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5 Things to Avoid If You Have Dry Skin

5 Things to Avoid if You Have Dry Skin

Often dry skin is caused, or made worse, by factors we’re unaware of, but that are actually under our control—so to help your skin feel more soothed, here are 5 things to avoid if YOU have dry skin. 

Dry skin isn’t always the easiest to maintain, but it’s also not something to fear! With just a little extra care you can help your dry skin feel good and be healthy and at ease all year. 

Skin is called “dry” when it doesn’t hold moisture—it might feel tight quickly after washing (and even after moisturizing). If your skin is severely dry it can crack, peel, and/or become red and itchy. 

Staying well hydrated by drinking plenty of water is the first step in caring for your dry skin. While fruits and vegetables contain water too (along with plenty of skin nurturing vitamins and minerals), you need more. Most nutrition experts recommend adults take in eight 8oz glasses of water throughout the day. 

Once you have that habit in place, here are some of the top things to avoid if you have dry skin.

CAFFEINE

Caffeine has a diuretic effect—meaning when you drink it you lose hydration. And the more of it you have, the less effective your body is likely to be in flushing out toxins. It also has an aging effect: caffeine reduces collagen in your skin cells

Note that you’ll want to check on more than your coffee and tea, since many OTC headache medicines contain caffeine too!

A cup of coffee could run anywhere from 70-200+ mg… tea 32-42mg… colas 32-70mg and energy waters 50-125mg. But you’ll find 65mg in Excedrin — so check the label! 

AVOID HARSH TREATMENT IF YOU HAVE DRY SKIN

What do we mean by harsh treatment? Anything that scruffs the surface of your skin.

  • Exfoliating vigorously or often (so either say goodbye to scrub brushes and wash cloths, or use very gently and only occasionally). 
  • Using hot water vs warm and staying in the shower or bath for more than 10 minutes can damage the surface of your skin.
  • And for the same reason, avoid rubbing your skin with a towel if you have dry skin.

FRAGRANCES AND/OR DEODORANTS

Fragrances and deodorants are all around us. You’ll find them in what we put on our bodies, in laundry and household cleaners, air fresheners, and many more. They may smell nice, but they can also dry the skin, and cause irritation, especially if yours is prone to allergies or sensitivity. 

And while you’re scanning the labels of your favorite lotions and creams, you’ll also want to look out for products labeled “unscented.” These often indicate that they contain additives that neutralize or hide odors. Instead, choose those marked fragrance-free. 

DRY AIR

As the weather cools, most of us love to get cozy; we may crank up our heaters and cuddle close to the fire. All of which pulls moisture from the air in our homes, and, in turn, makes it more difficult for our skin to hold moisture, too. You can combat both with a humidifier in your bedroom. Another option, if you have a flat top wood-burning stove or radiator, is leaving a saucepan of water on top, open to evaporate into your room air. Just be careful to keep an eye on the water level though, so you don’t burn the pot or cause a fire hazard!.

PARABENS 

Parabens are preservatives that are very common in a wide range of products you’ll find in stores. They’re designed to help products last longer on the shelf. But they can cause irritation, and some have been shown to be hormone disruptors and even increase cancer risks. Look for ingredients with “paraben” in the name, and make a different choice. As with fragrances and other additives, our preference and recommendation at Srida Herbals is to go natural!

As you gradually adjust your environment for these 5 things to avoid if you have dry skin, you may find it easier to manage common discomforts like itchiness. Moisturize regularly with a natural product designed for dry skin, especially while your skin is still a little damp, and use a gentle cleanser—like our Daily Melt Cleanser. These steps will go far to help you love your beautiful skin!

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Skin irritants in your home

Stop the Itch: Skin Irritants in Your Home

If you have days where you wish you could stop the itch from skin irritants in your home, and the visible or invisible rashes they cause, you’re not alone. Contact dermatitis—where your skin reacts to a substance either due to an allergy or an irritant, is extremely common. In fact, nearly everyone faces this issue at some point in their lives. 

Worse, chronic conditions like atopic dermatitis (a.k.a. eczema), have been steadily rising for decades. Imagine trying to sleep or concentrate when you have what feels like dozens of mosquito bites on top of a sunburn, and you’ll get a sense of what eczema can feel like. Not fun. 

And today, 10% of American residents report experiencing eczema in some form—and 1 in 4 developed it as an adult!

What’s to blame for all this irritation and itching?

Results of many studies, over many years, tell us that much of the blame goes to environmental factors. High on the list: chemicals in our home and workplaces, and irritants and allergens overall.

Interestingly, children born outside the U.S. have a 50% lower risk of developing atopic dermatitis; and that risk actually increases after they’ve lived in the U.S. for 10 years*. One of the main differences may be that many other countries have stricter regulations on a wide array of residential, commercial and industrial toxins.

We’re immersed in a chemical soup, so finding ways to avoid as many of the triggers bothering our skin as possible, can really help!

What are the skin irritants in your home to check for and avoid? 

In many cases, particular allergies or reactions can develop because of repeated use, or are associated with a particular person’s sensitivities. There are also products that are just downright dangerous and you must take extra care when using them. You likely know some of the main ones: bleach, ammonia, drain cleaners, paint and varnish or acids (including those in batteries). 

But there are likely to be many other substances known to be common skin irritants in your home — many you may NOT think of. Here’s a sampling: 

  • Soap—while most natural soaps are okay, even some fragrance-free soaps can cause problems, particularly if you wash your hands very frequently. Soap strips skin of oils it’s supposed to have, gradually causing the skin to crack and bleed 
  • Ethyl Alcohol—the active ingredient in many hand sanitizers.
  • Plants, like poinsettias and peppers, as well as the more infamous poison ivy and oak.
  • Bodily fluids like urine and saliva.
  • Isothiazolinone—an antibacterial found in many types of baby wipes and other personal care products.
  • Formaldehyde—a common ingredient in disinfectants and glues.
  • Hair dyes—and dyes used to color laundry and other detergents.
  • Rubber—from the insoles on your shoes to the mousepad under your wrist or the keychain in your hand.
  • Nail polish remover.
  • Perfume and scented soaps, deodorant, hair sprays etc.
  • Metals (e.g., nickel–commonly used in fashion or costume jewelry) 
  • Moisturizers.
  • Fabric softeners.
  • Dust mites—or, to be more precise, their droppings.

What’s your next step to stop the itch?

Because the cumulative effect of multiple chemicals can contribute to worse effects for your skin, do what you can to eliminate unnecessary chemicals like these from your home and personal care routine. (Of course, we recommend choosing natural and organic solutions, like those from Srida Herbals to care for your skin and hair!)

For more detailed information on how to stop the itch and manage skin irritants in your home:

  • In the U.S., The National Eczema Association provides helpful information on dermatitis. 
  • Also, the U.K.’s National Eczema Society has a handy PDF summing up many of the most common household irritants that trigger eczema, along with ways to counter them. 

*Silverberg JI, Simpson EL, Durkin HG, Joks R. Prevalence of allergic disease in foreign-born American children. JAMA Pediatr. 2013;167(6):554-560.

Sun Protection for your Skin

Tips for Protecting Your Skin, Safely

Spending time in the sun is one of the best ways to harness vitamin D. In fact, doctors recommend exposing your skin to direct sun rays so they can activate your natural ability to create vitamin D. The catch? Direct exposure also leaves you at risk of skin problems such as premature aging, sunburns, and in the worst cases, can increase the risk of skin cancer

So, how can we protect our skin while also enjoying the benefits that come with sunlight exposure?

Using Sunscreen

Slathering on sunscreen is one of the most common options for protecting your skin. There is no reason why you shouldn’t grab a hat and go out in the sun as long as you’ve applied a protective sunscreen layer on your skin. Sunscreen protects your skin against ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, both of which are responsible for sunburns, age spots, skin cancer, wrinkling, and other long-term effects on your skin.

Lathering up on sunscreen protects your skin from these rays, allowing you to spend time in the sun safely. How does this happen? There are two types of sunscreen: chemical sunscreen and mineral sunscreen.

Chemical sunscreen works by absorbing UV rays before they penetrate the skin and damage your skin cells. The active ingredients of this chemical filter form a protective film that acts as a barrier, absorbing the rays and converting them into heat before releasing them away from the skin. Common active ingredients include aminobenzoic acid, avobenzone, octinoxate and oxybenzone. 

There have been a few concerns raised in the media about oxybenzone, but research shows “no conclusive evidence that oxybenzone is harmful to humans,” according to Harvard Medical School’s Harvard Health Publishing

Mineral sunscreen are essentially physical blockers that sit atop your skin and reflect UV rays away from the skin. Unlike chemical sunscreen, they don’t penetrate the skin. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are common active ingredients. These tend to be thicker, and not always the best choice for oily or acne-prone skin.

Using Sun Protective Clothing

Sun protective clothing offers extra protection for people who are more sensitive to the sun, such as those with fair skin, children, and people who are on medication, as some drugs can increase sun sensitivity. Such apparel comes with Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) ratings indicating its effectiveness against both UVA and UVB rays.  

Sun Protection For Hair 

While most people will rarely go out in the sun without their favorite sunscreen, research shows that excessive exposure to UV rays can be hard on your hair too, fading or drying out your hair and causing breakage. Proper sun safety means protecting yourself from head to toe by investing in sunscreen for your scalp and hair in addition to your go-to-sunscreen and facial Sun Protection Factor (SPF). 

Spray or powder sunscreen will protect your scalp from sunburn, while formulated sunscreen designed for hair and scalp will offer total protection for both. You can also invest in a good hat for a much needed physical barrier.

Sun Protection for Eyes

UV radiation also poses serious damage to your eye health and is associated with an increased risk of developing cataracts, macular degeneration (which causes vision loss), corneal sunburn, and conjunctival cancer. That said, you can still enjoy the great outdoors by investing in proper eye protection. Some simple strategies to protect your eyes include:

  • Wearing sunglasses and/or shades that block 99% to 100% of UV rays
  • Wearing a wide-brimmed hat with no holes
  • Using prescription glasses or contact lenses with UV filters

What to Look for When Buying Sun Protective Gear

  • When choosing sunscreen, go for a brand that has a high SPF rating: at least 30. Always remember to apply liberally to increase its effectiveness, and reapply every two hours. 
  • Also, consider using a broad-spectrum brand as this will offer protection against both UVA and UVB rays. If you have very sensitive skin or are shopping for your kids, consider choosing mineral sunscreen as its ingredients are milder.
  • For sun-protective clothing, look for a high UPF rating as this indicates better protection against UV radiation.
  • Sunglasses that offer 100% protection against UV rays are also best, while wide hats made of tightly woven fabric will offer increased protection for your eyes, hair, and scalp.

Your skin plays a vital role by protecting all your internal organs. Taking simple measures to protect yourself from the sun before heading out can help prevent cancer, sunburns, and lots of other skin problems. Do you have more questions on skin care that we can help with?  Contact us!

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Check skin for signs of damage and cancer

How to Check Your Skin for Signs of Cancer and Skin Damage

1 in 5 Americans are likely to develop skin cancer by age 70. A simple skin check routine can help you have a good outcome. Read on to learn more about how and when you should check your skin for signs of damage or cancer.

The skin may seem like a relatively thin layer, but did you know that this largest organ in your body makes up roughly 16% of your weight? With somewhere around 1.6 trillion skin cells (depending on your size), distributed across three layers, it’s your important first line of defense against the elements—including the damaging effects of the sun. 

And the sun can do real damage. Each year, millions of people in the United States are diagnosed with some form of skin cancer. The most common types are basal and squamous skin cancers; Melanoma, though less common, is considered more dangerous than the others.

Sadly, more than 2 people die from skin cancer in the U.S. every hour. The good news is that skin cancers are also highly treatable—when recognized in the early stages. “When detected early, the 5-year survival rate for melanoma is 99%.” – SkinCancer.org

This is why we always emphasize learning the right way to check your skin for signs of cancer—and encourage you to make it a regular practice!

How Should I Check My Skin for Signs of Damage and Cancer?

Checking your skin for signs of damage or cancer does not require any expertise or medical tests. The best way to do a skin self-exam is by examining your skin in a well-lit room. Use a hand-held mirror to look at those areas that are hard to see, or have your spouse, family member, or friend check you.

The easiest time to carry out a skin checkup is after taking a shower or a bath. If you are checking your skin for the first time, go carefully and slowly; aim to learn the pattern of moles, freckles, blemishes, or any other noticeable marks on your skin. You might even make notes or take photos so you can check for changes over time, particularly if you see any areas that might be of concern. 

The American Cancer Society does not provide guidelines on how often to check your skin. You should, however, do frequent checks if you are exposed to any risk factors associated with skin cancer such as regular increased sun exposure or a history of skin cancer in your family.

How to Check Your Skin Using a Mirror

The steps below will help you examine almost every inch of your skin while using a hand mirror (which will help you get a closer look, especially at harder-to-see spots):

  1. Place the mirror in front of you and check your face, ears, neck, chest, and belly.
  2. Next, check your arms, including the underarm, the part between your fingers, and the tops and palms of your hands.
  3. While sitting down, examine the fronts of your thighs, toes and skin between them, calves, genital area, tops and bottoms of your feet, and toenails.
  4. You might want to hold onto something for balance while you use the mirror to check your buttocks, backs of your thighs, lower and upper back, and the back of your ears and neck.
  5. Lastly, check your scalp by parting the hair using a comb or hair dryer

What Are the Signs of Skin Cancer?

Skin cancer can occur on any part of your body, but areas most-often exposed to the sun are at highest risk. Having a blemish or a mole on your skin does not mean that your skin is damaged or has cancer. These signs, however, suggest a visit to the dermatologist:

  • A wart-like growth
  • Any new or irregular spot on the skin
  • Any mole that is slowly changing in size or color
  • A scaly red patch that may be bleeding
  • Any bleeding sore or any sore that does not heal after several weeks

What Are the Major Ways of Preventing Skin Damage and Cancer?

The major causes of skin cancer and skin damage are too much exposure to ultraviolet rays from either the sun or tanning beds. According to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), you can protect yourself by:

  • Staying in the shade
  • Wearing clothes that cover most of your skin
  • Wearing a hat that will shield your face, ears, and neck
  • Use broad-spectrum sunscreen
  • Wearing sunglasses that protect both UVA and UVB rays
  • Avoiding tanning beds, booths, sunbeds, and sunlamps.

Prevention of any disease is always better than cure. Now that you know how to check your skin for signs of damage and cancer, you can give yourself an edge by checking it often. All the different types of skin cancer are easily treated or controlled at their early stages. So, if you notice any signs that resemble skin cancer, don’t wait; seek medical attention.

Happy skin tips for any weather

How to Have Happy Skin in Any Weather

We all want to have happy skin in any weather, and the best way to do that is to work with your body, rather than against it! Our bodies are designed to react to changes in the seasons; it’s probably a fall back to our prehistoric survival skills: “It’s getting cold? I’d better stock up on more food.” 

When the weather fluctuates at the change of seasons, however, our skin often reacts in ways we’re not too crazy about. While we know that we should have healthy habits to help keep our skin looking its best, sometimes Mother Nature simply takes a toll.

For instance, your skin might feel tight or appear drier than usual, maybe your pimples are more inflamed than ever, or if you’re allergy prone your eyes may be puffy. 

According to scientists and dermatologists, these not-so-welcome changes in your skin can be attributed to the transition of seasons.

What sort of skin troubles are common when the weather changes?

Temperature, humidity changes, and fluctuating seasonal allergens can all impact the way your skin looks and behaves on any given day. Spring and Fall are particularly problematic because the weather can be warm and humid one day, cold and dry the next.

What happens to skin in warm, humid conditions?

Spring and summer can do some damage to our skin if we’re not careful. Aside from the sun’s damaging rays (we all know to apply and reapply sunscreen, right?), we are also facing hot temperatures which can add to our skin’s dehydration. Increased heat and humidity will likely cause your skin to sweat too, which can leave you more susceptible to breakouts, especially if your skin is naturally oily. High heat can also lead to unsightly and uncomfortable heat rash.

What happens in cold, dry conditions?

When your skin is exposed to colder, low humidity situations, your skin can become itchy and irritated. This is because cold air will tighten your pores. We often have our central heat turned on in cold weather too, which is pumping dry air into our homes and increasing the chance we will continue to dehydrate our skin.

When it’s hot out, our bodies crave a cool glass of water. But, during colder weather we tend to be less hydrated, and that will also have a negative effect on our skin. So, our skin becomes dry, dehydrated, flaky and often itchy. Harsh weather can make skin crack, peel, and form uncomfortable redness along knuckles, knees and elbows. 

Skin conditions like eczema tend to flare up in cold, dry temperatures too.

What are some ways we can help have happy skin in any season?

  1. Exfoliate to support dewy skin: Warmer weather and humidity have a way of making dirt and oils cling to our skin, so spring is the perfect time to switch up your skin care routine. If winter is the season to moisturize, spring becomes the season for gentle freshening. Try adding an exfoliating scrub or face mask to your skin care routine to rid your face of dead layers. To keep your skin smooth and hydrated, we love the idea of a natural facemask you can use a few times a week.
  • Avoid hot showers: According to dermatologist, Dr. Sheri Marchbien, taking short showers with warm water only, no more than five minutes, will help to keep your skin from drying out. Hot water has a tendency to open pores in a way which allows toxins in and moisture out.  When you first get out of the shower, and your skin is still damp: that’s when you should apply a thick, nutrient-rich moisturizer.
  • New season shopping: Go ahead and treat yourself to a shopping trip when the seasons change. As we approach spring time, new sunglasses to protect your eyes, and a moisturizing SPF or make-up containing SPF would be great investments in yourself.  In cooler weather, you could consider a thick nighttime moisturizer or an in-home humidifier.

While we cannot control the weather, we do have control over how we react to it. To keep your skin happy in any weather, pay attention to the humidity and temperature outdoors, as well as the state of your skin, and don’t be afraid to switch up your skin care routine as the weather changes. What other questions do you have about seasonal skin care?

Understanding healthy skincare ingredients

No matter who you are—young or old, woman or man, with any skin type— the first step toward better skin is getting familiar with the benefits of healthy skincare ingredients. There are so many options online and in stores today, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.

Part of the promise we make to customers is ensuring that the products we offer will support skin’s natural health. We don’t want to offer cover ups or quick fixes. And with 60-70% of women and 60% of men reporting some degree of sensitive skin, the selection and quality of ingredients becomes that much more critical!

For a start, we’ll review the eleven ingredients—yes, just 11—that we use in our Daily Glow Serum. You’ll learn what makes them special (and why we’ve brought them together into one luscious, nurturing facial serum—yes, we’re a bit partial, but soon you’ll see why!).

Oryza sativa (Rice) bran oil is a skin conditioning agent, or humectant. That means it helps draw moisture from the air to increase the water content on your skin’s surface (similar to how rice can draw moisture out of your phone if it gets wet). The rice bran is the hard, outer layer of the rice grain—generally what’s left over after milling white rice. It’s rich in essential fatty acids, vitamin E, Omega 3s and has antioxidant properties.

Another benefit: it’s a chelating agent—something that helps with ingredient stability (so the oils don’t go rancid).

Camellia japonica (Camellia) seed oil. The oil harvested from the seeds of the flowering Camellia Japonica tree is similar to the oil in our skin—a.k.a. sebum. Its high levels of essential fatty acids—Omega-6 , -9 and Palmitic—can help reduce water loss and support the skin’s natural barriers. Skincare bonus: it can also help reduce the appearance of fine lines.

Limnanthes alba (Meadowfoam) seed oil is excellent for preventing moisture loss. It can also ease dry skin, reduce redness, and even cracked skin, thanks to its soothing properties. This oil is another that’s similar to the skin’s natural oils. And it’s very stable—less affected by heat or exposure to oxygen—helping extend the shelf life of other oils.

Rosa rubiginosa (Rosehip) seed oil (a.k.a. Rosehip Oil), comes from the seeds of a rose bush common in the Andes. It boasts high Vitamin A and C content, and has been linked to greater elasticity, improved texture and skin regeneration. Vitamin C, in particular, can be helpful in stimulating collagen production. It has high levels of fatty acids with soothing properties that can be helpful for burns and stretch marks.

Daucus Carota (Carrot) seed oil, an essential oil extracted from seeds of the flowering “wild carrot” (a.k.a., Queen Anne’s lace), is similar to Rosehip oil: high in vitamins A and C, which can help minimize fine lines, scars and sun damage.

Oenothera biennis (Evening Primrose) seed oil, is high in the linoleic and stearic fatty acids, which can help prevent moisture loss, reduce redness, and possibly help soothe extremely dry sensitive skin. It’s also low comedogenic—meaning that despite it being an oil, it’s not prone to clogging pores—which can help minimize the causes of blackheads, whiteheads and acne in general.

Sambucus nigra (Elderberry) fruit extract. Elderberries are rich in flavonoids, which have antioxidant properties and can help reduce inflammation. It’s a good source of Vitamin A which, on the skin, may help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and age spots.

Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) berry extract, found in Europe and across the continent of China, is abundant in properties that make it an ingredient in healthy skincare. Top among those: it’s a good source of a balanced array of fatty acids, including two less-common unsaturated fatty acids (palmitooleic acid (omega-7) and gamma-linolenic acid (omega-6)). What does that mean? It’s helpful for skin repair and regeneration, as well as soothing and replenishing flaky and dry skin.

Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) Essential Oil, is one of nature’s great gifts: lavender is soothing to the skin, and non-comedogenic — a plus for those prone to acne or sensitivity. In addition to its topical advantages, it also provides aromatherapy benefits: studies have shown its scent is very soothing, which can help lessen anxiety.

Tocopherol (Vitamin E) is actually one of a family of antioxidants collectively known as Vitamin E. Our natural levels of Vitamin E in the skin get depleted by sun and age. Adding Vitamin E can help our skin stay moist, and keep it healthy so it’s a more effective barrier—and also fights off free radicals, helping protect your skin from damage.

Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf extract can help minimize puffiness and soothe the skin. It’s also an antioxidant. The extract has no oil in it, meaning there is usually little to no fragrance—a real plus for those who might otherwise be sensitive to its strong scent.

If you suffer from sensitive skin, you’re probably thinking that any one of the soothing oils or extracts here will feel delicious—and you’re right! Combining these ingredients into one serum puts their blended strength to work for a real healthy skincare treat.

What questions do you still have? Let us know in the comments and we’ll be happy to answer them!

Our Ever-Changing Hair

Our hair is often one of the first things others notice about us. Yet hair concerns (and bad hair days), so often cause women grief. The good news is, there are ways to keep our mane looking great even if we have a few problem areas. 

Common hair concerns 

Hair undergoes many changes throughout our lives. Usually, when we’re in our 40s or 50s, hair starts to grow finer and will appear noticeably different than it did in our 20s when it may be more lush and full. Other typical concerns include:

  • Thinning hair —it happens to women of all ages. Common reasons include general aging, hormonal changes (reduced estrogen and progesterone and increased androgen production), recently giving birth, undergoing chemotherapy, and or wearing your hair in tighter styles — like ponytails and braids. 
  • Split ends —are commonly caused by chemical processing, vigorous brushing while hair is wet, or too much heat (as from blow dryers and curling irons). Missing vitamins and minerals in the diet, and hormonal changes, can also cause a breakdown in the hair shaft.
  • Texture changes —in our hair can be alarming, but most of the time there’s a simple explanation for it. Hormonal changes, whether from menopause, childbirth, or puberty can affect the way hair grows. A diet that lacks sufficient protein is another reason the texture of your hair might change. 

Ways we damage our hair (and their simple fixes)

While there’s not much we can do about hormonal changes, we can curb the ways we damage our hair. From styling tools to salon visits, simple hair care practices we follow can wreak havoc on our locks. So how else does our hair get damaged?

Sun damage: If the sun can damage our skin, why wouldn’t it harm our hair? Well, it can. Prolonged exposure to UVA and UVB rays can discolor hair and cause frizziness and split ends. The sun weakens our hair’s protein and elasticity.

  • The fix: Limit sun exposure or wear a hat if you’ll be out in the sun for a while. There are also serums available to protect and polish hair making it smooth and healthy.

Styling tools: Trying to recreate a trendy haircut with styling tools is a good way to damage hair. Using a flat iron or blow dryer often causes more breakage.

  • The fix: Lowering the temperature is always better — it achieves the same look without harsh hair results. And instead of trying to follow the herd with that fashionable new do — try finding a look that’s suitable for your own hair, not what’s “on-trend.”

Hair coloring: Frequent use of hair dyes can cause our hair to dry out, leaving it more prone to breakage.  The chemicals can take away the natural protective layer of the hair, which makes it brittle and more easily damaged.

  • The fix: Instead of frequent salon visits try a natural concealer without the harsh chemicals. There are different shades available, and they’re easy to use.

How to keep hair looking great

Just like our skincare regime, caring for our hair changes as time goes on. Healthy habits and behaviors are key in keeping our insides strong but also have a dramatic effect on our outward appearance. Here are simple tips to keep your hair looking great.

  • Check your diet — healthy hair needs plenty of protein, iron, omegas 3,6 and 9, and antioxidants to look its best.
  • Stay away from hairspray — the alcohol in it can cause dry, brittle hair.
  • Avoid shampoos with sulfates — which can strip the hair of color and natural oils.
  • Consider a scalp serum or oil — used regularly these can aid in creating an environment for healthy hair.
  • Try a hair mask — used about once a week they can help make hair smoother and more lustrous. 

Our hair needs are constantly changing, and sometimes we need to freshen up our routine to revitalize our hair. So what are your hair care questions? How can we help?

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