Laser It This Winter

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Hello December!

Hope you all survived Thanksgiving and enjoyed some downtime with friends and family. I sure did! I’m excited for December and making the final 31 days of 2015 amazing.

With the craziness of the holidays, I encourage you to do something for you. Remember- this is never in the tone of selfishness. Women get so caught up in doing for others at this time of year that they neglect themselves.

One thing I love to do during Winter is treat myself to an IPL- Intense Pulsed Light Facial. It’s the perfect time to do it because we’re indoors and out of the sunshine. An IPL gets rid of the hyper pigmentation and sunspots that creeped in during the Summer months. There’s minimal downtime and virtually pain free. The décolletage is also a great area to treat with an IPL.

Get ready for 2016 with a beautiful complexion! As usual, I love sharing my research with you. Here’s some basic info on lasers: 

 

Using Lasers to Treat Skin Conditions

Laser procedures can be used to treat a wide variety of skin conditions. Some of them are more precise, targeting specific blemishes, sun spots, or birthmarks. Others are meant to give a more generalized treatment and revitalize the surface of the skin in the treated area. That’s typically called laser skin resurfacing or a laser peel.

When You Should Seek Out Laser Treatments

If you’re on the fence about whether or not to have a laser treatment, you need to really take a close look at your skin issues. Remember that laser treatments are relatively easy, and the risks are low. It’s not like having surgery. However, if you have minor skin problems that could possibly be controlled by creams or lotions, you might be better off to go that route.

Also, keep in mind that lasers treat a variety of skin problems, including scarring, wrinkles, and sun damage. So, you shouldn’t rule them out just because you have a specific type of skin problem that you think doesn’t apply. Chances are good that there is a laser treatment out there for you, regardless of the type of damage you are trying to reverse.

How Laser Treatment Impacts Your Skin

There are actually two ways that cosmetic lasers impact your skin. One is that the laser machine could focus on a specific spot and heat it to get rid of it. Those spots could be unwanted hairs, acne scars, or other imperfections. The other is that the machine could simply be uses do heat up the skin in a certain area without targeting a specific spot. That type of treatment is designed to get the body to produce healthy proteins and other substances to revitalize the skin. One of those important substances is collagen.

Reasons to Choose Lasers Over Other Skin Procedures

There are a couple of reasons to choose lasers over other skin procedures. One reason is that there is usually minimal discomfort when you’re having laser therapy. The technician should numb the treated area before the procedure begins. Other procedures might be a bit more uncomfortable. Another reason is that both the process itself and the recovery time should be faster than many other procedures, such as facelift surgery. It’s also important to keep in mind that certain laser treatments are better for treating specific spots on the skin. Other types of skin procedures tend to target large sections of skin, instead.

Laser Recovery Time is Limited

Laser recovery time is usually quite limited. It might take as little as a few hours to get back to your daily life after laser treatment. It certainly shouldn’t take more than a day or two. However, there may be aftercare instructions to follow, such as applying medicated cream to the treated area or not picking at any temporary scabs that may form. Instructions will vary a bit, depending on the exact treatment you have.

Lasers May Not Always be the Perfect Choice

Although lasers can be used to treat many different types of skin problems, they aren’t always the perfect choice for everyone. Other factors, such as how oily your skin is or what color it is, may mean that you should try a different procedure instead. So, always discuss your options with an expert before having any procedure performed.

 

Also, it’s important that the medspa where you book your IPL procedure knows your skin history and skin type. For example, I am part Asian and my skin hyper pigments easily. The setting on the laser machine needs to be set accordingly.

Be BeaYOUtiful,

Tiff

 

P.S. Keep on the lookout for our holiday giveaways!

 

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NEW YEAR’S DETOX: Inside & Out

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Happy 2015 Gorgeous,

I hope you all had a wonderful time ringing in the new year with family and friends. Have you been indulging? I sure have and don’t feel guilty about it at all, no mam! But,  I am excited to get focused and back on the regular routine. A light cleanse and detox always does the trick for me. I’ve already shared how to get your mind & spirit ready for the new year so the perfect topic for the very 1st blog post of 2015 is preparing your body for looking and feeling it’s strongest. 

First, get back in the habit of drinking your lemon water every morning upon rising!

Second, eat a nutrient rich, fat flushing veggie soup for about 7 days. I love this recipe (and so does my hubby) and have been eating it for the past few days. It’s so tasty you don’t think of it as a detox soup! With the rain and chill here in DFW, this detox soup has been ideal.

  • 3 peeled & sliced carrots
  • 1 stalk of celery, sliced
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, cut into cubes
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 small white or yellow onion, diced
  • sea salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • all spice to taste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cans drained black beans (optional for added protein)
  • 2- 32 oz cartons veggie broth
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups baby spinach

Add everything -except the spinach- in a large pot or crock pot. Cook covered on low for about 4 hours. Just before serving, add in spinach and stir for about 3-5 minutes until wilted.

I keep the rest of my diet clean with egg whites or a protein shake for breakfast, the soup for lunch and a big salad for dinner. Snack on fruit and nuts throughout the day. Drink tons of water!

This recipe is from the book, Hungry for Change. This soup is packed with superfoods, antioxidants and fiber which flush toxins and fat from the body. It’s a healthy, safe and effective way to kickstart healthy eating changes for the new year! 

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Third, the indulging also effects our skin so I love a soothing detox bath. This stimulates the lymphatic system, cleans pores and softens skin. Make sure to drink plenty of water prior to and after the bath!

*If you have an oversized spa tub, double the ingredients.

  • 1/3 Cup of Sea Salt
  • 1/3 Cup of Epsom Salt
  • 1 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of ground ginger

Have a tall glass of water ready to drink in the bathroom. Set the bath water temp a bit hotter than normal, but make sure it’s still comfortable. Stay in this mixture for at least 15 minute making sure to submerge your entire body up to your neck. I take little breaks and sit up every few minutes. DO NOT LET YOURSELF OVERHEAT! The ginger really gets your circulation and sweat glands going.

If you are in a tub with a shower head, as you drain the water, stand up slowly and rinse off with lukewarm water. This washes away any residual salts and toxins sitting on the skin.

Dry off well and hydrate with a moisture rich lotion.

Drink that tall glass of water! Try to plan this in the evening when you do not have to be anywhere. Relax and enjoy!

 

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Fourth, now that your pores are open, sit back and relax with a detoxing mineral masque. Because of the additional sugar, sleeping with my makeup on too many nights (I know, I know… bad girl!) I’ve had some light breakouts so I get things back in order with Hard Night Good Morning’s Detox Mineral Masque.   It oxygenates your skin so you can feel and look rejuvenated. Perfect for all the late night’s and too many glasses of wine! Just sayin’! 

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This is your year to live a bit bigger & bolder than you ever have.

I’m ready. Are you?

LET’S GO!

Love, Tiff

WHO WANTS SOME COOL STUFF?

There’s a week left to enter the SOS Stocking Stuffer Giveaway (ends Dec 24th) and I’m always thrilled to share some of my favorite products with you…

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1) COMPENDIUM JOURNAL: I will fill the journal above with random handwritten inspiring messages. Thanks to The Portico Collection. 

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2) “FREEDOM” TEE by f+M Fashionmusic: I chose this tee because freedom is an important part of the foundation of SOS. I was fortunate to meet the creators of this company last weekend in Dallas. Their vision is brilliant! Go check out the website https://fmfashionmusic.com

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3) HARD NIGHT GOOD MORNING Facial Cocktail Serum: Their award-winning aloe vera based formula does it all! It lifts, tones, tightens, smooths and firms, all while enhancing and hydrating your skin. Packed with a host of actives and other natural botanical ingredients, Facial Cocktail Serum has a bonus effect of acting as a primer, keeping your makeup in place throughout the day and into the night!

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4) GO CHIA PRODUCTS: A gift basket filled with all their products! It all started with the drink and now the company has expanded to snacks, drink boosters and seeds.

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5) TAYLOR-MOSELEY EARRINGS: 2 winners will receive gold hoops with their choice of gemstone. Must “like” the Taylor-Moseley Facebook Page and leave a comment with the gemstone you love!

Clockwise from Left:

  1. Carnelian Gemstone
  2. Golden Rutilated Quartz Gemstone
  3. Creamy Scapolite Gemstone
  4. London Blue Topaz

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Other requirements to enter:

Must be subscribed to this SOS blog & be part of the SOS Facebook Page.

Winners will be announced on Christmas Eve, Dec 24th.

Thank you all for continuing on this journey in 2014 and I look forward to us all having an amazing 2015!

Love, Tiff

4 Little Innocuous (but revolutionary) Phrases by Guest Blogger Natalie Bolton

 

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Scientists have done studies on “happiness” and why some people seem to grasp it and why it eludes others. MINDSETS are one of the possible factors that will determine the quality you are able to see reflected in your life. And let me say, I am no perfect master at this, however, it I can just set an intention or two for the day it does help.

Take the book The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, if one decided to challenge their everyday life with just one of these agreements a day this could totally shift the baseline of the mind, just by focusing on one.

These four little innocuous phrases can be revolutionary!

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BE IMPECCABLE WITH YOUR WORD. (I may just take this one on everyday for an entire month)

If I can make the promise to myself to be impeccable with my word that means that I believe that what I say means something and impacts my life and others. If I just say “YES” to everything and over schedule myself then I end up flaking out of something and letting someone down. So my “yes” should be solid, strong, and valuable. And if I’m putting my word behind it-I need to pay close attention to what I am signing off on in my life. People are affected by my loose over scheduling, over committing, and under delivering (one of my life challenges).

DON’T TAKE ANYTHING PERSONALLY.

I am uber sensitive. I have pinned it on being creative, artistic, a Capricorn, and moody. Blah blah blah…whatever. I have been sensitive in my life because I have taken things personally. What is so amazing in this life is that no one is ever really doing anything on account of anyone else. Honestly, we are so self-consumed that when someone hurts our feelings 9 times out of 10 the hurter of the feelings was completely unaware and in their own world. When someone “consciously” seemed to personally hit you where it hurts it is due to his or her own fear- his or her own perception, and his or her own battle that they are fighting. When I can remember this I am no longer at the affect of someone else. Yah, we all act out sometimes but if we can pause and think that maybe just maybe that person’s issue has zero to do with us it allows us to continue to buzz throughout our life. Then we are able to put our efforts into things that truly matter.

DON’T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS.

There have been times more often than not, sadly, where I have written an Oscar-worthy drama of “Gone with the Wind” proportions that actually in reality never even happened. Now, don’t judge me and say ”Oh, hmmm, did she just admit that she hears voices in her head…hmmm? Did she just announce her crazy to the world?” NO. What I am saying is I think we all at some point have created storied to back up our colorful imaginations. For example, someone doesn’t pick up his beautiful Great Dane’s poop from your yard turns into “Why does so-and-so hate me?” Or a teenager cackles you from across the street turns into “Oh my god! My cool factor has expired and I am officially old.” Or your partner forgetting the dinner at 8 date turns into “He doesn’t love me and he never did love me!” I know I am NOT the only one so reader don’t squint your eyes and poke fun-we all have done it (hormonal fluctuations could be the culprit most times). Nevertheless, we all have had these ridiculous conversations with ourselves. If I can make the choice to NOT assume, I can show up in the world as an adult and ask real questions to get the real answers. Such as, “hey, poop perpetrator, I have a stash of bags here in case anyone walking their dog needs one in a pinch. Have I told you before that they were here?” Poop perpetrator replies, “Oh man, good to know, the other day we totally left a present in your yard because I forgot the bag and also locked myself out of my house resulting in being late for work and forgetting to come back and pick it up. That is what these flowers picked from my garden are for. My sincerest apologies.” The teenager scenario is simply a teenager scenario. And the forgetting of the date drama? Maybe a question such as “So, by you forgetting about our dinner plans is a simple glitch resulting from you being overworked and overscheduled?” And that gives your partner the opportunity to express his or her love for you and how they were actually getting so involved in planning a surprise weekend get-a-way that they simply forgot about the dinner at hand. Problems solved with simple real questions.

ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST.

What does “The Best” scale look like? Well, it is different everyday and moment by moment. One minute I can extend love to a complete stranger on a plane by listening to her heart for the entire 3-hour flight, and the very next moment I can get annoyed and react to the person kicking the back of my seat. Our best is continually changing but if we are striving to always keep our best forefront in our minds we can avoid the all too common abusive self-talk and regret we love to punish ourselves with. You may be able to run the LA marathon after training at your best, but when you are laid out sick from the flu just getting up from the couch to go to the bathroom is your absolute best. Be kind to yourself and always keep your “BEST” as the goal.

 

Fall can be our best season yet. It can be a time of restoration on many levels.  And our mindset can be the solution to problems we have been unable to fix until now.

Small tweaks powerful impact.

 Thrive on,

 Natalie.

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In Natalie’s own words she shares her personal philosophy, “The mandate for my life is not only bringing beauty to people by external means with new technologies, and cutting-edge technique, my goal is to also refresh the spirit. I pray every morning to bring beauty to the spirit of everyone I touch-so they leave feeling more beautiful and at peace after they leave me. I want to live my life like that as well. I want to leave the world more beautiful than when I found it.”

From CBS’s SURVIVOR to skincare, my sister Natalie Bolton has landed at VANITY LOUNGE in Houston, TX. (Yay, do you know how happy our mom is to have both her girls back in the Great State!!)  Having the opportunity to fulfill her desire to bring beauty, healing and a sense of well being to men and women alike, Natalie has found her calling. As a state-board licensed aesthetician and certified Epicuren specialist, Natalie enhances the appearance and condition of her clients’ skin and their sense of self. Her specialties include rejuvenation and anti-aging. Natalie is also an expert in the areas of acne and problematic skin.

To book your appointment with Nat, call 713-942-9177 or book online.   Vanity Lounge is located at 2800 Kirby Drive #B110
Houston, TX 77098 in the Tootsies shopping center across from Eddie V’s. 

 

WHO WANTS GLOWING SKIN? {New Webisode + Giveaway}

Hey Sistas,

The question I’m asked most often is,  “what do you use on your skin to get that glow?” – so here’s an update on the latest products I’m loving right now:

 

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Get rid of dull skin with this professional-strength peel by Renee Rouleau

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ReJuve MD has the most innovative skincare ingredients with Epidermal Growth Factor, Fibroblast Growth Factor & Transforming Growth Factor-Beta.

YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE ME!  I hooked up an amazing giveaway with RejuveMD for you fabulous SOS TWITTER FOLLOWERS! Win the serum & eye serum I mentioned in the new video! $264 VALUE!

TO ENTER: 
1. Follow ReJuveMD on Twitter @ ReJuveMD 
2. Follow Tiff on Twitter @ TiffanyHendra 
3. Tweet “Rejuvenate my skin” with the hashtag #RejuveMD
4. Tag both RejuveMD & Tiffany on the tweet! 

ENDS FRIDAY AUGUST 15th 

You’re welcome!

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RIMMEL London concealer is perfect for everyday. Get it everywhere from Target,CVS, Wal Mart or Ulta.

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Jane Iredale Amazing Base Loose Mineral Powder with SPF 20

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Apply foundations, concealers & powders with good brushes like these by Real Techniques

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Share the beauty love with your girlfriends! Let them know about the ReJuve MD Giveaway!

Walk Tall & Shine Bright…

Love, Tiff 

P.S. We can use all the best lotions and potions in the world – but true beauty begins with you! There’s nothing more radiant like a woman glowing from knowing who she is and being confident in her skin. Love this..BEAUTY_BEGINS_COCO

THE STRUGGLE FOR BEAUTY VS. THE BEAUTY IN STRUGGLE By Guest Blogger- My Sister Natalie Bolton

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Let me start off by saying that I am here to write about beauty-this is my agreed upon agenda. And as a licensed esthetician, I know a thing or two about beauty. So here we go…

I’m Natalie. I am your typical girl, well, to be clear; I am your typical tomboy slash girl. Growing up I would fight with my mother to wash my hair, and all hell would break loose if she caught me digging out my dirty clothes from the hamper to do the trusty “re-wear”.

So it’s actually a little funny that I am here to talk beauty, but life has its beautiful twists and turns.

As a kid, I would watch my big sister do her (what I thought to be mystical and enigmatic) fashion and make-up rituals. It was as if I was watching spirits being called down in a Native American fire dance or something. It was just so mysterious to witness for someone such as myself that was more of the likes of perfecting the art of rounding third base. She was so sophisticated and graceful.  As I got older I started to see other kinds of beautiful as well.

And it had nothing to do with product, the latest miracle whatever or overpriced red-bottomed shoes.

It all started when I was 13 traveling the world as a missionary. I was part of a team that helped build homes, provide and prepare food, and gave clothing to families in need. I was able to see through all the barriers and experience the beauty in these people for who they were, how they lived, and the texture of their struggle, which made them beautiful.

As I was doing my best to bring solace to these less fortunate, they also provided me with something-an exhilarating joy and peace that only comes from serving others and giving back.

Cut to a few months back, I had the privilege of performing a facial treatment on a new client. She was a tiny woman with the biggest, sweetest spirit. I walked back in the treatment room from allowing her to change before the service, and was shocked to see that she had removed her wig. Her hair was wiry, patchy, and grayed in some spots-but I didn’t react or comment. I draped her hair like I would at the start of any facial and simply began. She was gripping the wig in her hands to the point that her knuckles could arguably have been turning white. I then sensed that this wig must have become such a protective piece of armor. And it was in this moment my heart was touched by her. By the end of the facial she was no longer gripping her wig. She had trusted me and was completely relaxed and was able to fall asleep -so much so, that she was snoring sweetly. 

I felt honored to be able to provide service for this woman (who was a cancer survivor as she explained to me later). The uncomfortable realization that I have never had to sit in a doctor’s office to receive a life threatening diagnosis stirred something inside me. It hit me like a runaway train. I have never had to walk in those shoes, and yet, my experience with her for this brief time was completely life affirming. She touched me. I’m not really even sure why. As my client she was kind and thankful for my service and extremely pleasant. She was so beautiful on the inside in spite of the remaining effects of her pain. So beautiful in what she had endured. In that moment she was beautiful to me. She brought back for me the feeling I had serving others in those far away lands. The feeling of connecting with another human being came back to me with such a fierce familiarity. 

And once again I am experiencing the glorious confusion of who is actually being of service to whom. She made a difference in my life.  I will never forget that exchange.

Living in the land of the “beautiful people” I know that beauty comes in many forms, but I strongly believe it all starts from within. The mandate for my life is not only bringing beauty to people by external means with new technologies, and cutting-edge technique, my goal is to also refresh the spirit. I pray every morning to bring beauty to the spirit of everyone I touch-so they leave feeling more beautiful and at peace after they leave me. I want to live my life like that as well.

I want to leave the world more beautiful than when I found it.

Shifting gears a bit; I feel that one of the most important issues in the beauty industry today is the lie we believe about ourselves. We are inundated with the lie that we are not enough, and we believe it over and over again. Little girls are growing up feeling inadequate-too fat, too short, eyes are too big, nose not perfect…and these lies are dangerous. These lies are killing us. The beauty industry is a 59.8 billion dollar industry in the US alone. So it is clear we all desperately desire to see beauty through our view. And I am by no means trying to bring profit loss to this industry. BUT I think we can redirect the way people see themselves. We can reaffirm the beauty within us. We can embrace the inherited diversity that lies within and that is brought to life by existing with others. The difference that gives one little girl signature freckles and another little girl slanted almond shaped eyes IS the definition of beauty.

We need to re-approach the beauty industry from a place of celebration and not from a place of fear.

I find it my personal mission to be on the forefront of that redirection and reconnection to the beauty that exists in all of us.I am here to take a stand for every person I encounter to help transform his or her negative view.  And I have no problem doing it one by every single one.

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Natalie is a board certified licensed esthetician and the owner of Corpus Dei Perfumes, which retails in Los Angeles (www.corpusdeiperfumes.com). Her creative cup runneth over as she feels it is a blessing to be able to combine her skincare credentials with her nutrition background, and ultimately tie in her knowledge of essential oils all for the result of healing, beautifying and ultimate personal enrichment. Natalie truly feels that our body is our temple. We must create the space for us to want to come sit within ourselves and attract others to want to visit as well.

Any questions, comments or information on Natalie:

www.nataliebolton.com

www.corpusdeiperfumes.com

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twitter: msnataliebolton

instagram: shetalkstoangelsrunswithwolves

Email: Natalie@nataliebolton.com

DON’T BE SCARED! 5 Tips To Get Bikini-Ready by Guest Beauty Blogger Asia DeMarcos

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Hi Superhero’s in disguise!

Summer is here and you want to get yourself bikini-ready for festivities. Here are my top 5 tips to keep things looking smooth and pretty. Don’t be scared. Whether you wax or shave, getting things in “order” will keep you feeling smooth and silky for the pool.

1) The retro look may be in, but to keep you from yelling “Ohhh, Kelly Clarkson”, you’ll need to trim the hedges before your waxer does the down and dirty. Your husband may not have seen it in a year, but when your esthetician see’s it, she will be more grateful to have it less wrangley. Our hairline can grow in multiple directions, and it’s hard to see in the deep jungle ladies. So, to keep things less than painful- trim it up!

{Beautasia tip} To trim hair, grab it from the root and twist, cut with safety scissors, then throw it in the toilet. (buh bye, less mess)

 

{Beautasia bonus tip}To help from pain, Take 2 Ibuprofen 30 minutes before or for super chickens, check out  Relax and Wax- No Scream Cream – a topical analgesic you apply 30-45 minutes before your appointment.

 

2) Don’t shave in between waxing! The hair follicles grow at different rates. To keep things on a more even playing field, stick to your waxing schedule every 4-6 weeks.

3) DO NOT SHOWER OR STEAM before you wax! The skin will be softer and be more likely to tear or rip. YIKES. I’ve seen it happen.

{Beautasia tip} For you smell-a-phobes, use an unscented baby wipe before your appointment.

 

4) To help you from getting those nasty, ingrown hairs in between visits, EXFOLIATE! The hair follicle becomes weaker and can’t break through the skin. That will lead to irritation. Body scrub or exfoliating gloves are best once a week.

5) Shaving? In this case…It’s best to do after a warm bath or shower. The hair follicles will loosen up allowing you to get a closer shave. Be sure to use a cold blade, rinsing the blade with cool water to lessen the chances of razor burn. 

Hope this helps. I would love to hear if you have any great tips or products you would like to share in the comment section below. For something new everyday LIKE me. For quick tips and questions. Follow me of for skincare tips and funny videos, SUBSCRIBE! I love Pinning too! 

AsiaAsia DeMarcos is a Los Angeles-based, medically-trained Aesthetician, Makeup Artist and Beauty Blogger. She is the brains behind the “Hollywood Beautiful” concept, lifestyle, amusement and brand. Disguised as her online alter ego, “Beautasia” (Superhero by day, SuperMOM by night)  was created by the distress calls of men, women and teens faced with the challenges of juggling a career, education, and family, all while neglecting a healthy lifestyle.

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