An Autumn Guide to Waxing, Shaving, and Fall Makeup

Hair! It’s everywhere. Whether Summer, Spring, Winter or Fall, it’s there and can be a bit of a challenge to maintain, especially when things get really busy. Summer time was easy, wearing shorts and tee shirts, grooming was an everyday ritual. Well, now that it’s back to school, your schedule is bound to fill up and time may become an issue. Here are a few tips to help you brush up on some fall grooming techniques that will help make the transition from Summer to Fall, smooth and easy, with little to no maintenance. Not to mention a flawless, clean look that will your classmates asking you for hair removal tips.

Q:When waxing my brows, I do them my self, I tend to burn my skin and take, what feels like, a few layers of skin off. What’s the best advice for preventing this from happening?

A:Well, I would have to say that you are quite brave to do it at home, with little to no training. I am assuming that you are using a product that needs to be heated either with a pot of boiling water or in the microwave. If this is true, then test the wax on your wrist or ankle before applying to the eyebrows, lip or face. If it’s too hot for your wrist and ankle you can bet it will be too hot for your face. The skin on your face is much more fragile than the skin on your body To prevent bruising ad excess skin removal, make sure you are holding your skin taut at the other end of the waxing cloth and pull the opposite direction of the hair growth. Also, know your allergies and read the label to make sure there is nothing in the product that will give you a reaction. If you are on medications your skin may develop some sensitivities so wait 3-5 days before waxing.

If you keep injuring yourself, I recommend that you make an appointment with a professional, it will save your skin in the long run.

Q:I go to a professional to get my waxing done and tend to break out. What causes this?

A:This could mean that you have sensitive skin and you may need to ask the professional you are working with to use a sensitive friendly product. They are out there so just ask. You may also be experiencing breakouts because of the oils that lye in the epidermal area where you are waxing. Remember that where there is hair there is oil and when you wax you expose that pore allowing it to breath and release any congestion.

Q:As a male, I am finding it difficult to avoid razor burn on my face and neck after I shave, as well as ingrown hairs. I shave with the grain of my hair growth, as I was told to do but can’t seem to get it right. What do you suggest?

A:Well, you’re off to a good start with shaving with the grain of the hair, but here are a few more things you may want to add to prevent the ingrowns and razor burns:

Exfoliate skin with a gentle exfoliant to cleanse and prepare the skin. Apply a warm moist towel over your face and let sit for a few seconds. This will allow the skin and hair to soften.

Using a shaving gel apply in circular motion beginning at the neck moving upwards covering every inch of facial hair you wish to shave off. Use long even strokes in the same direction of the hair growth and pull the skin taut with your free hand to get a cleaner and closer shave. Make sure to rinse the skin thoroughly and finish with a aloe or natural based toner and moisturize your skin with a sunscreen based moisturizer. It’s really not all that much to remember and you start on this routine you will see a huge difference and don’t leave out the last part, this will only save you from any further skin damage.

SPEEDY FALL MAKE-UP TIP: Want to look great for the school year without the hassle of retouching your make-up? Try a sheer tinted moisturizer with an SPF of 15 or more to give your skin protection from the sun and full sheer coverage. Add a little bronzer to the cheeks, temples and jaw line and you have a natural glow that will last all day. Want less shine? Mineral powder make-up foundation, when applied evenly all over the face and neck, completes a flawless mattifying look with little to no maintenance.

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