Adjust Your Winter Skin Care Routine

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As the weather continues to get colder, it is even more important to pay attention to your skin’s needs.  Dehydration and chapped lips can be kept away by choosing products that can better protect you from the cold.  It is a good idea to use an organic product line that is free of harsh chemicals and preservatives that can be damaging to your skin.  At Balans, we use MARIA ÅKERBERG Deepskin Organics from Sweden.

Hydration is essential for a healthy complexion.  Due to dropping temperatures outside and having to crank the heat indoors, many people experience flaky skin and dry lips in the Winter.  This time of year, it is helpful to use a thicker moisturizer.   For sensitive and dry skin try Face Protection by MARIA ÅKERBERG.  It contains chamomile which is soothing and can help heal dry patches.  They also have an amazing vanilla lip balm that helps keep lips soft and supple, Lip Care Vanilla.

If you are not already using facial oils, balms and masks, now is the time to start!  Facial oils help maintain balance and restore your skin’s natural production of oil.  Balms also deliver the healing properties of essential oils to treat your skin but are thick so I prefer to use them at night.  Masks are also a great way to deliver healing ingredients directly to your skin.  There are many to choose from, so look for ones high in antioxidants.  Some products from this line that work particularly well during winter months are Olive Cleansing, Royal Facial Oil Rose,  Face Balm Neroli and their Eye Balm.

These products can be purchased in the online store at http://www.bostonbalans.com, or you can call Balans at 617-450-8333 to schedule a facial and I will customize a routine for you.

6 Waxing Tips for Flawless Hair Removal

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6 Waxing Tips for Flawless Hair Removal:

1. Hair needs to be long enough to wax. It should be long enough that it does not stick strait up and lays flat against your skin. For brows, this means that if you can’t grab it with tweezers, the wax won’t be able to stick to it either. Let those hairs grow out at least 2 weeks. For waxing other areas of the body like legs or the bikini area, the grow out phase will be 3-4 weeks, especially if you have been shaving.

2. Wax likes clean skin. While makeup won’t necessarily interfere with a brow or lip wax, body lotions will prevent wax from sticking to other parts of your body. I recommend exfoliating in the shower prior to your appointment and not applying moisturizer or any numbing cream before you come in.

3. The more frequently you wax, the less it will hurt. Waxing monthly is ideal. This is because when you pull hair out at the root, a new hair has to grow in the follicle. Young hairs have shallow roots and lift easily. The longer the root has been growing, the thicker, deeper and more difficult it is to pull out.

4. Timing is everything. The best time to schedule a Brazilian bikini wax is the week after your period. This has to do with your hormone levels. It will hurt the least if you come in that week.

5. Give your skin time to rest immediately after getting waxed. Many clients want to put makeup on right after getting their brows waxed, but I encourage them to wait an hour or at least until the redness goes away before applying eyeshadow. You don’t want to irritate freshly waxed skin. This goes for body waxing as well. No one should be going to a spinning class immediately following a leg or bikini wax!

6. In the weeks following a wax, be sure to exfoliate and moisturize. This will keep your skin smooth and prevent ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs are caused by dry skin covering the follicle.

Why Doesn’t Every Salon Use Hard Wax for Brazilians?

Why Doesn't Every Salon Use Hard Wax for Brazilians?

Tired of shaving and want to give Brazilian waxing a try? Make sure to have it done with “hard wax”- not strips! This means doing a little bit of homework to find a skilled waxer in your area. I have spent the past 10 years as a waxing specialist in Boston’s Back Bay and I am in awe of how few salons offer hard wax. There are a few reasons for this phenomenon.  At the top of that list is the difficulty level.

It can take an esthetician years beyond school to figure out how to properly perform this service. Keep in mind that every client a waxer works on has different body types and hair growth patterns. Since a Brazilian wax involves removing all of the hair from the bikini line and beyond, there are a lot of delicate areas, sensitive skin and soft curved body parts. Waxing is easiest on a firm flat part of the body. It is much harder to successfully and quickly remove hair on a bent or creased area of the body. Also keep in mind that bikini hair often grows in several different directions. Hard wax is better at removing this type of hair than soft wax with strips.

With soft strip wax, hair needs to be growing in one direction because when the strip is torn off, it has to be pulled against the direction that the hair grows or it won’t lift the hair. Brazilians done with soft strip wax are likely to break hairs not getting the root and leave behind ingrown hairs. With hard wax, the application is a lot different and can be difficult to learn how to do. Hard wax goes on in a circular motion in order to lift the individual hairs into the wax. Once the wax hardens, those hairs are suspended in the wax itself and have little choice but to be pulled out.   When done properly, this method is the most effective and useful for waxing any body hair that is coarse such as bikini and underarm hair.

AWARDS:

2012  “Boston’s Best” for Waxing by the Improper Bostonian

2011  “Best of Citysearch” with Beaucage

2010  “The Boston A List” by WGBH with Beaucage

2008  “Best of Boston” for Waxing by Boston Magazine

Best Waxing in Boston

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What’s the best new trend in waxing to get done in Boston? You may be thinking it’s the Brazilian or the Eyebrow Wax… but I’m going to tell you that it’s the Arm Wax. You may not have ever even thought of waxing your arms before, but once you do, it becomes almost routine. Your skin will feel and look amazing. Waxing removes the hair from the root so you are left with soft and smooth skin for weeks.

What other areas are popular to get waxed? While facial waxing of one’s eyebrows, lip and chin remains the most common waxing, more and more clients are opting to go hair free all over. For example, the Brazilian Wax has skyrocketed into popularity in the past several years. I do not offer that service for men, however, Eyebrows, Chest, Back and Shoulders are popular areas for men to wax.

AWARDS

2012 “Boson’s Best” for Waxing by the Improper Bostonian

2011 “Best of Citysearch” with Beaucage

2010 “The Boston A List” by WGBH with Beaucage

2008 “Best of Boston” for Waxing by Boston Magazine