Waxing

I decided I was going to wax my face today. I do it regulary. I have done it tons of time and I thought I knew how to do it. With age I have began having visible hair all over my face. Before it was hair on my upper lip. Now it’s also on my chin and my left cheek. Not on my right but on my left! I always wax my face because then it takes time for it to grow back. With waxing it also doesn’t grow back dark and “hard”.

I used the wax today I almost always use. It’s cold wax strips. I have used warm wax and “soft” wax but it doesn’t take off all the hair. I wax before I’ve put any cream on my face. A clean cream free skin make the wax get more hair. I began with my chin and upper lip. You should never wax more than once in one area. I know that but even so I found the hair on my chin didn’t come off. I waxed a couple of times even though I felt that my skin was “burning”. I also waxed my left cheek more than once. Let me tell you it burned! I didn’t think I was waxing the same area ons the cheek more than once however because of the burning feeling I must have done it. When I was done waxing I put on oil which I always do. Oil soothes the skin and removes wax residues. I thought that would help me with the burning cheek. But it didn’t.

The skin is fine here.
The burn marks aren’t that visible in this picture but they are there. And my skin is swollen.
I forgot to tell you that I accidentally waxed my hand. It got severe burn marks from the wax.
This is the next day. Today the burn marks are a lot less visible.

Now my left cheek is burning and the skin is red and irritated. I burned my skin when I waxed a long time ago and I know that it will be red for a while and then the skin will peel off. Make up doesn’t hide the burn marks. I will have to walk around with red skin and also skin that has “flakes” on it. I feel great. I have all these problems and flaky skin makes it even greater, not. I want to hide until the skin had healed. It’s not possible. I have to think about what to say If someone asks what I’ve done. I can’t say I have waxed my face. Great!

Today the burn marks on my hand are a lot less visible too. Feels great.

Skin mistakes

I have learned the hard way what not to do when it comes to skincare. This time I will tell you about two skincare mistakes.

We were having many people coming over. You know what it’s like. When you have many people coming you want to look your best. A couple of days before that gathering I decided to wax my uppger lip and chin. I have lots of little light hairs on my face. Especially on my upper lip and chin. I didn’t want to look like the bearded lady and I wanted the hairs gone. I have waxed lots of time. I thought this would be as easy as it usually is. Of course it wasn’t. The hairs didn’t come off and I waxed and waxed. You should never wax one area on the face more than once. I waxed…………….. a lot. I pulled and pulled the wax strips but no hair was removed. Instead of getting the hair off I got burn marks. The skin was red and irritated. As the days went on the burn marks got more red and the skin began to peel off. This was the condition of my skin when the people were coming. I tried to cover the burn marks with make up but it made them even more visible. I sat there with hair AND looked like I had been in a fire with my face. I was the bearded lady with red flaky skin.

My second mistake happened on the SAME occasion. I bought an over night self tanning lotion. It was a self tanning lotion I’ve never tried before. I decided to use it the night before the people were coming. It was a dark shade and you should put it on one time in the evening. You should avoid the eye area. The description said you would have a healthy glow the next day. I put the lotion on twice thinking I would get a good color. In the morning I woke up to the darkest color I’ve ever had on my face and with white circles around my eyes. It looked like I had been in the sun for hours without sun screen and the white circles looked like I had worn sunglasses that stopped any sun reaching my eyes. No make up could hide the dark color and white circles. That day I was hairy had burn marks was 10 times browner that I had ever been before and had white circles around my eyes. No one said anything but they must have thought something.

Lesson learned, never do any waxing or try new self tanning lotions before an important event.

Moisturizer

I find that one thing makes my anxiety and depression better. It’s skincare. I always feel happy when I buy skincare items. I’m even happier when I try new products. I know no skincare makes you look lots younger or flawless but it’s wonderful to try new products and wish that they maybe make some difference. I’m obsessed with my skin. I clean and moisturize* my skin every morning and evening. I couldn’t not do it. First I clean my skin. Then I use a toner. I think a toner is especially important in the evening to really remove dirt or make up that has been on your face the whole day. Then I use a serum and after that a cream.

I’ve used more different skincare brands though the years than I could ever count. It has been both non expensive and expensive ones. I have found great products in every price range. Often are the non expensive ones better. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s cause you don’t expect miracles when the price is low.

My favorite brand now is NUXE. I love it. It costs a bit but you can find their products to a good price when you compare different websites online. I especially love their moisturizers. They are really “creamy” and feels great on the skin. One jar of cream lasts long because you don’t have to use a lot when you use it. They have many different products however it’s the moisturizers that has made me love the brand. I’m going to review my favorite NUXE night moisturizer. It’s “Merveillance Lift and firm night cream” . I don’t know about the lift and firm but my skin feels soft and smooth after I have put it on. My skin looks fresher and wrinkles get less visible. I’ve used this moisturizer for a while and my skin feels “fresh” in the morning. The only thing I know many might not find that good about this and all their moisturisers are that they have a strong scent. I think it smells fresh and I love all the scents their products have.

I think I pay 20-30 euros for this moisturizer but because it makes my skin feel soft and last long it’s worth it. I’ll stick to it for now I think.

*In some countries it spells moisturi”s”er. I choose the word with the “z”.

Express mask

I think a deep cleaning of the face is essential. I do it more than once a week. My skin is on the oily side and I have to unclogg my pores often. An effective cleanser can help with lots of skin problems but masks and different peeling solutions help the cleansers to do their job. I feel like a cleanser takes care of the outer surface of your skin and a deep cleanser more deeper (hence “deep” and cleanser).

I have often cho(o?)sen grain peelings before masks because masks often requires a lot of time on your face to have an effect. I know you can put it on and do things while it’s on however I want to do my deep cleaning things while I do my skin routine. I’m happy to have found a mask/peeling that takes 2 minutes and then you’re done.

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NUXE Insta masque. 

It comes in a jar, it’s pink. It has peeling grains in it at the same time that it’s a mask. You put it on, leave it on for 2 minutes. After that you massage it in. Rinse. Deep cleansing complete! You have soft and smooth skin after this.

Hairy women

I am one hairy woman. I know it is more common than you think. No hairy woman I know is proud about it and we keep quiet about it. That is why it’s embarrasing. No one talks about it. You don’t hear any women at your job sittning in the coffee break room saying “me and monkeys have something in common, fur.”

Women having body and face hair are hiding it. We do everything to both hide and remove it. I have tried every method available. I have never shaved my face because I know that it would make every shaven hair grow out of hand. They say face hair doesn’t get dark and coarse when you shave it however I know my hair would. I wax my face. I have tried tweezers but that takes a whole day to remove all hair. I love face wax because it doesn’t take long to do your whole face. This is my favorit.

Veet wax strips. 

I wash my face when I am about to wax it. Face creams and dirt make the wax strips useless. The strips don’t stick to your skin and hair when you have creams in the way. I never wax an area more than one time. When you do you get burn marks. When I have waxed I use an oil to heal the skin and remove excess wax residue.

Pore less

I think we all want to hide skin pores. I know I do. I’ve got lots of rather large pores. Make up can hide them but I don’t want them at all. I want them gone. I didn’t have much visible pores when I was younger. Today there are pores everywhere.

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Something that has made my skin much better “pore wise” is Biore self heating maskBiore has many products and the majoritet are on the deep cleaning side. What I like the most when it comes to this mask is that it only takes one minute for it to do what it should. Most masks should be left on your skin for a long time and it is often too long. You can actually feel it deep cleaning your pores when you use it. Wonderful.

The Biore mask contains of four sachets with mask. When you put it on your face it gets warm. You massage it in for a while then rinse it off. Your skin looks clean and healthy. No pores.

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Bio oil

I think you often forget to take care of your body when it comes to skincare. You put body lotion on your legs and arms and that’s about that. I never cared more than that about the skin on my body when I was younger. I never used a good quality body lotion.

Many years ago I was on an anti depressant that made me put on one more me. I have never been over weight before but then I put on a massive amount of weight. I ate normal portions but the weight kept adding on. I decided to not take the medicine anymore. The weight vanished immediately. With that the skin on my body became saggy. I didn’t have hanging skin but it wasn’t firm. When I was bigger my skin was smooth and when I got to my normal size my skin aged. I knew I had to do more than use an average body lotion.

I began applying Bio oil before my body lotion. I put it all over my body. It’s not that greasy and the skin absorbs it quickly. I can’t tell you it has made the skin perfect but it looks better. I feel my upper body is firmer. You got to use the oil for a while to get the anti ageing benefits. I used it on my face years ago but I thought it was a bit oily. To me it fits my body better. I don’t give it top mark however it helps the skin.

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Dog hair

True happiness! You find a long hair on your body and it’s only dog hair.

I didn’t have wine to congratulate me. Candy is more than better.

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Invisible hair

I told you about my face wax. The wax that made my skin burn. Happy memories. This time it’s body hair bleach.

This was long ago. It was my first time as an au pair in London. I thought bleaching my leg hair would make it invisible. It was long ago and then hair removal products were almost harmful. I decided to do it when the kid I was watching had an afternoon rest. I often had him sleep longer then than the mom had said he would. I was a young girl and had to have that time to myself. The parents were not home and cause of that I thought the living room was the right place to do it. I mixed the bleaching powder with everything in the box it came with. There was powder everywhere. I put it on my legs and had time to myself.

I sat with the bleach without trousers on……..and the front door slowly opened. It was the father. He came home early. There I was without trousers. Bleach on my legs. Bleaching powder everywhere. And the kid was sleeping when he shouldn’t be sleeping. I put my trousers on before the father saw me. The bleach was burning. I don’t know how but I also got the powder off the furniture. I said we had to buy groceries and he went to the store.

The bleach had to be rinsed off. I had to it fast and I did. My leg hair wasn’t bleached and all I got was rashes. I got countless spots. Don’t do body hair removal without time to do it.

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Wax strips. I had no bleaching powder.

Waxing

Never wax anywhere near the face when people are about to visit. I made that mistake a while ago. I have waxed my face before. And I’ve used the same brand all the times I’ve waxed.

We were about to get a visit from a big group of friends. I thought my upper lip was more than hairy at the time. Waxing is the most effective method when it comes to eliminate hair. It takes the hair away and leaves you without it longer than most hair removal methods. I find that wax strips are better to use on the face cause they’re not as hard on the skin as warm wax is. Rather I used to find strips better until this hair removal.

I decided to wax just days before the visit. I’ve used wax strips before and didn’t get any bad skin reaction. I haven’t got a clue why I decided to do it then. I could have done it long before this but didn’t. I waxed like I always do but the hair didn’t come off.

I used strip after strip and nothing happened. My skin felt damaged but I kept waxing. After a while my skin felt like it was on fire. I had to leave it. No hair was removed and my skin was hurting.

The friends came and it wasn’t my best visit. I had tried to remove the face hair but there I was hairy and with burn marks. My skin was completely damaged. Hair removal isn’t anything you want to discuss at a dinner but I had to. I couldn’t pretend nothing was wrong when my skin was on fire.

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