January 18, 2021

Permanent Hair Removal – A Guide

Permanent hair removal

Permanent hair removal is the ultimate solution to not continually having to deal with removing hair from your legs, forearms, and face. In truth, there are no true “permanent” hair removal methods apart from flaying your skin off.

By the way, although that method is absolutely effective, we strongly recommend against using it because of the whole dying thing, which sucks. However, there are safer methods you can use to effectively keep desired areas of your skin hair-free for long periods of time.

What we are talking about here is Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy. For those of you who have never heard of this, IPL devices are not some voodoo channeling crystal phase-of-the-moon things but are effective devices for hair removal that are based on science.

Comparison Table

PRODUCT FEATURES LATEST PRICE
1. mē Smooth
  • Can be used on the face and body.
  • Eliminates the hassles of shaving and waxing.
  • Single control panel for easy operation.
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2. Silk’n Infinity
  • Painless
  • Permanent Hair Removal
  • Leaves skin smooth and supple
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3. Veme
  • Suitable for women and men
  • Can be use on the Face, Armpit, Arm, Bikini line, Chest, Back and Leg
  • No cooling gel needed
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That’s right, science. You know, the dissecting frogs and baking soda volcanoes stuff.

So, let’s talk about how these IPL devices work and whether they are right for you.

How IPL Works

Intense pulsed light devices use high-intensity xenon bulbs to produce flashes of light in a particular band of wavelengths (500-1200 nm) that are absorbed by the hair and skin. Pigmentation of skin and hair is the result of a mixture of two different tyrosine polymers known as melanins, eumelanin (brown pigment) and pheomelanin (yellow pigment), in differing ratios that produce the range of skin and hair colors we see.

IPL devices typically must distinguish between skin and hair pigmentation levels before they can become active for purposes of safety. That is because the absorbed light temporarily produces heating in the hair shaft which stuns the matrix cells in the follicle of the hair.

That same heating effect in the hair is avoided in the skin because of the contrast between hair and skin pigmentation. This also leads to a limitation for IPL devices (with two exceptions) in that people with either white or grey hair or people with dark skin pigmentation (or loads of tattoos) cannot safely use IPL devices without getting burned.

To prevent this unfortunate outcome, nearly all IPL devices have built-in activation sensors that prevent bulb flashes if there is not enough contrast between pigmentation in the hair shaft and the skin. So, when the bulb does flash, wavelengths of light are absorbed by melanins and re-emitted in the infrared band, which produces heat.

Hair consists of keratin polymers and squamous skin cells, with the only active parts of the hair being the matrix cells at its base which produce the hair shaft. Brief, intense pulses of heat can stun these matrix cells, arrest hair growth, and cause the hair to be shed.

However, this only can occur in certain stages of hair maturation of which there are three: anagen, catagen, and telogen phases. IPL devices specifically target anagen phase hairs, which are in an active state of growth and development.

This stage typically represents about 80-90% of body hair, whereas the transitional phase (catagen) and shedding phase (telogen) are the remainder and are also unaffected by IPL treatment. For this reason, IPL treatments must be performed over a period of about 6-8 weeks (roughly the timespan of telogen phase hairs) to ensure that all follicles cycle through their anagen phase and are available to be flash stunned.

After a couple of months of treatment, it sounds rather permanent, right? Well, that’s where biology throws its curveball.

Even stunned hair follicles will eventually transition back to the anagen growth stage, so periodic maintenance treatments are necessary about every three to six months, depending on your rate of hair growth.

There are several really good choices for IPL devices you can purchase out on the market. Here we will review our top three picks for “permanent” hair removal.

3 Good Choices for IPL

mē Smooth


Among the devices reviewed here, all of which are good choices, the top pick on our list is the mē Smooth by elōs mē. We like this product more than other choices on the market because the elōs technology has several advantages over your typical IPL device.

As we stated above, IPL technology is quite effective but does have limitations. For people with very pale hair colors or very dark skin pigmentations (or a dark tan or tattoos), IPL devices cannot distinguish between skin and hair due to lack of contrast (Fitzpatrick tone scale I-V, but not VI).

Safety mechanisms in these devices prevent the bulb from firing if sufficient pigmentation contrast is not detected between the skin and hair. elōs Technology uses an additional trick to boost light exposure of hairs: A galvanic plate that imparts an electrical charge to the skin area.

This contact plate does two things to broaden the effective range of hair treatment. By applying a current that causes piloerection and dilation of the follicle pore, light exposure to the hair shaft is increased, and through the emission of radiofrequency energy, matrix cells in the follicle cells are also stunned.

This little addition in the elōs technology expands the treatment range to include people with Fitzpatrick scale VI pigmentation and also has been effectively demonstrated to work with people who have Fitzpatrick scale I skin with light blonde hair. No formal tests have been done with grey hair, however.

Silk’n Infinity


The Infinity by Silk’n is a standard IPL device (Silk’n refers to their technology as Home Pulsed Light or HPL therapy) that also uses galvanic energy and is very well constructed with a long bulb life for the xenon bulb. The device is rated to provide 300,000 pulses of light, which is way more than enough to remove body hair and do maintenance treatments for about 5 years or so, depending on the thickness of your hair.

The difference between the Infinity and the Smooth with respect to galvanic effects, and the way Silk’n got around the elōs patent, is the use of a grounding plate (base electrode) on the underside of the device that must be in contact with your hand for the metallic faceplate to emit a current. Although there are several other IPL devices made by Silk’n, the Infinity is the only model to feature this galvanic plate and has the same advantages in terms of the range of treatable skin tones.

Veme 


The Veme IPL device is another popular optical hair removal machine and has an unusually long-lived xenon bulb: 500,000 flashes. Only about 15,000 to 30,000 flashes are necessary for hair removal over the initial 6-8 week treatment period, so the Veme will function for many years of periodic hair removal maintenance.

Bear in mind, that the Veme only works on Fitzpatrick scale skin tones I-V.

January 18, 2021

Best Hair Removal Sprays and Lotions for 2021 [Our Reviews and Comparisons]

Hair removal spray

If you hate shaving your legs and armpits like the rest of us and having to put up with nicks and cuts that take a week to go away, then you need to transition to applied depilatory products. The ones we have reviewed here have been shown to work effectively on body hair.

Comparison Table

PRODUCT FEATURES LATEST PRICE
1. Sally Hansen Hair Remover Lotion
  • Contains vitamin E, aloe, and chamomile
  • Works in all areas (except the face)
  • Pleasant raspberry-peach scent
  • Slows regrowth
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2. Cidbest Hair Growth Inhibition Hair Removal Spray
  • Spray bottle (20 ml)
  • Pain-free
  • Complete hair removal in 8 weeks
  • Works gently on all body areas, including face and groin
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3. Neomen Hair Inhibition Premium Hair Removal Spray
  • Made with magnolia flower, Alchemilla, Vulgaris, and aloe
  • Glycerol to coat your skin
  • Works fast: only 4 weeks
  • Removes hair and stops growth
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4. Nair Hair Remover Spray
  • Ease of use
  • Very fast
  • Moroccan argan oil moisturizes skin
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5. Scobuty Hair Inhibitor Hair Removal Spray
  • Works in all body areas (but not the face)
  • Works in 10 minutes
  • Contains natural botanical ingredients
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If you need hair removal for the face (cheek, sideburn, upper lip), then pay special attention to the first two products in our list that are specially-formulated to work on the face. Here is our list of best picks for hair removal sprays and lotions.

Our Best Hair Removal Spray and Lotion Reviews and Comparisons

1. Cidbest Hair Growth Inhibition Hair Removal Spray

Product Highlights

Cidbest Hair Growth Inhibition Hair Remover Spray is made of natural ingredients, like lavender oil, magnolia flower extract, and hyaluronic acid, and works in two stages to remove hair.

In stage 1, hair is dissolved and can be wiped away. In stage 2, matrix cells in the follicle are inhibited to prevent hair regrowth.

Features 

  • Spray bottle (20 ml)
  • Pain-free
  • Complete hair removal in 8 weeks
  • Works gently on all body areas, including face and groin

What We Like About Cidbest Hair Growth Inhibition Hair Removal Spray

We like the addition of aloe vera gel to the mixture, which is soothing for the skin. The treatment does not leave blackspots or cause any peeling.

What We Don’t Like About Cidbest Hair Growth Inhibition Hair Removal Spray

We found customers who complained about the product not working but did not specify how long they tried it. One user did state that there were no results after 2 weeks, however, the product instructions state that hair thinning takes 1-4 weeks, depending on the thickness of your hair.

PROS

  • All-natural ingredients
  • Hyaluronic acid and aloe vera skin softening
  • Works on sensitive areas

CONS

  • The amount of product is small

2. Neomen Hair Inhibition Premium Hair Removal Spray

Product Highlights

Neomen Hair Inhibition Premium Hair Removal Spray is an all-natural product with a breadth of natural extracts and offers excellent skin hydration.

Features 

  • Made with magnolia flower, Alchemilla, Vulgaris, and aloe
  • Glycerol to coat your skin
  • Works fast: only 4 weeks
  • Removes hair and stops growth

What We Like About Neomen Hair Inhibition Premium Hair Removal Spray

We feel that this product is the best we’ve tested for the face. It is gentle and works in about half the time of other products.

What We Don’t Like About Neomen Hair Inhibition Premium Hair Removal Spray

The amount of product is small, only 20 ml.

PROS

  • No skin irritation
  • Moisturizes skin
  • Easy to use
  • Works in 4 weeks

CONS

  • None we can find

3. Nair Hair Remover Spray

Product Highlights

Nair Hair Remover Spray comes in a tall pressurized can, which means that it can work to apply the product at any angle. This spray is effective after about 4 minutes for many people but will produce great results within 10, regardless of the thickness of your hair.

Features 

  • Ease of use
  • Very fast
  • Moroccan argan oil moisturizes skin

What We Like About Nair Hair Remover Spray

The addition of the argan oil helps mask the hair removal chemicals in the product. Users of this product are very satisfied with its performance.

What We Don’t Like About Nair Hair Remover Spray

Some users have bad skin reactions with this Nair product. Although it can be used in the bikini area, this product is absolutely not intended for use on the face.

PROS

  • Works quickly (usually in 4 minutes)
  • Can be applied even upside down
  • Product and hair rinse off in the shower
  • Moisturizes

CONS

  • Can cause irritation if left on too long
  • The nozzle can clog with product

4. Scobuty Hair Inhibitor Hair Removal Spray

Product Highlights

Scobuty Hair Inhibitor Hair Removal Spray comes in a 30 ml pump bottle and is another hair removal and hair growth inhibition product. Scobuty contains aloe, allantoin, chrysanthemum, and glycerol as a skin emollient. 

Features 

  • Works in all body areas (but not the face)
  • Works in 10 minutes
  • Contains natural botanical ingredients

What We Like About Scobuty Hair Inhibitor Hair Removal Spray

People that hate shaving love this product. It works within 10 minutes, but most users find about 6 minutes is optimal for good effects. The product does not smell bad like a lot of other hair removal products.

What We Don’t Like About Scobuty Hair Inhibitor Hair Removal Spray

This product has a noticeable smell, akin to salon perm solutions, and can cause burns in some people if left on too long. The absolute limit is 10 minutes, then wash it off.

PROS

  • Made from natural ingredients
  • Effective skin moisturizing
  • Not irritating, even if you have a cut from shaving
  • Washes off easily

CONS

  • Smelly product
  • May affect people with very sensitive skin
  • Cannot be used on the face

5. Sally Hansen Hair Remover Lotion

Product Highlights

If you have coarse hair and really, really dislike shaving, then this lotion from long-time beauty product producer Sally Hansen is for you. We found that the Sally Hansen Hair Remover Lotion was the most efficient product for working on extra heavy leg hair.

Features 

  • Contains vitamin E, aloe, and chamomile
  • Works in all areas (except the face)
  • Pleasant raspberry-peach scent
  • Slows regrowth

What We Like About Sally Hansen Hair Remover Lotion

This is a fantastic product and so easy to use, especially if you have really thick leg hair. We mean, this stuff works like a charm. A lot of Sally Hansen hair removal products are not available now due to shipping issues, but this one is so go get it!

What We Don’t Like About Sally Hansen Hair Remover Lotion

Nothing really to say that is a downside to the lotion. It has a nice scent. However, there are some reports of low-activity products, so it does not appear to have a great shelf life. Just look for dust on the bottle (avoid the dusty ones).

PROS

  • Spreads easily
  • Tackles coarse hair
  • Rinses off easily
  • Tested by dermatologists
  • Raspberry scent

CONS

  • The product does not have a good shelf life (so check the date)

Final Verdict

If we had to go with one product for legs, armpits, the face, and sensitive areas, we would be at a loss. There is no one product that works best in all these locations.

For body hair, you cannot go wrong with any Sally Hansen product and the lotion we have reviewed here is no exception. If for some reason you cannot get the lotion, then our second choice is the Nair spray.

For facial hair treatment, your best bet is the Neomen spray, with Cidbest running a close second.

January 18, 2021

Best Double Edge Razor Blades For 2021 [Our Reviews and Comparisons]

best double edge razor blades

For a while now people have really been enjoying a return to the classic things in life. Homegrown, small-batch, DIY… people are embracing an initial investment for a greater reward.

Choosing a double-edged razor is another classic. It delivers a close shave, and using it is a skill. So how can you tell the difference between one seemingly plain piece of metal and another?

While it is not simple for the naked eye to spot the differences between razor blades, there are a number of factors to look for that will make or break the deal on the blade you choose.

While there is still a very strong market for fast and disposable, people are looking for sustainable options. Whether you choose to shave with a double-edged razor for greater sustainability efforts (good for you), personal economic reasons (cheaper in the long run), or you just love a good close shave. We get that.

Picking a razor can be tricky. This guide will cover everything you need to know as we review the top five blades of 2020.

Related Article: Best Double Edge Razor Blades for Sensitive Skin in [year]

Comparison Table

IMAGE PRODUCT
EDITOR’S CHOICE 1. Astra Platinum Double Edge Safety Razor Blades

  • Sleek packaging
  • Good for a wet shave
  • Close and comfortable shave
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RUNNER UP 2. Shaving Revolution Double Edge Razor Blades

  • Suited for coarse beard
  • Can shave a week’s worth of growth
  • Sharp and high quality
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3. Shark Super Stainless Double Edge Safety Razor Blades

  • Always a close shave
  • Can use with hot and cold water
  • Suited for aggressive shaving
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4. Shark Super Chrome, Double Edge Safety Razor Blades

  • Quality product for the money
  • Smooth and comfortable shave
  • Long life
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5. Gillette Silver Blue Double Edge Safety Razor

  • Can shave in a hurry for 1 day’s or 1 week’s growth
  • Shaves without nicks and cuts
Check Price

Our Best Double Edge Razor Blades Reviews and Comparisons

Below are the top 5 best double-edged razor blades of 2020. Whether you are looking for quality, value for money, bulk, or the elite, this is the comprehensive list for you.

1. Astra Platinum Double Edge Safety Razor Blades

Product Highlights

ASTRA stainless double edge blades are made from high-quality steel and are compatible with all double edge razors. ASTRA blades are made from the highest quality steel. You will be satisfied with their smoothness and long-lasting, smooth shave.

Features

A Razor that works with sensitive skin. You get two years’ worth of blades for $10. The best in quality and sharpness.

What We Like About Astra Platinum Double Edge Safety Razor Blades

These blades come in a nice sleek convenient box that has a perforated opening for easy access to take out one little box of 5 blades at a time.There are numbers etched on the blade (1 and 2 on the one side, 3 and 4 on the other). This is for people who flip the blade after each shave. The numbers help people to know which side they are using.

Users experience fewer cuts on bumps or pimples as well as less red spots.

What We Don’t Like About Astra Platinum Double Edge Safety Razor Blades

These blades feel less aggressive than other blades, which means it will require an extra pass of the razor in some spots to get the grain down.

PROS

  • Sleek packaging
  • Good for a wet shave
  • Close and comfortable shave

CONS

  • Blades are thicker than most butterfly blades.
  • Users have found dull blades
  • The blades nick and tug at facial hair

2. Shaving Revolution Double Edge Razor Blades

Product Highlights

The Viking Revolution believes your beard deserves the very best. The range of Viking Revolution products is a reflection of their commitment to delivering every product to be made of the highest quality materials.

These stainless steel blades are manufactured in Japan and can handle a week’s stubble with ease.

Features

Every platinum-coated, Japanese steel blade provides a smooth and clean shave. Each package contains 50 blades and guarantees a long-lasting razor.

What We Like About Shaving Revolution Double Edge Razor Blades

The blades are so sharp that your close shave will take a lot off in one pass. One blade will last several shaves and still give you the fresh feel of a brand new blade.

What We Don’t Like About Shaving Revolution Double Edge Razor Blades

If you are new to the double-edged razor blade game, these blades might prove a little hard to maneuver. As they are extra sharp they will need more user finesse.

PROS

  • Suited for coarse beard
  • Can shave a week’s worth of growth
  • Sharp and high quality

CONS

  • Mixed results for thick facial hair
  • Some blades are dull

3. Shark Super Stainless Double Edge Safety Razor Blades

Product Highlights

Shark’s Super Stainless double edge razor blades provide a smooth, sharp and comfortable shave. Their high quality makes them one of the longest-lasting blades in the market.

Features

Each package contains 20 tucks of 5 super sharp stainless steel blades. Their sharpness will last for many shaves. Compatible with all standard safety razors.

What We Like About Shark Super Stainless Double Edge Safety Razor Blades

These fine blades make for a very close shave. Shark has cleverly divided up their 100 count blades into packs of five, reducing clutter and giving you easy access only to the pack you are using.

What We Don’t Like About Shark Super Stainless Double Edge Safety Razor Blades

Some users find the blades dull sooner than indicated.

PROS

  • Always a close shave
  • Can use with hot and cold water
  • Suited for aggressive shaving

CONS

  • Poor quality
  • Not very sharp causing nicks

4. Shark Super Chrome, Double Edge Safety Razor Blades

Product Highlights

Packaged in 20 tucks of 5 blades/tuck, these quality razors’ high-quality polymer coating and stainless steel core promote their long blade life.

Features

Shark’s renowned Super Chome razors have a stainless steel core and polymer coating that keeps them sharp for the long run offering a smooth and comfortable shave every time.

These are the blades of choice by barbers and wet shavers. They are compatible with well-known brands of safety razors like Gillette, Parker, Gem, and others.

What We Like About Shark Super Chrome, Double Edge Safety Razor Blades

Thes high-quality blades offer all the desired benefits of optimal shaving.

What We Don’t Like About Shark Super Chrome, Double Edge Safety Razor Blades

Care should be taken to not wipe this blade dry after use. Instead, simply shake the razor dry to avoid removal of the blade’s coating.

PROS

  • Quality product for the money
  • Smooth and comfortable shave
  • Long life

CONS

  • Will get ruined if water remains on the blade
  • Not sharp enough for coarse beards

5. Gillette Silver Blue Double Edge Safety Razor

Product Highlights

Gillette produces these quality blades in St. Petersburg, Russia to offer you a smooth and comfortable shave. Their high quality is known around the world.

Gillette blades are noted for high quality and smooth and comfortable shaves. These blades last for a long time, very sharp, and provide a very smooth shave! These are considered to be the top quality blade in many parts of the world where double edge safety razors are commonly used.

  • Great and affordable Razor Blades
  • Gillette Stainless Silver Blue Blades Made in Russia
  • Highest quality blades made to fit different double edge safety razors

Gillette is one of the leading brands in the blade market.

Features

Five tucks of five blades/tuck, 25 blades in total, made of quality blades adapts to many well-known safety razor companies

What We Like About Gillette Silver Blue Double Edge Safety Razor

Reportedly one of the safest high-quality blades on the market. Shaving in a hurry can be difficult when it comes to a double-edged razor shave, but this product gives you the best chance at a quick, nick-free shave.

What We Don’t Like About Gillette Silver Blue Double Edge Safety Razor

These blades are not as good as Platinum. Customers are getting nicked during the first shave with these blades. They may be defective as they stick out beyond the safety razors, which makes them not so safe to the fingers.

PROS

  • Can shave in a hurry for 1 day’s or 1 week’s growth
  • Shaves without nicks and cuts

CONS

  • Pricier than others
  • Do not fit precisely in the safety razors

January 8, 2021

Women’s Grooming Checklist

Women Grooming Checklist

When working to reveal your inner beauty, it often helps to refine your outer beauty as well. In this article, we will outline our tips for keeping yourself looking great and feeling sexy.

Dry brush your skin

Use a natural fiber dry body brush (with horsehair fibers) to exfoliate your skin before you shave or bathe. Exfoliating this way feels great on your skin (most body brushes have nylon nubs to prevent you from bearing down too hard) and boosts your circulation.

Doing this before you shave will make the razor glide over your legs more smoothly and will stimulate your skin so that hairs will tend to be more erect. All in all, that makes your shaving experience easier and you can use these brushes all over your body: legs, arms, tummy, back, and shoulders).

Besides dry brushing your skin, you can also do something similar to your lips by using a tongue brush, a tongue cleaner (like the one on the backside of most toothbrushes), sugar scrubs, or by wiping with a warm washcloth while in the shower. 

Shave your legs

Women’s Grooming Checklist

To keep your legs smooth, you can shave them in a warm shower. Lather up with soap or body wash and use a fresh multi-blade razor or one that has only been used one or two other times and shave in the opposite direction of hair growth.

Alternatively, you can use spray-on or wipe-on depilatory creams and lotions, or do a hot wax on your legs.

Wash your hair with a cleansing shampoo and condition separately

Regular washing of your hair with shampoo does not always get it as clean as you would think. Residues from hair care products, mineral deposits, and body oils can build up on your hair and leave it looking greasy or stringy despite a good wash.

Use cleansing shampoos, which can remove build-up from the hair shaft, to get your hair really clean. Then, apply a leave-in conditioner while the hair is wet to restore some of the suppleness.

Use witch hazel on areas where you sweat, piercings

Witch hazel is a fabulous astringent for cleaning the skin of leftover loose dead skin cells and soap residue from the shower. You can even use it on your legs before shaving to reduce the chance of scalping (razor bumps).

This extract is also very useful for thoroughly cleaning and sterilizing areas where you sweat a lot, like skin folds and under your breasts. If you have any piercings, use witch hazel on the piercing holes to kill bacteria and prevent infections.

Moisturize (don’t be chalky) after bathing

When you bathe or wash your skin, the acid mantle (a combo of sweat and oils) of your skin is removed. Sure, it is good to exfoliate and clean yourself, but without the acid mantle, your skin can become dry and scaly.

It is always best after showering to replenish your skin with a water-based moisturizing lotion that is pH balanced for your skin. That means one with an acid pH of anywhere between 4.5 and about 6.0.

Most moisturizing lotions will state their pH clearly on the packaging or bottle. Don’t be shy about lathering it on, since in this case more is better.

Clean your ears

If you did not already wash behind your ears in the shower, a wipe down with witch hazel is a great way to touch up. Also, you can use a wet washcloth to clean your ear canal or make use of an ear douche or Q-tip (we know they tell you not to use these in your ear, but everybody does it).

Cover eye circles and get good sleep

Since people will spend most of their personal contact time with you looking at your face, taking care of those dark circles under your eyes is a must. Just apply some appropriate foundation under your eyes that matches your skin color.

Also, get some sleep, like 8-9 hours’ worth. Seriously, if you want to really look good, regular and consistent sleep does wonders.

Shoot for 9 hours since you will not fall asleep right away and may awaken briefly in the night. That way, you guarantee two full sleep cycles (which run about 3.5-4 hours each).

Hint: If it’s been a long time since you can remember having a dream, you’re not getting enough sleep.

Brush and Floss (use whitening toothpaste)

Brush your teeth at least twice a day with whitening toothpaste using a soft toothbrush. Don’t be tempted to get a medium or hard toothbrush; those will do nothing but scuff up your gums and wear down your tooth enamel.

Brush in gentle, circular motions and up and down on your front teeth. Be sure to floss afterward.

Flossing not only cleans between your teeth but helps to define them so that your smile actually looks whiter.

Shape and trim your eyebrows

Tame those things! Properly sculpted eyebrows help to define your eyes and present an overall impression of cleanliness and good grooming.

For removing excess eyebrow hair, try tweezing or threading. Use a razor with caution and if you do, only use a single blade razor.

To define the areas that need to be removed, use a white makeup pencil and mark the inner (line up with your outer nostril) and outer (angle the pencil from your nostril to the edge of your eye) edges.

Keep nails neat, easy on the color

Women’s Grooming Checklist

Give yourself a manicure regularly to shape your nails and be certain to clean regularly (daily) under them. This can be done most easily in the shower with a soft nail brush.

Moisturize your cuticles with a skin lotion or a cuticle conditioner and push them back so that the lunula of your nail can be seen (basically, push them back to the skin). If you intend to use nail polish, go easy on the color, or use a neutral color.

Mascara

Use mascara to make your eyes pop!

Easy on lipstick

No glaring colors here, just basic tones.

Cool it on eyeshadow

Hey, Missing Persons, it ain’t the 1980s. No electric blue or green eyeshadow.

Use natural, warm tones.

Perfume lightly

No need to gas out your friends and colleagues here. Pick a pleasant scent that you like, that makes you feel pretty, and apply sparingly.

Remember, this is only meant to be smelled by someone who comes in very close, not from across the room!

January 8, 2021

Eyebrow Shaping and Grooming Guide for Women

Eyebrow shaping for women

If you have attempted to shape your eyebrows in the past, it is likely that you probably overdid it. Before reshaping your eyebrows, give them a rest and let the hair grow back.

Yes, you heard that correctly. For a full re-shape, give your eyebrows about three to four months (sometimes, up to a year!) for your eyebrows to completely grow back.

You don’t have to go monobrow (unless that’s your thing), so you can remove the hairs that pop up in the middle of your brow. Just don’t overdo it and let nature take its course.

Think of it like this: If you were sculpting a bush in your front yard flower bed, you need to allow the branches and leaves to grow in and overgrow a little. Cutting the bush back too soon before the foliage has filled in will leave holes and gaps in the bush, basically blank spots with no leaves that make the bush look like it is diseased.

While waiting for your brows to grow in, you can patch up gaps from previous mishaps with a little makeup. The use of makeup pencils, brow waxes, and putties are very helpful here since your eyebrow hair will not grow back at the same rate across your brow.

For colors, choose ones that are one or two shades lighter than your eyebrow hair. Apply the coloring in short strokes, angled to the same direction as your hair growth.

How to Groom Your Eyebrows

Eyebrow shaping for women

To properly groom your eyebrows, you can have them professionally done with wax at a salon (do not attempt to wax them on your own since it is very easy to make big mistakes). If you wish to groom them yourself, you need to define the borders of the brows that will most accentuate your eyes, but first, let’s talk about technique.

Choose your method of grooming, either trimming, tweezing, or threading. For some hairs, it is best not to tweeze them but simply trim them using a small sharp pair of scissors (there are eyebrow scissors you can purchase specifically for this purpose).

Trimming your eyebrows is usually the best way to go about 90% of the time since this minimizes potential longer-term mistakes and is a bit easier to perform. Get a spoolie brush, comb your eyebrows straight up, then trim only the longest hairs that stand out.

Before you trim, you should set the intended shape dimensions of your eyebrows. Use a white makeup pencil and mark the ends of your eyebrows.

  1. To do this, hold the pencil against the side of your nose, on top of your nostril (basically, have the inner edge of the pencil passing through an imaginary line from the inside edge of your nostril up to your eyebrow). Place your finger next to the pencil between your eyebrows and mark a vertical line down across your eyebrow with the pencil.
  2. Next, place the pencil next to your nose in the same way as before and tilt the pencil until the inner edge of the pencil is aligned with the outer corner of your eye. Put your finger at the outside of the pencil in your eyebrow, then mark a line down your finger across your eyebrow.
  3. These two marks are the outer limits of your eyebrow grooming. To accentuate your eyebrows and give you an “alert” look, place the pencil on your nose as before and tilt it so that its inner edge passes just by the outer edge of your iris.
  4. Put your finger on that spot where the pencil crosses your eyebrow, then mark down your finger across your eyebrow with the pencil. This point marks the arch of your eyebrow and will be the highest point.

When shaping, taper the ends to a point and do not take too much hair from under the arch or your eyebrows will look like commas or tadpoles. Any work near the top of the arch should be done very conservatively and most of the focus should be on the inner half of the brow.

Choosing an eyebrow shape is also a challenge as different eyebrow shapes are appropriate for different shapes of faces. If you have delicate features, then your eyebrows should not be bold and large or you will look like a cavewoman.

However, if you tend to have bigger, more bold facial features, then bigger eyebrows are more balanced and ones that are too thin will end up looking strange on your face. If your facial shape is more rectangular, then a straight and flat (non-arched) eyebrow will make your face appear shorter and more balanced.

If your face is more heart-shaped, do not go with thick eyebrows, but groom them well and go for a medium body brow look. If you have a heavy, squared jaw, thicker eyebrows will provide a balance and give your look continuity.

For diamond-shaped faces, grooming your eyebrows into more of a curve will diminish the angular features of your face. If you have trouble deciding there are two ways to go.

One way is just to work with a soft and angled eyebrow groom that will look clean and tends to work for most facial shapes. If you want to find something more specific, then assess the shape of your face, do an internet search, and pick a model with your facial shape and match that.

To determine your facial shape, do the following. With a vinyl or cloth tape measure (like ones used in sewing), measure your forehead across the widest part (the midpoint between your eyebrows and hairline is the spot for most folks).

Then, measure your cheekbones, from pointy part to pointy part just below the outer corner of each eye. Next, measure your jawline from the tip of your chin to just below your ear where your jaw takes a turn upwards.

Finally, measure the length of your face by running the tape measure from the tip of your chin to the center of your hairline. Taking all these measures, determine which of the following fits your face.

Eyebrow shaping for women

Square: All the measurements are close and the jaw angle is usually sharp.

Rectangular: The face length is the largest value, with other measures smaller and similar

Round: Measures of cheekbones and face length are similar

Oval: Face length measure is more than the cheekbones and the forehead is more than the jawline

Diamond: Face length is largest followed by cheekbones, forehead, and jawline with a pointed chin.

January 8, 2021

Upper Lip Hair Removal – A Guide

Upper Lip Hair Removal

Removing the hair from your upper lip is a common thing that many people do to improve their appearance. Let’s face it, you look better with a smooth upper lip, but performing this procedure on a regular basis can be annoying.

It can also be uncomfortable, depending on the means you use to get the job done. Regarding the approach you take to accomplishing this, there are several popular methods, and choosing one is a matter of convenience and personal preference.

These methods include the use of chemical creams, electric trimmers and epilators, threading, waxing, sugaring, and light energy treatments.

We will detail for you a basic method that can be done at home. This method will yield good results with a minimum amount of discomfort and employs several different techniques to give you the results you seek.

Here is the step-by-step how-to approach that you can do regularly to get that smooth upper lip in a cost-effective, relatively pain-free manner. We will also talk a bit about other, more exotic methods that give great results but cost a bit more to perform.

Hair Removal Creams

Upper Lip Hair Removal

These instructions are for your basic hair removal cream intended for use on the face (do not use removal creams intended for other body areas on your face). Treatment times can vary by product, so be sure to follow the package directions. The example product we used is the Nair Hair Remover Precision Kit for Face and Upper Lip. The Nair product includes Moroccan argan oil in the formulation to soothe the skin during treatment.

      1.The upper lip should be cleaned and free of soap residue and makeup. Wash your face with a mild soap, rinse away the soap and makeup with warm water, and gently pat dry.

      2. Before going full tilt on your upper lip, you should do a skin test on a less sensitive area such as your cheek. Apply the product as follows to a small area (like a square centimeter) and wait 24 hours to make sure you do not have any negative skin reactions like excessive redness or swelling.

      3, Apply the product with the included applicator. These are usually either plastic or a silicone-coated plastic stick with a chisel-like tip.

Spread an even, thick coat of the cream across your lip making sure to keep the product off of your lips and out of your mouth. Do not rub it in; it will work just fine without that.

Yes, it will smell because the product contains thiols that react and break down the hair shaft.

      4. After about 5 minutes, gently wipe away a small area (such as at the corners of your mouth) with a   soft cloth or cotton ball to ensure that the product has finished working. If the hair removal is incomplete, wait for another 2 to 3 minutes and check again the same way.

      5. Do not let the product sit on your skin for more than 10 minutes, otherwise, you can get a rather unpleasant burn.

      6. Gently wipe away the cream by swiping away from the center of your face a little at a time, gradually working your way to the middle under your nose. Just wipe, don’t rub.

      7. With lukewarm water and no soap, thoroughly wash the treated area. Use lots of water and be careful not to get any in your mouth, your nose, or (dear God!) in your eyes.

      8. Pat the treated area dry with a soft cloth. Again, as before, do not rub. Just pat.

      9. You should see that all your upper lip hair has washed away with the cream. This chemical treatment removes the hair but also removes the acid mantle of the skin since the chemical reactants are alkaline (like bleach).

      10. This is a protective acidic film that coats your skin and is made from sebum (oil) and sweat. Its pH is anywhere from 4.5-6.2 and is protective and antibacterial. Since the wash and treatment, that layer is now gone, so applying a moisturizing cream that is pH-balanced will help to restore your skin pH and reduce redness and irritation following the treatment. 

There are many moisturizers that will work for this purpose, just be sure to choose one that is marketed as a low-pH moisturizer. We like low-pH moisturizer products by Aveeno and Cetaphil since they are commonly available and work really great, but that the market is full of similar products so choose something that works for you. Just be sure that the bottle says it is low-pH (in the range of your skin’s acid mantle).

Most low-pH balanced creams run around a pH of 4.7 up to a more neutral 6.4.

Treatment with a chemical cream can be done somewhat frequently, but should not be used any sooner than 72 hours since the last treatment. If you find that there are a few spots that the cream missed, you can follow up with a fresh blade razor, an electric razor/trimmer with relatively new blades, or an epilator if you wish.

However, you should wait about 24 hours before doing any follow-ups to give your skin some time to rest.

Other Methods

Now, let’s talk about more traditional and exotic methods.

Threading and Tweezing

Threading is an age-old, low-tech approach to hair removal. It is similar to tweezing since it is a hair plucking method.

This technique is favored by many people worldwide since, until the last 50 years or so, cosmetic tweezers were not necessarily available everywhere in the world. Threading consists of using a dampened thread to wind around the base of the hair shaft a few times, then pluck it out.

This hurts, like tweezing, but the results tend to last longer than chemical creams since the roots of the hairs are removed. If you don’t like tweezing or threading, battery-powered epilators will do the same thing since an epilator is basically a motorized tweezer.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Devices

Upper Lip Hair Removal

For the more exotic approaches, the market is now awash with IPL (intense pulsed light) devices that use wavelengths of light to heat and stunt the development of hair follicles. This can be an excellent solution for your upper lip, but these devices will set you back a bit.

Be sure to purchase devices that are specifically for facial use, otherwise they may be too bulky for your purposes.

Waxing, Sugaring, and Lasers, oh my!

Lip waxing, sugaring, and laser treatments are more advanced and, in many ways, more effective means of upper lip hair removal. The drawback of these techniques is cost since they can only be performed safely by trained beauticians in a salon.

It may be obvious how waxing works, but this is best performed by a professional since a few mistakes can leave you with scars. Sugaring is soft of a new fad in hair removal and uses a sugar-based exfoliant to remove hair and dead skin cells, but is also exclusively done in salons.

The final exotic technology is laser hair treatment, which is not IPL but actual lasers. That being said, the devices are expensive and only salons and dermatology clinics buy them, so there is also a cost associated with laser treatments.

They do, however, produce longer-lasting results than the other methods.

Wrap-Up

The bottom line in upper lip hair removal (lol) is that passable results can be obtained by most methods if performed correctly. There are differences in the longevity of the effect and those differences match up well with costs. Long-term, higher cost, short-term, lower cost.

Which one you pick is up to you and your budget.

January 8, 2021

Men’s Eyebrow Shaping and Grooming Guide

Eyebrow shaping for men

If you are a man and the thought of grooming your eyebrows sounds like something a sissy would do, we completely understand. However, do you have a mustache or beard, or at least have a friend with either of those?

Beards and mustaches are certainly masculine facial features, but nobody just lets those go wherever they want without some trimming and sculpting. Otherwise, you would simply look like you just crawled out of a cave.

Trimming your eyebrows is really no different. When you were a young man, it is likely that you did not need to consider doing this at all and the mere suggestion of it would have sounded pretty weird.

However, the older you get, the more and more bushy your eyebrows tend to get. Of all the features of a man’s face, the eyebrows are usually the easiest indication of his age.

Keeping them properly groomed not only improves your overall appearance but can also impart a youthful look to the face. So, who doesn’t want to look younger (except those who are already young)?

Well, let’s jump right in and get down to it then. Here are our recommendations for how to go about it.

Go natural

Men’s Eyebrow Grooming Guide

Whereas the ladies sculpt and shape their eyebrows, men tend to look more masculine with a natural look. However, this all has to do with your personal preference (if you are a metrosexual, then we guess that eyebrow sculpting is for you).

To keep your eyebrows looking masculine, be very conservative in removing hair. To do this, we do not recommend tweezing unless there are obvious strays that are outside of the natural borders of your eyebrows.

Thread or wax with professional stylists only

If you really do not want to do this yourself and have the funds, consult with a professional men’s stylist who also does threading or waxing of eyebrows. They will be able to determine your facial shape and pick a style of eyebrow grooming that accentuates your best features.

Trimming

If you want to do your own grooming, we strongly recommend trimming as a strategy. Trimming is far more forgiving than plucking your eyebrows since cutting the hair back will allow it to regrow faster if you get a little overzealous and make a mistake (ahem, yeah, this can happen to you).

Use beard trimming scissors that are slightly recurved (cupped) to do any eyebrow work and also get a spoolie brush or a mustache brush. Spoolie brushes are basically mascara brushes, so if you feel a bit weird using one, a fine-bristle mustache brush works great.

How to shape your eyebrows

        1.Shower. The first thing you want to do is take a shower and wash your face thoroughly with warm, soapy water. Besides working with clean hair, the heat from the shower will open your pores and make it easier to pluck hairs or easier to trim them.

        2. Comb and trim. Using your mustache brush, first, comb the hair in the direction it grows (away from the center of your brow), then comb upward until all the hairs are pointing in the same upward direction.

With your beard scissors (make sure you clean them well first with warm soapy water, isopropyl alcohol, or witch hazel, then dry them with a tissue or soft cloth), trim any hairs that are noticeably longer than the others. We like to call these the “crazies”.

If your eyebrows are extra bushy, you can use an electric trimmer like a beard trimmer, to shape them. However, be extra careful since one slip-up will require you to begin penciling-in your eyebrows until they grow back.

Since penciled eyebrows on any man other than someone wearing stage makeup looks decidedly unmasculine, it’s simply better to use scissors and trim. It’s the haircut approach: you can always take off more later if you want.

        3. Tweeze any strays. Stray hairs that are above the natural limits of your eyebrows or are way off to the side or perhaps at the top of your eyelid should be plucked out with tweezers. They simply don’t belong there.

To tweeze hair properly, use a good set of new, non-dented, or warped tweezers that are clean. If you are in doubt, clean them the same way that you did the scissors to prevent any accidental infections during a pluck.

Using the tweezers, grasp the hair at the base, next to the skin, firmly and pull the hair in the direction that it grows. Never pull in the opposite direction or the hair could shear off, become ingrown, and infected.

Infected hair follicles in your face hurt and can produce more swelling there than other areas of your skin. Plus, it’s your face and you can’t cover up your face.

        4. Stay natural. Stay with the natural shape of your eyebrows and don’t sculpt your eyebrows as women do. If you decide that you do want sculpted eyebrows, this is where we recommend that you consult with a men’s grooming professional and have them do it for you.

They will typically choose a look that best fits your facial features and the shape of your face so that you get the best look you can achieve.

FAQs

Men’s Eyebrow Grooming Guide

What about grey hairs?

Leave them in, at least some. They can look very distinctive.

If you are concerned about greyness, buy a brow gel set for men.

Besides conditioning wiry eyebrow hairs in older men, many sets have subtle coloring agents to take care of those grey hairs.

Use the mattifying gel after a professional grooming

If you just had your eyebrows professionally groomed, particularly if this was done by waxing, this can often leave your skin shiny. To prevent this issue, use a mattifying gel between and around the eyebrows.

These typically come in skincare kits and will denote their use for eyebrow areas. If you cannot find any of these products, you can also use a talcum-based face powder or light, water-based moisturizer as well.

January 8, 2021

Homemade Hair Removal Creams – A Guide

Homemade hair removal creams

Hair removal usually involves shaving and risking cuts and scrapes or the use of smelly chemical creams that can cause burns if you are not careful to follow the directions. These do not have to be your only options, however, since there are homemade methods that are also effective.

They take some preparation and a bit more work to remove unwanted body hair, but they do work and are made of non-toxic ingredients. Now, we do realize that there are a lot of nonsense cure-alls out there, all sorts of click-bait “weird little trick” links that tell you to put onion slices on your bunions or fried eggs on your eyes to treat bags.

Despite the weirdness, these solutions we list below are simply homemade variants of waxing-like techniques and a popular salon trend in hair removal: sugaring. The results you obtain with sugaring or pastes are similar to what you get with hot wax, but with a notable advantage.

Sugar solutions are not molten, like wax, but will at most be warmed to make them pliable, which means that you cannot accidentally burn yourself while doing a sugaring. Pastes we list here are room-temperature treatments as well.

Considering most of us are not well possessed of salon skills, this whole not getting burned part should be quite appealing. The three recipes below are variants of sugaring solutions, one of which is certainly sure to work for you.

Basic Sugaring Mix

This basic sugaring mix recipe looks like nothing, but it is the same stuff they use in the salon. Whereas it is easier to have someone with experience apply the mix to you and do all the hair removal work, with a bit of practice you can achieve similar results to a salon visit. 

Combine the following ingredients:

  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice

Bring the mixture gently to a boil, ensuring it does not burn.

Decant to an airtight container (we recommend a canning jar by Bell or another manufacturer) and allow it to cool completely.

To use: Skin should be clean and dry before you begin. Many beauticians recommend wiping the area with witch hazel and a cotton ball to clean the skin, then following up with baby powder and a soft cloth.

Wearing gloves (dish gloves or disposable examination gloves) pinch a ball of sugaring mix by hand. If the mix is too stiff because the air temperature is cold, warm the mix in the jar gently in a water bath.

This is the same thing you do in canning, so you can purchase a home canning kit with a boiling pot and a rack. Apply the mix by spreading in the opposite direction of hair growth, then remove with the grain by wiping or abruptly wiping the gel off of the skin in the direction of growth.

That is because the hair shaft is caught in the sugar gel and pulled from the follicle, so you need to work in the proper direction. 

Egg White Paste

Homemade hair removal creams

This egg white mix is actually more similar to waxing than sugaring, particularly regarding the technique used at the end for removing the paste and hair. The advantage to this mixture and others on this list is that they are applied at room temperature.

No hot wax that can scar you if left on too long, no mishaps with hot wax getting on more sensitive areas that you wish to avoid (such as your lips, eyelids, and inner parts of your vulva).

Combine the following ingredients: 

  • 1 Egg white
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of cornflour

Mix the ingredients thoroughly in a mixing bowl until they form a smooth paste.

To use: Apply the mixture to the skin in the opposite direction of hair growth and allow it to completely dry. When dry, peel the hardened paste off quickly and abruptly, peeling in the opposite direction of hair growth (note that this differs from standard sugaring and is more similar to waxing).

Sweet Lentil Rub

This treatment for hair removal is an old Ayurvedic technique. Sometimes you will see variants of this mix that include turmeric (like ours, below this recipe). 

Combine the following ingredients:

  • 1 large potato, peeled and diced
  • 2 cups of yellow lentils
  • 4 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

Soak the lentils overnight in cold water until they are soft. Drain the water from the lentils and do not rinse them. Mash the lentils with a utensil (like a fork or a spoon).

Alternatively, you can blend them into a slurry in a food processor or a strong blender. Crush the chunks of potato and wring them in either cheesecloth or flour cloth to extract the juice.

You can also use a juicer for this step, if you have one. Combine the potato juice with the lentil paste.

Add in the lemon juice and honey and mix well until a smooth paste is formed.

To use: Apply the paste in the opposite direction of hair growth. Wait for the paste to dry completely, then remove by rubbing in the opposite direction of hair growth.

The hair will come off with the dried paste as you remove it.

Turmeric Cream

Homemade hair removal creams

This is another Ayurvedic recipe for hair removal that uses turmeric and flour to form a paste.

Combine the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup of chickpea flour (same as garbanzo bean flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
  • A few drops of milk or cream to dampen the mix

In a mixing bowl, place the flour and sift lightly with a fork. Then, add in the turmeric and stir into the mixture a few drops of cream or milk.

Work the mixture until it forms a smooth and thick paste; you can add milk or cream if the mixture is still too dry.

To use: Spread a thin layer of the paste in the direction of hair growth (note, this is different from the other recipes here). Let the paste dry completely, then wipe away the dried paste with a washcloth by rubbing in the opposite direction of hair growth.

January 8, 2021

Hair Removal Advice – A Guide

Hair Removal Advice

Hair removal seems like fighting a never-ending battle to achieve your beauty target. It may surprise you that there really is no one-way-for-everything method for hair removal.

Different methods are better for different body areas. Here, we will review our recommendations for how-to’s on all your little bits.

Eyebrows

For those of you that aspire to tame those eyebrows by waxing, do not try this yourself unless you want to risk accidental eyelid burns, overzealous hair removal, and intend to start drawing on your eyebrows.

Seriously, go to a salon for the wax. Eyebrow grooming is best done by tweezing or threading.

Get a white cosmetics pencil and hold it straight up to the side of your nose, then make a mark where the pencil crosses the eyebrow. Next, tilt the pencil from your nose across the outer edge of your eye and mark the eyebrow at that point, too.

Once again, hold the pencil to your nose and tilt it so that it passes just by the outer edge of your iris. Mark that point with an upside-down V at the top of your brow.

These are your guidelines for left and right extremes (pluck anything outside of those lines) and try to taper the upper part of your eyebrow so that the V is the highest point of the eyebrow arch.

Upper Lip

For upper lip care, your choices are long-term (laser!) or short-term (wax). If you want a great look that lasts about a year or more hair-free, then a salon laser treatment is the way to go.

However, these treatments use specialized equipment and are expensive. A more affordable alternative is home-use IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) machines that can be purchased online or in larger beauty supply stores.

A short-term but effective and affordable way to go is waxing. Just make sure to choose a low-temperature wax kit that is specifically designed to be used on the face.

When waxing, apply the warm wax in the direction of hair growth (for example, down and away from your nose) but pull the wax off in the opposite direction for best results.

Armpits

Hair Removal Advice

Here, your options are shaving, waxing, or lasers. As above, laser treatment is really, really effective, but really, really expensive. Use of an IPL machine, particularly one with galvanic plates, can achieve nearly the same results and give you a longer-term hair-free solution.

For shaving, lather the area thoroughly with gentle shaving cream or soap and shave upward, then downward, then across the armpit to catch hairs from all directions. Never use a razor more than three times (twice only is best), since a dull blade is more likely to cut.

Waxing gives better results than shaving and hair should be waxed on unshaved armpits. There needs to be some length for the wax to get a good grip.

Waxing is a solution that you can do once a week to keep your armpits clean. When selecting a product, get a stripless wax that can shrink around and properly grab hairs.

When waxing this area, work in small sections and from different directions.

Forearms

For your forearms, your best options are waxing and laser treatment. Many women shave their forearms, but this is really not recommended and leaves uncomfortable stubble.

Laser treatments typically can be adjusted to either completely remove hair from your forearms or to simply reduce the density of hair on your arms. Treatment sessions to achieve this are typically one to three visits to the salon but cost several hundred dollars apiece.

As stated above, an effective, non-chemical approach is by using an IPL machine. This is somewhat of an investment, but most machines have a respectable use life before bulb replacement and can work for you for several years.

Waxing is an effective method that is affordable, produces great results that last a few weeks, and can be performed with a minimum of discomfort.

Groin

Cleaning up your bikini lines is a bit of a touchy proposition for most girls. Basically, any method will work, but some produce better results whereas others are more non-fuss.

This is one area where we do not recommend laser removal, for several reasons. The first reason is the fluctuating nature of bush fashion.

Going Brazilian is still an in thing, but the fashion trend is beginning to swing back towards a natural, trimmed look. So, laser removal, although not permanent, will produce long-term results that you cannot easily reverse.

The second is the cost. You can drop thousands of dollars on bikini area laser treatments and still need to wax anyway, so why bother?

Although shaving works well, with the risk of cuts we strongly recommend waxing. It’s not as bad as you think it is and can produce really great results.

Before you start, take a few anti-inflammatories (like ibuprofen or acetaminophen) and not a glass of wine or a few shots. The alcohol will actually make you more sensitive to pain, despite all the old west cowboy dentist references in the movies.

Let your hair grow out to about a quarter-inch for fine hair and a half inch for coarse hair. Sit in front of a mirror so you can see, then put one foot on your opposite knee.

Spread the wax in the direction of hair growth in small sections, like 1×3 inches. Small sections will be easier and less painful to strip off.

Plaster a strip of muslin cloth over the wax so that it embeds in the fabric, pull it tight, then give a good yank in the opposite direction of hair growth. When you finish waxing, be sure to use a soothing moisturizing lotion with aloe or apply some hydrocortisone cream if a rash develops.

Legs

Hair Removal Advice

Removing hair from your legs can be done by any method, though we do not recommend laser treatments since the area is so large and leg hairs are usually so stout that you would break the bank in the process. If you want to try a method that does not involve the usual suspects (shaving, waxing, depilatory creams), then try an IPL device that is a larger model and covers more skin surface area.

Most women simply shave their legs (about 70% of them), but be sure to use a fresh razor every other time and preferably one with multiple blades. Some women find that they can squeeze up to 4 or 5 uses out of a razor, but many of us know that after the first couple of goes, you get diminishing returns.

If you are going to shave, just make the investment and buy some good, multi-blade disposable razors, use them twice or so and toss them. Follow-up with an aloe vera lotion to make your skin happy.

If you aspire to wax your legs, know that the pain factor is rather high since your leg hairs are usually some of the heaviest on your body. However, you cannot argue with the excellent results of a good leg wax.

Just wax down the hairs in small sections (1×3 inches) and strip off in the opposite direction. Just make sure to grow out your leg hair a bit before a wax (like ¼ to ½ inch) since this is a longer-term solution and you will not have to repeat it for weeks.

Chemical depilatory creams are very effective, but smell and can be messy. Many women prefer their use to the pain of waxing and they can be a relatively pain-free approach to hair removal.

Just make sure to follow the directions, do a test patch on your skin before going full Monty on your legs, and stick to the application time limits. This latter point is very important if you want to avoid a chemical burn.

November 16, 2020

A Deep Dive into the mē Chic by mē my elōs

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A Deep Dive Into The mē Chic by mē my elōs

The mē Chic hair removal device by mē my elōs is an IPL (intermittent pulsed light) therapy device for permanent hair removal. When perusing the internet for hair removal devices that are not epilators, many light-based devices are marketed as a laser hair removal device.

This is untrue, as almost all devices you will find (with the exception of a device by Tria) are pulsed light devices that use a xenon bulb to produce frequencies of light that are absorbed by the melanin in your hair, heat up the hair, and stun the matrix cells in the hair follicle that produce the hair.

IPL devices are an effective means of somewhat permanent hair removal. We say somewhat because it is never permanent, but can be long-lasting.

Hair goes cyclically through three growth phases (anagen, catagen, and telogen) and the IPL device targets the first phase, the anagen phase, by stunting the matrix cells of the follicle. Hairs in the other two phases are untouched, which is why you need to use IPL devices with repeated treatments over a series of weeks to get good results.

Generally, IPL devices are best for people with medium skin pigmentation, as the devices have contrast-detection problems with people who have pale skin and fair hair or very dark skin and dark hair. The IPL devices simply cannot tell the difference between a person’s hair and their skin in those extreme examples.

However, a variant of IPL by ēlos employs an interesting trick to extend the usability range of IPL devices by adding in radiofrequency contact plates around the treatment window. These plates apply a galvanic charge to the skin, which can affect the matrix cells on its own, and causes temporary erection of the hair shaft so that the IPL part of the device can “see” it, flash, and cause heating in the hair shaft and matrix cells.

What this addition does is allow the mē Chic to treat all skin types and hair colors (except grey). The only exception is that it cannot treat Fitzpatrick scale VI skin types (very dark pigmentation) in the facial area.

Who’s It For?

The mē Chic is a great choice for people who want to permanently remove hair from small, delicate areas. The small treatment window is ideal for small areas and tight spaces, such as the jawline, armpits, and bikini line.

It can be used on larger body areas if you are willing to be patient, as treatment is rather slow. There are other devices by mē my elōs that are intended to cover larger skin areas more efficiently.

How to operate it

  • Before use, clean the flash window with a soft tissue or a wipe (non-alcohol, like a baby wipe). This will ensure that the window is free of dust and hair.
  • Connect the power cord to the rear of the device and plug it into the wall.
  • At the rear of the device, press the power button to turn on the mē Chic. After a few moments, the three indicator lights will flash awaiting a power selection.
  • Choose the lowest power level the gives you acceptable results [power level 1, 2, or 3 (highest)].
  • The device is now ready and will only operate after it is held to the skin.

How to use it
Before using the mē Chic for the first time, it is recommended that you perform a skin sensitivity test. This entails testing a small area of the skin with hair to ensure you have no adverse reactions to the device.

Follow the basic treatment instructions (listed below) and test a small, sensitive area of your skin with a single flash at the lowest power setting. Wait for 30 minutes and see whether you have any noticeable skin reactions.

Increase the power setting if you wish and test again. If there is no rash or redness, you are safe to use the device at that power setting.

Epilate or shave the area you intend to treat, ensuring that hairs in the area are less than 5 mm in length.

Clean the skin the area you will treat and thoroughly pat it dry with a towel.

Power on the mē Chic and select your desired energy level. This should be from the results of your skin sensitivity test as the best setting for your skin.

If you do not select a power level, the device is not active, despite the blinking lights.

Place the device on the skin making complete contact and hold. Ensure that the radiofrequency contacts are touching the skin.

After a moment, the device will emit a flash and you will hear a pop (like an old-fashioned flashbulb). You may experience a burning smell, but that is just the burning of the hair and not a failure with the device.

Do not hold the mē Chic over an area and allow it to flash multiple times. An excess of heat will be produced that can cause burns or skin damage (in this case, less is more).

After every single flash, move the mē Chic to an adjacent skin area, covering the area you need to treat in a stamping motion. Avoid overlapping the flash areas to reduce the chance of skin irritation.

If you have thick hair, you can re-cover the treated area up to four times. Try to change to orientation of your stamping motions to provide better area coverage.

Treatment times vary from person to person, but the average times are as follows for different body areas: armpits, 1 minute; bikini line, 2 minutes; forearms, 3 minutes; lower leg, 10 minutes; jawline, 2 minutes; abdomen (men), 5 minutes; chest (men), 6 minutes; back, 12 minutes.

After treatment, you will continue to see hairs on your skin. Typical treatment regimens are 7 weeks at once per week, with monthly repeat treatments for maintenance.

When treating the face, be certain to plant the device evenly on the skin and either wear tanning goggles or close your eyes briefly during treatment to protect your eyes. Do not use the mē Chic above the cheek line (at the line of your nostrils).

Do not use the device if you have Fitzpatrick scale type VI skin pigmentation or very tanned skin. The mē Chic will not be able to differentiate between your skin and hair and may cause burns.

What We Like About mē Chic by mē my elōs

We have seen a large number of positive reviews of the product as well as video reviews and testimonials. Most users report 75-95% hair reduction after just six weeks of use.

There were no reported complications with operating the mē Chic and the device only flashes when fully applied to the skin. The small window and narrowed face we found to be really great in tight spots, like underarms and just outside of the groin area.

The mē Chic is also extremely easy to use and although it does not seem like it is doing much during its flashy-flashy bit, over just a few weeks there are obvious differences in the amount of body hair in treated areas. It just works great for almost all skin and hair types.

What We Don’t Like About mē Chic by mē my elōs

There is some discomfort associated with using the device. Some users complain that the flashes are too bright (don’t look at it, then!) and temporarily blinded them.

This is easily fixed by wearing tanning goggles, sunglasses, or just by closing your eyes for a moment. Also, users comment that the physical sensation of using the device takes some getting used to.

Several have likened it to being thumped hard by a thick rubber band during each flash. In addition, there is a burning hair smell during use (that is expected).

PROS

  • Compact
  • Easy to use
  • Auto-firing flash
  • Uses elōs technology for better treatment

CONS

  • Need to wear dark glasses or close your eyes while using
  • The physical sensation during treatment

What’s Included?

  • The mē Chic device
  • Power cord
  • User guide
  • (a set of tanning goggles would be a nice touch, but they are not included)

Overview Of Features

The mē Chic by mē my elōs is a small, compact and durable IPL device with a bulb cartridge rated for 120,000 pulses. That is enough to keep you hair-free for several years.

The operation is simple and there are only two buttons: an on-off button and a power level button. There are three, star-shaped indicator lights and three power levels. The faceplate has two radiofrequency bars that apply a galvanic charge to the skin, raising the hair shaft and making it easier for the device to treat the hair.

Review Summary

We believe that the mē Chic is a really great little hair removal device. Its operation is simple, with 120,000 flashes is has some legs, and the small face area lets you get into tight places.

Add in the elōs technology with the pair of galvanic plates and you have an effective combination that can treat all types of skin tone and hair color.

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