Those hot Summer months can be torcher on your beautiful tresses. Especially after spending long lengths of time in the sun, pool, lake or ocean. But there is hope for those of us who need a little hair revamp.
1. Don’t over wash you hair. I know what you are thinking…your hair is far too oily to go without washing multiple times a week. However, it is possible to train your hair so you are only washing it two-three times a week. This is much better than using product on your hair multiple times a week.
2. Limit the heat. Heat products such as blow dryers, curling irons and straighteners make your hair gorgeous, but they can really do a number on those beautiful locks. I try to limit heat products to 2-3 times a week on my hair. If you do plan on using a heat product make sure that you are using a protectant before hand. My personal favorite…argan oil. Extracted from Morocco’s argan tree, argan oil is wonderful at conditioning, as well as keeping your hair soft and manageable.
3. Deep condition your hair once a week. Coconut oil, honey, olive oil and avocados can all provide the basis for a wonderful, nourishing hair mask.
4. Before you get out of the shower stick your hair under cool water. The cold water will seal in the conditioning treatment. You can also think of it as your morning wake up call. 🙂
With July 4th approaching, I am sure you will be spending plenty of time outside this weekend. And as the temperature begins to rise, you might be looking for a quick way to cool down and refresh. Hydration is key to keep your skin looking its best and feeling refreshed, but I am not talking about just drinking a glass of water (or six, or seven glasses like you should be drinking daily). I am talking about fine mist sprays. I know what you are probably thinking…fine mist sprays are just water in an aerosol can, but fine mist sprays are a wonderful way to hydrate your skin. Think of them as the adult version of running thru a sprinkler as a child. To properly use a facial mist and prevent your skin from drying out, hold the can six-inches away from your face and spray. Let the mist sit for one-minute on your skin and then blot off excess mist with a tissue or rag (blotting is key). You can also apply your fine mist spray underneath your daily moisturizer, which allows moisture to stay locked in under the skin. Just remember that not all fine mist sprays are created equal. Some contain antioxidants and healing properties, others contain essential oils. Some facial sprays are better for the winter months, others may be better for the Summer months. They even contain different water types (distilled water versus thermal water). Just exercise caution with how many times you apply your facial mist daily. Just like licking your lips, applying a fine mist too many times a day can leave your skin dry and irritated. Also, if buying an aerosol based facial spray it may contain alcohol or a VOC compound which can also dry out your skin.
So you did it…you burned yourself crispy. You don’t need the guilt trip associated with three to four days of discomfort and several days of peeling ahead. We have all heard that dreaded phrase “you should have used sunscreen” and hopefully you learned your lesson. Now you need a course of action to prevent/minimize the pain and peeling associated with your sunburn.
Milk – Soak a small towel in cold milk and lightly pat the cloth on the effected areas. This is probably the most cost effective and quickest methods to easing your sunburn pain, while simultaneously creating a layer of protein to protect your skin and help it heal.
Yogurt – Also milk based, yogurt holds large amounts of probiotics and enzymes that help heal a sunburn. Be sure to use plain live cultured yogurt when applying to the burn. Let the yogurt sit for five minutes on the skin before rinsing off with cool or luke-warm water.
Aloe Vera – This treatment has been around forever, but it still works as effectively as ever. Aloe vera cools and alleviates immediate pain, while also helping to remove the redness from your sunburn.
Cucumber Slices or Paste – Place cucumber slices on sunburned areas can help soothe burned skin. This miracle vegetable not only helps to relieve the burn but is loaded with antioxidants to promote healing. If you plan on making a cucumber paste in the blender you can also add some aloe vera to the mixture for additional soothing properties.
Hydrate – You literally just burnt your skin, so there is a good chance you are somewhat dehydrated as well. Your sunburn has also dried your skin out. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water during this time to heal your skin.
There are dozens of other ways to help limit pain and discomfort identified with your sunburn. These are just a few of the treatments I have chosen today. Potato, witch hazel, oatmeal, apple cider vinegar and mint are just a few of the others I did not have time to touch today. Just keep in mind the true prevention to a sunburn is to apply sunscreen regularly.
As the temperatures begin to rise I am sure you’ll be spending more time outside, which means you will also be needing to protect that beautiful skin of yours. It is okay to have fun in the sun, but you also owe it to yourself to treat your skin graciously.
So what do you need to protect your skin from the outside elements? Sunscreen is not just for a day at the water-park, lake or beach. If you plan on being outside longer than 15-30 minutes, you should be applying sunscreen. Sun damage can happen anytime your skin is exposed to the outside. The sun can also do more harm than an uncomfortable sunburn. The longterm effects of sun damage can cause brown spots, skin cancer, early wrinkling and the list goes on. This means every part of your body that is exposed to the elements needs to be coated. Your body, face and even your lips. A good rule of thumb is to apply sunscreen every one to two hours. If you are planning on being in the water or sweating, your probably want to be safe and reapply every hour. When selecting your sunscreen you should be buying a sunscreen that offers protection from UVA and UVB rays, with a minimum protection of SPF 30. You are going to receive the most sun between 10:00am and 4:00pm. I personally know the sun cannot be avoided at all times, but during peak hours there are ways to limit your sun exposure. Place yourself in a shady area as much as possible, or wear a rashguard and hat when in the sun for prolonged period. This will protect you from wind exposure as well. And finally, after a long day of sand, chlorine, salt, wind, sunscreen and insect repellant it is best to use a gentle cleaner with a exfoliant to clean away the days pollutants.
All in all, sunlight is not bad for us. Not only does it offer our daily does of vitamin D, it harbors many other benefits to our health. However, we just need to be conscious of its full power.