Where Has All the Water Gone?

Skin dehydration is common in both oily and dry skin types, and can slow metabolism by 3%, so next time you want to quench that thirst go low sodium to help your body, and your skin retain moisture.

To test if your skin is suffering dehydration, place your finger horizontally across the width of your cheek own and push the skin upward. If it appears plump, your water content is a-okay, if you see small horizontal lines (almost like cracks or wrinkles) its time to fuel up with some h2o!

Happy hydration!

Peace. Love. And bobby pins!

-Amy

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The Dirty Little Secret: Dry Shampoo

Recently, we’ve been discussing the solutions for oily skin, but what about oily hair?

If you’re a daily shampooer because of a greasy scalp, chances are you are causing you sebaceous glands (oil) of your scalp to produce even more oil, perpetuating the oil/shampoo cycle.  Sure it ups your shampoo budget, but it can also do damage through over cleansing.  

Your body’s natural oils lubricate your hair strand and coat your hair for sheen, but if you feel like you’ve got too much buildup, try these two options:

a. brush your hair with a natural bristle brush to move oil down the hair shaft, and promote shine.

b. try dry shampoo.  It is made in powders and sprays, and either way it is going to absorb oil, and often has a mild fragrance to mask any sweat.  Spray on, wait five minutes, and brush off your scalp.  Added benefit: it provides wicked awesome volume.  

Second plus of dry shampoo: if you color your hair, extending times between shampoos by dry shampooing is a great way to extend the life of your color between salon visits/diy coloring.

Try “making” your own by buying a travel size baby powder, and dowse your scalp in small amounts when the oil builds up!

Happy AntiShampooing!

Peace. Love. and Bobby Pins.

-Amy 

Porfection 2.0: Products Per Skin Type

Yesterday we discussed analyzing pore size, hopefully you all rushed off to the mirror to check out your minuscule moon craters. If not, perhaps this product list rundown will inspire you to cater to your pores.

If your skin is dry:

Try a cleansing milk.  These products are non foaming, do not contain drying agents like alcohol, and often do not foam because they have fewer surfactants (the technical term for soap)

Apply a light moisturizer after cleansing, (SPF during the day) and you can apply a night cream in the evening to retain moisture while you sleep.  Moisturizer will increase your water content, and help increase the water barrier of the skin (much like chapstick does for your lips.)

If your skin is oil:

Consider a weekly clay mask.  The clay will absorb extra oil and close your pores.  

Cleanse with an oil-free cleanser, and use oil-free moisturizer.

Use a toner, but only once a day, and please don’t use something as severe as witch hazel or alcohol.  Try gentle options called “fresheners” to slightly reduce oil without over drying.

Over washing and drying out of pores will only cause your body to go into overdrive, creating even more oil! Oh no!

If your skin is combination:

Stick to an oil free cleanser and moisturizer.  

Try a clay mask once a month if you feel particularly oily.

Don’t forget to exfoliate!

Happy Cleansing

Peace. Love. and Bobby Pins

-Amy

My natural hair color is dark brown but my ends are reddish brown. How do I go about lifting the color if I want to dye it a light brown with blonde strikes?

Sorry for the delay, cutensassy10, but here are your options:

A box haircolor from the drug store will only lift 2 levels, so if you’re okay only going a bit lighter, that is your option, followed by using a highlighting cap, foils, or just painting the streaks with bleach to lighten them further.  (Some drugstore box color has highlighting brushes and combs to make the DIY version easier)

To get the level of brown you really want, I suggest going to a beauty supply like Sally’s where you buy tubes of color, and bottles of developer and mix them yourself.  You should pick your color, and use  40 volume developer to get desired color. For this I would section out the pieces to highlight before doing the base color.  to keep them from coloring, either wrap them in foil, or saturate them in shampoo and pin them out of the way.

Go back and highlight with either a drugstore kit, or using a beauty store bleach and 30 volume developer.

Hope that helps!

Let me know how it goes!

Peace. Love. and Bobby Pins.

-Amy

Porefection: Analyze Your Skin to Maximize your Products

Understanding the uniqueness of your skin is the first step in achieving beautiful skin. We go through life often blindly selecting skincare based on the “cool” products, what’s dirt cheap, or what friends and family use instead of taking the time to learn what is best your individual skin.

So, today, let’s analyze pores!

Looking in the mirror, your pores will appear larger in your T-zone which is across your forehead and down your nose.  Spreading out from the t-zone, pores will either get a little smaller, significantly smaller, and maybe a little larger.  At your jawline they nearly disappear. If your pores get smaller quickly, you skin produces less oil, and your skin can be considered dry.  If you wake up in the mornings with oil on your t-zone, but not the rest of your face, your skin is combination dry.

If you see large pores further out on your face, your skin can be considered combination-oily.  If they are all over, your skin is considered oily.

If you’re having trouble deciding if your pores seem large or small, compare with a friend or love one to put their size into perspective. 

When you wake up in the morning, before immediately removing oily from your t-zone, try using a clean finger to move the oil around, pushing it to dryer portions of your face.  This helps maintain an even water barrier all over your face, preventing the prospects of dry patches. 

So grab a mirror, and take a gander at that mug!

Tomorrow we’ll talk routines for each skin type.

Happy Analyzing!

Peace. love. and Bobby Pins

-Amy