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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Live Healthy – Massage.

Massage. Love it! Seriously, what’s not to like about it? Whether you need knots worked out, an afternoon to de-stress, or simply a caring touch…or hell, all of the above- massage is amazing. Study after study has proven that getting regular massages can be instrumental in improving your over-all health, too.

“But how, Caitlin? How can having another human-being rub me down with oil possibly make me feel better?”, you ask.

Well, this is how.

First, let’s look at the technical side. The tightly wound, stressed out and “oh goodness this hurts!” side. Whether you’re up and moving all day or sitting at a desk, your muscles could probably use some TLC. We build up knots, inflammation, and toxins in our tissue that need to be kneaded out. Massage therapists are trained in detail about anatomy and the various systems of the body, such as circulatory and lymphatic, so they can not only ease tension and pain and help to push those toxins out of your body but also give you valuable knowledge on how to prevent further knotting in your muscles.

And then there’s that whole heavenly relaxation aspect. Dim lighting, soothing aromatherapy, and happy endorphins flooding your system. Yes, please! Besides unwinding your muscles and lowering your heart rate, massage also reduces levels of the hormone cortisol (which is associated with pain and inflammation) and produces an influx of serotonin and dopamine (associated with feeling awesome!). If you’re feeling down, this is a sure fire way to pick yourself up. We’re human- we need touch and to feel sincerely cared for. You’re going to leave feeling happier and lighter than when you walked in.

Don’t continue dealing with or tolerating pain. Don’t let yourself get used to it as “part of the job” or just another ache that you ignore- be it physical or emotional. It’s okay to need and want to feel better. Take the time for yourself and commit to feeling better. Take care of yourself. Get a massage. You’ll love it and you’ll love how you feel.

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Essential Oils are essential!

Thousands of years ago, both the Chinese and Ancient Egyptian priests and physicians were using essential oils in their daily lives to combat a variety of problems. From anxiety to nausea, to lift emotions and even as an offering to the gods. Scientists today have discovered that essential oils have the ability to inhibit the growth of tumors and kill certain bacteria, like the strand that causes E coli.

When you smell an essential oil, your olfactory bulb fires off signals to the limbic system, which is the part of your brain that controls your emotions. Your physical and emotional reaction is dependent on which oil is used. Here are a few essential oils that you can use in your everyday life for various ailments:

-Peppermint oil to make you feel more alert.

– Lavender to help you sleep better. Studies have shown that lavender increases brain activity associated with relaxation and deep sleep. For women, lavender can help alleviate PMS symptoms and reduce pain.

– Grapefruit to help you reduce your appetite.

– Eucalyptus to stop your runny nose. Hang it in your shower and the eucalyptus in the steam will help clear your stuffy nose and reduce pressure.

– Sweet Orange to reduce your anxiety levels. (other citrus oils have been known to have similar results). You can also try a combination of lavender, neroli and chamomile to help ease your stress levels.

– Ginger to reduce nausea

– Black pepper to help you quit smoking. The scent will help reduce cravings.

– Rosemary to improve concentration.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are still so many many more ways that essential oils can improve your day to day life. Pick up yours today and see the results!

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!