If you are anything like me, you have worked your face off the past few weeks. Literally! High stress work environments during the holidays bring on such wonderful things like breakouts, dryness, and dullness. Gross. So now is your time to shine my friends! Here are a few things you can do to get your glow back…
STEP ONE: SLOUGH IT OFF!
With the dryness winter brings it’s as if your whole body develops are hard shell. You must break through all the nasty dead stuff to expose the beauty underneath.
FOR THE BODY: Make your own sugar scrub! Its super easy and you can find all the ingredients in your kitchen. Add some of your favorite essential oils if you want to make it a little special. Check out this awesome recipe I found on “Love Grows Wild”
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 1½ – 2 cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon peppermint extract
- 1 drop green food coloring
- Place coconut oil in a bowl and microwave on HIGH 15-25 seconds until softened.
- Start by adding 1½ cups sugar to the oil, along with the peppermint extract and green food coloring. Mix until ingredients are well combined and food coloring is evenly distributed. If mixture is too wet, add another ½ cup sugar until scrub is to desired consistency.
- Spoon scrub into air-tight containers (such as a mason jar) and decorate with twine or ribbon.
FOR THE FACE: Which is a little more sensitive. I have discovered the holy grail of exfoliates! Blissoma’s “Glow” exfoliating powder is pure genius. Instead of scrubbing away dead skin cells, which can cause more damage than good, Glow contains natural enzymes that dissolves the dead skin! Also, you can mix this into your favorite cleanser or use alone with a little bit of water. Like I said, GENIUS!! For more in depth information on this product click the photo. Blissoma.com has so much valuable free information!FOR THE HAIR: You must remove build up of oils and product before you can feed your hair moisture. My absolute favorite clarifying shampoo is Davines SOLU shampoo. Solu refreshing solution shampoo has an innovative formula that effectively removes hairspray residues and other styling products, respecting the physiology of the hair and scalp. Thanks to its natural active ingredients, deep cleanses and instantly moisturize.STEP TWO: GET GLOSSY!
Now that you have removed all that unnecessary gunk we can create the ultimate vibrancy and shine!
FOR THE BODY: As soon as I get out of the shower, before patting dry, I immediately spray myself with Davines’ DeStress lotion. It’s crazy how soft my skin feels after using this! It has the same effect as Rain-X has to your car windshield! The water beads right off exposing super soft-glossy skin! Its velvety texture ensures fast easy absorption. The formula is enriched with UV filter that protects hair & skin from damage caused by sun exposure. Hair looks soft and silky, and the skin nourished.FOR THE FACE: I can not go a single day without my Blissoma Restore oil! This is literally the only moisturizer that hydrates my skin properly and keeps my lips chap free in the winter. I recommend applying to clean skin in the am, adding a few drops to your foundation, and applying to clean skin again before bed.
“Young, healthy skin is protected by its own natural oils but as skin ages it produces less, leaving it vulnerable to environmental damage and stress. The right balance of antioxidant-rich seed oils offers regenerating nutrients without clogging or greasiness. Restore Oil Serum provides an elegant shield to keep skin looking firm and glowing.” -Julie LongyearFOR THE HAIR: Feed your hair moisture and it will give you incredible shine! When the hair is properly hydrated it is soft and reflective of light due to the cuticle layer laying flat as it should. The Davines OI products were designed for all hair types and textures to create softness, shines, and protect the hair from the environment and natural aging. Roucou oil, which is the most prominent ingredient in the line is responsible for prevent hair aging & having a strong anti-oxidant action.
You would think using great products is all you need to do to keep your hair healthy. Unfortunately there’s more to the puzzle my friends. Think about the water you’re using to wash that beautiful hair. Have you ever traveled and wondered why your hair looked like complete s#*!% after showering? Then maybe you’ve spent the night at a friends place and left the shower with gorgeous mermaid hair. WTF right? Here’s what happened. During your travels you were exposed to hard water which consists of way too many minerals that dry out, weigh down, and straight up ruin your hair. Now your friend, she’s smart. Your friend has either invested in a water softening system or a less expensive approach, a shower head with built in filter.
HARD WATER CAUSES:
-Buildup on your scalp
-Lack of Lather… which means your wasting your shampoo!
Freaked out? No worries! You can totally beat hard water! Here’s how:
STEP ONE: Install a showerhead with built in filter.
This one is from Culligan and is $28.49 with an Amazon Prime account. The filter lasts about 6 months!
STEP TWO: Use a clarifying shampoo once a week.
Davines’ SU Shampoo has a rich formulation which restores hydration and softness to the hair. It carries out an immediate restructuring action and eliminates residues of salt and chlorine, restoring sun damaged hair to its optimal condition.
STEP THREE: Use a styling product that has a built in treatment.
OI/ ALL in One Milk Benefits:
adds softness and silkiness
has an excellent detangling power
facilitates combing of dry and wet hair
has an exceptional conditioning effect
gives body without weighing hair down
facilitates blow drying
provides a longer-lasting hairstyle
I am so excited to carry the entire Original Mineral line! I love everything about this line from the smell to the story behind the company!
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
Here are some of the ‘everyday’ chemicals they’ve left out of their haircare and styling products.
Phthalates – Cling to the hair to give it fragrance and also gives hair product such as gels more staying power. Exposure to phthalates in pregnant women can cause harm during critical periods of a child’s development.
Sulfates – Are used to clean the hair of its natural oils leaving the hair feeling dry and looking matte. Denatures skin proteins and largely effects people with contact dermatitis.
Parabens – Have antifungal and antibacterial properties that act as a preservative for maintaining freshness and longer product shelf life. One of the leading chemicals that can cause skin irritation and contact dermatitis.
Propylene Glycol – Used to bind many haircare products together and retain moisture content not only on the hair but also in packaging. Propylene glycol has been linked to causing headaches, backaches and kidney problems.
M.I.T. – Methylisothiazolinone prevents bacteria. Due to the high exposure to the scalp through haircare, MIT in hair products greatly damages skin cells, causing itching, flaking and soreness on the scalp.
Triciosan – Another chemical that is used to kill bacteria on the hair. Triclosan’s manufacturing process can also create dioxin, a powerful hormone disrupter that can have long term health effects.
I love doing hair and I feel that this line is going to prolong my career as a stylist due to the low amount of harsh chemicals. It is important to me to create great hair color as well as protect my skin, environment, and self from harm.
MY FAVORITE PRODUCTS FOR SUMMER 2012
SURF BOMB This texture spray is a shot of the sea when a dunk in the ocean isn’t possible. Surf Bomb delivers that effortless, sexy tousled look without drying out your hair or dumping sand in the shower.
Unlike most Sea salt sprays, I feel like surf bomb leaves the hair hydrated & glossy. It creates incredibly controlled texture for curly or wavy girls! I LOVE the fact that it is a UV & color guard making it a must have for summer.
ORIGINAL DETOX Bank on me to remove deposits. Using styling products, swimming in chlorine and the natural build up of oils can make you look dull on top. Australian River Mint deeply cleanses without stripping essential oils, and Peppermint Oil leaves a cooling effect.
Everyone should have these two in their cleansing rotation. If you feel like your daily shampoo and conditioner is beginning to leave your hair lifeless and limp, then it’s time to detox! There’s no need to invest in a whole new set of shampoo and conditioners just give your daily S &C a break and bust out this amazing and invigorating duo. You won’t regret it!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I’ve started my day off with Belgian waffles and tons of maple syrup. That’s just the beginning. I want to be sure I can indulge today and bounce back tomorrow, so I’ve found a few helpful links…
Over-indulging at Thanksgiving is common, but it can cause a whole host of issues inside and out. To combat the excesses of the holiday season, all you need is a simple detoxifying and reinvigorating regimen that combines exfoliation, inflammation reduction and brightening to support the skin‘s natural ability to restore itself. Here are a few great treatments to help you recover from those over-indulgences. After-Thanksgiving Beauty Recovery – Beauty Trends and News – DailyMakeover.com.
I absolutley love these colors for all fall festivities!
Keep your makeup simple today. Fresh skin, bright eyes, and a peach pout.