in the morning & evening is a MUST + (going to sleep without removing makeup is a big no!) 2. Moisturize religiously, every single day. It’s the most important thing for your skin, weather it’s oily, combo, dry, doesn’t matter every skin needs to be hydrated!! 3. Do an oil cleanse once in awhile. The simplest way to do this is to clean your face as you always do, then spend 10-15 massaging your face with the oil of your choice. Once your done, gently remove the oil from your face. 4. Apply serums daily. Invest in a good serum that fits your needs & desire, help your skin heal! 5. Nourish at night with products that help your skin heal & restore! 6. Use face mask/treatment once or twice a week. Various face mask can give your skin an extra boost and offer a quick fix for whatever the mask specifically targets. 7. DRINK WATER! It flushes out toxins from your body which will improve your complexion for clearer, glowing skin. It pushes out bacteria reducing the risk of acne or other skin problems. Also helps circulation, and just great for your body overall! 8. Wear sunscreen, even when you can’t see or feel it, it’s damaging your skin and can result in skin cancer, and wrinkles. Why not prevent it?! There’s so many important stuff for your skin, but here’s some. Everyone’s beautiful in their own skin, but don’t forget your skin needs you as much as you need it!😉
Skincare Truths from an Esthetician
One of the first things my teacher harped about was the importance of checking the ingredient list on products! Some brands (even from Sephora) are marketing-based, not fact or science-based. I’m not going to sit here and tell you what brands to avoid, but in this post I will touch on the ingredients that you should avoid while purchasing any sort of skincare. ￼Sulfates (SLS) ex- sodium laureth sulfate. Sulfates strip the skin of its natural moisture and the skin’s acid mantle (protective barrier- more on that in a diff. post) which irritates the skin more. And by disrupting our natural moisture levels and the acid mantle we are throwing of the natural pH of the skin (4.5-5.5). ￼Fragrance -also stated as Perfume or Parfum. Fragrance in skincare products is the biggest cause of contact dermatitis (red, itchy, sometimes inflamed rash). Fragrance includes most, but not all essentials oils. When fragrance is present in a product, companies will “disguise” it by using the scientific name. For example, lavender extract is lavandula angustifolia on ingredient lists. With that being said, you never truly know what is in a fragrance and it can vary from brand to brand. The FDA doesn’t require listed fragrances to be specific as to what’s really in it. Watch out, because some brands will not have “fragrance” or “parfum” listed, they will just have the scientific name of the fragrance. Most commonly found in: cleansers, toners, creams. ￼Parabens ex- methylparabens, butylparabens, propylparabens. Parabens are a preservative to increase the shelf-live of products. Parabens have been linked to reproductive and fertility issues among women and has also shown links to breast cancer as this preservative can interrupt hormonal balance within the body. Most commonly found in: cleansers (mostly milky cleansers), and face masks. If you found this helpful and would like to hear more on ingredients to avoid, let me know😊
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