Simple Secrets To Succor Your Skin

It is so true...... You are what you eat!!!!!
Eat as healthy as possible, having a good diet, makes your skin look healthy and beautiful.

Now lets talk serious.... preventing redness, brown spots, and hyperpigmentation pesky issues that add unwanted years to your vis-age. I unflinchingly believe in these tried & tested three easy-basic guidelines......... Don’t be shy read on & make them your-own-skin-habits and enjoy clearer improved skin/complexions. (You're welcome by the way) *Wink* .....Stay Radiant!

  • Be gentle on your skin: Avoid harsh scrubs and rigorous towel drying, friction can cause irritation that makes skin look older. And anytime you have an ingrown hair, clogged pore, or even a scratch from your pet—don’t touch it!! Many women pick at their skin, not realizing it can cause post-inflammatory pigmentation and scarring.

  • Stay away from smoke: Chemicals from cigarettes get into your bloodstream and find their way to your skin, making it sallow and spotty. Even if you don’t smoke, sitting in a smoky room or restaurant exposes your skin to the same chemicals that cause discoloration. 

  • Say yes to daily SPF: You’ve heard it a million times, but have you gotten the message? My patients say they don’t use sunscreen because they don’t sunbathe, so I show them the freckles and little broken capillaries on their skin. I explain that they can get sun damage from simply walking to the car each day without sunscreen.


Modern Day Girl’s Hair Conundrums

Flash News: Dyes, straighteners and blow dryers may help make you stylish in the short term, but over time, harsh chemicals and heated styling devices can damage your hair.

I have been collecting questions about prevalent hair problems from my patients over the last few weeks today I'd try to adress the most common ones bringing to light the top causes of hair damage and tips on how to maintain a healthy and lustrous head of hair.

Are chemical dyes bad for the hair?
Chemical damage is one of the most common culprits of hair damage, as processed hair loses its natural moisturizers and the protective lipid layer of fat on the outside of the cuticle (responsible for making the hair shiny) is removed. The result is dried-out, dull, & frizzy hair.

What are the best ways to combat chemical damage?
  • Use conditioning shampoos and conditioners regularly to improve the appearance of frizzy hair. 2-in-1 shampoos that remove oil from the scalp, clean the hair, and then condition the hair in the rinse phase also are good choices.
  • Look for shampoos, conditioners, sprays, and creams containing dimethicone, which has been shown to decrease static electricity, increase shine, and improve manageability. 
  • Hair serums rubbed through the length of the hair may also help.
  • Of course the best option is to stop dyeing your hair. If you do dye, choose a shade that's within three shades of you natural color. Dyeing hair darker, rather than lighter, also generally is less damaging.

Can the sun damage hair?
Hair can get tanned and damaged, just like skin. Exposure to ultraviolet light from the sun or a tanning booths weakens the hair structurally, resulting in hair breakage and loss.
The best protection is a hat or an umbrella, though conditioners that contain a sun screen can help too. Just be sure to reapply after each shampoo.
Grey hair is most subject to damage from the sun, followed by blonde hair. If your hair is grey and you’re going to be out in the sun a lot without a hat, you may want to consider dyeing it dark; it's a trade-off, but damage from the sun is worse in this case than damage from the dye.

Can blow-drying my hair result in damage?
Yes. Water in hair is what makes it flexible. Heating appliances boil the water within the hair shaft, creating escaping steam. Hair bubbles form on the hair shaft, creating a loss of cuticle. Signs of heat damage include hair that smells burned, has frizzy ends, and breaks easily.

How can I dry my hair without damaging it?
Allow it to air dry, when possible. If you have to use a hairdryer, start out on the lowest heat setting first and gradually increase it.
Moisturizing the hair regularly will help the appearance of heat-damaged hair to some degree, but hair damaged by heat cannot be repaired. The affected hair will need to be cut off and allowed to regrow as healthy hair.

Since hair is alive, won't damaged hair just grow back?
One of the most common misconceptions about hair is that it is alive, when in fact hair is nonliving and does not heal itself once it is injured. So once the hair is damaged it cannot heal itself except through new hair growth at the scalp.

How about straightening my hair?
If you're straightening hair with a ceramic iron, put a moist towel in the device to protect the hair from direct heat. 

There's also a procedure called keratin hair straightening that uses gluteraldehyde or formeldahyde in combination with heat to straighten the hair’s natural bonds. After the chemical solution is applied to the hair, a keratin protein conditioner must be put on the hair to make it less brittle. The hair must be kept dry and not bent or manipulated for several days or the bonds will repair and the hair won't be straight.