For as long as most of us can remember, women have been on the quest for smooth and hair free skin. Hair removal dates back to ancient Egypt and Roman times, with women making tweezers out of all sorts of materials and creating waxes with honey. The Romans even got classist with their body hair, where women with less hair were considered to be wealthier. Throughout the ages, women have concocted a range of hair removal remedies – from ammonia (from pets) and depilatory creams, to the first Gillette razor marketed to women.

While at Pure we fully support a woman’s choice to either keep or remove her hair, the fact is that there are still many questions surrounding the best hair removal method. So with all these methods available and the luxury of choice, how do you know which hair removal method is actually the best? In this blog we explore some common hair removal techniques, and provide a verdict on how effective they are.

Pros and cons of shaving

Obviously the biggest pro of shaving is how quick and easy it is! Many of us resort to a razor while on holiday to touch up those underarms and legs. However you may have also heard the rumor that shaving makes your hair grow back thicker/faster. This is actually untrue. As hairs grow out they rub on your clothes and other surfaces which tapers the ends, leaving them feeling thinner. When you shave, you cut the hair mid-way down leaving a blunt cut making the hair feel thicker. Remember that hair is not a live substance that can be stimulated, and the bulb that nourishes the hair cannot be stimulated from a razor above the skin to increase hair growth. 

However this does present a con of shaving – the fact that you only cut the hair mid-way at the surface of your skin means it will grow back faster than other hair removal methods. This is especially true in warmer areas of your body like the bikini line and underarms, where heat stimulates hair growth. If you have thicker hair, you may find that you are more likely to develop ingrown hairs from shaving too, as the hairs curl after being shaved.

Verdict: A great, cost effective way to remove hair, but may not be the best option long term if you’re looking for longer lasting hair removal.

Pros and cons of depilatory creams

Depilatory creams work by applying an alkaline chemical concoction to your skin which breaks down the proteins of the hair, leaving the hair brittle enough to break off when you wipe the cream off. This leaves a rounded hair edge just below the surface of your skin. Because the hair is rounded, it may feel softer when it grows back compared to shaving. Hair growth also tends to appear a bit slower than shaving as the hair is removed slightly more than shaving.

However if you have sensitive skin you may find that depilatory creams can be quite irritating. If you are going to use these creams, it’s important to do a patch test on your skin first to see how you react. The ingredients in depilatory creams they can also smell bad, which is a challenge if you are sensitive to smells especially considering the wait time to ensure it has worked effectively.

Verdict: Great option for those who want an easy hair removal method at home that lasts longer than shaving, and only if you don’t have sensitive skin.

Pros and cons of epilators

Epilators are a good at home method for those who want longer lasting results from their hair removal. Epilators look a lot like electric shavers, however they work by plucking hairs individually from the hair root. This results in longer lasting hair removal, as you are pulling the hair out completely and not just cutting it off.

While epilators will last you a long time, they can be an expensive investment at first. The method can also be time consuming, particularly if you are epilating large areas like your legs – so make sure you’ve got time to dedicate to it! Lastly, epilating can be painful particularly when you’re starting out, and you can break hairs easily if you’re not doing it properly. Be sure to read your manual thoroughly first to ensure you’re making the most of your epilator.

Verdict: Great option for those who want longer lasting hair removal from home, and have the time to invest in regular removal.

Pros and cons of waxing

Various forms of waxing have been around for centuries, and for good reason. Waxing can either be done at home or professionally in a salon, and provides long lasting hair removal that can decrease hair growth over time. Waxing works by applying warm wax to your skin, and removing the wax either on its own or with a cloth to remove hair from the root. When you regularly remove the hair from the root, the hair root will eventually weaken and grow slower or stop growing altogether. This is a huge draw card for waxing, especially for those with thicker, darker hairs. Getting waxed professionally can provide less irritation to your skin, and is relatively quick and painless (depending on the skill level of the beautician). Professionals also have different wax types they can use on different areas of your body, depending on the sensitivity of your skin and level of precision needed for certain areas of your body. It may also be worthwhile to note that sugaring has not been proven to be any more beneficial than regular waxing.

Some cons of waxing can include the pain associated with removal, particularly when you first start with this method. If waxing at home, it’s important to follow any instructions carefully to avoid burning or pulling the skin (both of which are painful), or breaking hairs. If seeing a professional beautician, be sure to select someone you are comfortable with and who listens to your needs. An experienced beautician will support the skin properly which will be less painful, and will move quickly making it less time consuming for you. Unfortunately, sometimes you do need to pay more for a quality service, but if this ultimately leads to less hair growth it can be worthwhile (especially considering that your monetary investment is staggered over a longer period of time).

Verdict: Waxing is a great long term hair removal option (although we may be biased). At home waxing can be challenging, so professional services are generally more effective. Waxing can also be therapeutic if you find a beautician you can chat with!

Pros and cons of threading

Threading is the latest hair removal craze to sweep Western countries, however it has been used in Middle Eastern and Asian countries for a long, long time. Threading uses a piece of cotton thread to trap and essentially pluck the hair from the skin (so similar to an epilator). Threading can be quite precise and good for those who experience skin irritations (as nothing is applied to the skin), so is quite popular for facial hair removal.

Threading can be quite time consuming and expensive, so isn’t recommended for larger areas of your body. It’s also important to find a properly qualified beautician to ensure your skin isn’t pulled and damaged, and your hairs are actually removed instead of broken (this will result in longer lasting hair removal).

Verdict: Good for those who experience skin irritations from waxing, but may not be cost or time effective for larger areas of the body.

Pros and cons of laser hair removal

Laser hair removal treatments have grown in popularity in more recent years, mainly due to the fact that it visibly lessens hair growth quite quickly after treatment. Laser hair removal works by using intense pulsed light (IPL) technology which targets the melanin (dark colour pigment) in hairs, which essentially fries the hair and weakens the hair root. There are some at home treatments becoming more available, however these are not as strong as those offered in a professional setting (due to safety risks). Professional laser technicians are required in Australia to gain safety and operational certifications before using IPL technology on clients, to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

Laser hair removal generally works best on people with light skin and dark hair, as the laser is able to target the hair better. The number of treatments you will require depends on your hair and skin type, which can be discussed with a technician. Laser treatments can be expensive and do not guarantee that your hair will be removed completely, but can be effective at reducing the amount of hair you grow. It’s important to do your research carefully and ensure your technician is fully qualified, to avoid nasty laser burns and permanent scarring.

Verdict: Laser is a great option for people with thick, dark hair to reduce the amount of hair growth and can greatly improve the confidence of many women. Be prepared to do you research, and invest time and money into this treatment to achieve the best results.

So what’s the overall verdict?

I hope you now have a pretty thorough summary of the most popular types of hair removal available to you. As you can see, each removal technique will essentially provide a similar function, but may be more or less suitable to each individual. Everyone is different, and has different needs based on their skin, hair and lifestyle, so there really is no right or wrong option! Be sure to try a few methods to see what you’re most comfortable with and what works best for you.

If you are looking to try waxing as your hair removal method of choice, take a look at the waxing services we offer at Pure here.

Every day we are inundated with advertisements and articles on ways we can reduce the appearance of aging on our faces and body. While the latest and greatest in creams and serums can do so much for your skin, much of the time the greatest thing you can do to reduce the appearance of aging on your body actually starts on the inside.

Obviously when you look great, your confidence is boosted and you begin to feel great too. However anti aging and self care is about more than just applying a mask to your face once a month. It’s about nourishing your body from the inside out – and this has many, many benefits for your body, including anti aging.

Having a youthful energy and body can help you feel more positive, look younger, feel more energised, and live life to your fullest. While aging is inevitable, there are some ways you can keep yourself feeling younger. So how can you effectively look after your body to help it age gracefully? Find out more below.

anti aging for your body

Exercise regularly

You probably already know of the many benefits exercise can offer you, but did you know that anti aging was one of them? Regular exercise keeps your muscles strong and mobile, aiding your mobility and core bodily functions. Strong muscles release proteins that actually slow down the aging process, which are naturally depleted as we get older. Stimulated muscles also circulate more oxygen and blood throughout your body, aiding your skin cell turnover and boosting your natural collagen production. Pretty nifty, huh?

Nourish your body with your diet

No surprises here either – but your body thrives off what you put into it. This not only means eating foods that contain vitamins, minerals and omega 3 fatty acids, but also drinking plenty of water! It’s amazing how water can affect your skin and body – from breakouts and redness, to wrinkles and dullness. Water really does give your skin and body the life it needs.

Your diet will also give you the energy you need to keep moving every day. Certain can provide your body with much needed antioxidants, energy, protection, strengthening of bodily functions and help you stay alert. It’s also important to understand how your body changes as you age, and how your diet also needs to change to accommodate this.

Get adequate sleep and rest

In a culture where being busy is celebrated, it can be hard to listen to your body when it needs a break. Not providing your body with the sleep and rest it needs, means your body doesn’t have the opportunity to recover from a busy day and can become more stressed. This in turn can have detrimental effects on your overall health, well being, and appearance.

The amount of sleep each person needs will vary, and some people may find that more frequent, shorter blocks of rest is more beneficial for them. What’s important is that you listen to your body and take note of when you feel great and when you don’t feel so great. Also consider what type of rest makes you feel best, and try your best to stick to a routine to set your body’s natural circadian rhythms properly. Your body will thank you for it!

Look after your mental health

Challenges with mental health can happen for a variety of different reasons, but what’s important is that you are aware of our own mental health and what is and isn’t good for you. Neglecting your mental health can lead to greater feelings of depression and anxiety which naturally age your body faster. Be sure to be mindful of how you’re feeling, and take care of your mental health – you can find more tips on this here.

Look after your outsides

Once you’ve got your insides sorted, it’s time to think about how you’re caring for the outside of your body. This includes protecting and nourishing your skin.

For starters, a big cause of aging in Australia is the sun. And although we all love a great summer outdoors, it can be detrimental to your health if you’re not protecting your skin properly. It’s all about being cautious, not avoiding the sun altogether. Be sure to apply sun cream (tinted moisturisers with SPF are great for the face every day), wear a hat and other protective clothing. A nice tan now won’t look the same in 30 years time!

Also avoid stripping your skin of any natural oils. This includes using harsh products on your skin (things with a high alcohol content, abrasive products, chemical peels etc.), as these will leave your skin feeling dehydrated and thin in the long run (making you appear older). Long hot showers can also strip your skin, as the heat dries your skin.

Nourishing your skin is the next most important step in anti aging for your body. While many of us use great face creams, consider what you’re using on the rest of your body too. Is your body moisturiser nourishing enough, and is your body wash gentle enough? Using something with natural essential oils will ensure your body is naturally nourished, and moisture will last throughout the day. Gently exfoliating your skin regularly will also help to stimulate skin cell turnover, and remove any surface spots and dryness to help your moisturiser penetrate your skin better.

So there you have five relatively simple ways you can reduce the effects of aging in your body. As you can see, it’s a truly holistic approach that will leave you looking and feeling your best. While it may seem like a big task to change some of your habits, start with small manageable chunks until you have a well developed routine that you’re happy with. Remember that everyone’s journey is different, and to listen to your body so you do what is right for it!

Need some help with de-stressing and anti aging for your skin? View our range of body massages and Aveda facials that you can incorporate into your monthly routine.

There are many reasons people get facials – they can aid with keeping your skin and pores clean, improve balance and moisture in your skin, reduce the effects of aging, and relax your mind and body.

Many people will think that you need to use machines and harsh products to really achieve results from facials. But depending on your skin care needs, gentler, more natural treatments can be just as (if not more) beneficial for your skin. So how do facials actually do all these miraculous things they claim to do? We explain how below…

Skin diagnosis

Every facial should start with a basic skin diagnosis. This may not involve crazy lights and magnifying glasses, but will involve a discussion between you and your therapist about how you feel about your skin, your concerns, how it feels day-to-day, your current skin care routine and more. This process provides an idea of not only your needs, but also how your daily routine might be affecting the condition of your skin.

The therapist will also analyse your skin after the cleansing step of your facial, so see how your skin looks and feels once it is clean. Looking and touching skin can reveal a lot about your skin, including elasticity, hydration, texture and the amount of heat in your skin.

Using all this information, your facial therapist will then go ahead and customise your facial to ensure you receive the best results!

Product selection

Facials give you the opportunity to use stronger products with more concentrated ingredients, where you wouldn’t be able to safely do this at home. Not all products are created equal. A facial therapist will be able to decide on which products are best for your skin, and the facial treatment allows you to try many products to see how they react with your skin. They will also explain why they used the products they did, and how you should expect them to make your skin feel over the coming days after your treatment.

Having an objective view of your skin will also allow you to experiment with the right products for your skin. Often, we will use products that aren’t best for our skin based on how we subjectively feel about it, rather than how it can best be helped in the long run.

Facial techniques

There are many manual facial techniques that are incredibly beneficial for your skin. One of many is massage. For starters, we all know how relaxing massage can be, where this can reduce stress and lead to the production of less stress hormones which can greatly affect your skin (in a good way!). Being relaxed can also help to reduce fatigue, which in turn means your skin becomes less sluggish and performs its core functions (like protection and regeneration) more effectively.

Massage also improves blood flow which increases your skin cell turnover (keeping your skin looking fresh and younger), improves elasticity of your skin, reducing tension in your muscles to relieve strained facial muscles, and more.

Other facial techniques can include lymph drainage to reduce puffiness and congestion in your skin, the use of cooling tools to reduce redness and inflammation, exfoliation techniques (either gentle or vigorous depending on the needs of your skin) to smooth skin texture and improve clarity, and even heat or steam to unblock pores and allow products to penetrate your skin better.

Ongoing care

As with any practice you undertake, you need to be consistent to achieve the best results! This means just having one facial a year without appropriate at home skin care will not get you very far. Facials should be partnered with good home care to ensure your skin is looking and feeling its best. A good facial therapist will never recommend a product or treatment that you don’t really need, so be sure to find one you feel like you can trust.

To achieve the best results, you should be having a facial every 4-12 weeks (your therapist can recommend an appropriate time frame based on your skin care goals) to give your skin a boost of professional level skin care. You should also be using quality products on your skin every day. One of the most handy things about regular facials, is that you can treat it as a check up – where your therapist can assess your skin and recommend you add or remove anything from your at home regime.

So there you have a few ways that facials can work to improve your skin, and keep it strong in the long term. Your skin is the largest organ in your body, yet many of us don’t do enough to keep it healthy. Facials are one way to keep your skin working effectively to protect your insides and help you feel good!

If you have any more questions about how facials can benefit your skin specifically, get in touch with the experienced team at Pure. We specialise in natural Aveda facials, providing high performance results with a gentle approach.

You can read more about our facials here.

There’s lots of talk around ethical beauty and ethical brands these days, as more and more people are looking to engage with brands that align with their core beliefs. With more awareness of the impact industrialisation has on the environment and on animals, we’re looking to brands to step up and show us how they’re tackling the issues that their company is currently contributing to. One industry in particular looking to tackle these challenges, is the beauty industry. But with an influx of ‘ethical’ beauty brands now on the market, how do you know if a brand is actually ethical or not?

ethical beauty brands

Ethical brands

The Oxford Dictionary defines the word ‘ethical’ as ‘avoiding activities or organizations that do harm to people or the environment.’ That means that an organisation should have the best of intentions when going about their business. This can include an ethical ethos that they carry throughout all their activities and product development, socially responsible initiatives, and ensuring they don’t harm people, environment or animals in the process. Remember, it should not just come down to one socially responsible campaign but a factor of all the things the company does. So what does this look like for a beauty brand?

Certified Cruelty Free

You may have seen the Cruelty Free certification around, but do you know what it actually means?

According to Choose Cruelty Free, for a brand to be certified cruelty free their products and their ingredients cannot have been tested on animals. This means that not just the product itself is cruelty free, but the ingredients are too. Now brands need to have more awareness of their suppliers’ ethical practices, and suppliers are rewarded for ethical practices too which encourages the whole supply chain to act in this way.

Brands also need to have been practicing as a cruelty free organisation for a minimum of 5 years before they apply for the Cruelty Free Certification. This means you know that a brand hasn’t just decided on a whim to apply, and that they are dedicated to an ethical cause.

cruelty free beauty certification for ethical beauty brands

Environmental impact

For companies truly aiming to be ethical, they will have considered the environment in the everyday practices they partake in. For example, they might have a recycling scheme which aims to reduce waste internally and for their customers. Or they might source locally to reduce the carbon footprint of their deliveries. They may even make an effort to repopulate natural ingredients that they take from the Earth, to reduce the impact of consumerism.

There are many ways to reduce the environmental impact of a brand, but what’s important is how it is implemented. Be sure to understand what the brands goals are (usually found on a brands website), and understand how these goals impact their operations day to day. It can be easy to say a bunch of nice things, but if they still package using the cheapest materials without considering its environmental impact, they may just be all talk.

Caring for people

Last but definitely not least, is how a brand cares for the people in their organisation. There are many reports of poor working conditions for employees, especially in the fast fashion industry. It’s important to know a brand’s stance on employee working conditions and rights, as you may be unknowingly supporting unethical trade.

Another thing to note is how a brand cares for their customers. This goes beyond great customer service, and considers the ingredients they use and how they market to their audience – do they have people’s best interest at heart? In regards to beauty, this will mean brands use high quality ingredients that won’t damage your skin in the long run. They will also explain their ingredient list clearly so you know what you are using, and won’t try to sell you anything that won’t actually be beneficial for you.

So there you have a few ways you can identify an ethical beauty brand, and make better choices that align with your morals as a customer. Be sure to research a brand you’re wanting to try, and don’t be hesitant to ask questions. At Pure, we take a holistic approach to the care we take for the environment, animals and people. We only use and stock brands (like Aveda, iKOU and Zoya) which fit our ethical beauty ethos, and live and breathe care into the world around us every day.

You can read more about the Pure brand here.

Getting a body massage often feels like a fairly luxurious treat for yourself, that you maybe only get once a year (if you’re lucky). But what if I told you that body massages should be thought of as more than just the occasional time you get to spend on yourself?

Body massage provides your mind and body with a range of benefits that are hard to ignore. And those who commit to regular treatments will often reap the most benefits from body massage. So what are these benefits we’re raving about? Read on to find out more…

Benefits of body massage

Massage boosts your mood

We’ve all experienced that amazing feeling of relaxation during and after a massage… you walk out of your treatment on a cloud. This happens because more endorphins are released in your body during a massage, and stress related hormones (like adrenaline and cortisol) are reduced. So, you can imagine the effect this would have on your body long term with regular massage treatments, as less stress can strengthen your immune system and leave you feeling happier and healthier overall.

Studies have also indicated that relaxed muscles can help to relieve stress in the body. Relaxing your muscles can be done in a variety of different ways, but regular massage is especially helpful in removing tension and maintaining healthy muscles. This is especially helpful for those who are in high stress or pressure situations regularly, and find it difficult to wind down.

Massage improves circulation

Regular body massage will help to keep your blood moving around your body, as the massage movements stimulate your muscles and blood vessels. This has many benefits including improved muscle and organ functionality, increased cell regeneration, boosting the health of your skin, and increasing oxygenation in your blood. Using massage to improve circulation is also a great option for those who find it difficult to get out and exercise regularly.

Massage stimulates your lymphatic system

The movements and techniques used in a body massage will also help to stimulate your lymphatic system, and aid in moving the lymph fluid around your body. This has many great long term benefits, as a stimulated lymphatic system will remove waste from your body properly and fight off infection better – keeping you healthier. Massage can also help to drain any excess fluid in your body and remove swelling. This makes it a great treatment for those who suffer from regular swelling in their body (legs, hands, feet), and for those who have an under active lymphatic system.

Massage increases joint mobility and flexibility

Joint mobility naturally decreases as we age, which can have a significant impact on your posture and overall movement. Joints tend to become stiff as cell turnover decreases and fluid retention increases. This is where massage can help to keep you moving. By improving your muscle relaxation, blood circulation, and lymph drainage, you’re in turn improving your body’s cell turnover, ability to repair itself, strength of your immune system, and overall health and movement.

While this point may only sound like it’s relevant to those over a certain age, it’s actually important for people of all ages to acknowledge this. We need to be aware of our bodies and look after ourselves now, to enjoy a happier and healthier life down the track.

Massage improves your skin tone

Regular body massage will help to increase circulation and the cell turnover in your body, which affects your skin in a multitude of ways. For starters, it brings fresh oxygen and other nutrients to the skin which aids in healing scars, sores and acne. It also helps to reduce the aging process, and the increase in nutrients helps to keep your skins regenerative processes active. Regular massage also nourishes your skin with the oils being used, which in turn improves your skin tone and elasticity. Ensuring that your massage therapist is using natural plant oils will mean you reap the most benefits from your massage treatment.

So there you have five benefits of body massage for a variety of different bodily functions. If you like the sound of improving your mood, circulation, lymph drainage, mobility and skin tone, consider booking regular body massages.

We recommend committing to a massage every 4-8 weeks, depending on your availability and individual needs. Setting a habit is the hard part, but be sure to stick with your massage routine and your body and mind will be seeing the benefits in no time.

Looking for one of the best massages in Adelaide? View the range of body massages available at Pure here. We specialise in relaxation and hot stone massages for every body type.