How to Care for Thin Hair

Thinning hairWomen with fine hair tend to envy women with thick hair- but the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.  If you have thin hair, you most likely also have hair that is soft to the touch, and shiny from tips to ends.  Taking care of thin hair is a bit of a challenge, but we’ve compiled some tips together in order to ensure your success:

  1. Use a shampoo and conditioner formulated for oily hair.  It is very common to see that people with fine and thin hair tend to have oily hair.  Thin-haired women tend to have a naturally excessive amount of sebum produced daily.  The sebum is what coats the hair shaft- in greater amounts it can cause hair to appear greasier.  It’s optimal to use a clarifying shampoo, and then to sparsely condition- or condition closest to the scalp.  When you do shampoo, shampoo twice.  
  2. Style appropriately.  Thin hair tends to weigh down more as length is accumulated.  If you have long hair, it tends to stay flat and stays close to the scalp.  If you wish for a longer hairstyle, it may be necessary to hit the saloon for some accentuating layers, and also as a way to add more volume to your hair.  For boosted volume, invest in root booster products.  When you dry your hair, start with the scalp for additive fullness as well.  
  3. Consume foods to nourish your hair.  When malnourished, thin hair can look even more wiry and retain less volume.  You should ensure to consume foods in moderation that are iron-rich such as kale, spinach, tofu, red meat and beans.  You can also take supplements to support your healthier hair, such as biotin and zinc.  These will help nourish your hair, while also promoting good hair growth.  Biotin can be found in bananas, soybeans, eggs and a multitude of different seafood.  Protein can be found in meat, chicken and whole grains.  Together, consuming a variety of each in different categories can fuel the growth of a healthy, thick mane.  
  4. Keep your hair free from tangles.  When you have thin hair, your hair tends to be more static to all kinds of things, which can cause some serious tangles.  You want to preserve the most hair as possible, and having tangles can cause breakage further down the road.  Know when to brush- brushing hair before you shower will help retain more hair. Avoid brushing wet hair at all costs- it’s a lot more vulnerable in this condition.  When you sleep, sleep with hair in a loose position in order to avoid knots that can accumulate from tossing and turning at night.  

All in all, having thin hair can be a blessing or a curse depending on what kind of techniques you utilize to care for it.  Instead of envying your thick-haired counterparts, embrace the beauty thin hair has and unlock its potential by taking the best care for it!

Five Tips to Achieve a Natural Looking Tan for Spring and Summer Seasons

Tan lines When it starts to get warmer, we want to reveal more skin for relief.  For a touch of summer bliss and beauty, a lot of woman turn to tanning in order to embrace the warmer climates (and as a way to not blind people around them with glaring white skin).  This puts woman in a predicament, especially those of us that are health conscientious.  Being exposed to ultraviolet lights can cause serious damage to the skin, causing premature aging and creating substantial vulnerabilities to skin cancer.  There are many alternative methods in order to achieve a natural looking tan, without causing too much damage.  

    1. Exfoliate the skin you want to bronze.  You want to find an exfoliator that contains sugar, or make your own.  Sugar is very vital in this process as it sloughs away dead skin. This is important to ensure an even tan, done by creating a foundation of even skin to apply tanner to.   
    2. Use a tinted moisturizer. Following exfoliation, you want to moisturize the entire area.  Dry skin tends to soak in more pigment, which is where unsightly orange and brown spots come from.  
  • Decide the level of tan you want to obtain, and chose the appropriate product to achieve such:
  • For a light tan, chose a lotion that is formulated for your skin color.  
  • For a medium tan, opt for a gel.  
  • For a dark tan, use an aerosol spray.  
  1. Apply in a bottom-up fashion.  When you apply your method of application, start with your legs and feet. This is so that you can avoid bending over, as it creates lines.  Apply in a circular motion in order to avoid unwanted streakiness.  To get your back, take saran wrap and apply the product on one side.  Rub your back with the saran wrap as if you are drying your back with a towel.  Make sure to work from the bottom up, and don’t forget to do your neck.  Afterwards, make sure to wash your hands, especially in-between your fingers in order to avoid getting orange hands
  2. Moisten your elbows, knees and behind the knees.  These areas are likely to be dry, and will want to soak up more product.  This is why these are the places that tend to brown. Take a soft cloth and moisten. Gently rub in circular motions in these susceptible areas.    

Make sure you wait an hour for your product to dry thoroughly before applying normal clothes.  You want to be in loose clothes while this process is happening in order to avoid any weird lines and creases from the tan.  

How to Get the Most Out of Your Bathing Sessions

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For some, the bath is the safe haven rewinding location where you can put all of the daily stresses and worries to rest.  Add some wine, softly scented candles, some fragrance bubbles- and you are well on your way to some first class pampering.  Not only is the bath good for a quality indulging session, taking regular baths can also help promote better circulation in your body and assist your body in recovery from workouts you did during the day, unblock your senses that could accumulate congestion and help in practicing mindfulness meditation.  Be sure to follow up with these tips in order to spruce up your bathing routine for more youthful benefits:

Bathe organically.  Make your own bathing recipe in order to get fresh and supple skin.  Milk and honey sound like a very unlikely mishmash, but the effects they have on your skin will have you reanalyzing their compatibility.  For one, the lactic acid in milk works to exfoliate your skin, all while honey works to soften and moisturize your skin.  All in all, nourishing your body in this recipe will have enriched effects your skin.  Just add 1-2 cups of full-fat milk and ½ cup of any type of honey you choose.  Soak in for at least 20 minutes to reap the rewards of your concoction.  

Take a shower first before bathing.  Western culture makes a huge mistake of bathing in filth by taking daily baths, and quite literally at that.  When you take a bath before rinsing all the dirt that is collected on your body is now just getting soaked into your skin. The very purpose of the bath is to soak in pure fresh water in order to open up your pores and exfoliate any dead layers of skin that accumulate over time.  By bathing in dirty water, you defeat the purpose of your bath, and as a result could face health implications such as bladder infections.  

Bathe with salts.  Salt has been researched to have significant capabilities of improving the texture of your skin, hair and nails – a perfect additive for a steamy lather-up.  Sea salt can be especially useful if you have very stubborn tough, dry skin.  Sea salt in particular is a natural detoxifier and will help you slough away dead skin in order to reveal much more beautiful fresh skin.    

Keep the bath curtain closed to create steam. Now we are starting to make our bathing sessions more like a full-blow spa!  Steam is vital in freeing your pores from unwarranted dirt, pollution and oil that aggregates throughout the day.  You can count on a youthful glow if you can keep a good stream of heat and in your bathing sessions.  By trapping in the steam that is generated from hot water, you can revitalize your skin when it condenses back onto your skin- adding much needed moisture to your skin all while also freeing your pores from captivity.

There’s certainly no need to indulge in an expensive spa treatment when you can enjoy full benefits in the comfort of your own home – all while gaining a youthful advantage for your skin.  

 

Your Guide to Caring for and Understanding Scars

make-up-1623941-1279x1706Some of us have battle scars, some of us are stuck with the remnants of a painful history of acne- whatever the story, scars are a difficult predicament to deal with in the realm of beauty.  They come in a variety of colors and they come in many different forms. It’s important to understand the nature of your scar so that you can properly care for it so that it heals to its upmost potential and doesn’t prevent you from strutting your skin during summer time or doesn’t keep you away from your favorite skirt or dress.  Since the formation of the scar signifies the most about the pathway of your care process, we’ll examine the different types of scars to help you distinguish which one you possess.

Flat scars

These are the most common scars and generally represent a less impactful injury or circumstance.  They have the most range of color-they can be black or brown or pink or red. With the right treatment, flat scars can be faded several tones from the original color you received from your scar.  

Indented scars

Also called atrophic scars, indented scars result from cystic acne, chickenpox virus, or an impactful injury.  The depression quality of these scars indicate that the underlying structure of the skin has been damaged to the point that it has left the scar looking depressed into the skin. Generally, these scars can’t heal as well as the rest, as their supporting structure has perished.  

Raised scars

These type of scars are known as hypertrophic scars and they indicate a surplus production of collagen.  Common in people that have skin of darker pigment, these scars have a better chance of residing to a normal appearance over time, more than indented scars, but it will take a long time.  

Treatment Options

  1. Serum, scar treatment gel or silicon-based gel. This is generally a method you can use after the wound has fully healed.  Using a couple times of day, these methods lighten the skin pigment of the scar to a more flesh colored complexion.  It’s also especially important to be applying sunscreen if the scar is exposed to sun as the sun can dramatically recede the progress of fading and improving the appearance of your scar.  
  2. Laser treatments and grafting.  Surgery is generally a more ideal choice for those with indented or raised scars.  Skin grafting is formulated for skin indented scars and it involves removing a portion of skin from another area of the body in order to refill the indented area. The improvement rate is fairly low (50%), but can drastically change the appearance of the scar if the scar is prominent.  
  3. Silicone gel sheets.  This type of treatment is used for raised scars.  It involves a reusable sheet that can be worn up to 24 hours at a time. With persistent use, raised scars can dramatically be lowered to the normal level of the surrounding skin on the body.  

It’s important before investing in a treatment option to confirm with your dermatologist to ensure the most effective option to care for your scar.   

Detox and Destress for the New Year: Health and Beauty

is-it-friday-yet-1239465-1279x959A month into your fresh new year and you may have noticed that everything about you has been revamped and upgraded—except for the fact that you haven’t detoxed what still lingers in and on your body from last year!  How do we perform an overall convenient detox from the inside and out in order to feel revitalized and unstoppable for the new year?

  1. Cleanse your inner and outer body with veggie and citrus juices.  Not only can you drink green goodness and citrus bless in order to flush away toxins and send nutrients straight to the places your body needs them, you can use a juice mixer as a refreshing facial mask.  To make your very own organic facial mask, mash red grapefruit with cooked tasteless oatmeal with a cup of milk. This mixture fortifies your skin with the use of antioxidants- the ultimate skin revival messengers.  By performing once a week, you will notice inflammation wane away to reveal incandescent skin.  Moreover, you get a blast away the past with the additive bonus of exfoliation from the oatmeal- peeling away the skin and unveiling new fresh baby skin.  
  2. Destress and detox your mane. By the end of the year, a lot of us are drained from the consecutive holidays and end of year resolution-fulfilling- and it shows in our hair. If you have brittle, inflexible, dull and flyaway hair, consider yourself a victim.  In order to detox your hair, you need to reset the pH levels that keep your hair pristine as fine wine. Invest in lemons and cucumbers and smash up to a paste.  Use as much as you need to cover the full scope of your hair as well as penetrating your scalp.  This combo with soothe your scalp while cooling and cleansing your hair without stripping natural oils.  
  3. Be aware of the enemies.  While you are detoxing, be sure to eliminate these ingredients from your existence: processed foods, artificial sweeteners, gluten, refined sugars, dairy and processed foods.  These nemeses will add a whole plethora of problems to maintaining your beauty – from causing you to lose hair to causing premature wrinkles.  Opt for hot green tea, raw vegetables (the darker the green the better) and fresh fruit. This way you flush out your GI tract and help clear out the pathways of your body that help deliver the nutrients that you so vitally need.  
  4. Revitalize your skin.  Over time, the pollutants, toxins, and metals in tap water build up on skin and hair.  Start your cleanse with a clay mask.  A clay mask will pull up all of the unwarranted substances that clog your skin in order for you to eradicate them.  Since your skin is constantly absorbing a lot of dirt, pollutants and metals, you want to invest in a product for your skin that contains chelators.  Chelators detoxify any of the unwanted substances that are wearing on your appearance and also prevent any new damage.

Don’t forget to also switch out your old makeup for new fresh cosmetic goodies-especially if you’ve had a product for more than 3 months.  A mistake a lot of women make that takes away from an annual cleansing and detoxing is using expired makeup.  It also never hurts to switch it up and try something new either!