How To Get The Closest Shave In 5 Easy Steps

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Most grown men would have to shave their face to maintain professionalism at the workplace, or just to look neat. Follow these five easy steps to get the closest shave in no time:1

  1. Prep your face If you normally dive straight into shaving your face, now is the time to do a little prep. Rinse your face with warm water and soap to remove dead skin cells and excess oil. Alternatively, you can also take a hot shower prior to shaving. This will moisten your face and open up pores, making it smoother to shave later. Another way is to place a warm moist towel over your face and leave it for a few minutes. A good prep helps to prevent you from getting skin friction, cuts, razor burns and irritation.2
  2. Use a good shaving cream What makes a shaving cream good? It should be creamy and rich in texture, and not foamy. Such texture will provide you with better lubrication and moisturises your facial hair. For those with sensitive skin, remember to use products that are formulated for your skin type. Avoid using aerosol-type products containing toxic chemicals, as they’ll make your skin dryer.4
  3. Pick the right shaving brush If you’ve never used a shaving brush before, it would be a good investment as the right brush can give you the closest and smoothest shave. There are four types of brushes to choose from: synthetic brush, horse brush, boar brush, and badger brush. Choose a brush that has bristles with the nice balance between softness for lathering and stiffness for raising the facial hair upward. Most experts recommended the badger brush. A good brush also helps to exfoliate your skin and remove dead skin cells which reduces the risks of blemishes, razor bumps, and irritations.4
  4. Use the right brushing technique When applying the cream using the brush, you don’t have to use a lot of them. To know the right amount needed, read the cream’s instruction manual. When brushing, the right technique is to use a circular motion around the areas with facial hair. Do it in upward strokes only.

    BUEN AFEITADO / GOOD SHAVE

    BUEN AFEITADO / GOOD SHAVE

  5. Use a good, sharp razor with the right angle Whatever kind of razor you are using, make sure the blade is sharp. Avoid using razors with dull blades as they can cause razor burn and itchiness. If you have to shave on a daily basis, you have to replace the blade or cartridge if you are using a safety razor every 5-10 shaves. When shaving, do it at the right angle by starting at a 90-degree angle before rolling it down to a 30- to 45-degree angle. If you need to re-shave, remember to re-lather to stay lubricated and avoid skin irritation and cuts. Rinse your face with cold water after you are done. Finally, apply an after shave balm to prevent dry, irritated skin.

You may think that shaving is another simple daily or weekly routine, and thus should not be treated as a complicated ritual. However, it is more than just simply gliding a razor over your cheek and chin. It takes an effort to do it the right way so you will not damage your skin. Remember the five steps mentioned the next time you’re going for a clean-cut look. Your skin will thank you.

Pregnant Skin: What Is Chloasma?

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Pregnancy is a very exciting period for most women. It’s the time when you get ready to enter the world of motherhood. However, there are accompanying skin problems during pregnancy that needs attention.

 

Mostly because of the imbalances in the levels of hormones in the body during pregnancy, the skin may react differently during this period. One of the most common skin problems most pregnant women encounter is chloasma or the “mask of pregnancy”. Other people use the term melasma to describe this skin problem.

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What Is Chloasma?

 

Chloasma or melasmagravidarum are blotchy areas of darkened skin. Women with darker complexion are more at risk to develop this skin condition than women with lighter skin. Also, it runs in the family. So, if you have family members who had this while pregnant, you are more likely to have it too.

 

The skin pigmentation may appear around your cheekbones, upper lip, nose and forehead. It’s dubbed as the “mask of pregnancy” since it forms the shape of a mask. However, you may have this on other parts of the body such as the forearms and other parts of the skin that are exposed to the sun’s rays.

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What Causes Chloasma?

 

Melasma or chloasma appears when there is a sudden surge of estrogen levels in the body. When this happens, melanin production is stimulated. When there is too much melanin produced, it is known as hyperpigmentation.

 

When this happens, some parts of the body might appear darker such as the areolas. Also, freckles, moles and the dark line down the abdomen dubbed as lineanegra, may appear darker in shade.

 

This discoloration is temporary and disappears after delivery. However, in some women, the hyperpigmentation may last longer, prompting for medical and dermatological assistance.

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Chloasma Prevention

 

When pregnant, one of the best ways to prevent chloasma is to limit skin sun exposure. Wear protective clothing and hats to protect the skin. If you have a pregnant-safe sunblock, you can apply it to vulnerable areas of the body especially the face.

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Chloasma Treatment

 

Usually, chloasma will fade as the hormones begin to stabilize. Some women may notice the disappearance of hyperpigmentation as soon as they delivered the baby. Other women, however, may wait longer.

 

There are other treatment options to help treat dark patches or blotches on the skin. Dermatologists may prescribe hydroquinone, a cream that helps reduce pigments on the skin. It works by cutting the process that leads to increased production of melanin. Other procedures are chemical peels, use of azelaic acid and intense pulsed light therapy.

 

Pregnancy is sometimes accompanied by various complications and health conditions. It is best to consult with your doctor about skin care products that are safe for you to use. In women with chloasma, visiting your dermatologist is better than applying drugstore topical treatments that are not safe especially if you’re breastfeeding. Since dermatologists are experts in the field of skin care, they are well-versed with which products are best for you.

 

The Secret Ingredient to Smooth, Glowing Skin

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For radiant, healthy skin, individuals can use various emulsions, moisturizers, scrubs or creams. While there are many options available at drugstores and department stores, it is also possible to make skin care products at home. For natural skin care products and healthy skin, try one of these beauty concoctions.
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Brighten Your Face With Baking Soda 

While it sounds odd, baking soda can actually help boost the circulation in your skin. Blend a tablespoon of honey, a tablespoon of baking soda and a little water in the palm of your hand. Afterward, rub the mixture onto your face in gentle, circular motions. This mixture should be allowed to sit for a minute to boost circulation and brighten your skin naturally. When the mixture has sat for long enough, simply wash it off with warm water.
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Avocado and Honey for Smooth Skin

For the maximum softness, you cannot go wrong with avocado and honey. Blend a quarter of an avocado, a tablespoon of honey and three tablespoons of fresh cream together. Afterward, apply this mixture onto your face for an hour before rinsing it off with warm water. This moisturizer helps to hydrate your skin, smooth out wrinkles and fill in fine lines.
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Exfoliate Regularly 

If you want the best looking skin, you need to exfoliate each night. By exfoliating at night, you remove any of the bacteria, dead skin or dirt that has built up on your skin during the day. Normally, your skin cells replace themselves every 28 days in your youth. As you age, the skin cells are replaced slowly every 40 days instead. By exfoliating, you can ensure that new skin cells are constantly being regenerated for younger and healthier-looking skin.

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Scrub Your Way to Beauty With Brown Sugar 

Brown sugar is an amazing remedy for the skin. It can help to remove dry skin, boost hydration and improve your skin tone. Start by mixing one part brown sugar to two parts milk. For added moisture, stir in an egg yolk. During your morning shower, use this mixture on your face. Scrub in small circles and rinse it afterward. It can also be used for the rest of your skin for a full-body treatment.
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Lemons and Yeast for Acne-Free Skin 

It is hard for anyone to notice your skin’s natural beauty when you suffer from acne. For a natural solution, buy a lemon and some brewer’s yeast. Yeast naturally fights bacteria on the skin, and the lemon juice helps to dry out the pimple. Using a squirt of lemon juice, blend in some brewer’s yeast and a little water. This should make a paste-like mixture that can then be applied to your blemishes for 10 minutes. Once the 10 minutes are up, rinse your face and finish with your normal moisturizing routine.

From the best emulsions to at-home remedies, there are many ways for you to ensure beautiful, radiant skin. While skin hydration will make you look younger, make sure to use sunscreen regularly to prevent wrinkles and fine lines.

Sources:

http://www.allure.com/skin-care/2013/get-glowing-how-to-revive-dull-skin#slide=5
http://www.prevention.com/beauty/skin-care/5-diy-beauty-recipes-glowing-skin
http://www.rd.com/health/beauty/8-natural-recipes-for-amazing-skin-from-a-plastic-surgeon/

Why Do We Get Seriously Oily Skin in Hot Weather?

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Summer is here, which means it’s time to switch up your skincare routine. Hot and humid summers usually mean oily skin everywhere. This all-over greasy feeling happens because heat makes your skin produce more oil than it normally would. If you are looking for ways to keep the oily skin at bay, here are five tips to try.
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1. Stay Hydrated 

Just like the rest of your body, your skin needs hydration. While drinking water definitely helps, it is important to keep your face hydrated with light, moisturizing gels and toners. Be sure to examine the ingredient lists posted and avoid body care products with oil or drying alcohols in them. This applies to your lips too. You can swipe moisturizing toners over your lips to help keep them hydrated and feeling less greasy.
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2. Exfoliate Regularly 

Hot weather means extra oil on your face, which can lead to clogged pores. To prevent clogged pores and oil build-up, use a clay mask or a peel-off mask over your face once a week. While you should avoid putting these masks on your lips, you can use gentle exfoliating scrubs to keep your lips smooth and matte. Be sure not to overdo it, though, otherwise your skin will be seriously oily and dried out.
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3. Cleanse Gently 

When skin gets oily, the natural reaction is to scrub it clean. Unfortunately this just makes the situation worse. Harsh soaps or scrubs will actually make your face oilier, because they strip all of the natural moisture away from your skin. So, if you’re feeling greasy, reach for a gentle cleansing water or an alcohol-free toner to wipe away the sticky feeling.
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4. Keep Blotting Papers Handy 

Instead of washing or wiping your face whenever it feels oily, try blotting your skin with oil-absorbing sheets. These sheets are specially made to soak up excess oil without wiping off makeup or sunscreen, so you can mattify your whole face without reapplying your sunscreen or makeup.
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5. Use Matte Lip Balm 

If your lips start to feel greasy or oily, the best thing to do is wipe them clean and then apply a moisturizing, matte lip balm. Glosses tend to be too sticky and shiny, which can make your lips feel worse. Reach for a plain balm with SPF and lanolin to keep your lips healthy and grease-free.

Use these five tips to help you find the right summer products to help keep your oily skin at bay and remember that your lips need some summer care too.

Acne Skincare How-To (With Product Recommendations)

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Defining acne is a fairly simplistic matter. Hormones on the human body produce sebum -or oil- which can get trapped into pores. Along with dead skin cells the sebum will result in an accumulation of bacteria. These bacteria form into infected acne. This acne forms as whiteheads, blackheads or cystic acne. Whiteheads are also known as closed comedones. A comedone is another term for an acne blemish. A whitehead is identifiable based on it usually being slightly raised on the skin and either a white color. It may even be pink or red in color. A blackhead is an open comedone. It is identifiable based on it being black in color. Blackheads are black because the bacteria inside the pore are open to the air and the reaction from the bacteria and the air was to turn black.

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As simple as it is the describe acne. It is a little bit more of a challenge to get rid of acne. This is because everyone has different types of skin and need to identify the acne treatment skin care that works the best for them. Some anti-acne products have maximum impact on an individual’s skin. That same product though might only deliver minimal results for another person.

A few different recommended acne treatment skin care options include:

 

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Hada Labo skincare is made with super hyaluronic acid. The hyaluronic acid works to heal the skin, clears up discoloration and gives the skin a clear complexion. The company is based in Japan, where clear, vibrant skin is held in high esteem.

Belif products uses modern Korean skin care developments and the apothecary studies of Duncan Napier who had an herbal clinic that was founded in 1860. The natural, herbal ingredients of Belif are gentle and anti-bacterial and thus fitting for treating and preventing acne.

The benefits of aloe vera for acne skin is known to both treat the infected bacteria that causes acne skin and to smooth skin blemishes. In the form of clear gel it is easy to apply aloe vera over acne blemishes in the manner of a spot treatment.

Steps for Treating Acne Type Skin
skin-cleansingStep One: Cleansing
When cleansing acne type skin always select a cleanser that is oil-free. If your skin is both acne prone and sensitive use a cleanser that is designed for sensitive skin that is very gentle and does not contain any scented ingredients. Use a clean washcloth to dampen face with water. Carefully massage your cleanser all over the surface of your skin. Carefully wash off the cleanser with a washcloth soaked in warm water. Always cleanse you skin every morning and night.

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If you wish to use a toner be careful as some are highly astringent which may quickly dry out skin. Toners do help a lot in balancing out the skin and keeping the skin bacteria free. Just pay attention if it’s too drying as that can cause more acne to form due to the skin’s irritation at being too dry.

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It can help to use either exfoliating or clay face masks once each week to remove the oil and to loosen up dirt from the skin layer. Apply the mask all over your face and leave on for ten to fifteen minutes.

xl_iStock_000020970234SmallStep Four: Moisturizing
While some people believe that avoiding moisturizer to dry out their skin so blemishes will also dry up this isn’t exactly true. It can temporarily reduce acne to do this, but over a length of time of drying out the skin it will look rough and blemishes may just start forming from irritation to the skin dryness. Use an anti-acne, oil-free moisturizer for the best results.

Tip: Never go to bed with makeup on
Wearing makeup to bed causes a breeding ground for bacteria to form in your cells overnight and it is highly unhealthy and aging to the skin to wear makeup overnight.