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Top Shaving Tips for Men - June 6, 2018

Top Shaving Tips for Men Shaving – many men do it daily – and despite the regularity, some men never seem to get it quite right. Sore skin, shaving rashes and irritation are common, and it’s hardly a surprise that so many men are taking the hipster lead and growing luxurious beards to compensate for their shaving dislike. If the bearded look doesn’t appeal but you’re looking for a few simple tips -we have them here. 


Don’t Shave Straight Away Most men tend to shave as soon as they get up in the morning, but this isn’t always the best idea – skin can still be a little puffy when you get out of bed so make a coffee and leave it to settle down for ten minutes before getting the razor to it. 


Prepare Your Shave Before you get started, make sure your skin is properly clean using soap or face wash and warm water. Don’t use very hot water as this can dry your skin out. 


Give It A Bit of Steam If you have time, shave in the bath or shower as the steam will help open up the hair follicles, softening the hair. If you’re stuck for time, you can use a hot wash cloth instead. 


Lather Well Invest in a good quality shaving brush that helps you to create a luxurious lather. As well as helping you shave better by lathering, a good brush will help to lift up the hair ready for a closer shave and exfoliate the skin at the same time. 


Double Up For an extra close and smooth shave, you can also try adding a little shaving oil under your usual shaving foam, cream or gel. Ever Decreasing Circles The best way to apply shaving gel or cream with your fingertips is using a circular motion. The same applies to a shaving brush. This is because facial hair grows in several different directions at once, so if you lather in a circle you’re less likely to miss any. It also helps the hair to pop out from the skin, making it easier to shave. 


Take It Slow Yes, we know you’re on a mission and might be running late – but shaving in a hurry can lead to the dreaded razor burn. Slow it right down, use shorter strokes and take your time if possible. 


Don’t Push It! Modern razors are designed to not need much pressure for an effective, close shave. Pressing harder won’t get you a closer finish but it is more likely to led to skin irritation, apply just enough pressure to keep the blade in contact with your skin for best results. 


Leave Lips Until Last Because the hair on your top lip is thicker than the rest of your facial hair, leave it until the end of your shaving routine. This gives the foam or gel a chance to soften the hairs and gives you a more even result.


 Take A Day Off Your skin will thank you for giving it the occasional break, so once a week give yourself a shave-free day and let your skin calm down. You may find that having a break gives you a closer and smoother finish next time around.

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A New Face Every Month - January 15, 2018

  Did you know it takes about 4 weeks for your face to move through the full life cycle of skin cells exfoliating and rejuvenating? So effectively every 4 weeks you practically have a new face J However in those 30 days you probably choke your cells with creams, make up, chemicals, oils and dirt from your hands, environmental pollution and more.  All of these toxic layers build up and suffocate your pores and cells that are trying to rejuvenate. This all makes your body work harder to try and come back to a healthy status as we are adding more pressure to its natural role. This is why those ladies that invest in a facial minimum once a month always have a certain glow over those that don’t. They seem to look fresher, younger and healthier.   Why?
 

Well the reason why is the aesthetician they are visiting has all the skills and tools to support your skin heal from breakouts and sun damage from heat and humidity AND dry and flakiness from cold wintery air.  A visit approximately every 4 weeks will ensure your skin stays hydrated, toned and bright looking.  Regardless of whether you go once a month, or once a season – there are some things you can do at home to prolong the benefits of your facial, support your skin and make sure that you’re getting the best return on your skin investment.  Cleanse daily with a PH balance product that your aesthetician recommends as they will select one that suits your skin type and works in conjunction with the type of facial you have received.  Be gentle on your face and don’t be too vigorous – your aesthetician has already given you a deep clean, there is no need for you to rough your face up. They have given you an amazing glow so lets just support it rather than strip it away.
 

Understand that if you have had a chemical treatment on your face, then the skin can be more sensitive to sunlight so check with your practitioner as to what products to use and avoid as you transition through this period. For example some sunscreens can irritate your skin post chemical treatments.  Finally, sometimes we are lead to believe (with phrases such as “if its too good to be true, then it probably is”) that the pampering bliss you get from a fantastic facial isn’t something you should do all the time.
 

It’s a treat and we were always told to limit our treats, no? Well hold on to your hats ladies – this treat is one that you can indulge in every month and not only feel fabulous but invest in it knowing that your are taking the right steps into ensuring your gorgeous face remains glowing and thankful for you taking the time to look after it.  Remember to love the skin you’re in. Treat it well and you will look and feel amazing for years to come.   

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5 Ways to Keep a Positive Mindset - February 19, 2018

 

We all know that life can be so busy and so stressful! It’s easy to slip into complaining and negative thinking, but it is rarely helpful to do so. Here are some easy ways to keep going in a positive direction.

Start your day on a positive note, take 15 minutes (or more) and read something inspiring. This should come first before checking email, Facebook, or the news.


Give thanks, think of or write down 3-10 things you are grateful for. For a challenge try not to repeat any for a while. You can also use your gratitude journal for writing down your goals and dreams.


Writing down your dreams is a great way to keep them in the top of your mind which helps you to see new opportunities, and inspired to work toward your dreams.


Hang out with positive people. Everyone needs a little vent now and again, but some people are chronic complainers. This can zap your energy and leave you feeling grumpy yourself. You don’t have to ditch your friends and family, but limiting your time can be a healthy choice.


Finally, move your body. Some exercise each day will keep both your body and mind healthy and thriving.

 As a bonus, combine exercise with listening to a great book.


These small changes can add up to a happier you!

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The Importance of Self-Care - April 30th, 2018

 

Yes, we know that it’s just easier sometimes to give in, let your own needs slide and forget the little things that we enjoy when life gets busy. When we’re overwhelmed, taking time out to do something fun seems frivolous and like a luxury. Stop and think about it the next time you’re tempted to work through lunch instead of making your gym or hair appointment though; self-care actually makes you more productive and less stressed.

  • Self-care stops you from getting burned out. Pushing yourself to the point where you’re exhausted and can’t take one more demand isn’t good for anyone, and if you make a point of taking care of yourself before it gets that bad, you’ll avoid a lot of potential stress in the future.
  • Self-care is a great stress reducer. We all need a little bit of stress to get things done sometimes, but too much will create havoc on your mind and your body. Doing nice things that you enjoy, and looking out for your own wellbeing stops the effects of stress from taking over, making you more productive and much nicer to be around.
  • Self-care can help you to get your focus back. Whether it’s the luxury of a full spa day or just an hour’s walking or session at the gym, getting away from something that has you really stuck can help you to work out what it is that needs to be done. Take a break from that tricky issue and the answer may just come to you when you stop looking for it so frantically!