Laser hair removal for beginners

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If I could choose one thing that I’ve done recently that has absolutely changed my world, it’s difficult to choose. I’ve recently gone and got Botox for the first time (game changer!) but also I’ve decided to ditch razors for good and I’ve had laser hair removal treatments. I distinctly remember asking my mum for a razor to shave my legs long ago and I’ve been somewhat faithful ever since. I say somewhat faithful as I have had a number of waxing sessions over the years also. Laser hair removal is quite the game changer and now I go many weeks without having to shave or have another laser session.

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Disclaimer: I’m not a medical or beauty industry professional. This post is basic information only and you should always consult a professional before deciding to get laser hair removal treatments.  

Why I decided to try laser, and you should too

Deciding to try laser actually isn’t a big decision at all. You’ll have a consultation with your laser technician before your first session and if there’s anything you feel uncomfortable about you don’t have to go through with it. If you think about how much time you’ve wasted shaving in the shower, it’s a no-brainer.

Unfortunately I was a slow learner in this space and it took me a little longer. Laser hair removal wasn’t really on my radar until 2017, before that I was faithful to shaving and waxing. Sure I had seen laser hair removal on episodes of the Kardashians but living in a smallish city it wasn’t overly common and the cost was high. I never considered it until I moved to Sydney and one of the girls at work suggested I give it a go. Her exact words were “It will be life changing”. I wasn’t so sure and didn’t make an appointment straight away.

Eventually I was at home one morning and I had run out of razors, there was just a dodgy rusty razor sitting in my shower. Decision made and I made an appointment.

The basics

Laser hair removal is hair reduction for long periods of time. Generally with 6-10 treatments you can effectively reduce the hair that grows safely and any part of your body can be treated. The laser looks for your hair and zaps the hair follicle restricting future growth. This works best on people with light skin and darker hair. If you’ve been tanning it doesn’t work well so a technician may turn you away if you’ve been tanning.

You shave the night before, go for your treatment and then you’ll need to avoid excessive sweating and swimming for 24 hours following your treatment. Following your treatment you may have to apply a soothing gel for a couple of days as your skin may be a bit red and sensitive.

When I first tried laser in 2017, I only went to three treatments before I lost interest and stopped – although my hair was reduced it continued to grow and by the time I started treatments again this year my underarms were basically back to normal.

Does it hurt? The word laser is scary!

It depends what you consider to be painful. Personally I find waxing far more painful than laser hair removal but in certain areas it can feel like you’re being flicked with a rubber band. I have recently extended the time between my sessions and it can sometimes hurt a little more when you return after leaving it a bit longer. Personally I find it hurts the most around my ankles and under my arms. My husband has recently had treatments on his face and he said it sometimes hurts above his top lip.

Choose your laser provider wisely

I personally find the pain very minimal but I have spoken to people who have found it a little more painful. I think this comes down to selecting your clinic well. The best clinics have the best machines with the latest technology so that the treatment is quick and with minimal pain. Personally, I wouldn’t just go anywhere for this and I researched my choice of clinic before I made my first appointment.

Have you taken the leap into laser hair removal or are you a faithful shaver / waxer? Let me know in the comments below.

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How a juice cleanse can help you lose weight

How a juice cleanse can help you lose weight

Last weekend a friend and I did a juice cleanse. It was a challenging three days of literally only drinking juice and eating nothing. However, although it was challenging I learnt a lot about my habits and gave my body a much needed reset.

A juice cleanse isn’t for everyone and I certainly won’t be attempting another any time soon but I really needed to do something – I’ve been consistently losing weight for a number of months, and then, it just stopped. Boom, plateau.  I really wanted to reset my system and change my habits around food. Two of the girls in my office had been juicing so I thought I would try it.

Doing the juice cleanse meant that I did lose some weight but most importantly it gave my body the opportunity to reset and detox.

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Choosing the cleanse

Being the researcher that I am, I took all of five minutes to read this Harper’s Bazaar Australia article on the best three juice cleanses – I considered for a moment but my friends and colleagues had been doing the Orchard St Cleanse and so I thought I would start with that one.

If you’re looking at doing a juice cleanse you don’t have to fork out cash for pre-made juices; if you have a Ninja or similar blender in your kitchen you can actually make your own. There’s a number of resources online that will give you recipes to do this. The pre-made juices were quite costly and came in at about $80 Australian Dollars a day, per person. You can save some serious change if you were to make these at home. Although, the Orchard St ones had some pretty incredible herbs in them so it may be a slightly different experience.

Following a personal training session at the gym on Saturday morning I visited Orchard St’s Bondi cafe – there was an array of yummy vegan food on offer but I was there for one thing only – to pick up my three boxes of juice. I loved the style of the cafe and the apothecary theme, it made me feel like I was being super healthy.

Orchard st bondi cafe

The Orchard St cleanse is made up of 6 Juices per day plus a lemon water that you should have in the morning before anything else in order to cleanse your liver. We chose our own juices based on what the girls in the office said were the best ones but Orchard St also have set programs of recommended juices.

My favourite every day was by far the morning Smoothie, the Mylk to finish the day and the detox tea (which had a bunch of Chia seeds in it so it felt like you had eaten something). We mixed it up a bit and had different juices every day but had the same Mylk and detox tea daily.

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Daily juice line up.

Day 1: Wasn’t actually that bad

My juice cleanse experience on Day 1 wasn’t too bad considering I had been dreading it for the days leading up to the cleanse.  I had been to the gym in the morning but didn’t eat and waited until we picked our juices up to have any juice. I actually think this was my saving grace on Day 1 because I could have the juices so close together and there wasn’t any long periods without having some juice.

The Orchard St packaging says ‘sip mindfully’ so I was attempting to do this all day, drinking slowly so I didn’t constantly feel hungry.

Orchard st bottles

Day 2: The day I would have eaten anything

Day 2 is where it really fell off the rails for me. I was crazy hungry in the morning, I still went to the gym and lifted some weights but I feel like this was a big mistake. On the afternoon of Day 2 I was feeling quite sick, I had a headache and I would have eaten anything just to feel like I was eating something.

I googled the development of feeling unwell and as it turned out, this is quite normal for some people on day 2. Great – not sure why I didn’t google this sooner.

Day 3: Let’s just get through this

Day 3 was actually the best day. It was Monday so I was working and I had diligently taken 4 of my juices to work. At this point, I was well over the juice cleanse situation but I was keen to just power through it. The worst part was actually in the evening, after I had finished my last juice which was a delicious Mylk called Peace Mylk, by then I just wanted to eat but I couldn’t until Breakfast the following day.

How does this help me?

I’m not saying you should drop everything and do a Juice cleanse this weekend. You need to take in to account what your goals are and your personal situation. The juice cleanse makes you lose water weight – most of it returns as soon as you start to eat food again. However, if you’re looking for a bit of a reset, this is potentially something you might wish to explore.

I would also recommend you watch this youtube video from Cassey Ho from Blogilates – she’s recently also done a 3 day juice cleanse and talks through her results.

Overall, I think the cleanse has benefits for weight loss but these are more long term and it comes from using the cleanse to reset your body and kick start some additional weight loss. Since the juice cleanse I’ve also incorporated some more cardio into my workouts and have decided to change my diet to make it even cleaner. It really was the boost that I needed.

Have you done a juice cleanse recently? Did you do one for more than three days?

Tell me about it in the comments below!

How a juice cleanse can help you lose weight

A beginners guide to getting Botox

a beginners guide to getting botox

Are you finding those small lines on your face are just that little bit more annoying? I certainly was. I have that combination of super light skin, probably not enough sunscreen over the years and an over 30 ageing situation.

It was mostly in the last year that I really started to notice lines on my face. They were starting to get deep and super noticeable which I personally hated. To me, that was losing my youth and something I wasn’t prepared to let go of yet.

When I first started to notice the lines a few years ago, I was mid-twenties and indifferent to anything I needed to do to look after my skin, I actually wrote a blog post on my old blog that was really popular entitled “Should I get botox” – I’ve since deleted that particular blog but that’s where the Internet Archive steps in – you can read it here.

Two weeks ago, I decided it was time and I phoned and made an appointment with a cosmetic injector. This wasn’t before I had done copious amounts of research and started following some of the places that specialise in Botox and Anti-Wrinkle treatments on Instagram. Mostly so I knew what I was in for, following the accounts really pushed me over the line so if you’re thinking about this I would highly recommend doing the same.

Since then I’ve had so many questions from girls in my circle about the process; “What is it?”, “did it hurt?”, “what will happen to me”, “wow you look 10 years younger”. In today’s post I’ll answer some of these questions.

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical professional. This post is basic information only and you should always consult a medical professional before undertaking any kind of procedure. 

What is botox and what does it do?

Botox is a brand of a muscle relaxer that is made from a bacteria. When injected by a medical professional, in the right spots botox relaxes your muscle and prevents it from moving and thus prevents it from crinkling your skin. Lines soften and fade or can be prevented from forming in the first place.

There’s no magical age or stage of life when botox is first recommended – it really depends on the individual and their individual skin. I chose to go because I was starting to notice my lines more and more. A different reason might prompt you to visit, I had also had a number of conversations with the girls on the reception desk prior to booking a consultation with my cosmetic injector.

The botox process

The process is very straightforward. You should have an initial consultation with a cosmetic injector who should be a Doctor or a Registered Nurse. It goes without saying but please ensure you engage a professional for this process, too many things can go wrong if you get some random girl that used to work at a beauty spa. It’s also illegal (in Australia) to be administered botox without a prescription.

In your consultation you’ll talk about the areas you want treated and your injector will explain any risks associated and what their recommendation is in terms of treatment. Following this, if you decide to go through with the treatment they will prepare your prescription (in my case this involved Skyping a doctor as I had a Registered Nurse as my injector), draw on your skin to identify the injection sites, prepare the botox and begin.

Don’t expect to see results on the day. Botox doesn’t kick in straight away so you have a 4-10 day wait ahead of you before it really starts to kick in.

Let’s be real, does it hurt a lot?

Honestly, it doesn’t really hurt. I was promptly handed a squeezy ball before treatment started and I only found myself giving it a hard squeeze in the most sensitive location on my forehead.

You feel the needle pierce your skin and it stings a little when the product is going in.

I was a little sore for the next couple of days, my injection sites bruised a little bit (which is completely common) and some people get headaches when the botox kicks in a few days later.

What happens after I get treatment?

I wouldn’t plan on doing anything immediately after – I’m not sure if it was my pale skin but you could see a slight redness around where I had the injections. I even talked my husband into going to the supermarket for me because I thought it would be that noticeable. Arrange your appointment for a time when you can go straight home.

You can’t exercise for 24-48 hours after, at the risk of moving the botox from your treatment areas – following your botox treatment you can relax for a couple of days.

The effect will last around 3-5 months, so assess when you would like your next appointment based on your personal results.

I’m so happy with the results across my forehead and frown lines, in a few weeks I’ll be going back to have my crows feet done. Please tell me about your experiences with Botox in the comments below – are you thinking about it? Have you already had it done? What did you think?

a beginners guide to getting botox

A beginners guide to getting botox