Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about laser hair removal

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about laser hair removal

Whether you shave every couple of days or you prefer to go for a wax, there’s no denying the fact that the more common hair removal processes can be a bit of a drag. Just think of that uncomfortable prickle when you’re wearing jeans but you’ve forgotten to shave for a few days, and let’s not forget the annoying ‘growing out’ phase before your next wax. Not to mention unsightly razor bumps and ingrown hairs… We won’t even go there!

There must be a better option… right? Well actually, there is – and it’s growing in popularity. Laser hair removal is a painless and near-permanent hair reduction treatment that uses pulses of laser light to destroy your hair follicles at the root.

But how does it work?

Laser hair removal targets hair follicles using a focused laser beam that heats the pigment at the root of the hair, damaging the bulb and inhibiting hair growth at the same time. Once the hair follicle is dead, the hair won’t grow back, resulting in the permanent reduction of hair in the areas being treated.

That said, the results won’t happen overnight. Depending of the type of laser treatment that you choose, you’ll need to commit to at least 8 – 12 treatments, which are usually about a month apart. Once you’ve completed the course of treatments, you may also need to go back for a yearly touch up.

Does it hurt?

Although laser hair removal isn’t necessarily painful, many women admit to feeling slight discomfort and a warming or prickling sensation. It’s far less painful than waxing or electrolysis, that’s for sure! Laser hair removal has come a long way over the past decade, however, and many new lasers are completely pain-free.

Am I a good candidate?

Many laser hair removal treatments aren’t advised for those with darker skin tones, and the treatments may not be as successful on those with blonde or grey hair. Fortunately, new technologies mean that there are options that are safe to use on all skin types and ethnicities. The Urban Bliss Wellness Spa in Johannesburg, is one such spa. Their Cryo Sheer Diode laser treatments are completely pain-free and ideal for use on all skin types and tones.

TOP TIPS

  • Remember to shave the area you’re getting lasered the day before your appointment. The laser targets your hair follicles, so you don’t need any regrowth before your treatment – unlike waxing.
  • Stay out of the sun! Since lasers target pigmented areas, it’s advised that you stay clear of the sun for at least four weeks before your appointment, and for two weeks afterwards. Sun beds are a no-go! Laser hair removal does not work well on tanned (or sunburnt) skin. This also includes self-tanning lotions and spray tans, so get ready to embrace your pale skin!
  • Sunscreen is your NBF. You should be wearing sunscreen every day anyway, but if you don’t, now’s the time to start. Your skin is likely to be sensitive after laser treatments, so you’ll need to protect it as much as possible.
  • Avoid deodorant and fragrances for the first day or two after your treatment. As we mentioned above, your skin will be sensitive, so stay clear of deodorant and fragrances for the first 24 – 48 hours. It’s also advised that you stay clear of hot baths or showers, and opt for lukewarm showers instead.
  • Consistency is key. Don’t think that you’ll be smooth and fuzz-free after just one treatment. Your hair follicles have their own growth cycle, so you’ll have new hairs cropping up constantly. It’s advised that you book for a full course of treatments to see best results, and you’ll need to go in for a treatment at least once every 4 – 6 weeks. You should start to see a noticeable difference after about three months.
Have you been for laser hair removal? We’d love to know more about your experiences, so leave us a comment below!

 

Q&A: How can I deal with unsightly spots and ingrown hairs on my bikini line?

Q&A: How can I deal with unsightly spots and ingrown hairs on my bikini line?

Q&A: I’ve noticed little bumps and ingrown hairs on my bikini line after waxing. What can I do to prevent and treat these?

If you’ve ever been for a bikini wax, you may be familiar with those pesky ingrown hairs and other painful bumps and spots that crop up after hair removal. We spoke to Adrienne Cohen, the founder of FINO Cosmetics, to explain why these occur, and what can be done to help treat and prevent them. Adrienne’s top tip? If you’re waxing, it’s best to go to a professional spa or salon for your wax, as opposed to using commercially available strips to wax your own bikini line. Although convenient, these strips can cause bruising and irritation. “If you prefer shaving, do so after a bath or while in the shower as the hot water and steam will help to open up the pores,” she explains. “Remember to shave in the direction of the hair growth, and be careful not too apply too much pressure.” Another tip? Try to shave over the same area only once – going over the same area more often will only lead to irritation. You can also try applying FINO Soothe WOMAN to affected areas straight after shaving or waxing. This will help to calm the redness and tenderness, and will also protect against infection from any bacteria that may have entered the pores. For best results, apply to affected areas on a daily basis. The synergistic, hygienic blend of Vitamin A palmitate and a fruit enzyme will help to gently exfoliate the skin and protect against inflammation, ingrowns and bumps. Continue using FINO Soothe once the new hair growth comes through and the skin starts becoming prickly and itchy, as it also protects against the itchiness. If you do get a bad ingrown, it’s best to have it professionally removed rather than trying to pull it out yourself. If you can’t resist or if it’s close enough to the surface of the skin make sure to disinfect well.

FINO Soothe WOMAN (R69,95) is sold at selected spas and salons, as well as Clicks, Dis-Chem, and selected pharmacies. Click here to find out more about FINO Soothe, and for your nearest stockist.

Do you have any burning beauty questions that you’d like answered? Leave a comment below, send us a message via Facebook, or email us at Creativedirector@beautywarriors.biz – we’d love to help out!

5 Steps to the perfect, professional-looking pedicure at home!

5 Steps to the perfect, professional-looking pedicure at home!

You don’t have to fork out hundreds of rands to get the perfect pedicure this summer. With a bit of practice and a little know-how, it’s possible to get a professional looking pedi in the comfort of your own home… here’s how!

1.Get rid of dead skin cells and any dry, flaky patches by using a foot file on your heels, on the balls of your feet, and on the edges of your toes. Next, fill a bowl with warm water and soak your feet for about 10 minutes. This will help to soften your feet and cuticles, and if you add a relaxing foot soak to the water, it’ll really add to the spa-at-home feeling.

2.Grab a handful of sugar scrub and briskly massage into your legs and feet to get rid of any last bits of dry skin, and to give your feet a much-needed massage. Rinse, then dry your feet.

3.Gently ease back your cuticles using an orange stick, then cut your nails straight across using nail clippers. Use a nail file to gently round the edges of your toenails. Apply a nourishing foot balm or foot lotion and give your feet a quick massage.

4.If you plan on painting your toenails, apply a little acetone-free nail polish to a cotton pad and swipe each nail to ensure that it’s free from any oils that may affect your nail polish.

5.Apply a base coat, followed by two coats of your chosen nail colour. For best results, wait for each coat to dry before applying the next coat, and don’t forget to apply a top coat. Finish off with a swipe of cuticle oil across each toenail, and voila! The perfect, professional-looking pedicure… minus the cost!

What are your top tips for recreating a professional pedicure at home? Leave a comment below – we’d love to know more, and who knows? We may just feature your tip in an upcoming article!

 

 

 

 

 

Our Pick: The Best Facial Sunscreens

Our Pick: The Best Facial Sunscreens

 

Did you know that roughly 90% of the visible signs of ageing (think pigmentation, lines and wrinkles, and sagging skin) are caused by the sun’s damaging rays? That’s a scary thought, and one that provides ample reason to start using a facial sunscreen on a daily basis, if you aren’t doing so already.

When it comes to protecting your skin against the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays, there’s no doubt that a good quality, broad-spectrum sunscreen is a must-have. We’ve rounded up five of our top picks to ensure that your skin is well-looked after this holiday season.

QMS! MediCosmetics Cellular Sun Protection SPF50+ (R1060)

This lightweight formulation boasts broad-spectrum sun protection with an innovative DNA repair complex to help prevent the signs of premature ageing. It’s readily absorbed into the skin and won’t leave an ashy or white residue on the surface of your skin, plus it sits really well underneath foundation.

Phytomer Sun Solution Sunscreen SPF30 Face and Sensitive Areas

Sensitive skin? This ultra-light, non-sticky facial sunscreen is perfect for you. It contains anti-UVA and anti-UVB filters, as well as vegetal coral extract, which is known for its powerful moisturising properties. It also contains Phytomer’s own OLIGOMER to deliver an optimum dose of trace elements and minerals to ensure that your skin is strengthened from within, while protecting your skin at the same time. It’s also the perfect base underneath makeup, and won’t leave your skin feeling greasy or sticky.

Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF50 (R630)

Not only does this facial sunscreen offer broad spectrum sun protection, it also contains iron oxide spheres in red, yellow, and black to create a sheer, universal tint that adapts to all skin tones. It’s been tested across all ethnicities and found to give your skin a sheer, luminous glow while protecting your skin against the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays at the same time. Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF50 is paraben-free and non-comodegenic, and it contains 100% physical blocks, which makes it better suited to more sensitive skins.

Neostrata Sheer Physical Protection SPF50 (R470)

This mineral-based sunscreen boasts an ultra-sheer, mattifying formulation that also provides sheer, natural coverage that suits all skin tones. It contains PHA/Bionic complex to protect and strengthen your skin, while potent antioxidants neutralise free radicals and help to protect and repair DNA.

Colorscience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF30 Fair (R850)

We all know that we should reapply our sunscreen roughly every two hours, but this can be difficult to do on the face if you’re wearing makeup. That’s where this innovative, skin-perfecting mineral sunscreen comes in. This nifty loose powder mineral sunscreen makes applying sunscreen an absolute breeze. Simply twist up the brush, then apply all over your face for fuss-free, board spectrum sun protection on the go. The Colourscience Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF30 contains both zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, and is infused with antioxidants to help protect your skin against damaging free radicals.

 

Self-Tan Tips: 6 secrets to a streak-free tan

Self-Tan Tips: 6 secrets to a streak-free tan

We all know that spending hours in the sun trying to achieve the ‘perfect’, healthy tan is a no-go and that we should be opting for self-tanning products instead, but there’s no denying that applying self-tan at home can be a very tricky (not to mention messy!) affair.

We compiled our tried-and-tested tips for achieving the perfect tan in the comfort of your own bathroom, and we also enlisted the help of self-tanning pro and CEO of Vita Liberata South Africa, Mylene Wait, for her fool proof advice.

Preparation is key

Prep your skin from the inside out by ensuring that you eat lots of fruit and vegetables, and don’t forget to hydrate by drinking lots of water. Make sure that you’ve touched up your hair colour, shaved or waxed your legs, and done your manicure and pedicure before applying self-tan, as these treatments may remove self-tanner.

Exfoliate

Self-tan is more readily absorbed into dry skin, so it has a habit of sinking into any dry patches and leaving your tan looking splotchy and uneven. Use a body scrub exfoliate your body, making sure that you pay special attention to any rough spots, like your knees, elbows, and heels.

TOP TIP: If you’re using a body scrub to exfoliate your skin, make sure that you opt for an oil-free product. Oil-based products may leave behind residue, which can cause streaks.

Moisturise

Add a little moisture back into your skin by applying a lightweight body cream (for the same reasons as described above), and allow your moisturiser to sink in for about an hour before applying self-tanner.

Use circular motions

“Circular motions are usually best when applying a self-tanner,” says Mylene. She also advises that you don’t need to spend ages vigorously rubbing your self-tanning product in. “You aren’t a piece of furniture! The actives will naturally absorb in contact.”

Use a tanning mitt

A tanning mitt is one way to ensure a more natural, even-looking tan. If you don’t have a tanning mitt on hand, try using a soft sponge or a large makeup brush (like a foundation brush or a kabuki brush) instead.

Using your tanning mitt, start by applying self-tanner to your face and blending it downwards. Apply self-tan to your arms, chest, and legs next, but remember to save your feet and hands for last. “You want as little product on the mitt as possible for the most realistic results,” says Mylene.

Make your tan last longer

Mylene recommends that you maintain your tan by moisturizing twice daily, and that you avoid shaving and waxing.  “Don’t use shower gels or moisturisers that contain essential oils as these oils can strip your tan,” she says. “For an extra tan boost, a lotion with a gradual build tan effect is a great option to top up your colour after a few days.”

TOOL KIT:

Try these best buys to ensure that you achieve a long-lasting, natural-looking tan at home!

  1. Vita Liberata Tanning Mitt, R150
  2. Vita Liberata Super Fine Skin Polish Moisturising Exfoliator, R615
  3. Vita Liberata Rapid Tinted Tan Mousse, R895