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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

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