Sunday, December 20, 2009

Days 19 and 20...depilation and getting a glow

If you're thinking of getting your legs waxed now is the time to do it. It will last you through Christmas until the New Year and any redness will subside in a day or so.The best results are at a salon, but I've also had success with at home kits too. There are a few different kinds available at most drugstores although I prefer the pre-waxed strips that you press on and pull off. It does hurt, I can't lie, so unless you're used to it or can stand the pain of doing it yourself, get a friend to pull them off for you! There is nothing worse than stopping it half way and then trying to get the rest off.
 Another option is an epilator - I bought the Bliss Bikini Perfect Bliss-Philips Bikini Perfect Deluxe HP6378 Spa-At-Home Grooming SystemBliss-Philips Bikini Perfect Deluxe HP6378 Spa-At-Home Grooming System last year and it's one of the best investents I've made. It keeps you hair free for weeks and is incredibly easy to use.
Then there's the good old fashioned way - shaving! Just make sure you use a new razor and shaving cream or foam to avoid nicks or you could use a hair removal cream which lasts slightly longer than shaving and leaves legs really smooth. After any kind of depilation I like to use Tend Skin which prevents ingrown hairs and those unsightly red spots that can occur after waxing or shaving. For any kind of depilation I recommend exfoliating lightly beforehand to remove dead skin making it easier to get rid of the hair as close to the skin as possible and then moisturize well using a good non greasy body lotion.

If you are wearing an outfit that requires some skin baring and you don't want to be as white as the snow, I suggest doing a little self tanning now! You don't have to look like you just returned from Tahiti (unless you want to) as there are a lot of tanners out there now that give subtle results. I've tried and loved recently:
  • Fake Bake  Instant Self Tanning Spray Airbrush - this gives an instant tan and dries quickly. I blend mine with a large dry sponge to ensure there are no streaks,
  • Gradually tan with Xen-Tan's Transform Xen Tan Transform 6 fl oz.Xen Tan Transform 6 fl oz. which is a daily moisturizing lotion with their olive undertoned self tanner in it, that gives an incredibly believable color.
  • To get a dark result quickly, use Sevin Nyne's spray. This was created by Lindsay Lohan and develops into a deep, dark tan that leaves the skin moisturized too.
  • For the ultimate tan you can't get better than your own personal at home tanning airbrush! Luminess Tan is the easiest and most effective way to get your own professional looking tan at home. You can even add muscle defining contours to make you look slimmer - genius!
(some of the above products were provided to me and some I bought)

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