Makeup By Kim Porter

Tanning Season: Achieving the Perfect Summer Glow

When I was younger, I ABSOLUTELY HATED getting a tan because after being in the sun for a while, my skin would have a dirty looking tint to it instead of a golden/bronze glow.  It wasn’t until a few years ago, I didn’t mind having a nice golden glow in the summer from a tan.  I realized that exfoliating before and after tanning helps give you a nice, even, glowing tan, instead of looking dark & dirty.

Your skin is made up of millions of tiny skin cells. These cells don’t live long, and eventually they die and fall off. Don’t worry, there are more getting made every second of every day. But the important thing is to realize that they do die and they do fall off.

So when you tan, it only reaches the very top layer. It stands to reason that you want that top layer to be as new and alive as possible doesn’t it? Therefore you need to get rid of all the old, dried up, dead skin cells prior to your tan. If you have not exfoliated for a while then you might like to do it a couple of nights in a row leading up to whenyou will sunbathe.   Without exfoliating first, the sun tanning can actually cause blotches and discolorations.

Bringing a timer with you when you tan can be very handy. You do not want to stay out in the sun too long and when you are laying, relaxing in the warm sun, the time can really get away from you. Carry a timer in order to time when you should turn over so that y ou tan evenly on each side of your body. A timer or stopwatch can help to avoid ‘over baking’ out in the hot sun.

DON’T FORGET THE SUNBLOCK!  I use Aveeno’s Continuous Protection Sublock Spray SPF 70
FYI: The Higher the SPF, the longer it will take you to tan. So for my darker skinned sisters, you’d probably want to use SPF 70 & higher

What I use to exfoliate?
Mesh Gloves, which can be found at your local CVS or Duane Reade for $3.49.  Never use a sea salt scrub after sun bathing, it will cause your skin to burn like you poured alcohol onto a wound! OMG!!! I learned my lesson .:lol:.

Also, I use Johnson & Johnson’s baby oil gel after exfoliating, which makes my skin extra smooth & glowy. 

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"FOR THOSE MONDAY'S WHEN YOU REALIZED YOU SHOULD HAVE CALLED OUT"

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Waxing versus Sugaring: My Brazilian Experience

A lot of women especially have pause when  it comes to going bare down south.  I have been waxing for about 5 years now, and ever since my first experience I have tried to convince many of my family and friends to get a Brazilian wax.  Most of them agreed, if I tagged along of course, and they too loved the experience as well as the benefits of the Brazilian afterward.  After waxing for so long, I finally got my very first sugaring Brazilian last week Thursday at Shobha SoHo.  

First, I would like to say Shobha SoHo is a wonderful, clean place (hygienic; no double dipping, rooms are cleaned after every service).  Although it may be a tad bit on the expensive side ($57 for Brazilian Wax & $67 for Sugaring), here they provide excellent service, with the top waxing, sugaring and threading experts. I have been going here for years, using the same technician, Karmjeet who is great!

I tried sugaring this time because I heard it was less painful.  Normally, I don’t feel much pain during my waxing sessions, but I still wanted to compare the two techniques to see if there was any difference at all.  To my surprise, there was.  I found that there was little to no pain, the session was quicker, and the tenderness I’d feel after a wax I didn’t feel with the sugaring, and I stayed a lot smoother longer (so far) than I have with the waxing.

In my opinion, even though the sugaring is more expensive, it was well worth it, and I’d definitely get it again.

What’s in the pot? Real sugaring is made up of all natural food-grade ingredients like sugar, lemon juice, water and sometimes essential oils. Most waxes are made primarily of resins and contain artificial fragrances, dyes, chemicals, and preservatives. Although you can be allergic to any given ingredient, natural or not, it’s more common for people to be allergic to artificial fragrances and ingredients like those found in waxes. Allergic reactions can make skin red, irritated, and break out into a rash. Ouch!

Sweet, but not sticky. Sugaring paste is water soluble, meaning you can wash it off with plain old water. A very different story with wax that needs to be taken off with a special wax remover, baby oil or petroleum jelly.

Sugaring doesn’t attach to live skin cells. Sugaring will only take away dead skin cells, unlike waxing which also removes live skin cells. If you’re skin isn’t already over-exfoliated (using glycolic, Retin A or peels on skin ) you don’t have to worry about the sugar accidentally removing skin.

Waxing Vs Sugaring: The Technique

Sugar is never hot. Wax is applied warm, but sometimes overheated causing a skin burn and then you know what follows- scabs. Sugar paste is used lukewarm so there’s no chance of burning the skin.

Less strain, less pain. Wax is applied with the direction of hair growth, but removed agai nst the grain of hair growth. But the traditional sugaring technique using the paste is removed in the same direction hair grows, putting less strain on the skin- always a plus for the pain management department.

The Bottom Line

Perfect for all parts. Certain areas of the body are just more sensitive than others. The highest pain offenders are the upper lip, chest, bikini and genital areas. Sugaring comes in extra handy when ridding hair in these zones.