We all know what ingrowns look like – “unsightly” red bumps that many of us get after we wax, shave, sugar, thread, or pluck our bikini-area. As if wearing a bikini isn’t stressful enough! What many people don’t know is why they actually happen. They happen anytime hair grows back into the skin instead of up and out to the surface, and according to Dr. Neal Schultz, NYC dermatologist, host of DermTV.com, and creator of BeautyRx by Dr. Schultz, they’re more likely to occur if you have curly or wiry hair. He also notes that just like the blemishes that pop up on our faces, picking them will make them way worse! I’ve never actually attempted to pick at them on my own, though there are countless Youtube videos of people doing just that (again, Dr. Schultz warns NEVER to do this), but when I wax, the lady who does it removes them for me (at least some of them…), which does help.
Times are changing…no longer is it uncommon for men to be as discerning when it comes to their beauty regimen as women are. In fact, my father is MORE of a Beauty Snob than my mother, and I have countless male friends who regularly pamper themselves with spa treatments, manicures, and an assortment of beauty products. There is still, however, a lot of misinformation out there…
You know you’re good friends with someone when she tells you she just finished shaving her face. That was the case a few weeks ago when I asked a friend what she was up to. I was taken aback. My friend is a little blonde and blue-eyed thing; what could she possibly have to shave?! “Lots of peach fuzz,” she told me before insisting that, “shaving your face is all the rage…seriously, it’s the thing to do.” I laughed it off but soon after started doing some research, and it turns out that she was right. Shaving – and not just your “mustache” – has become increasingly popular among women. Before you go take out your Venus and start shaving away, however, there are some important things to keep in mind.
There are few things as aggravating (and possibly mortifying…) as getting your bikini line perfectly trimmed-down and bikini-ready only to find yourself covered with red bumps. To find out exactly how the risk can be mitigated, we turned to shaving expert Anthony Sosnick.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse, it turns out sugar isn’t only bad for your waistline, it’s also bad for you skin; and we’re not just talking possible breakouts, but signs of aging too.
In terms of harmless but aggravating beauty annoyances that most women have to deal with on a regular basis, ingrowns, after breakouts, are pretty much on top. I have yet to find a magical cure, but regular exfoliation does help as do soothing products like Shaveworks’ The Cool Fix Targeted Gel Lotion.
Razors have been getting a lot of attention lately thanks to this article in New York Magazine and while I will agree that a rotating razor seems like a gimmick and that I am always surprised at just how expensive my refills are ($26ish for 8 new cartridges?!), there are some new developments worth getting behind in the realm of razors, one of which will actually save you money.
As a non-believer in New Year’s resolutions, I usually am a fan of smaller and more realistic goals. Apart from a goal of working out in the morning, and eating more fish, I decided it was time to update and upgrade my skin care regimen to a more mature level. My goal was to create … Continue reading Aging Adventures: Skincare For The Younger Man On The Go
Beauty products are like tech products – they just get better and more effective every year. I mean did you know that CC cream is already a thing? I feel like BB just made her first appearance! Some beauty buys can be trendy (dark ‘90s lip liner hasn’t aged so well), but these top choices … Continue reading Best Beauty of 2012: And the Award Goes to…