Monthly Archives: July 2013

Getting Rid of Razor Bumps

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Razor bumps are very unsightly, not to mention annoyingly itchy. The good news is that I’m going to share with you a few ways to get rid of and prevent them.

Getting Rid of Them

  1. Rub Hydrocortisone cream on the irritated area twice a day, three times a week until the razor bumps are gone.
    1. Don’t do it more than instructed or the area will become more irritated.
  2. Rub on Aloe Vera to soothe the irritation.
  3. Mary Kay Calming Influence soothes the irritation.
  4. Tend Skin is sold at Walgreens or you can buy it on Amazon by clicking the hyperlink.
  5. Dab on Visine then let it air dry.
  6. Rub on Cocoa Butter or Shea Butter to moisturize the area.
  7. Salicylic Acid
    1. If you don’t have salicylic acid, you can crush up Aspirin and mix it with water to create a paste you can rub onto the bumps. Wash it off after it dries.
  8. Don’t rub the bumps as this will increase the irritation.
  9. Keep the skin moisturized. Non-scented, non-oily lotion works well.

Prevention

  1. Soak in warm water for at least five minutes before you shave to open your pores.
  2. Let a shaving cream or shaving gel sit on the area to be shaved for a few minutes.
    1. I personally find shaving cream to irritate my skin so I opt to go without it.
  3. Throw out dull or rusty razors.
    1. Razors are typically only good for about three or four uses before the start to knick you.
  4. Rinse your razor with rubbing alcohol before and after every use to prevent bacteria.
  5. Use razors with moisture strips. Trust me, they feel so much better.
  6. Don’t press down on the razor as you shave. Although it might give you a closer shave, it will also give you razor bumps and irritated skin.
  7. Give the hair time to grow before you shave again. Yep, that means waiting 2-3 days.
  8. Gently exfoliate either right before you shave or on a day that you don’t shave. An exfoliating scrub, loofah, or mitt, works well. If you have very sensitive skin, I wouldn’t suggest the loofah.
  9. Do not go over the same area twice. As much as you want a close shave, you will regret doing this later.
  10. Shave in the shower. Not only is the warm water good for shaving, but the steam will also soften the skin and help you get a closer shave without the razor burn.
  11. Don’t shave against the grain of your hair, meaning shave in the direction your hair is going.
  12. Rinse the area with cold water to close the pores.
  13. Pat dry. Do not rub dry or you will increase the irritation.
  14. Wipe deodorant over the area after shaving and patting dry. Yes, deodorant. It clogs the pores, thereby preventing razor bumps from forming. Baby powder also works.
  15. Don’t wear tight clothing. Tight clothing will rub against the freshly shaved area and increase irritation.

Say good-bye to razor bumps and happy shaving!

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Head vs Heart: Which Do You Follow?

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We have all been in a situation in which we were stuck between a rock and a hard place just because our head and our heart never really seem to agree. Following your head would be the more logical choice. It’s what you know and what you’ve been planning; however, following your heart is what makes you truly happy. It’s what wakes you up with a smile each day. So which do you follow?

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Your Head

Your head is where all logic is stored. It helps you to rationally think things through. Your head is what makes you weigh your options, the pros and the cons. You know what you should do because your head is telling you all the benefits of following it and the consequences of ignoring it. While it may not always feel right, sometimes your head is actually right. Listening to it can save you from a lot of trouble and help you to accomplish your dreams and goals. You just have to think things through. The thing is, thinking too much can lead to worry and anxiety. I understand the reason you’re thinking so much is because you don’t want to make the wrong decision. Your mind is full of possibilities of what could happen- what could go wrong if you don’t adhere to the logic of your mind. This can create fear. The fear of following your heart because it might lead you in the wrong direction.

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 Your Heart

Your heart is where all emotion and intuition lies.

Intuition is:

  • The ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning.
  • A thing that one knows or considers likely from instinctive feeling rather than conscious reasoning.

According to these definitions, intuition does not require the rationale of the mind. When your heart knows something, it just knows. It’s instinct. Your heart has a tendency to know what’s best for you. Even if it turns out to be the “wrong” decision, at the time it was exactly what you wanted. People always say to follow your heart and do what makes you happy. Being true to your heart is being true to yourself. Following your heart is trusting that things will fall into place. Your heart knows your deepest desires, all of your dreams. Happiness, joy, and love all reside in the heart, as well as many other emotions that make you feel on top of the world. Your heart makes you happy because it knows what you really want.  Maybe deep down inside, your head knows that too. By following your heart, you’re being true to your values. I say that because we are often told to do what we feel is right. You wouldn’t be happy doing something you feel is wrong; it just wouldn’t sit well with you. If you do not follow your heart, you may begin to regret-maybe even resent-the decision that you made.

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Which has better judgment: your head or your heart?

Does intellect, logic, and rationality surpass emotion, desire, and intuition?

Is it more important to be logical or happy? Can you be both?

Tell me, are you a romantic or a realist?

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