Caring for curly hair does not have to be stressful or complicated….relax, step away from your flat iron and read on! We totally empathize with our readers who tell us they feel as though they are at war with their luscious locks! We say…no more battling the frizz, waging war against humidity, or having hand to hair combat in front of the mirror every morning. Here are a few simple tips and tricks that we feel every woman with curly hair should know.
Understand why you have curly hair. Chances are you received your curly hair from one of your parents or some other relative…genetics aside, at the root (pun intended) of the curly hair mystery is the hair follicle. The size and shape of your hair follicle determines your hair thickness and whether or not you will have curly or straight hair. Individuals with curly hair will have an oval to nearly flat shaped follicle. An oval follicle produces wavy hair, whereas a flatter follicle produces more coiled hair or tighter curls. On the contrary, individuals with rounded follicles have straight hair.
Nurture your curls through hydration and gentle care. First, washing your hair every day can be very drying. Second, many drug store shampoos can be damaging or harsh to your hair. Solution – because curly hair tends to be damaged easily, consider washing your hair with a shampoo made for curly hair every other day, or even less. Here is a tip – condition your hair daily, but wash no more than 2-3 times per week. At first the new routine may cause what feels like oiliness, but this is just your hair adjusting to a new regimen. Try to stick to the new regimen for two weeks before deciding if this is right for you. The benefits of this change may take a couple of weeks to notice, BUT it will save you time and you will still benefit from that fresh washed feeling everyday.
Condition, condition, condition. Find a hydrating conditioner to use daily. You want something light, but conditioning enough for daily use without ugly build-up, which can weigh your hair down. Find a daily conditioner made for curly hair and deep condition once per week. Leave in conditioners work well. If you are concerned about build-up or product residue, incorporate a clarifying apple cider rinse or shampoo that will remove residue without stripping the hair. Tip – if your hair tends to get tangled, comb (not brush) through your hair while conditioning. Avoid combing or brushing dry, unconditioned hair as much as possible. Shower time is a great time to get the tangles out!
Avoid heat. Flat irons, curling irons and blow dryers should be used sparingly. Allow your hair to air dry as much as possible and blow dry only when absolutely necessary. Seriously, when you minimize shampooing and hydrate your curls, you will find that minimizing your blow-dryer time gets easier…it is no longer just a styling tool; rather it becomes a way to get body without achieving the big-poofy over worked look. Instead, try to incorporate a high quality curl enhancing product, which eliminates frizz and defines your curls. Alterna, Oscar Blandi, Phyto and Briogeo all have fantastic products to choose from. Once your curls are managed and under control, your desire to straighten them is lessened and your curling iron and flat iron may not be as appealing for everyday styling.
Finally, it is important for curly haired vixens to find a superb stylist, one who understands curly hair. The right hair cut is crucial! I saved this tip for last because this subject can be sensitive. We have all experienced a bad hair cut…good news is your hair grows back eventually right?! Tip – find a stylist that knows curly hair. Get referrals if you can. In addition to the right cut, regular trips to the salon for a trim can make a huge difference in the appearance of your hair. Regular trims will reduce split ends and will help keep the hair looking healthy.
Looking for product suggestions?
Shampoo’s & Conditioners: Phyto Phytospecific Curl Hydration Shampoo Naturally Curly Hair, Frederic Fekkai Essential Shea Shampoo, Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino and Shea Curl Defining Conditioner
Curl Enhancers: Phyto Phytospecific Moisturizing Styling Cream, Alterna BAMBOO Smooth Curls Anti-Frizz Curl Defining Cream, Briogeo Curl Charisma Rice Amino and Shea Leave-In Defining Cream
Trainings and events are my absolute favorite part of my job with ZENTS. I get to meet and learn from amazing people in the spa and skincare industry and share our rich history. ZENTS is a fusion of the words “Zen” and “Scent” and during our trainings I often ask the question: What does the word Zen mean to you?
I love hearing everyone’s answers and the way their whole body often becomes more relaxed as they think upon the question. You can almost see the words floating in their mind’s eye. Peaceful, calm, attuned, mindful… These words create a symphony of relaxation when we think them. The word that I like to call out the most is “mindful.” ZENTS is an incredibly mindful company, from our charitable giving arm, SEVA, to the way we source our ingredients. We procure our shea butter from women’s co-ops in Ghana, directing and positively affecting the lives of women and families.
One of the ZENTS products that embodies mindfulness the most to me is our Concreta. The Concreta is a rich reparative balm, made for dry, problem areas like cuticles, elbows, heels, feet. It is full of organic shea butter and touched lightly with a spa-grade aroma to create a feeling of delight and relaxation when applying it. Shea butter is incredibly hydrating, anti-inflammatory, and helps to protect the skin’s barrier from dehydration. We source our shea butter from women’s co-ops in Ghana, voting with our dollars, and listening to all our customers who tell us how much they appreciate it. The organic shea butter in the Concreta is housed in a hand-carved stone box, and the story behind that box is symbolic of all that embodies ZENTS.
Founder Cord Coen was in a car accident 19 years ago that left him with debilitating injuries, both to mind and body. After two years of rehabilitation in Boulder, Colorado, his Western doctors told him that they could do no more. He would get no better.
Cord and his family refused to believe this and broadened their search until they found a doctor in India who had helped others in the Boulder community. Cord spent a year and half in recovery in India, performing pranayama for his brain rehabilitation and yoga for his body. He took Tibetan medicine and worked every single day at recovery. Slowly, slowly, his mind and body began to heal. Upon his return to the United States, he knew he wanted to be a part of other people’s healing journeys, and ZENTS was born.
To this day, our Concreta boxes are hand-carved by the family that Cord lived with in India. Every time someone purchases a Concreta, they are helping to put food on a family’s table.
It’s when we take care of ourselves that we are best able to take care of others. Thank you for allowing ZENTS to be a part of your healing journey.
Elemental Herbology incorporates the integral philosophy of the Chinese Medicine’s Five Elemental Theory. Summer is the element of fire and symbolizes outward movement, warmth, vitality and energy.
When the fire element is in excess, skin can become excessively oily and congested. The humid summer months can lead to breakouts and irritated skin, making it an essential time to incorporate balancing products into your skincare regimen. We suggest adding into any existing skincare regimen the Facial Detox Mask.
Formulated with mineral rich organic Amazonian clay to deep clean skin that is prone to blemishes and resolve congestion. Manuka honey, aloe and calendula provide anti-inflammatory relief while eucalyptus, cedarwood, lavender and rosemary essential oils help to balance sebum production. Use once weekly for normal skin or up to three times weekly for oily skin.
You can find Elemental Herbology products on SkinStore.com.
The summer months can take a toll on the skin. From sunny vacations to outdoor activities and the sun’s harsh rays beating down during your daily commute, sun protection is extra important during these warmer months. The summer season finds the sun the highest in the sky causing UVA/UVB rays to be stronger and more direct, especially during the 10 am – 4 pm hours.
Adding a broad spectrum sunscreen into your daily routine — no matter what time of day you are out — dramatically improves your level of protection. If the sun is out, a broad spectrum sunscreen should be applied to all exposed skin. Broad spectrum sunscreens protect against both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are responsible for premature aging, while UVB rays result in sunburn.
PCA SKIN® offers five broad spectrum sunscreens — Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45, Perfecting Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Protecting Hydrator Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Hydrator Plus Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Active Broad Spectrum SPF 45: Water Resistant — designed for different skin needs, but all approved by The Skin Cancer Foundation for active and daily use.
To supplement direct sun care, C&E Strength and C&E Strength Max offer maximum percentages of pure vitamins C and E to aid the skin’s ability to support itself against external damages while improving fine lines and wrinkles. The unique delivery system in these products allow for the vitamins to be safely encapsulated and provide maximum effectiveness.
Ultimately, one of the best things you can do for your skin is to avoid these harsh rays whenever possible. Rearranging your outdoor activities and chores to before or after the hottest point of the day and staying away from artificial tanning is the number one method of protection.
You can find PCA Skin products on SkinStore.com.
Found in Själ Skincare’s Bio-Regeneratif Serum, malachite extract is an antioxidant rich in copper, which protects against environmental oxidative stress.
Malachite is an important mineral for environmentally stressed skin in two ways: acting as a defense shield from radical scavenging activity against superoxide anion and as a deep detoxifier through the stimulation of glutathione reductase (considered the body’s most important cellular antioxidant).
Stabilized at the pH of skin to ensure optimum tolerance, Malachite has been demonstrated at several levels of the “antioxidant” defense mechanisms in our cells through its effect on the superoxide radical, malachite acts directly on the unstable free radical. By inhibiting the superoxide anion at a rate of more than 95%, malachite is an excellent front line of defense.
Simultaneously, malachite acts on a deeper level in the body’s defense system. Its effect on hydrogen peroxide occurs via reduced glutathione – or more precisely, through the enzyme in charge of regenerating it. This indirect activation effect allows elimination of one of the main factors limiting the reaction between hydrogen peroxide and reduced glutathione: the reduced glutathione itself.
The effects of Malachite Complex have been demonstrated at several levels of the “antioxidant” defense mechanisms in our cells? Through its effect on the superoxide radical, Malachite Complex acts directly on the “troublemaker.” By inhibiting the superoxide anion at a rate of more than 95%, Malachite Complex represents a choice first line of defense? At the same time, Malachite Complex acts at a more complex level in the body’s defense system. Its effect on hydrogen peroxide occurs via reduced glutathione – or more precisely, through the enzyme in charge of regenerating it. This indirect activation effect allows elimination of one of the main factors limiting the reaction between hydrogen peroxide and reduced glutathione: the reduced glutathione itself.
You can find the product mentioned on SkinStore.com.
Founded by an aesthetician as Physician’s Choice of Arizona in 1990, PCA SKIN became one of the first brands to be sold directly from the shelves of doctors’ offices, allowing patients to leave with products that are right for their unique skin and avoiding a guessing game at drug and department stores. After becoming established as an international player in skincare, PCA SKIN became Physician’s Care Alliance.
PCA SKIN products are formulated to treat specific skin conditions and are backed by scientific research, ensuring safe products that provide rapid results. PCA SKIN provides products to treat every skin condition. For hyperpigmentation, Pigment Gel, Intensive Clarity Treatment®: 0.5% pure retinol night and C&E Strength are recommended. For aging, Intensive Age Refining Treatment®: 0.5% pure retinol night, ExLinea® Peptide Smoothing Serum and Total Strength Serum are designed to keep skin from showing visible signs of aging. For acne, Blemish Control Bar, Acne Gel and Acne Cream are formulated to keep breakouts under control. For sensitive skin conditions, Anti-Redness Serum and Hydrating Serum provide soothing relief.
All of the products in the daily care line are designed to work as a perfect union, each one enhancing the previous step and prepping the skin for the next one. PCA SKIN products are designed to be safely used before and after professional treatments.
Every day, PCA SKIN’s research and development team is hard at work drafting new formulations with the most advanced, scientifically proven ingredients and delivery systems to provide products that improve people’s lives.
You can find PCA SKIN on SkinStore.com.
PUT YOUR BEST FACE FORWARD WITH OUR ANTI-BLEMISH BASICS
Mother’s Day is just around the corner and whether you are a new mom or an expectant one, a little pampering goes a long way.
So, why not spoil yourself from with our Anti-Blemish Basics. This specialty two piece set contains a dynamic duo of Belli® skin care products that will STOP acne blemishes in their tracks without the use of salicylic acid, glycolic acid or benzoyle peroxide–common acne fighting ingredients that should be avoided during pregnancy. Cleanse your skin daily with our Anti-Blemish Facial Wash which features lactic acid to gently exfoliate acne-prone skin without over drying. Next follow with our Acne Control Spot Treatment that contains sulfur to clear acne blemishes and helps prevent new breakouts.
Belli®skin care is Picky For A Purpose™ to protect and pamper your delicate skin without known harmful chemicals, so that you can enjoy peace of mind during any stage of your life: pregnancy, motherhood and beyond. The ingredients in Belli® products are selected based upon extensive review of published medical studies.
Every Belli® product is allergy tested, free of artificial dyes or fragrances, phthalates and paraben preservatives. For pregnancy and motherhood, Belli® even follows a unique safety screening process to avoid ingredients with known links to birth defects or harmful effects while breastfeeding.
Don’t forget to take advantage of Belli’s free gift in April. Receive a Sheer Comfort Lip Balm with a purchase of $75 or more (offer while supplies last).
You can find the products mentioned on SkinStore.com.
If you haven’t jumped on the oil bandwagon, there has never been a better time to try one. After what seems to be the never ending winter, your skin is likely dehydrated, weak and badly in need of hydration. Weather aside–age, stress or environmental factors could also be contributing to skin woes. Enter Dr. Dennis Gross’ newest scientific cocktail, Triple C Peptide Firming Oil.
This complexion-brightening, skin-strengthening oil is anti-aging and intensely hydrating. It combines three forms of vitamin C which provides a surge of antioxidants to skin, annihilates free radicals, and strengthens skin’s building blocks. The result? Dry, dull skin is quenched, renewed, fortified and transformed. Unveil fresher, firmer, more radiant skin that truly defies your age.
What makes this product so unique?
-Innovative technology infuses water- and lipid-based anti-aging actives in a nutrient rich oil designed to rebuild collagen and communicate between cells to help skin repair and protect itself.
-Bio-identical actives including squalane, phospholipids, and ceramides replenish skin’s surface layer and restore its natural moisture barrier to prevent water loss and environmental damage – leaving skin plump, supple, and silky.
-Essential fatty acids, 17 nutrient-rich botanicals, and vitamins D & K breathe life into dry, nutrient depleted skin while enhancing elasticity for a radiant complexion that instantly snaps back into shape.
Application: Shake well. Apply 2-3 drops, more if needed, AM &/or PM. Gently massage into face, neck & décolleté.
You can find this product on SkinStore.com.
Create a lifting effect for the neck and enhance the appearance of elasticity with this high performance neck cream. Formulated with a proprietary blend of fruit stem cells infused into a Vitamin C, resveratrol rich grapeseed formula. The STEM CELLULAR™ Lifting Neck Cream reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while providing powerful antioxidant protection. Peptides and algae give a smoother and tighter feel, to give a more youthful, defined looking neck area.
Benefits & Ingredients
– Creates tighter looking skin with a proprietary blend of apple and grape fruit stem cells which have been infused into organic resveratrol-rich grapeseed.
– Improves appearance of skin texture and suppleness with vegetable squalane and Vitamin E.
– Improves skin luminosity with Vitamin C.
– Provides a lifting effect while reducing the appearance of wrinkles thanks to a blend of peptides and algae for a visibly more refined & toned definition on the neck line, profile & décolleté.
– Improves the appearance of skin’s elasticity with rosehip, linseed and borage oils leaving skin looking tighter, more supple and softer.
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Elemental Herbology incorporates the integral philosophy of the Chinese Medicine’s Five Elemental Theory. The wood element is aligned to spring, germination, growth and change. It is a time to ‘tend the soil’ before ‘sowing the seeds’ and in this way, a time to purify the skin and infuse it with much needed nourishment.
Consider adding into any skincare regimen the Elemental Herbology Cell Food facial serum. This serum contains a power-house of proteins, vitamins and anti-oxidants to help boost, protect and repair undernourished skin, especially after the effects of the winter season.
“You can actually feel this serum doing your skin good; natural products don’t get more effective. It leaves skin supple and nourished in the short term and decidedly more radiant in the long term.” – Harper’s Bazaar, October 2014
You can find this product on SkinStore.com.