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Waxing, It’s Not That Bad! Part 2

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In the first part of this waxing series, we took a look at the technical aspects of waxing. In this post I would like to tell you what to expect, and some tips to make it a bit easier for you to bare.

Pain?

So many people ask, does waxing hurt? Yes, waxing can be painful, after all you are getting hair ripped out of your skin. The pain is definitely tolerable, the initial sting only lasts a short time. Some people will choose to take some ibuprofen beforehand to help with the pain, however you do not want to take aspirin, because of it being a blood thinner. Yes, there can be blood, all that means is that we got the entire hair follicle out, which is attached to a blood vessel. It is also a good idea to keep in mind that your body is more sensitive around the time of your period, so it will hurt a little more. The more often you wax, the less painful it will be, due to the fact that your hair is growing back thinner and more sparse. Like many other things in life, it gets better with time!

Hair Length

Another thing you need to know is that you need to let your hair grow! It needs to be about 1/4″ long, which means you will need to grow it out for about 4 weeks. If your hair grows a little faster, it may be longer than a 1/4″ and that is ok. If your hair is longer than that I can trim it without a problem, but if the hair isnt long enough the wax wont adhear to the hair.

Bikini Waxing?

The last bit of information you should know about the waxing process itself is; don’t be embarrassed about how much hair you have, because we all have hair! Basically any part of the body can get waxed. When getting a bikini wax, it may be a little weird getting your lady business waxed, but after a couple minutes of talking the akwardness seems to go away. To me, there is hair attached to skin and I need to remove it, I dont think about anything else. It is not one bit awkward for me, so I hope you don’t feel that way either.

After Care

You should avoid hot baths or hot tubs after a wax for at least 24 hours. Your freshly waxed skin is susceptible to bacteria infections for the first 24 hours after. You should also avoid tight clothing to make sure your skin can breathe after the wax. Try to avoid any activities that could cause friction on your skin. After the first 24 hours, you can start using a mild antibacterial soap and exfoliating lightly to make sure you do not get any ingrown hairs. What are ingrown hairs you ask? Ingrown hairs happen when the hair grows sideways, or curls back into the skin. Sometimes the hair is not strong enough to push through the skin, so it curls back or grows sideways under the skin. These need to be taken care of, because they can become infected. The best way to remove them would be similar to how you would remove a sliver, with a tweezers to carefully pull it out.

I hope that after reading this you will give waxing a try, afterall, it’s not that bad!

~Jess M

~It is never too late to be what you might have been.-George Eliot~

Derma

Did You Know?

You may already know that skin is our bodies largest organ, but did you know that the skin you see now, will be gone in about a month? That’s right, our bodies get rid of 30,000-40,000 old skin cells everyday!

Skin cells change shape, they start off fat and square. Over time, they flatten out and when they get to the top layer of skin, they flake off. Over 50% of the dust in your house is actually skin! Can you believe that there are about 19 million skin cells in every square inch of your body, that means there are about 300 million skin cells on your body! On average, you shed about 9 pounds of skin cells per year!

Your Derma

What are some important things to know about skin? Changes in skin, if you notice you skin is drasically changing, there might be something causing that you need to address. Pimples for example are not always caused by diet or dirt. Hormone levels and menstratuion can be some of what is causing breakouts, as well as sweating, some medications or beauty products. If you have heard that the sun can make acne better, that is not actually true. The UV rays actually stimulate oil procution, in turn actually causing acne to worsen. The other thing you need to watch out for is moles, and the ABCDE’s of skin cancer.

A – asymmetry
B – border (irregular or poorly defined)
C – color (if it varies from one area to another.)
D – diameter (anything greater than 6mm)
E – evolving (if it changes size, shape or color)

If you notice any of these changes, you should see your docotor right away.

Skin Nourishment

There are some vitamins that are crutial for healthy skin.
Vitamin A treats sun damage and cellulite. Vitamin D reduces spots and growths. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, regenerates Vitamin E and provides sun protection. Vitamnin E is also an antioxidant and protects against sun damage and aging.

Skin is a very interesting organ, the only one of its kind to have all the functions it does. From protecting our organs, muscles, and bones to regulating our body tempurature. Skin is an amazing thing!

 

 

“Dream big and dare to fail.” ~Norman Vaughan

Dry Skin, Help Me!

As we all know, Wisconsin winters can be brutally cold.  A hot shower can take away the chill, but what is that hot water do to our skin? About 47% of the population suffers from dry skin. Although most of us only have to deal with it in the winter, some have trouble year round. If you are one of those that have to struggle with it more than just in wintertime, you may have a chronic skin condition. Sometimes the culprit can be the products you are using on your skin.

Asteatosis and Xerosis are the medical terms for dry skin. One of the causes of this are the lack of ceramides, which are fats found naturally in the outer layer of the skin. Ceramides are what hold the cells of your skin together, kind of like a glue. Another cause of dry skin is one that can easily be reversed – dehydration. You should drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water per day to stay hydrated and also to keep your skin in its optimum condition.

Sometimes the products we are using can cause dryness. Some soaps are too harsh, they are alkaline and can actually strip the skin of its protective outer layer. Soap itself is an emulsifier, which removes oils on the skin. Excessive use of these can cause your skin to dry out. A common mistake many make is scrubbing while cleansing; you should not feel tightness after, but refreshed.

Now that you know what some of the causes of dry skin are, I bet you are wondering how to prevent and treat it. One of the best ways to take care of your skin is to moisturize it daily. Moisturizers encourage the desquamation (shedding of the dead skin cells) process that makes skin appear smooth. You can also use a dry brush to exfoliate the skin as well. Moisturizing lotions also contain emollients, which are substances that inhibit the evaporation of water. When you bathe, your skin does absorb some of the water; however it evaporates into the air and takes excess water out of the skin along with it. The way to prevent this from happening is to apply a lotion as soon are you pat yourself dry after getting out of the shower or tub.

One of the best ingredients to look for in a good lotion is hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is already present in our bodies and holds up to 1000x its weight in water! Just a little fyi for you, all of the products in our Hylunia line contain hyaluronic acid! I would recommend the Healing & Restoring Cream; it is a favorite here and is used at the end of our body wraps.

Along with a good moisturizer, some foods can help with dry skin, especially oils. Some examples are olive oil as a natural moisturizer, coconut oil helps the skin store moisture, almond oil nourishes the skin and heals damaged skin, and avocado oil decreases dry skin and age spots. You can use these oils by either including them in your diet or applying them right on the skin. This is one of the reasons Back To Bliss only uses oils in our massages as well.  Although there are many other oils that are beneficial these are just some of the most common. Turmeric, cumin, coriander, fennel, and ginger are some great spices as well for the skin because of their therapeutic properties.

I hope I have saved you some itching and scratching and have made Wisconsin winters a bit more tolerable!

~”If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.” – Thomas A. Edison~

Your An Esthetician… What’s That?

During the last few weeks I have had the opportunity to meet many new people. When they ask what I do, I say that I am an Esthetician and Cosmetology Apprentice.  Almost everyone gives me the blank stare and asks, “What’s that?” To clear up the confusion, let me tell you a little bit about what I do.

As an Esthetician, also known as a skin care specialist, I am able to work at salons, day spas or medi spas. I was trained in the cosmetic treatment of the skin, facials, body wraps, waxing, and makeup. Cosmetologists are also trained in all of those treatments, but not as in depth as I was as an Esthetician.  My training allows me to focus on skin care and all of its facets.  I attended the State College of Beauty Culture in Wausau. My training was 32 hours a week for 19 weeks totaling about 600 hours. I graduated in 2010 with cum laude honors and continue to educate myself in the field.

As well as being an Esthetician, I am also a Cosmetology Apprentice. What that means is, I am learning how to cut, color, and perm hair as well as manicures and pedicures right here at Back to Bliss! Instead of attending a year long program at a school, I get to work as I learn. After finishing my apprenticeship I will have completed a two year training program which is 3,712 hours on-the-job training with Monica, and 288 hours of theory training online. I will then be able to take my state boards and receive my cosmetology license.

I also am starting a new journey of blogging, which is completely foreign to me, but so exciting. I love learning new things about this industry, and about myself. I will be blogging about anything from skin to hair and everything related to beauty. If you have any ideas about topics for me, please let me know I’ll gladly take them! You can email me at jessmb2b@gmail.com.

Thanks for reading!

Jessica McCord

 

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~Mark Twain