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Thursday
Jul132006

A Lesson on Razor Bumps.

Yuck - the unsightly razor bumps left behind from hair removal in the bikini area. What are they exactly? I turned to Aveeno.com for some answers.

If you notice what looks like pimples, bumps or in-grown hairs on the areas where you shave, you may have "razor bumps". Doctors call this condition Pseudofolliculitis barbae , or PFB. PFB is most common in African American men and others with coarse or curly hair. It's less common in women, but it does occur. PFB is most common on the face and neck where hair is shaved or plucked. But it can also occur in the underarm and pubic areas as well as on the chest, legs or back.

What happens to cause these "razor bumps" is that shaving sharpens the ends of the hair, making it easier for the hairs to curve back into the skin. Stretching the skin while shaving can cause the newly cut hair to retract into the hair follicle. The bumps that you see are caused by skin irritation and inflammation where the hair has re-entered the skin.

There are several things you can do to help minimize razor bumps while shaving. Some doctors recommend using only electric shavers which don't give quite as close a shave, whereas double or triple-edged razors give extra-close shaves that may make the hair more apt to re-enter the skin. If you do use a blade, wash with a mild cleanser and warm water before shaving. This will help soften the hairs and help prevent a sharp edge that can enter the skin after shaving. Massaging the area to be shaved with a warm washcloth can help free the hairs and make them easier to cut. Avoid stretching the skin while shaving and shave in the direction of hair growth to minimize irritation.


Some products to try:
AVEENO Therapeutic Shave Gel
Bikini Zone Medicated Cream for Bikini Area
Bliss Ingrown Hair Eliminating Peeling Pads
DERMAdoctor KP Duty Body Scrub


Wednesday
Jul122006

Fill'er Up!

How did Bliss know that one of my biggest problem areas this Summer is my upper lip?

I have been noticing faint vertical lines around my shrinking lip, and I am always trying to control the hair growth above my lip, while dealing with the hyperpigmentation that waxing so regularly leaves behind.

spiff_upper_lip.jpgAlong comes Bliss Spiff Upper Lip. It is a unique age-defying formula that helps solve my upper-lip dilemma’s with a - one, two, three, four – punch.

  1. 10% retinol-molcular film helps to reduce lip line wrinkles
  2. Capislow Complex helps reduce upper lip hair re-growth
  3. Miracle Molecule helps increase lip volume
  4. Alpha Arbutin helps lighten pigmentation

All I know, is that these fancy smancy ingredients are working for me and my “problem” area. With just over three weeks of use, I am noticing a difference in the volume of my lips, the decrease in lines around my lips, and my hyperpigmentation is fading. The jury is still out on my hair re-growth as my few hairs are so blonde right now, but I suspect that they may be growing a bit slower.


Check out blissworld.com for more info!

Tuesday
Jul112006

Another Celebrity Endorsement...

Pro-Active just announced that they signed a deal reportedly worth $2 million to Lindsey Lohan.

Other celebs that have endorsed Pro-Active in the past have been Jessica Simpson, P.Diddy, Kelly Clarkson, and Vanessa Williams.

Lindsey's little Pro-Active Solution clips will begin airing this week on tv.