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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~

Skin Fact Quiz – The truth may surprise you!

As part of my apprenticeship I get quizzed all the time.  I read facts, myths, and theories all day.  Today, I thought I would put together one of my own for you!  Here are several facts and myths that I found interesting.  One of the four statements below is true; the others are false.  Take a guess, which one is true?

  1. Shaving makes hair grow back thicker.
  2. Eating chocolate causes acne.
  3. The higher the SPF, the better the protection.
  4. Your skin makes up 16% of your body weight, up to 20 pounds.

 

ANSWERS:

If you guessed that shaving makes hair grow back thicker, you are…incorrect. After shaving the blunt hair growing back looks thicker, but it’s the same size as it was before. If you decide to try waxing, the entire follicle is removed. The hair coming back grows in different cycles, making it appear thinner. Your hair will also take longer to grow back than shaving.

Now, if you guessed that chocolate causes acne you are, wrong again. Sebum getting clogged in the pores of your skin is what actually causes acne, not chocolate so you don’t have to give up chocolate completely for clear skin. Eating dark chocolate is actually beneficial for your skin because it contains antioxidants.

The higher the SPF the better the protection, that’s gotta be it right? Nope sorry! The SPF refers to the amount of protection the product offers from only UVB rays. An SPF of 15 screens out 93% of UVB light. An SPF of 30 screens out 97%. Anything higher than that doesn’t really do anything more. You need protection from both UVA and UVB rays; you should look for a broad spectrum sunscreen which protects from both UVA and UVB rays.

Hard to believe that skin weighs 20 pounds isn’t it? But that is the correct answer! Skin makes up about 16% of your total body weight and is about 22 square feet, which is about the size of a standard doorway. Skin is the largest organ in your body which is why we need to take care of it.

 

Were you just as surprised as I was?  There are so many interesting things about skin, which is why I decided to become an esthetician. It’s always good to do your research so you can decide what to believe and what not to!

Jessica M.
~Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. –Henry David Thoreau~