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15 Hair Removal Mistakes You’re Making

15 Hair Removal Mistakes You’re Making

Humans have been on a quest for hairlessness since the beginning of time. Ancient Egyptians removed their body hair with tweezers and pumice stones. Today, nearly 99% of American women voluntarily remove their body hair.

Whether you shave, wax or opt for laser hair removal, here are a few of the most common hair removal mistakes and actionable tips to help you achieve hairless skin.

Shaving:

1. Not Storing Your Razors Properly

Storing razors in the shower leads to corroding and weaker blades. Clean and dry razors after each use and store them outside of the bathroom to avoid moisture and extend their shelf-life.

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2. Not Prepping Your Skin With A Hot Towel

Prepping your skin with a hot towel before you shave will soften the hairs allowing for a closer shave. Never prep your skin with cold water since this can make it more difficult for the shaving cream to fully penetrate the skin and be effective.

3. Neglecting To Exfoliate

Exfoliating your skin before you wax or shave will enable you to achieve smoother results. Exfoliating on a regular basis can also help to prevent ingrown hairs.

4. Not Shaving In The Direction Of Hair Growth

You should always shave in the direction of hair growth. Shaving against the grain can cause irritation, and increase the chances of razor bumps.

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5. Shaving In The Morning

When you sleep your legs can swell which makes shaving in the morning less than optimal. Shaving at night will allow you to get a closer shave.

6. Not Buying Razors In Bulk

It’s easy to end up using the same razor for months. A fresh blade is necessary in order to get the closest shave. Experts recommend using a disposable razor no more than 4 times. You can generally find good deals on razors on Amazon or at Costco.

Waxing:

7. Waxing Right Before Or After Your Period

If you’re extra sensitive to discomfort, avoid waxing right before, during or after your period. Hormonal fluctuations during these times can make waxing more painful. Instead, opt for a wax mid -cycle.

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8. Take Accutane While Waxing

Accutane makes your skin more sensitive and fragile which can result in the wax actually removing some of your skin. Stop using Accutane 7 days prior to your appointment. If you don’t want to discontinue your medication you may want to switch to another method of hair removal such as waxing or laser hair removal.

9. Not Wearing Sunscreen After Waxing

Waxing leaves your skin more sensitive to damage from the sun which in turn can lead to skin burns or hyperpigmentation. Apply a gentle, hypo-allergenic sunscreen with at least SPF 15 if you’re going to be catching some rays.

10. Exfoliating Right After You Wax

According to experts, you’ll need to let the treated areas rest for at least 2 full days before it’s safe to exfoliate. Exfoliating prior to that can be very painful and result in redness and irritation.

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Laser Hair Removal:

11. Expecting Permanent Results

Despite often being marketed as providing permanent results, laser hair removal simply offers significant hair reduction and won’t get rid of hair forever. Occasional touch-ups will be needed in order to keep you smooth.

12. Not Picking The Right Device For Your Skin & Hair Color

Unfortunately, laser hair removal won’t work for everyone. Devices which use diode laser technology, such as the Tria laser will not work for those with darker skin colors and blonde, red or grey hair. Fortunately, there are select IPL machines, such as the Tanda Me Smooth which will work for all skin types.

13. Not Shaving Before Treatment

Shaving before treatment ensures that the hair follicle will be destroyed. Any residual hairs will prevent the laser’s heat from fully penetrating the hair shaft. It can also cause the treatment to be more painful.

14. Opting For Expensive In-Office Treatments

In-office visits can cost anywhere from $250-$500 for a single treatment with numerous sessions needed for permanent results. Opting for home laser hair removal will allow you to save thousands of dollars in the long run.

15. Neglecting After Care

Your skin will be extra sensitive and more susceptible to skin damage afterwards. Wear sunscreen in order to prevent hyperpigmentation. Avoid hot showers and steam rooms for at least two full days in order to let your skin heal.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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