The other day we were talking with my girl friends with small children about how 10 minutes in the bathroom sometimes felt like a few hours at a day spa and how our bathroom and beauty routines changed since we had our children.
We all agreed that stealing a few minutes for shaving was easier as a new mom than finding the time to going to a waxing saloon. However, we also agreed that it is easy to make mistakes when shaving. And by mistake I do not only mean cutting yourself.
So for today I brought you a collection of common mistakes and tips to avoid them.With the help of these tips you can maximize the effect. It is a common myth that putting more pressure on your skin while shaving will lead to better results. But the truth is just the opposite. It will only result in unwanted cuts and nicks. This may be the most common mistake we all make, but it’s the easiest to avoid.
Another common mistake is not prepping the skin appropriately. Of course, if you have a bushy beard or longer stubble, more prep is required before picking up your razor.
So for men with thick/strong beard it is a good idea to use a hot towel (but not too hot as it can irritate the skin) or plan to shave after a hot shower. For women, stick to shaving in the shower. The steam will allow the outer layer of the hair to soften which makes shaving easier and safer . If you have long beard/hear to shave, trim it before using your razor.
Not knowing which way your hair grows is also risky. To avoid problems caused by that, let your hair grow out enough so you can physically feel the way your hair is growing if you slide your finger across the skin. When shaving, the first pass of the shave should go with the grain when the hair is at its longest. The following pass should go against the grain when the hair is shorter and there are less dead skin cells to get in the way. This way the shaved area will feel super smooth.
UAlso be careful when applying your shaving creme. Using too much or too little shaving cream can have the same effect as not prepping the skin appropriately. If you’re using too little of the product, your hair may not soften up enough, causing a rougher shave. Or the opposite, if you’re using too much of the product, it can become a slippery mess and a red flag for cuts.
Although soaps and shaving creams feel and look like they have similar properties, soap removes dirt & oil from the skin, working against your shave. On the other hand, shaving products provide moisture and slip agents to decrease friction. Stick to shaving products — your skin will be glad. Note:Using shaving products that also provide hydration, like Harry’s Shaving Gel, will help eliminate irritation. Natural ingredients like aloe and cucumber will hydrate and refresh your skin!
Irritation may also be caused by bacteria. Leaving your razor on the shower ledge or bathroom sink where bacteria and water are flying around will diminish the value of the razor, leaving it dirty and dull. Not to mention how unsafe it is with children around!Store your razor in an area where there is limited water exposure. This doesn’t mean to throw your razor into a drawer where bacteria can live.
Pay attention to the condition of your razor. Using your razor longer than you’re supposed to will cause more cuts and nicks than you’re expecting. Change your razor blade every 6-8 shaves. By using a subscription service like Harry’s to receive high quality razors, you’ll never have to worry about when to switch out your razor again. Being able to customize your own delivery schedule based on how often you’d like to receive new razors is convenient for everyone.
And at last but not least, take your time. Hurrying will never bring nice results.
Thanks for reading. As always, your comments are highly appreciated.
Did you know that according to Earth Pledge at least 8,000 chemicals are used to turn raw materials into textiles and 25% of the world's pesticides are used to grow non-organic cotton? And what's worse, still two thirds of a garment's carbon footprint will occur after it is purchased.
When we hear the notions sustainable fashion, eco fashion, ethical fashion or slow fashion, we tend to think that big companies are the only ones that can make a difference. But as the result of Earth Pledge's research shows, it is us, costumers, who cause the worst part. Yes, companies overproduce, use pesticides, etc., but it is also the costumer who makes mistakes. Just think of the average American throwing away 70 pounds of clothes a year. Isn't it an insane amount?!
The good news is that it is also us who can make the biggest change.
Yes, you and me too.
I know it might seem a bit hypocritical that a fashion blogger who sometimes also buys and promotes pieces by fast fashion brands, talks about sustainable fashion. But I truly think that by changing our ways we can make a difference. So here are my tips for easy steps towards being more conscious and doing less harm to our environment through our fashion choices:
When I was about 6 or 7, I received a wonderful purple winter coat with Minnie Mouse on it. I loved it but grew out of it soon. My mom decided to give it to a family in our street as they had 3 younger than me daughters. First, I hated seeing that other girl in my wonderful coat but I got used to it. And my mom went on, she donated more of my clothes to that family. Later it was already me who asked one of my classmates who had 13 siblings, whether they would come over to my place and choose from the clothes me and my sister did not wear anymore.
Look for materials that last
This way you will wear one piece longer. The longer you wear an item, the better for your environment.
But be careful. Vintage shops -just like fast fashion shops - may seduce you to overshopping. Always ask yourself twice, whether you will really wear that piece at least 25 times.
Borrow And Lend
We tend to be more lenient with wasting children's clothes. We tend to say that we cannot do anything against the fact that children grow really fast. And on top of that, children also often damage their clothes.
That's all true. But hey!
How about borrowing. Of course, I know everybody will buy clothes for their children but there are pieces that can be borrowed. Winter coats, hats, rainboots and other pieces that are not worn away so soon can be borrowed or lent. My son usually grows out of a size every 5-6 weeks. For this short period of time, it isn't really necessary to buy everything he needs new. We often visit one of his cousines who is 3 years old now and go treasure hunting in their cellar. It's actually quite a fun as well.
Go shopping in your own closet
First of all, select your closet. You mightfind pieces you have long forgotten about. You might find something that is 'in' again. Or something your sister/friend needs. You might suprise someone you love without spending. Or you might find something, that you thought you would never wear but turns out to be suitable for a new situation. Like my late mother's fur coat. You can read the story here.
Only buy things approriate to your lifestyle
There is no point in buying 20 cocktail dresses if you are only invited to 2 parties a year.
Challange yourself: No shopping for 1/2/3 months
Sometimes shopping is only impulse shopping. Sometimes it happens simply because we are bored. Sometimes because we are happy, sometimes because we are disappointed, etc.. Try to avid these situations. Your wallet and your environment will be glad.
Some shops collect old pieces for recycling, others use them in related fields of the textile industry.I have just sent an old pair of jeans to a company that uses them for sofas.
And last, but not least: Concentrate on slow designers/companies
One of them, I have come across recently is wearpact.
Brendan, the founder, believes that creating clothing should not come at the cost of people, or the environment. That’s why he partners with organizations that ensure the wellbeing of workers and the environment. By using the best sustainable ingredients, pact creates clothes that don’t just feel good, you can also feel good about wearing them.
How about you? What are your tips to make fashion more sustainable?
Thanks for reading.
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An easy and comfortable to use, not too thick mask. It only takes a few minutes to use and the result is very nice. This product cleans the pores deeply and leaves a fresh, even complexion. It soothes the skin. It did not leave my skin dry. It smells like mud but the odour is not too strong.
Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water
The biggest pros for this product are that it does not contain any parabens, sulfates or phthalates.
It has a nice, uplifting fragrance from orange and lemon blossom, watermelon and mint leaves. Not too strong absolutely not disturbing. It leaves a refreshing feeling but makes the skin feel a bit tacky. It cleans the skin gently and does not leave it dry. However, it could not fully handle my mascara.
How about you? Have you tried any new beauty products recently?