Bondi Beauty’s beauty editors answers your beauty questions for this weeks Q&A on ways to prevent getting razor burns, and how to hide tan lines and fast.
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Dear Bondi Beauty,
I swear, every time I shave I get some sort of rash or razor burn. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. Any advice on what I can do?
Razor burns are super awkward and uncomfortable. However, what most people don’t realise, is the burn (or rash) is often not associated with your razor, but rather the shaving cream, gel or product you are using to remove hair. If you have a blunt razor, this would also be contributing to the burn.
Always make sure your razor is completely clean and fresh, with no rust spots, and that it is sharp. Blunt razors with any rust spots will cause immediate irritation to the skin, especially in sensitive spots.
If your razor is ok but you are still getting a rash or razor burn, then you need to look at the cream or gel you are using. Is it fragranced? Try using one which has no fragrance and is designed for sensitive skin. We recommend using products like the Weleda Shaving Cream RRP $19.95 which is all natural and gentle on skin and suitable for all skin types, or the 100% Pure Pink Grapefruit and Seaweed Natural Shaving Cream RRP $26.95.
To heal razor burns and rashes, you need to moisturise after shaving, especially in the sensitive spots of the body, like underarms and the bikini line. Use a cream designed for sensitive skin like Juniper Calming Jojoba Moisturiser RRP $25.95 which is designed for after shaving, and try to stay away from any fragranced products and definitely don’t wear any deodorant on your underarms after shaving, as it will cause irritation.
Dear Bondi Beauty,
I went to the beach on the weekend (trying to tan naturally before the summer sun completely disappears here in Sydney), and now I have tan lines. They normally wouldn’t bother me, but I have an engagement party to go to this weekend. How do I cover them, and fast?
Rachel, Five Dock
Yes, there’s nothing worse than having tan lines on your shoulders, then wearing a strapless dress to a nice event to show them off.
Using self-tanning products is probably the best way to cover those tan lines up so you get a nice even look all over your body. However, this can be tricky, as you need to match the colour to ensure it doesn’t look obvious you are covering anything up.
When you apply self-tan to your body, this doesn’t cover the tan lines, as you are working with two shades of colours on the skin. Your tan, and your natural skin colour.
The first step would be to apply self-tan to your tan lines only. Try to match the colour by working with your natural skin tone. Specifically, if you are medium skin toned, and have now gone a shade darker from sunning outdoors, then you will want to go with a self-tanner which is a shade darker than what you would normally work with.
Apply the self-tan to the areas on your body which didn’t tan (the tan lines). I recommend apply a light moisturiser first to the areas and blend that around the area evenly across both the tanned areas of the skin, and untanned areas of the kin. Let it dry for at least thirty minutes, and then apply the self-tan around the same area.
The trick is to blend the tan evenly around those areas, so you don’t get a dramatic change in colour between both areas of the body.
By applying moisturiser beforehand, you will prevent streak marks or drastic changes in colour of the self-tan.
The following day, apply self-tan all over the body to even out the tan. This can be tricky if you don’t have a lot of time before your event to hide the lines. You really need at least two or three days to use self-tan to give you an even skin tone all over.
If you are time sensitive, you can tan on the morning of an event (early if possible), and then shower off any residue right before getting ready. We recommend using Three Warriors Self-Tan Mousse RRP $34.95 which gives you an instant tan within an hour, or La Mav Bronze Self-Tan Dry Oil RRP $45 which you don’t have to wash off and will instantly give you a beautiful bronzed goddess look.
If you have no idea what Squalene is, it’s an organic compound which was once obtained from animals (ie: shark liver) but is now sourced from plants, such as olives.
All plants and animals produce some form of squalene and it’s the ultimate ingredient for combating things such as premature ageing and hydration, and is also a great anti-inflammatory and skin conditioner.
Squalene is ideal specifically for oily skin types, as it helps to control the production of excess sebum in the cells which leads to greasy, blemish prone and congested skin.
I jumped on board the squalene bandwagon about a year ago, and it has certainly helped me manage my oily skin, with a reduction in oily spots. Specifically on the forehead.
This face oil is lightweight and fast-absorbing, making it easy to apply other products and makeup on afterwards. It’s rich in vitamins and antioxidants which deeply hydrate and protect the skin. It’s also 100% plant based – so good for you, and for the planet.
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