A Gentleman’s Guide to Razor Burn

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Razor burn can be a frustrating and complex problem for the men who suffer from it.  It can begin with a simple sensitivity that becomes compounded as one continues to shave over aggravated skin. The irritation increases and makes the shaving process increasingly unpleasant. Because many factors can contribute to this type of irritation, solving the problem takes a little detective work. Your skin functions like the indicator lights in your automobile, the red flashing light is simply to bring your attention to another potential problem. It is the largest organ of the body and if something bothers or disturbs the whole body system, it will likely show in the complexion. In many cases the sensitivity comes from our diet. Here are a few of the tried and true solutions ÀTOI Skincare has developed in our many years in the skincare profession.

Skin is the largest organ of the body and if something bothers or disturbs the whole body system, it will likely show in the complexion.

  1. Make sure your water intake is sufficient. Coffee, tea, soda and fruit juices are not a replacement for water.  In fact orange juice, apple juice and soda can actually aggravate the problem by producing too much acidity in the body and making the skin more and more sensitive. In fact we recommend an alkaline water such as Neo Water because it’s delicious and keeps the acidity levels balanced.
  2. Along these same lines, it is also wise to limit your intake of high acidity foods such as ketchup, tomato sauce, vinegar and hot sauce.  You can have and enjoy these foods, but eating them day in and day out can and usually does take its toll on the complexion.  
  3. Strong colognes and aftershave lotions with alcohol can dry and therefore contribute to the aggravation of the skin. The ÀTOI Soothing Toner is a superb, gentle, alcohol free alternative.
  4. Scented detergents and fabric softeners are filled with potentially irritating chemicals and fragrances. Try unscented detergent such as All and skip the fabric softener. If you cannot do without fabric softener try unscented sheets. They are easier on the skin. Also, after showering or shaving, do not use a towel to dry face.  There is always a soap residue in towels that is not helpful to the complexion. Instead, let the face air dry or blot with unscented white Kleenex if you are in a hurry. 
  5. Switch to single blade razors and change the blade with each shave. This helps avoid the buildup of irritating bacteria.
  6. Be Gentle! Despite the hair growing out of them, the chinny chin chin and neck are still areas that are prone to sensitivity. Using too much pressure when shaving or applying Cleansers or other products will only add to the irritation.
  7. Keep a routine. You might not shave every day, but keeping up on a daily ÀTOI Cleansing and Moisturizing routine will keep the skin calm, clear, hydrated and smooth between sessions and keep extra irritation caused by shaving at bay.

Most of us are on hectic schedules and we tend not to pay attention to many of the daily habits which irritate the body and the skin and, over a period of time, erupt in painful razor burn. We forget that a smart diet, avoiding irritating and drying products and treating sensitive skin with a little TLC can be the best start to achieving healthier looking skin.

For an amazing boost for the complexion, we recommend the ÀTOI Soothing Cleansing Milk & Toner. This dynamic duo will jump-start your complexion and calm and hydrate irritated skin. Not only will your skin feel a whole lot better,  ÀTOI Cleansers actually reduce fine lines and wrinkles while thoroughly cleansing the skin. Looking our best is a big boost — especially when we can solve one of life’s irritations at the same time. For more advice or recommendations for beginning your journey to healthy, happy skin, call our trained professionals at 212-929-2182.

 

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Skincare Tips for Sensitive Skin

 

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Those of us born with or who have developed sensitive skin over time know what a huge issue this becomes. Too much of our life is spent thinking, “What should I try to do and will it work?” We try product after product and begin to feel like our own guinea pig in the process. Sometimes we are reduced to planning life’s events around our sensitivity. Occasions that should be opportunities become worrisome as we think of every way we can to disguise the blotchy skin we’re ashamed of; at the same time we’re confused and upset by what has become of our complexion. Finding out what we are sensitive to is very challenging. It’s nearly impossible to monitor how what we eat, drink, do, use, touch and inhale affects us. Trying to solve the problem feels overwhelming. We worry that trying anything new is risky and will cost us dearly.  At ÀTOI we understand and treat sensitive skin. This is our specialty. Our clients are not the only ones to speak of their skin’s transformation, many of our ÀTOI trained staff started with sensitive skin and are now grateful to enjoy clear, glowing skin themselves.  

Too much of our life is spent thinking, “What should I try to do and will it work?”

As with so many issues, understanding the problem is the first step. Our world is filled with things for our bodies to react to, and although we may not be able to pinpoint all of them, there are several key things we can do to limit our sensitivity. First of all, sensitive skin has to be treated kindly with a gentle, loving hand. Do not exfoliate blotchy skin until the skin is calm and evened out. Second, one of the best and most economical investments you can make for your skin is a gallon of distilled water. Tap water, while convenient, is not good for the skin and contains minerals and harsh chemicals. Now, some of those minerals may be good for the skin, but many others can be very irritating. Distilled water is free of minerals and harsh chemicals and  instantly begins to calm the skin. We also recommend using a large roll of 100%  non sterile cotton. Padco brand is our favorite and you can find it on Amazon. It is gentler, less irritating and much more economical than small cotton pads or cotton rolls. It is convenient to put the distilled water in a spray bottle and wet a piece of rolled cotton about the size of your hand. This is how we recommend removing the ÀTOI Soothing Cleansing Milk. In addition, those with sensitive skin should absolutely avoid using towels to dry the face, and of course NEVER use wash cloths on the face. Both are too hard on the skin and the detergent and fabric softener they’re washed in leave a residue of irritants that can aggravate the skin. Anyone with sensitive skin should opt for fragrance free detergents. If you have to use fabric softener, use the unscented sheets. Better yet, avoid the fabric softener all together.

Sensitive skin has to be treated kindly with a gentle, loving hand.

The best solution for sensitive skin is to change the way you cleanse the skin by developing a proper daily facial routine. We recommend our French skin care routine beginning with ÀTOI’s Soothing Milk and Toner to gently but thoroughly cleanse and moisturize. ÀTOI’s Soothing Cleansing Milk gently lifts impurities from the skin while introducing calming ingredients such as French Chamomile and French Willowherb which treat and calm any irritation. Our Soothing Toner,  a superb formula, features Honey, from France, which hydrates and heals the skin instead of stripping it with harsh abrasives. These two products will astound you with how quickly they calm and soothe the most irritated skin. For those with severe sensitivity, our Soothing Serum will calm the skin immediately when preceded by ÀTOI Cleansing Milk  and ÀTOI Cleansing Toner.

You are unique and so is your skin. If you have more questions or need further guidance finding the best skin care routine to discover  your own radiant glow, please don’t hesitate to call 212-929-2182 or visit ÀTOISkincare.com. We can and will help you get the exact products for you or, if you prefer, you can set up an in person appointment so we can help you get started.