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Can you use Nisim even if you are not suffering from hair loss?
Can both women and men use Nisim?
How do you get the best results with Self-Tanner?
Does Maxim stain clothes and does it have a strong smell?
Does Nisim contain silicone?
My styptic pencil crumbles to pieces!
How does Kalo Hair Inhibitor Lotion/Spray work?
My skin always looks like I have goosebumps!
I'm going gray early - like in my mid-20s. Is this likely just genetic, or should it be a sign of something wrong?


Can you use Nisim even if you are not suffering from hair loss?

Nisim is a shampoo which can be used separately and daily to stop and prevent hair loss. It has a mild, deeply cleansing effect and removes sweat, oil and impurities from the scalp. It is a shampoo which neutralises DHT (the principal cause of hereditary hair loss which leads to a shortening of the growth phase, reduction in the hair follicles and fewer visible hair strands), a substance which leads to hair loss when it lies on the scalp over the hair follicles.

Can both women and men use Nisim?

Absolutely. The results are the same for women and men alike.

How do you get the best results with Self-Tanner?

Always cleanse the skin properly before using self-tanning products. It is particularly important to use a body and face scrub so that dry skin and dead skin cells are removed, otherwise these may lead to an uneven, blotchy result. You should also moisturise your skin before applying your self-tanning cream, and be particularly careful to moisturise especially dry parts such as your heels, knees and elbows. Feel free to use your scrub as the colour fades so it doesn't end up looking blotchy.

Does Maxim stain clothes and does it have a strong smell?

Maxim is completely colourless and does not, therefore, stain. However, it does not mask smells as it is aroma-free. We recommend you wash carefully morning and evening, use Maxim and use a good perfume. As you should spread on Maxim in the evening after cleansing and before going to sleep, you could use a normal fragranced deodorant in the morning if you wish. The smell of sweat forms when sweat comes into contact with dirt and other particles on the body, so you should always wash carefully to minimise that smell than we can all get.

Does Nisim contain silicone?

Nisim are products that have been developed to counter and prevent hair loss. Silicone is a substance about which there has been a lot of research concerning its negative effects on the hair, and in particular whether or not it contributes to hair loss.  There are studies which have shown that the silicones used for example in hair wax and shining products can lead to hair loss, but there are also studies which contradict this assertion. Nisim's manufacturers have stated that there is a very small amount of silicone in the product but that it is a minute part where the amount of silicone is so..

My styptic pencil crumbles to pieces!

A styptic pencil is for stopping bleeding and should be cleaned after use. However, you should not rinse the whole pencil as it can then become porous and crumble to pieces. The best thing to do is to clean the top gently by dabbing on a little water and the pencil will then dry out. This is guaranteed to increase its lifetime.

How does Kalo Hair Inhibitor Lotion/Spray work?

Kalo Hair Inhibitor works only if the hair and the whole of the hair follicle are removed as the cream/spray gets down into the skin and counteracts regrowth. Removing the hair using wax strips or liquid wax works extremely well. Shaving, however, does not work.

My skin always looks like I have goosebumps!

If you have a small, bumpy, skin-coloured rash on your skin which reminds you of goosebumps it may be Keratosis Pilaris. This is where hair follicles have a surplus of Keratin, which creates a hardening of the skin. The complaint is often hereditary and in the most part is due to dry skin. You should lubricate the skin frequently, if possible using a lotion containing acetyl salicylic acid, which has a calming effect. A mild scrub can help from time to time but avoid actual peeling as this can have an irritating rather than a calming effect.

I'm going gray early - like in my mid-20s. Is this likely just genetic, or should it be a sign of something wrong?

It's probably genetic, but it could point to a thyroid disorder or B12 deficiency. If you're really freaked out, get tested!

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Why do I get spots when I have shaved, waxed or used hair removal cream on my body?

When a hair grows outwards again after shaving or waxing, the hair follicle can become inflamed and the hair incorrectly starts to grow inwards. An unflattering spot-like scab then forms which becomes red. The solution can be as simple as having a body scrub a day or so after hair removal, or using a product which counteracts ingrowing hair, such as Kalo Ingrown Hair Treatment. However, you must be able to tell the difference between inflammation in individual hair follicles and an allergy to the products you have been using. The important thing is to test a small area 24 hours beforehand so a..

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What skin type am I?

Generally, people say there are three different skin types: dry, greasy and combination skin. Dry skin is dry over the whole of the face, including the forehead, and the pores are small or non-existent. Greasy skin is prone to becoming shiny and has large pores. Combination skin is the type most people have: a little greasier on the forehead, nose and chin (the so-called T-zone) and a little drier on the cheeks. All the different types of skin can lead to problem skin if not properly looked after.  For example, you should not stop moisturising grease skin. Instead, you should merely adapt the..

 

How do I get rid of blackheads?

The key to getting skin free of blackheads is good basic cleansing and moisturising morning and evening, adapted to your skin type. It is also important to use a facial scrub around two or three times a week to get rid of dead cells and dirt.  Facial masks for various purposes, for example moisturising or cleansing, are a luxury for your skin.  If you feel you have a lot of blackheads you should under no circumstances squeeze them yourself. A good idea would be to pay a visit to a skin therapist at least once a season for a thorough cleansing of your pores, where all impurities can be removed..

 

What is the best way for me to cleanse my skin?

A good basic cleansing consists of a facial wash, facial water/tonic and a moisturiser. Remember to choose the moisturiser to fit your skin type. Also be aware that you should not use the same moisturiser for the area around the eyes as you do for the rest of your face. The area around the eyes is extra-sensitive and needs its own special moisturiser. You should use the four basic cleansing products morning and evening. It’s a good idea to complement this with a facial scrub two or three times a week. A cleansing or moisturising facial mask once a week or when required also contributes..

 

Why do I get spots after using cleansing products for about a week?

Sometimes, your skin needs a little time to stabilise. Sometimes, too, it takes time to discover for yourself which products best suit your skin. If your skin feels greasy an hour or so after you have moisturised, then a milder moisturiser is better. If, on the other hand, your skin still feels tight and dry after cleansing and moisturising you should look for an oilier facial cream and, possibly, a milder cleansing product. It takes time to find the right product which feels right and gives results for your own skin.

 

When should you start to use anti-ageing products?

It’s a good thing to be aware of the ageing of your skin and to prevent the damage normal living often does to your skin. In general, you should use a moisturiser with a high sun protection factor to protect yourself against the damaging rays of the sun, which accelerate the skin's ageing process. Smoking, alcohol and an unhealthy lifestyle also contribute to the decline in the elasticity of the skin. You should not start to use active creams until you see that the need is arising. Starting with very effective creams whilst you are still young can be more of a hindrance than a help.

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What is the difference between the Merkur 34C, 700 and Vision?

The difference between the 34C and the Futur 700 is that the Futur is adjustable, i.e. you can adjust the angle of the blade against the skin at six different levels so that you can obtain a closer and closer shave the more used you become to the razor. In other words, you start on the first level and can then advance if you wish. The Futur is larger, heavier and more solidly constructed. The 34C is a very fine razor that will go a long way, but if you want that bit extra and want a more advanced shave then the Futur is the obvious choice. The Vision 2000 razor is manufactured to lower toleran..

 

Why do I cut myself using a Merkur safety razor?

A little training is required to get a good shave from a Merkur safety razor. You should hold the razor at an angle of 30 degrees to the skin, work using small, short strokes and, with the help of your free hand, ensure the skin you are shaving is stretched. It isn't possible to maintain the 30 degree angle everywhere – on the upper lip, for example - but try to do so where you can. You should start on the lower settings of the razor, and then increase it if you feel you are not getting the results you want. Be careful, however, as the higher the setting the better the razor bites. Allow the r..

 

What’s the best way to look after your shaving brush?

A shaving brush is one of those typical items where you get what you pay for. If you buy a shaving brush that is not made of genuine badger hair then you cannot expect it to stay as nice and fresh as one made of genuine hair. A flexible, quick, cheap and often neat solution is a drip stand for your shaving brush. It allows the brush to drip dry and takes with it any remains from shaving products.

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