Who Says Only Men Shave Their Face?

You know that scene in “This is 40” where Paul Rudd is hiding from his wife and family in the bathroom playing on his iPad?  I get it.  It goes along with my favorite slogan, “I just want to pee alone”.  Alone time in the bathroom is my own personal spa time.  And being a skin and product addict, I quickly become a bathroom scientist 🙂   I decided to Dermaplane myself at home.  What’s Dermaplane, you ask?  It’s a medical exfoliation treatment performed in a clinical setting (doctor’s office or medical spa with a licensed professional) using a blade to “shave” away the outermost layers of the skin. Yes!!!  I took a medical treatment and made it an “at home remedy”.  I SHAVED MY FACE!

photo(2)We all know that pregnancy can be a beautiful thing.  Embracing the 9 months of many changes and awaiting that little bundle of joy.  However… let’s be real.  There are two parts of my life that I’m missing desperately during my pregnancy!

For starters…  the ability to bend at the waist when reaching for a glass (or four) of wine while eating a high-mercury-laced-full-of-bacteria piece of sushi, having no fear of some creepy guy stopping to rub my belly, and confidently knowing that my next trip to the bathroom won’t reveal a new sprout of chub or speckle of cellulite somewhere new.  Oh… the joys of pregnancy!  (I think the belly rubbing might be the worst part).

But there is also the skin-fanatic side of me that’s going “loco” while I miss out on some of the products, treatments & procedures that I live by and use regularly when NOT pregnant 🙂 Right now, I am totally respecting the the “safe” list  including: NO retin-a, NO skin lighteners, NO chemical peels, NO lasers, NO botox, and NO fillers. (that’s a lot of NOs..)   All great, I get an A+ for rule following for once in my life… but a girl’s gotta live!!!  Feel the wind through her hair!!! What I think I’m saying is that  I need a little excitement in my skin care routine, pregnancy style.  And this is what led me to my “at home Dermaplane”

I bought a facial blade from AMAZON, like this one here and took matters into my own hands. Not sure that my bathroom is a clinical setting, but I’ve managed to make it one 🙂

tinkle-eyebrow-razor-350x350After cleansing and pat -drying my face, I then gentle held my skin taught and began to  use the facial blade in a downward motion like pictured below.

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Interesting little tid- bit… some of the most famously beautiful women including Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and Cleopatra shaved their faces.  TRUTH!   Doing this can help remove dull dead skin cells and give your face a brighter more radiant look, as well as removing fine baby hairs to make your face feel smoother.  Smart ladies…. they knew the secrets before photo shop was around 😉 Another tid- bit before I leave you….. Dermaplaning is Safe for pregnant women AND contrary to popular belief, your hair WILL NOT grow back more or thicker.

Shave Away,

xoxo

Kelley

 

Big D With A Touch Of B

I’m back… I missed you!

And recently, one of my best friends, Donald, came back too—self-proclaimed “Six-foot six and full of tricks” To those who don’t know Donald, he’s achieved a bit of “first name celebrity status” in these parts (much like Angelina or Brad has done worldwide, but not really). But for the past two years, Donald has been working in Africa on a military base. He has hardly ever complained about not having the luxuries from home. What he does miss, however, is one of the simple necessities of life —BOTOX! He’s getting by overseas. But like Samantha from “Sex in the City” once declared, “Nothing in life is guaranteed but Botox.”

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And so, when a friend like Donald comes back to town, I can offer him a few key things… a good laugh, a respectable (but not great) glass of wine & info on where to get the BEST BOTOX in town!

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Botox can be a bit of a taboo subject.—the cost, the effect, (the accusations?). But Taboo Shmaboo. I love Botox –

For these few reasons….

* It gives you a very natural look of being well rested and relaxed, especially when you find an injector who has a conservative and gentle touch -which I have found at Ruff Plastic Surgery  here in DC. Trust me. If I came out looking like one of the Bravo (deer in headlights) Housewives, then I’d be afraid of Botox too! But not to worry… Here’s how to test if you’re a candidate or not.  If when you’re in resting position, you have fine or deep lines on the forehead,  between the brows or around the crows, Botox will -when done right, addresses them.  Talk about a magic eraser! It truly does make you look rested –which we all want — and no longer looking mad or frustrated.

* Another reason I love Botox is that it doesn’t last forever. To really get a feel for the difference it can make, you can sample a splash of it here or there. You will soon discover the amazing results. Once injected, it takes 3-5 days to start working. And on average, it lasts 4 months. It takes effect slowly and then gradually fades away — keeping with the natural theme.

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I look at Botox as a secret weapon to help keep my look “fresh.” As kids are adding up around this house, and I don’t foresee a long, relaxing nap anywhere in my near future, I rely on Botox to keep me looking well rested. I’m in my mid 30’s and I’m not trying to look younger, just fresh. I continue to take care of my skin with medical grade products, peels and occasional laser treatments. But 1 to 2 times a year, I will treat myself to a splash of BOTOX!

Check out Donald’s before & after pics below. He had Botox injected to 3 areas: forehead, crows and between the brows.

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I will continue to share more before & afters here on the blog.

Stay tuned…

xoxo

Kelley