Laser Hair Removal For Men

Everything you’ve always want to know

Some of us are just super-hairy cavemen. There’s nothing wrong with that – that’s just how we were ‘engineered’ and it’s important to appreciate what we have.

However, it’s fair to say that there can be embarrassing situations which we can all do without. Taking your shirt off at the beach or when walking towards the pool and all eyes are on you! Or even your spouse complaining that you’re a little too hairy for comfort!

Men’s hair removal is not something new. In fact, many men undergo regular treatments to get their bodies looking smooth and shiny. Great, if you’re already a gym-goer, because believe it or not, you’re really going to be turning heads the next time you take your shirt off at the beach. 

Why men should groom their bodies

So what’s the best way for men to groom bodily hair? Shaving, trimming and waxing works but it can get uncomfortable and even irritate the skin while wearing certain kinds of clothes.

The answer is laser hair removal for men. Here’s what it is and how it works:

Male receiving under arm laser treatment for hair removal

Laser hair removal uses laser light technology where lasers emit pulses of light into the skin, effectively targeting the root and hair follicles. Once these two have been ‘zapped’, hair no longer grows back like it normally does after waxing or shaving. These results being permanent hair reduction.

Laser hair removal is now becoming more popular among men of all ages. With the chest, arms and back being popular areas. Although many men opt to have laser hair removal done on their legs and around private parts as well.

Men who feel uncomfortable with excess hair on their chest, stomach and back, or anywhere really, are ideal ‘candidates’ for laser hair removal. It’s important to quickly clear up a misconception when it comes to laser hair removal for men. That it leaves you completely hairless like a cover model. This simply isn’t true because the laser intensity can be adjusted to thin out body hair in order to make them finer and sparser – rather than zapping them into oblivion!

Is laser hair removal for men painful?

Not at all – unless you call a tingling and fuzzy sensation ‘painful’. With that said, men who have really coarse hair have reported a somewhat uncomfortable sensation, but that comes down to two things. Pain perception/tolerance and the way the laser is used. An experienced male aesthetic specialist will always use the laser in small bursts so that smaller chunks of energy rapidly target the area. You will literally feel no pain, other than a tingling sensation. 

What areas can be treated?

Laser hair removal is effective in targeting any area of the body. Well, apart from the eyelids, that is, but then again, you need not worry about those anyway. 

The most popular area among men are:

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  • Stomach
  • Chest 
  • Back
  • Neck
  • Backside
  • Groin
  • Between the eyebrows

However, you can also use laser hair removal to target areas around the ears, nose and bikini line.

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Look Your Best After Lockdown

Look Your Best After Lockdown

Nobody can deny the last few months have been very strange indeed. The Covid-19 pandemic turned the world upside down. With it our day to day lives with so many stuck at home on furlough or working from home. Guys no wonder we don’t look our best after lockdown.

Being at home all these weeks has been, for some of us. A chance to relax and kick back which has been great for the most part. But let’s face it some of us have probably spent a little too much time cultivating the beard and sweat pants look.

Now all of a sudden a return to work looms on the horizon, and we have to change tack once again. It’s time to kick off the easy-wear fabrics, get a shave and get back into the corporate groove. But how to get motivated again? Read on for our advice. See how you can return to work looking as though lockdown was the best thing that ever happened to you. Guys, you can look your best after lockdown.

Freshen Up Your Skin

We’ve had plenty of sun this summer and some will be sporting a great tan, but the problem is that the sun, along with a more relaxed attitude to diet and exercise, may have done quite a bit of damage to your skin. Your facial skin will be drier and pores will be clogged making your skin look dull and lifeless.

Hydrofacial treatment

A Hydrafacial treatment is a gentle non-invasive skin resurfacing treatment. This cleanses, exfoliates and hydrates the skin leaving you looking much brighter, alert and ready to face anything. This is just one of the facial rejuvenating treatments we offer to men who want to look refreshed and to see noticeable improvements in their skin.

If you’ve really overdone it with the sun worship and you’ve caned the Deliveroo account you’ll have noticed that your skin may need a little extra work to un-clog the pores and de-toxify. A facial peel is incredibly effective at rolling back the years as they extract impurities from the skin and stimulate collagen production to give the complexion a good as new rosy hue.

Shave or No Shave?

If you’ve been cultivating a lockdown beard, the decision is whether to keep it or not. Beards are great when neatly trimmed but wet shaving is back so visit the barber’s for a professional wet shave treatment to enhance your new look.

Treating yourself to a little pre-work me-time can work wonders for your self-confidence. Knowing that you look as good as you can will give you that edge as you plunge back into the work place.

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The Ultimate Guide to Shaving: Wet Shaving Explained

The Ultimate Guide to Shaving: Wet Shaving Explained

Have men lost the art of shaving or has it become more of a hassle to look smart for the office. Let’s face it, during the lockdown and working from home we have gone back to our caveman roots.

Long gone are the days when we visited the barber each week for a wet shave or beard trim. Are things set to change?

With the average man spending 3,000 hours during his life shaving, we need to get it right guys! So here are some tips to get that perfect shave.

Want to get a Close Cut Wet Shave like a Pro?

Wet shaving is not new, but it’s now on the comeback and guys are starting to see the benefits over dry shaving.

A close cut wet shave requires some skill. Let’s face it (pardon the pun), it’s a satisfying experience at the barber’s when they slap on the shaving cream and finish with the hot towel.

A proper wet shave should include these essential steps:

Pre-Shave

Middle-aged male disappointed and angry because of quality of new shaving foam
  1. Shower: Soften the hair and skin with warm water for a few minutes before you shave to make it easier for the razor to glide over your skin. Heat allows the pores to open and loosen the grip of each hair follicle allowing you to get a close cut and smoother shave. The same is achieved when your barber puts that hot towel on prior to shaving.
  2. Cleanse the face: This removes unwanted dirt, grime and dead skin that get in the way. A great way to do this is by exfoliating the skin. This is done by gently rubbing the skin using small circles.
  3. Apply shaving cream: If you are using a brush then don’t forget to pre-soak it. Natural hair brushes take a few minutes to absorb moisture. Create a lather with your shaving cream and brush in a circular motion to form a thick lather (this should take around 2 minutes, depending on your skill). Don’t forget to leave this foamy white beard you have created for at least 30 seconds to allow the hairs to soften.

Shave – The best bit!

  1. Shave: First, warm the razor either in the sink or under a hot running tap, this will help the blades glide over your skin. Shave your beard in the direction of the hair growth. Keep the blade at 30-degree angle to your skin at all times and follow the contours of your face. Don’t apply pressure, let it glide naturally, using short passes.
  2. Rinse regularly: Rinse your blades with warm water after every few strokes to keep your face moist and to stop excess foam and hair clogging up your blades. To get an even closer shave; re-lather and go against the direction of the hair.

Post-Shave – Smooth skin without irritation

  1. Rinse: Clean your face with warm water. However, don’t use the water in the sink as this will have your stubble, soap and dead skin cells in it. You want to cleanse the skin. Using the same water may cause skin irritation.
  2. Rinse Again: Yes you read it right. This time use cold water to close your pores and help reduce any nicks as well as reducing signs of irritation and redness.
  3. Pat: No, not Postman Pat! Pat your face dry with a clean towel, but do not rub.
  4. Moisturise: Soothe and hydrate your skin after shaving by applying a moisturising post-shave product.

Don’t use alcohol-based aftershaves directly after shaving as this can cause dryness and inflammation. If you are going to use an alcohol-based cologne, then place it at the back of your earlobes, wrists or back of the neck; those erogenous zones.

If all you remember about a wet shave is heat and moisture, then you’re onto a winner.

Still not sure whether to adopt wet shaving or dry shaving as your main method? Why not try both or visit us for a skin analysis to see which method may benefit your skin and how a hydrofacial can help. Place the power back into your hands, and make shaving enjoyable again!

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Hydrafacial vs Hydrodermabrasion – What’s the difference?

Hydrafacial, Hydrodermabrasion or Hydrofacial is a popular treatment for men. Its non-invasive treatment is suitable for all skin types and can be performed as an express service.

What is the difference between Hydrafacial vs Skinic Hydrofacial

Hydrafacial is a trademarked brand name of a hydrodermabrasion skin resurfacing treatment that cleanses, exfoliates, extracts and hydrates the skin. With a patented vortex system, Hydrafacial removes dead skin cells and other impurities while saturating the skin with serums that will cleanse and moisturise the skin.

Male receiving Hydrofacial treatment

As such,

Hydrodermabrasion is a dermatological treatment that can be described together as Hydrafacial and Hydrofacial. The Skinic Hydrofacial treatment uses hydrodermabrasion and infuses the skin with serums to hydrate, cleanse and moisturise the skin.

Skinic Hydrofacial uses water, oxygen and cleansing products to cleanse and exfoliate the skin without any abrasive equipment or technology. By using this action we are able to hydrate the skin at a deeper level to achieve optimum youthful/healthier skin. Our procedural steps work by exfoliating the skin using mild and non-irritating serums which allows soft exfoliation and induced shedding of keratinocytes. This at the same time delivering serums deep into the skin surface, for regeneration and repair.

So what’s the difference between Hydrafacial vs Hydrodermabrasion? Hydrafacial is a registered trademark with a patented hydrodermabrasion system. Whereas Skinic’s Hydrofacial Hydrodermabrasion is the definite process. At Skinic Male Aesthetic Clinic we use a hydrodermabrasion machine which is CE marked and manufactured to high-quality standards. We adhere to using high-quality serums and target the male skin by providing the best results for our clients – regardless of brand.

Our clients can’t tell the difference in the process we offer or see any physical distinction in the results regardless of the brand name or machine used.

We entirely accept that their or so many treatment choices on the market, and it can be bewildering to work out absolutely which treatment or protocol is right. Therefore, here at Skinic our mission is to Treat, Tone and Improve, giving each person the effective options tailored to your skin care needs.

To book your Skinic Hydrofacial call us on 0115 7847128

Shaving Horrors

Shaving triggers a high level of visible irritation on the skin and can serve as a form of over-exfoliation. This leads to a compromised lipid barrier (skins own natural defence). When the skin’s lipid barrier is compromised, there is an increase in moisture loss, which leads to dry, scaly, cracked, sensitised skin. 

Skin dryness can increase skin’s susceptibility to a various number of shaving concerns, including Pseudofolliculitis barbae (ingrown hairs and razor bumps), razor burn and sensitivity.

A professional skin therapist can deliver a treatment to help minimise irritation, redness, ingrown hairs, and razor burn associated with shaving. He or she can also help control oily shine or dryness, and even provide tips on how to shave, which will help you manage and control shaving concerns. Lastly, a professional skin therapist can prescribe a customised shaving regimen to minimise nicks, cuts, redness and irritation while protecting skin from dryness and skin-ageing UV light.

TIPS

  • Never shave against the hair growth. Double shave, gliding the blade in the same direction as hair growth.
  • “Less is best” a single good quality razor blade is more effective than multiple blade razor. Fewer blades, less damage.
  • Use soap-free mediums to shave. Unfortunately, most gels and foams contain soap. Soap will strip the skin of its own natural defence. Oil is by far the best medium, however, this may take practice to master.
  • Apply a moisturiser with at least SPF30 365 days of the year, to moisturise and protect.
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