March 21, 2012

Summer Hair and Skin Care

Summer is fast approaching, which means you’ve probably already stashed your new bikini and flip-flops into your beach tote. Add a pedicure and some sunscreen, and you’re good to go. However, while you may love those beachy waves in your hair and the glow of your tan skin after a long day lounging poolside, summer sun and surf can cause some serious damage.

Fortunately, there are some things you can do to minimize harm to your hair and skin before, during and after your time outside. After all, you should be able to enjoy summertime hassle-free.

Hair Care
Hair products are key to protecting your hair – especially if you spend a lot of time in chlorinated swimming pools. If you have blonde or color-treated hair, you probably know that the chemicals in chlorinated swimming pools can turn your hair green. To prevent discoloration, try wetting your hair with tap water before entering the pool. Because the hair will have already absorbed non-chlorinated water, it is less likely to absorb the chemicals in the pool.

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Those chemicals – although good for killing unwanted bacteria – are also capable of drying out your mane over time. Unless you’re going for the frizzy look, go for a deep conditioning treatment once each week. If you can’t make it over to the salon, chances are your favorite drug store or beauty supply store will have a deep conditioning masque that you can use at home. Just remember, if you have color-treated hair, you should be using a sulfate-free conditioner. Sulfates can fade your hair the same way chlorine can if used on chemically-treated hair.

Skin Care Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and should be treated with care. Because it takes the brunt of damage in the sun, take some precautions to stave off sunburn and skin cancer by keeping your skin moisturized and using a quality, waterproof sunscreen with a high SPF. Always apply it as directed and wait the appropriate amount of time before swimming with it. Also, be sure to reapply every few hours as directed by the manufacturer.

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The sun is more intense during the afternoon hours between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Try to avoid exposing your skin to the sun during these times to reduce the chances of skin damage. If you must go outside during those times, set up a canopy in your backyard to provide shade. Even if you just use it between sunbathing sessions, it can give your skin a much-needed break.

Also, it is very important that you keep your skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water and slathering on a lot of vitamin-infused moisturizers. This will ensure you get a healthy, glowing tan, rather than skin that is splotchy and dried-out.

Maximizing Healthy Hair and Skin By taking care of your hair and skin throughout the summer, you are sure to score extra beauty points. Show off your healthy locks by sporting beachy waves or a trendy, loose side-braid paired with a brightly colored headband. As for your skin, give your tan a boost with a sparkling new bronzer. You'll look good, and you’ll be healthy too!

(Guest Post by Ashley)



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13 comments:

  1. Expert9:40 AM

    improve your diet, have a cup of mixed fresh berries -- blackberries, blueberries, or strawberries -- every day. They'll help you load up on antioxidants, which may help prevent damage to tissues and reduce the risks of age-related illnesses. Blueberries and blackberries are especially antioxidant-rich.

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  2. Milind9:41 AM

    Floss Daily

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  3. Akhila9:42 AM

    Remembering to care for your body and hair before, during and after sun and free radical exposure is the only way to maintain their health and moisture in the summer months

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  4. Teena9:44 AM

    Drink plenty of water in the summer. It hydrates all parts of your body and is very important to your health!

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  5. Bindu9:45 AM

    Treat your hair more gently in the summer, trim often, use a good shampoo and don't let the water get too hot... warm water is good for the hair and skin. Try the home made rinse

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  6. Expert9:46 AM

    Wear hats or scarves whenever possible to protect your hair.

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  7. Anonymous9:48 AM

    the most important step is to "moisturize"your skinwhich looked radiant through winter suddenly looks dull blemished and oily.this because in winter your skins natural oils solidify,in summer they flow freely.a lighter moisturiser is essential in hot weather.just plain water may work for u.rose water or cucumber water made by diluting cucumber juice with water can be sprayed on the face to tone and refresh it.cool them in the fridge before use.

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  8. Teena9:50 AM

    apply yohurt or butter milk on the face and wash of after 20 minutes

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  9. Poovi9:52 AM

    Apply rosewater+lemon juice for 15mts everyday.

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  10. Prajakta11:59 AM

    Soap can cause your skin to get really dry and can rob your skin of all moisture. Instead use gel cleansers that are not so rough on your skin.

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  11. Applying cotton pads soaked in milk and cucumber paste will have a cooling and soothing effect on your eyes. This will help your eye muscles relax

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  12. Avoid using dryers, hot iron, straighter & curler during hot summers. Use natural air dry method whenever possible.

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  13. Champa12:07 PM

    Diet should include amla & amla products.

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