Hair Color Control

How to keep your tinted tresses rich and lustrous

Whether you spend hours and plenty of dollars getting primo professional hair color, or you’re a do-it-yourselfer who often wishes they had an extra pair of hands to help get it on just right, the follow-up question when it comes to hair color tends to be, “How can I make my color stay fresh and shiny longer?”
 
Master Haircolorist Garry Simmonds of Oliver and Laurent in Beverly Hills, has a head-full of knowledge on the subject. “The truth is, especially in the sunny months, 4 to 5 weeks is a good run for color. Hair tends to fade over time; blondes can go yellow and brunettes get brassy, but you can protect the color longer by using the right products.”
 
The hair color myths say you shouldn’t wash your hair for a day or two after coloring; that you need to use a heavy conditioner, wash it less often, and alternate wet with dry shampoos to make color stay fresh. “The truth is that hair products these days are so much better than they’ve ever been that you really don’t need to worry about those things, as long as you invest in good products. Use a mild sulfate-free shampoo for color treated hair as needed to hold the color and luster,” says Simmonds. “Sulfates can strip color and moisture from hair. As your hair begins to fade over time, use a mild shade reviving color shampoo, instead. It’s enough to freshen up color nicely.” Follow with a light conditioner for color treated hair.  All a heavy conditioner will do is weigh down the hair and make your blowout harder to do.
 
“The sun is hard on color treated hair,” says Simmonds. You can wear a hat if you’re going to be in the sun for long periods, but they really can’t do much to protect color from UV rays. A hat with built-in sun protection is effective. “The best thing you can do for color treated hair when you’ll be out in the sun all day, is to shield your hair with sun protection in the form of a good hair oil,” says Simmonds. They help prevent fading with UV filters and preserve moisture and shine.

About Face

The importance of skin-specific care

It seems so simple. You’re fresh out of the shower, ready to moisturize your body; why not just use your body cream on your face, right? Wrong. Believe it or not, skin care products are specifically formulated for the different parts of your body. That means that what’s good for your feet, back, legs or hands, may not necessarily be good for your face. In fact, nine times out of ten, non-facial products are actually detrimental to the skin on your face. Don’t buy it? Here’s what you can expect:

Clogged Pores
You wouldn’t use spackle to paint your bedroom walls, would you? Imagine the result (a thick, bumpy wall instead of a smooth one). Well, using body lotion on your face is basically the same thing. Body lotion is meant to be applied to the thicker, more durable skin found below your neck and décolletage where it can sink into the holes where moisture has dissipated. If you apply a moisturizer like that to your face, clogged pores are bound to happen. That can lead to breakouts, blackheads and a generally dull complexion.

Irritated Surfaces
Most body products (moisturizers, soaps, cleansers, etc.) contain fragrances, which is why we smell so great when we get out of the shower. However, these added scents aren’t usually non-comedogenic. These sweet smelling additions to the product can be irritating to your face and even cause black heads. The result is red, splotchy and itchy skin. Go for products that have a much lower level of fragrance than your body products.

Dry Patches
pH levels play a big role in your skin looking healthy, hydrated and radiant, especially the skin on your face. pH stands for "potential hydrogen". The skin's barrier, which is known as the acid mantle, is responsible for keeping in oils and moisture while blocking germs, pollution, toxins, and bacteria. Your skin’s acid mantle should be slightly acidic with a pH of about 5.5, but when it's too alkaline, skin becomes dry and sensitive. This keeps your skin from fighting off the enzymes that destroy collagen and cause wrinkles and sagging.  
Using soap on your face that is intended for your other body parts will throw that pH level off. This can make your skin dry, flaky and dull, even if it’s normally oily and acne-prone. A face wash that’s specifically formulated for your skin will keep your pH levels, and your breakouts, in check. Sure it’s an extra investment, but we shudder at the alternative.

Infections
Last, but certainly not least, if your skin is in any way sensitive, body creams and washes used on the face can actually cause infection. These usually manifest in the form of a rash. That’s because products developed for the face are designed specifically for that skin. If you use a non-hypoallergenic product on a part of your body other than where it was intended, be prepared for it to come back to bite, or blemish you.

Springtime Sun Security

Protect it. Don’t neglect it.

As we move out of winter into the warmer days of spring, it can be easy to forget or neglect sun protection, since the sun feels cooler than in the summer and the mornings can even be cold.  However, even though the sun may not feel as intense, its effects can still be damaging to our skin; causing hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, dryness or even skin cancer. Here are some ways to safeguard your skin in the spring sun and beyond:
 
Wear SPF Everyday
If you wake up in the morning and see clouds, it is not a hall pass to skip on sunscreen. In fact, no matter what time of year it is, applying sunscreen is a must to protect your skin. During the winter months you may apply an SPF of 15 or 20. Once springtime hits, be sure to check the expiration date of any sunscreens with an SPF of 30 or above; they may not be as effective if they’re from last year.
 
Adjust Depending on Your Activity
If you are going to work, wearing an SPF of 30 or above on your face might be sufficient. However if you are attending your child’s baseball game, or heading to a pool on spring break, you will need to apply sunscreen from head to toe. It is also important to understand the form of sunscreen you are applying; whether it is a synthetic sunscreen with chemicals such as oxybenzone or avobenzone, or a physical sunblock with ingredients such as zinc or titanium dioxide. Synthetic sunscreens need to be applied at least 20 minutes before going out in the sun in order to be effective. They also tend to be thinner formulas and can spread and blend easily into the skin, which is a plus for daily use under makeup. Physical sunblocks sit on top of the skin and offer protection against both UVA and UVB rays naturally. They tend to be good choices for activities such as beach or pool days.
 
Don’t Forget to Reapply
No matter what form of sunscreen you choose, the most important point is to reapply throughout the day. In the summer while at a pool or a beach, most of us are aware to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours. This is just as important during the spring time, especially if you are swimming at a pool or sweating. A good idea is to set your phone alarm for every 2 hours and reapply to protect your skin.  
 
Safe, Stylish Sun Attire
Spring weather is a great time to wear fashion that shields your skin and looks chic at the same time. A long sleeve shirt and wide brimmed hat are ideal to defend your skin against the sun’s harmful rays. At the pool, it might be a rash guard and straw hat, while during lunch with friends it could be a floppy hat paired with a white long sleeve button down shirt and jean

Spring Skin Tips

Skin care routine adjustments to suit the season

Your skin is not only your body’s largest organ, it is also the most sensitive. As a result, it reacts to changes in your environment and this includes the weather. Every season requires a new approach to caring for your complexion. Here are our tips for springing ahead with skin care.

Clear the Deck
You’ve heard of spring cleaning, right? Well it applies to beauty products, too. Before you think about what new goodies to add, now is the perfect time to get rid of any products that are more than six months old. We don’t always think of cosmetics as having a shelf life, but they do. The longer they sit, the more likely they are to get contaminated, which can irritate your skin  more than help it. So evaluate your makeup bag and prepare for some new, exciting additions!

Winter Clean-Up
Scrub away the last signs of winter with a gentle exfoliant. Exfoliating helps combat aging and keeps your skin soft. Remember, nothing too harsh; outdated bead or shell-powered exfoliators are a no-go. However, if you’re checking ingredients, a little glycolic acid goes a long way.

Lighten the Load
When spring gets here, dial it back on the moisturizer. Winter’s chill creates dry, itchy skin that requires heavy duty moisturizers. Now that spring is here, dense, salve-style moisturizers will only weigh you down and clog your pores. Opt instead for moisturizers that are light, but nutrient rich to nourish your skin and help enhance your glow.

Protect yourself!
While the cool air may make you feel otherwise, damaging UV rays are out in full force, and no one wants to age faster than they should. Remember, the sun may feel good on your face, but without an SPF of 30 or higher, it will wreak havoc on your complexion, accelerating the signs of aging. Protect your youthful look by applying sunscreen daily before your foundation. 
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