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Wednesday
Jun262013

Ban the Bumps: How to Get Rid of Bikini Bumps.

It's bikini season. If you notice what looks like pimples, bumps or in-grown hairs on the areas where you shave, you may have "bikini bumps" a.k.a. razor bumps. Doctors call this condition Pseudofolliculitis barbae, or PFB. PFB is most common in sensitive areas, such as the bikini area.

Ban the Bumps: How to Get Rid of Bikini Bumps

 

What causes bikini bumps?

When you shave, you are actually sharpening the ends of the hair. Shaving makes it easy for the hairs to curve back into the skin as the little hairs 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.

Prevent Bikini Bumps

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 the newer five blade razors give extra-close shaves that may make the hair more apt to re-enter the skin. If you do use a razor, be careful and remember these few tips to help ban the bumps.

  • Wash with a moisturizing 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. I like Dove Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash.
  • Use a protective shave gel prior to shaving. Let it set on the warmed skin for a few minutes before you start to shave. I like Aveeno Therapeutic Shave Gel.
  • Use a new, sharp razor to avoid uneven cutting. I like Venus & Olay Razor in Sugarberry.
  • As you shave, avoid stretching the skin. Be sure to shave in the direction of hair growth to minimize irritation.
  • After shaving, massage the area with a warm washcloth to help free the hairs from making it back into the skin.

How to Prevent Bikini Bumps

Get Rid of Bikini Bumps

So you have taken care to prevent the bikini bumps from happening, but you still have some bikini bumps that are painful and/or itchy. There are a few great products that are designed specifically to treat the bikini bumps.

  • bliss Ingrown Eliminating Pads - These single-use wipes are made with alpha and beta hydroxy acids to treat the bumps, while green tea and oat extract soothe and smooth the skin.
  • Bikini Zone Medicated Creme - This cream contains an analgesic to soothe away pain and irritation. It improves healing by speeding along new skin cells to replace the scraped ones, eliminating redness and razor burn. Lastly, it dries out the small, acne-like blemishes and exfoliates the skin to help prevent hair from curling back into the skin to form an ingrown hair bump in the first place. 
  • DERMAdoctor KP Duty Body Scrub - This exfoliating scrub contains both a physical and chemical exfoliator to get those irritated hairs out of where they have ingrown. Not designed for bikini bumps, but another condition, I was in a pinch and had to get rid of my bikini bumps, and this scrub did the trick.

 

How to Treat Bikini Bumps

The few extra minutes that it takes to prep skin, shave properly, then soothe the skin will definitely help to keep the bikini bumps at bay. Take your time, and be consistent. You'll soon forget the discomfort and the unsightly bikini bumps will be gone in no time.

 

Monday
Jun242013

Makeup Wars: My Favorite Summer Manicure.

My summer manicures are always bright, but they almost always have another thing in common too - they're pink. I love pink. It works with my skin tone and it looks great on my nails. L'Oréal Paris is launching a summer collection called Colour Me Pink next month, and all of the products are in pink tones. It's as if it were made for me.

L'Oréal Paris Colour Me Pink Nail Color | Beautiful Makeup Search

The nail colors:

  • Berry Jealous!
  • Sugary Sweet
  • Taste of Romance
  • Pink Attitude
  • Rosy Macaron
  • Hella Pink

I selected two of the shades for my summer manicure so I could have an accent nail, with a bit of a design. I used Pink Attitude as the base and accented it with Sugary Sweet on my ring finger. Pink Attitude is a beautiful, creamy geranium pink-red shade; Sugary Sweet is a sheer, light pink with a subtle shimmer that is only really visible in bright light.

L'Oréal Paris Pink Attitude and Sugary Sweet | Beautiful Makeup Search

First, I applied two coats of Pink Attitude. After they were dry, I taped off (using band aids because I am such a novice and never thought of using tape, which would have given me a much more clean edge) a vertical line on my ring finger, and applied three coats of Sugary Sweet. I left that on for about 30 minutes before I removed the guides. Finally, I took a little self adhesive crystal that I had left from a craft project, and placed that on my nail with tweezers. I finished with top coat.

L'Oréal Paris Nail Art Tutorial | Beautiful Makeup Search

My summer manicure:

L'Oréal Paris Nail Art | Beautiful Makeup Search

Be sure to check out all the summer manicures that my beauty friends created.

Tuesday
Jun182013

Top 10 Self-Tanners.

 

There is more than one way to get your glow on for summer. I talk about bronzers a lot. Just in case you missed any of that, here are my favorite drugstores bronzers, my favorite luxe bronzers and my favorite bronzers to fake a tan. Right now I am going to take that "faking a tan" a bit further and tell you about my top 10 favorite self-tanners. Self-tanners are an excellent way to get your glow on.

The 10 Best Self Tanners | Beautiful Makeup Search

1. Jergens Natural Glow FACE Daily Moisturizer Sunscreen
I use this every night on my face about an hour before I put on my night time moisturizer. The result is natural and gradual.

2. Beautisol Self-Tanning Mousse
This dark brown tinted self-tanner has no self tanning scent at all. It is very easy to apply and delivers a very even, believable shade of golden brown.

3. Lancome Flash Bronzer
This bronze tinted self-tanning gel is great for when I need my legs darkened up in a flash. Color is developed in about 30 minutes.

4. Fake Bake 60 Minute Tan
This tinted self-tan liquid develops into a beautiful, natural looking tan in just 60 minutes. Accelerators speed up development time so a golden glow is achieved in an hour.

5. Clarins Liquid Bronze Self Tanner
This very liquid self-tanning lotion applies very easily and dries in a few minutes. When I am in a rush, this is the self-tanner I apply.

6. Hampton Sun Sunless Tanning Gel
This clear self-tanning gel wins for the best scent that never has that self-tanner smell. It is perfect to use before heading to the beach because it has no color, so won't streak, and the color develops gradually.

7. Fake Bake Flawless Self-Tan Liquid
This great smelling tinted liquid applies with a mitt for a gorgeous, even tan. I like this one for my arms and chest.

8. Vani-T Velocity Rapid Self Tan Mist
This tinted liquid is sprayed onto skin and then spread with a mitt. It dries almost instantly and tan is developed very quickly. The longer you leave it on, the deeper the tan.

9. Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer
This daily lotion develops in to a very light, very natural gradual tan. It is more like a self-tan maintainer. I use it everyday, on my legs, in place of moisturizer.

10. Sun Laboratories Self Tanning Lotion
This creamy very brown tinted lotion applies and spreads easily. I love the cherry-almond scent.