Winter Skin & Hair Care

Buffalo is buried under 6 feet of snow (at least, one half of the city is), so I think it’s safe to say Winter has cannon balled itself upon us. With the seasons’ blustery cold and our efforts to keep warm indoors, it’s going to be an uphill battle to keep both our hair and skin from drying out. Here are some tips to help lock in moisture this winter:

http://www.webmd.com/beauty/hair-styling/winterizing-your-hair-care

http://www.webmd.com/beauty/ten-winter-skin-care-tips

Stay warm out there and do you best to keep your skin and hair from getting the winter blues!

GirlinSnow

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What’s the Best Bob for You?

The “Bob” is a tried and true hair style that has been popular since the Jazz Age. Whether you’re keeping it soft and casual or edgy and bold this is a versatile and chic style that can work for anyone.  So let’s explore the various incarnations of “The Bob”.

A-Line/Asymmetrical: 

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This bob tilts the perimeter of the haircut so that the corners or points of the style are longer in either the front or to one side. A true A-Line will not have layers or be stacked in the back. It will also frame the face in the front and curl under the chin. That’s not to say you can’t make it your own and shake it up a bit. If you want even more playfulness try the Asymmetrical Bob. Longer on one side, this style looks fantastic textured or with a few layers. Both of these looks, when kept close to the jaw line, have a slimming affect on the face.

Blunt:

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Most closely aligned with the iconic imagery of the style, the blunt bob comes to a uniform length all around the perimeter of the cut. Length can vary on this look from resting just below the chin to extending to just above the shoulders (nearing the “Lob” look). If you have a finer hair texture a blunt bob can add an impression of fullness to your hair.

Layered:

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The most relaxed styles of the bob, the layered look is casual and softens the features. It can be based in a blunt or asymmetrical bob and is usually kept on the longer side. Just as with the other bobs, this can be styled sleek and straight or tousled; It also offers versatility in its length, allowing for pony-tails or chignons.

The Importance of Beauty Sleep for Our Skin

Come the end of the day, even if all you’re craving is to crawl into your bed, accomplishing as much may not always be the easiest. More errands pop up- dinner, maybe some laundry you forgot to do, the kids need help with homework, etc. Exhaustion compounds and by the time you finally get to lie down and close your eyes you feel as though you’re opening them right back up to the sound of your alarm. Not very restful, is it?

So what kind of toll does this take on your skin? While we sleep our bodies take this time to essentially repair damage; most systems are in a heightened anabolic state, accentuating the growth and rejuvenation of the immune, nervous, skeletal, and muscular systems. Our skin is included in this and it will be the first to portray that you’ve not gotten enough rest. Lack of sleep causes blood vessels to dilate, causing the look of dark circles. You’re body will retain water, causing puffy eyes. During this time though, your skin truly renews itself. New cells develop and replace the old ones. Not allowing your skin the time needed to do this will give your complexion a tired and dull appearance and who wants that?

While you may not always be able to add more time to your unconscious state, you can better prepare yourself for catching those Z’s and give yourself a more restful sleep. Simply crashing onto your bed and pulling the covers over your head is no way to end the day. Ritualizing your sleep regimen can help train both your mind and body to accept that-“Hey, it’s the end of the day, time to relax!” This may feel like just one more thing you have to do before finally getting to sleep, but you’ll really thank yourself in the morning.

1) Start with washing your face. Simple, right? Sometimes it’s easier said than done, but we’re concentrating on your skin health-so do it. You’re removing all of the debris and environmental gunk of the day from your skin, giving it a breath of fresh air (no really, air pollutants are a huge factor in causing dryness, premature aging, dull skin, clogged pores, skin irritation, inflammation, and allergies). Follow with a moisturizer to re-hydrate and protect your skin.

2) Reach for the stars! …or your toes. Stretch and let go of the day’s tension. Are you on your feet all day? Your lower back probably kills you, doesn’t it? Touch your toes and hold for a few breaths. Slowly come back up- arching your back while you do so. This loosens those tight muscles and helps to align vertebrae. How about my office workers? Neck and shoulders, right? Dip your chin down into your chest, hold; roll to the left, hold; roll to the right, hold; repeat until your neck no longer feels like it’s made out of tight rubber bands.

3) Take a few deep breaths now. You’re increasing oxygen flow to your brain and muscles. This reduces anxiety and tension. Take air all the way into your abdomen, not just your chest. For really deep breathing you need to expand your diaphragm as well. Breathing exercises should be deep, slow, rhythmic, and through the nose, not through the mouth. The most important parts of deep breathing are to be regulating your breaths three to four seconds in, and three to four seconds out.

These are easy tasks that can go a long way in improving not just your skin, but your overall health as well. After doing this your work for the day is done! All you have to do is close your eyes and you’ll wake up feeling rejuvenated and with much healthier skin!

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10 Things you didn’t know were horrible for your skin!

A woman of today knows that taking care of your skin is vital. We cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize and get the oh-so-important facial. But there are a few things that could be wrecking havoc on your skin and you may not even realize it.

#1) Sleeping with your make-up on

Yours truly used to be a big offender of this. If you’ve ever forgotten after a long day you probably know the results the next morning. Falling asleep with your make-up can clog your pores, and can lead to bacterial infections and acne. If you really can’t seem to remember, try and keep your make-up remover wipes by your bed.

#2) Squinting your eyes

If you constantly forget your sunglasses, think your contact/glasses prescription needs to be updated, then now’s the time! Eye protection and the proper lens can help prevent fine lines, wrinkles and sun damage. Are you calling your eye doctor yet?

#3) your pillow case is dirty

How often do you change your pillow case? If you can’t remember then it’s been too long. Especially if you’re an offender of #1. If you don’t change your pillowcase regularly the skin you shed at night can build up causing clogged pores and a build up of bacteria. We recommend changing your pillowcase at least once a week.

#4) Too much chlorine

it’s a big one in the summer. Hanging in the pool is great but can dehydrate your skin. Even after a shower, chlorine can still adhere to your skin. Make sure when you shower after that pool that really give yourself a good scrub.

#5) Too Much Sodium

Too much sodium can leave your skin dry and lackluster. Cut back on those salty sweets and remember to hydrate.

#6) Not enough water

It’s the BEST thing you can do for your skin. Especially if you have an excess of sodium, not enough water can leave your skin dull and dry. Hydrate people!

#7) Long, hot showers.

This one is tough, because most off love the relief a long, hot shower can bring. While it can be great, it can also strip the epidermis of it’s outer layer. To avoid dry and scaly skin, try to limit your time in the steamy shower. you can always switch it to a colder setting at the end of your shower. This will help your pores close after the heat opens them (It’s also great for your hair!)

#8) Talking on the phone

think about how often you use your phone. Now think about how often you clean it. If you notice a breakout around your jaw line it may be because of your phone. Clean it. and often.

#9)wearing dirty sunglasses

Just like your phone, this frequently used eye wear can can be neglected. A build up of bacteria can lead to breakouts on the bridge of your nose and clog your pores.

#10) Skipping Meals

This one may seem surprising, but if your not in taking enough fluid and getting the proper nourishment, your skin may pay the price. Try to include some vitamin C and vitamin E to your routine.

Spray tan – A story of conversion

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Like most people, I love the way I look when I’m tan. And like most, to achieve this I’ve had to spend hours in the sun, reapplying a healthy layer of sunscreen and balancing with tanning oil. Trying to get that all-over tan is even harder – every 20 minutes I would have to reposition or flip to maximize the sun’s effectiveness. My lighter skin, however, burns easily and when I do manage to get a tan it fades within a couple days, leaving me crestfallen and discouraged.

I decided to try the tanning bed technique- a few minutes a day was worth it to have that perfectly tan skin. Upon my second visit to the tanning salon, the technician put me on a level 3 bed instead of a level one. In addition, she started the bed for 15 minutes instead of 10. I was fried! The term ” so red it’s purple” never felt (or looked) so true.

That’s when a friend recommended a spray tan. I’ll admit that I was hesitant. Aren’t they messy? Will I turn orange? With reticence and reluctance I went and got a spray tan. I spoke to the technician about my concerns and learned the truth about spray tans – They are fantastic!

The myths:

Myth 1) Spray tans are messy.There is nothing messy about spray tanning at a professional salon. Because airbrush mist is sprayed directly on your skin at a high speed, there is no run off. Most spray tans are formulated to dry fast, so you can be on your way out just a few minutes after your application.

Myth 2) They look unnatural: One of the biggest reasons why people, and myself, put off getting a spray tan is because they are afraid it will turn their skin into an unnatural shade of orange. A vision of jersey shore fake-bake orange always popped into my head. In reality, controlling the intensity of your color with spray tans is easy. High-quality tanning solutions are specifically developed with color guards that work with unique skin tones to develop a tan that looks healthy and natural.

Myth 3) Spray tans are not worth the money because they fade fast.The lifespan of a spray tan is directly related to skin care. Exfoliating before spray tanning and using moisturizers consistently after your tanning session can easily double the amount of time your spray tan lasts.

So after a little encouragement I tried it.The result is a great summer glow that left me feeling like a tan goddess. Finally, I have found a healthy way to get a great summer glow!

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