Care for Summer
Spring is just around the corner, and while the really warm months
are still a while away it never hurts to start establishing some
good habits for summer hair care now. Follow these hair care tips
and you'll be ready to display some gorgeous locks all summer long.
static electricity in your hair when you shampoo by applying a
rinse out conditioner that adds moisture and shine, or apply a
"leave-in" conditioner after you towel dry your hair.
- If you normally
blow dry and use hot curling tools every day, prepare to give
your hair a break during the summer months. Consider air drying
and putting the curling iron away for a time. Try braiding your
hair while still wet, which will air dry into beautiful waves.
- Hanging out
in the sun without protection for your hair and scalp is the worst
thing you can do. Use leave in hair products with SPF protection
when you know you will be at the beach, in a convertible, or sitting
poolside if you are unwilling to wear a hat or a cover-up.
- Shine products
to control frizzies often contain silicone and can coat your hair
after just a few times. So be careful about how often you use
them and pick up a good clarifying shampoo.
- Be religious
about your trims. Summer heat can really pump up the frizzies,
so make sure you have your ends trimmed every 6-8 weeks. When
your ends are fizzy, its a sure sign that they are either damaged,
split or both.
washing your hair less often during the summer months to allow
your hair to absorb more moisture. When possible, finish with
a cool to cold rinse to seal the hair cuticle and impart natural
Mind, Your Skin, and Your Health
One of the
best skin care products you may ever use is relaxation. The reason?
Our skin is connected to much more than our insides according to
many health professionals. The state of our minds, our emotions,
our stress levels can be seen superficially in the condition of
Author of Skin
Deep: A Mind/Body Program for Healthy Skin, Ted
A. Grossbart, encourages people to practice mind-body relaxation
and other stress-reduction methods along with conventional treatments
when dealing with certain skin problems, psoriasis and eczema. Letting
go and relaxing seems to be so helpful to skin conditions in fact
that many people report their problems just disappear following
a vacation or even a weekend away.
Cold sores and
acne flare ups are especially common when people are under a large
amount of stress or are experiencing high tension. Regular exercise
and eliminating as much stress as possible is the recommended skin
therapy in this case.
biggest piece of advice: "Feel what you feel. Experience your
emotions and don't kid yourself." You may just find that if
you are able to acknowledge the anger, hurt, disappointment, or
frustration inside your skin, your skin will be stronger, healthier,
and more beautiful in the end.
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Eyes and Nude Lips
an incredibly appealing look--day or night--try combining some sultry,
smoky eyes with "nude" lips to add runway-like drama to
with a black or brown pencil as close as possible to lash lines.
Then, using a soft, angled makeup brush, apply a deep brown or
gray shadow from your lash lines up to your brow bones before
sweeping on black mascara. To tone this look down for day, use
a lighter plum or blue-gray shadow and don't blend higher than
slightly creamy lipstick that resembles the color of the skin
on your face, rather than your lips, and apply it straight out
of the tube.
Or, if this
look isn't bold enough for you, go for dark, creamy lips, but wear
minimal eye makeup. Either way, you're bound to create a contrast
that inspires double takes.
White Shirt of Spring!
are in for Spring. Women everywhere are sporting many versions of
a tailored to semi-tailored, button down shirts with collars. But,
a few tips can help you wear your white shirt in just the right
a straight cut: Find a shirt that is not too tight or too
for a lightweight cotton: Bright white is better than off-white.
Choose a strong collar: Your shirt should have a classic,
man-style collar and no pockets.
Make tidy tucks: No lumps or bumps under slim skirts and
pants. Wear it unbuttoned: and tuck it in.
Style it: Roll up the sleeves or wrap around your waist
over a pleated skirt.
Layer it: Wear two, one on top of the other, over a pair
of men's trousers.