Beauty, For Men

6 Steps to Perfect Skin in 2016

A new year is a sign that you should make fresh beginnings. Why not consider getting fresher, better skin in 2016? Here are 6 resolutions you should be making for perfect skin this year:

Clean your phone:

Your phone comes in contact with all kinds of surfaces all day and then you put it next to your cheek for hours. Not good, no? Time to start using disinfectant wipes and swipe that screen clean.

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Wash your face before sleeping:

Skin rejuvenates itself while you sleep, and if it is clogged with makeup and dirt, it cannot breathe. Promise yourself that you will wash your face before sleeping. In the absence of makeup remover, use baby oil/baby shampoo. Pour a tiny bit on a cotton pad and wipe off. For the drunk/lazy nights, keep makeup removal wipes on your dresser and use them before you crash.  Recommendation: Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover.

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Start a night regimen:

It is time to start using a hydrating night cream/serum/overnight mask that’ll repair and hydrate your skin while you sleep. After you have cleansed your skin, you need to feed it too! Make your night time ritual your “me time”. It’ll not only be a step towards great skin, it’ll relax you. Recommendation: Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, Lakme Absolute Skin Gloss Overnight Mask.

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Wash your makeup brushes:

Your makeup brushes accumulate a whopping amount of bacteria and breakout causing oils. Wash them regularly, so that you are not transferring bacteria from your face to your makeup kits and vice versa. Check out this post to learn how to clean your makeup brushes.

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Drink water:

I know, I know. You have read this a 100 times before. Consider this a reminder, ok? Drink more water! If you don’t like the taste of water (like me), make infused water with anything you like! Mint, cucumber, ginger, apples, berries, cinnamon et al. (Want the recipes? Just ask in the comments below!) Also drink more green tea to add to the fluid intake.

Immersing your body's intake of water will immediately stimulate your kidneys, liver and digestive system's functions. These are the primary detox organs. It will boost your metabolism, which in turn accelerates toxin and fat elimination. That is why it's important to drink while using the Ultimate Body Applicator! I tell all my wrappers to drink 1/2 their body weight in water.:

 

Use sunscreen:

A lot of people I know think that sunscreen is too sticky, greasy etc. Not anymore! These days there are tons of lightweight sunscreens out there. Try: Neutrogena dry touch.

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I hope you follow these easy, simple steps. Here’s to glowing skin in 2016!

Neha

xoxo

Beauty, For Men

All You Ever Wanted To Know About Laser Hair Removal

LASER HAIR REMOVAL

 

I have seen questions flying around about laser hair reduction all the time, especially on Twitter. Here I am, to quench your curiosity.

Hair removal is an extremely personal and yet paradoxically controversial topic. Everyone should be free to do whatever they want with their bodies. If someone doesn’t want to remove hair anywhere and be au naturel, it’s their choice. And if someone prefers removing the hair, it does not make them shallow.

I remember first hearing about laser hair removal years ago when people were first talking about it. It sounded like magic! I have been at war with excessive facial hair throughout my teenage years. Punjabi genes are awesome. They give you so much flare, but also a lot of hair! To make matters worse, I tweezed and that made the hair coarser and more noticeable. Tried almost all hair removal methods but most of them are painful, time consuming and the results are not great. Finally after much deliberation, I took the plunge to get my upper lip and chin done, a couple of years ago, at one of the leading clinics (if you want the name, ping me).

Was it worth it? Yes, yes, yes!

What is Laser Hair Reduction?

Laser hair removal or reduction (the procedure reduces the hair, doesn’t remove completely) is a treatment in which laser is used to kill the hair follicles, over a period of 6-10 sessions. Really. Avada Kedavra. The cosmetic laser has settings adjusted to both your skin and hair type. The laser fires a concentrated beam that works on the pigment in your hair follicles. This destroys the follicle at its root, preventing the hair from growing back.

The process is pretty simple. The technician analyses your hair growth in the first consultative session. For a few days before the first session and in between sessions, you are not allowed to wax, thread, bleach etc. Why? Because remember, the laser works on the follicle so the follicle needs to exist in the first place. The method works best on dark, thick, coarse hair. You can shave the hair before your first session (and in between sessions. We will get to that later).

What to expect in your first session?

When you come for your first session, you come with all follicles intact. The technician then adjusts the laser intensity according to your skin colour and hair type. You are made to wear protective glasses. At this point, you are completely helpless, lying down on a bed while a stranger points a laser gun at you. You feel really cold gel being slathered on the area to be treated. And then it begins.

Does it hurt?

Yes. A lot? No way! It feels like a rubber band being snapped over your skin. And some heat. It hurts more on the areas where you have thicker growth. Otherwise, pretty manageable. I may be saying this because my pain threshold is pretty high. But it does get easier with every session. Partly because your body gets used to it and also because there is less hair to laser each time.

What to expect post your first session?

Red, sore skin, for a couple of hours. It settles down soon enough. A week after that, some hair will sprout which will fall off on its own. It will literally slide off when you run your hands over it. It is so satisfying seeing the once annoying hair fall off on its own!

Who is the best candidate for laser hair reduction?

If you have thick, coarse hair, and pale skin, you are perfect for laser hair reduction. Having said that, these days they have started tweaking the technique to suit darker skin too. Talk to your clinic first because you do not want to end up with burnt skin.

Things to take care of

Before you go for your first session, stop waxing or bleaching for a while. In between sessions, you can shave the area. Always use a soothing aloe gel (which the clinic will give you) in between sessions. Stay away from the sun as much as possible. Also, be consistent. Do not miss sessions or you will not see the desired results. And slather sunscreen on the area every single day.

What to REMEMBER

Please remember that laser will only reduce the hair. And also, if you have hormonal issues, do not expect the treatment to work like magic. Do sort out the hormonal issue first and then go for laser.

Maintenance

Most clinics will suggest maintenance sessions once a year. I have not been for any more sessions other than the 6 sessions I took and I am okay for now. So it all depends on your hair growth.

Does it cost a lot?

Not really. If you calculate the combined cost of waxing, bleach and razors for a year, it’ll be a staggering amount so yeah laser is totally worth it. And imagine the peace of mind! No more stress about what to do with the darn hair!

Will I do it again?

Yes! Definitely getting my armpits and legs done.

I think that should answer all your questions. If you do have any more questions please comment below or tweet to me at @lifestyle_stew.

Until next time, stay stylish.

Neha

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Men Fashion: Office Talks!

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What’s common between all these hotties other than all of them being fabulous actors?
Right!
Their clothes! With the right tips and tricks you might be the new most eligible hottie in the office. How, you ask? Read on!

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5 essentials of skin-care for men

If you are one of those who think that moisturizer and face wash is for women, well mister! I got news for you! No woman likes dry skin or acne on her man!

You don’t need to use your girlfriend’s products (although there is no harm if you do). There are tons and tons of products available in the market for men. They are better suited for your skin and won’t smell like raspberries or candy (but hey if you like those, be my guest!)

Okay here we go. Step by step. Some must-haves for your skin care:

A good face wash: Soap is too harsh for facial skin and will strip it off natural oils. Use an oil free, mild face wash. Use a teeny tiny bit and wash your face twice a day, morning and night.

Examples:

Splurge: Amongst the high end brands, Kiehls and The Body Shop make good face washes.

Save: Garnier, Pears, Lakme, Nivea.

PS: Honestly, I would say avoid face wash if you can go natural. But not many of you would appreciate washing your face with besan, so, stick to face wash.

Sunscreen: Yes you are a big boy and you used to play cricket in the sun and nothing happened but you were a kid then! Your skin changes as you grow up. So grow up and start using a sunscreen 😛

Choose an oil-free sunscreen with SPF 20, or higher if you plan to be in the sun for longer. Apply it 15 mins before you go out of the house on all exposed skin. And yes, even on cloudy days.

Neutrogena and Kaya sunscreens are my favourite. You could also try Garnier for men or Lakme (a bit oily in my opinion).

Moisturizer! : A heavy duty one if you have dry skin. And a light, oil-free one for oily skinned lads.

My recommendations: Dry skin: Dermalogica dry skin range or Nivea. For oily skin, Clean & Clear works best.

In case you have dry skin all over, go for a body lotion too. And a body butter during winter. The Body Shop makes delicious ones, but your regular Vaseline does the trick pretty well too.

Lip balm: Don’t you dare forget those lips! Nobody likes chapped lips. They ruin the look of your face, your smile, your kiss. Now you wouldn’t want that! Reco: Burt’s Bees, Kiehls No Shine Lip Balm.

Treatment products: In case you have acne, you need something extra to treat those annoying zits. Benzoyl Peroxide .025% used at night works very well. If you have severe acne, consult a doctor.

Got dark circles? Well, honesty, they can be genetic so you cannot remove them, but you can reduce them. Under eye creams and even cucumber slices and tea bags help reduce their appearance.

There you go! 5 essentials for healthier looking skin! Not that difficult to do now, is it?

Until next time, keep rocking, keep shining 🙂

Neha

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