Ever heard of blonde hair turning green from swimming in a pool? Unfortunately, this is not an urban legend. Being a blonde myself I am super cautious about getting my hair wet in the pool and I am way too insecure to go around rocking a swim cap. So, over the years I have picked up a few tricks to help prevent those dreaded green pool tresses.
One tip that I hear a lot is to wet your hair before you go in the pool. The idea is that your hair will absorb the tap water and not the pool water. I always pictured having to either take a shower to wet my hair or drench my hair with a garden hose in order to do this. Since it was such a hassle I only did this a handful of times. I was recently complaining to a friend of mine about the hardships of being blonde, like the expense, stupid jokes and green pool hair when she suggested that I carry a water spray bottle in my pool bag so I could conveniently spray my hair before jumping in the pool. This was the most brilliant idea I have ever heard (maybe some of these blonde jokes have a point). So now I carry a small spray bottle with tap water and I like to add a few drops of conditioner to give my hair some extra protection. I also try to shampoo my hair as soon as I am done with the pool. So far I have avoided the green scene and the swim cap!
Looking for more sun protection hair products for summer? Here are a few of our favorites!
Phyto Phytoplage Protective Sun Veil: The UV filter in Protective Sun Veil ensures this product’s “high” protection levels, ideal for natural, unchanged hair. The photo-protective agent obtained from the Sunflower blossom effectively completes hair fiber protection.
Rene Furterer Repairing After Sun Mask: Enriched with palm butter and phospholipids of natural origin, this Repairing After Sun Mask restructures sun damaged hair and instantly detangles it. This mask also protects and nourishes hair for supple and soft results.
Alterna BAMBOO UV Color Protection Vibrant Color Conditioner: Vibrant Color Conditioner combines strengthening pure Organic Bamboo Extract with color-locking, damage-locking Kalahari Melon Extract. This paraben and sodium chloride free conditioner infuses hair with nourishing moisture and vital nutrients to keep it strong and healthy with beautifully vibrant color. With rinse resistant Color Hold UV+ Technology this conditioner provides the highest level of color protection.
Wedding season is here. Even if you are not the bride chances are you are attending a wedding in the near future. Weddings are great, but they are even better when you show up looking superhot! Everyone puts their best foot forward for these events so it’s time to step up your game. That means beautiful hair, nails, teeth and skin. Luckily for you we have put together a to do list so your wedding look doesn‘t disappoint.
Weeks before the wedding you need to address your skin and teeth. I would start bleaching your teeth as soon as you mail in your wedding RSVP reply card. There are plenty of ways to achieve a pearly white smile. You may use toothpaste that whitens or even teeth bleaching gizmos, whatever you choose start working on a whiter smile as soon as possible. Teeth whitening is a process and the longer you treat your teeth the better the results. We suggest Supersmile Professional Whitening System. Simply brush your teeth for 2 minutes a day for dramatically whiter teeth without messy trays!
When it comes to perfecting your skin a great way to clear up any skin concerns is by starting some glycolic treatments. Glycolic is a fantastic way to clear up skin without having to go through a lengthy peeling process. Plus glycolic gives your skin a healthy looking glow! One of the best go to glycolic treatments on the market is Dr. Dennis Gross Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel. For best results use consistently 2-3 times a week for one month. Your skin will look A-MAZING!
Another way to obtain a beautiful glow is with nice self-tanner. One BIG reason I love self-tanners is you look instantly thinner when your skin is tan. Let’s be honest tan legs look much more toned than pasty legs. Self-tanners are super simple to use too. Get in the shower, exfoliate the skin, shave, get out and apply moisturizer. Next, apply the self-tanner, I prefer spray on tanners for hard to reach areas like the back, and then wash your hands after. Rodial Brazilian Tan Airbrush is my go to product! Just remember to do all your waxing and shaving BEFORE applying self-tanner. There is nothing worse than a beautifully bronzed face with a white upper lip and brows!
Now that your teeth and skin are a vision of glowing perfection it’s time to address the hair and nails. When it comes to hair and nails anything goes. Nail art is all the rage right now. The things people are doing with their nails today is nothing short of amazing. One look that isn’t amazing is dirty and chipped nails. Don’t show up to a wedding looking like you just spent the day digging in the garden. The same goes for your hair. Keep in mind the type of wedding you are attending when choosing a hair style, elegant, beachy or casual, show up looking like you belong and not out of place. Once your look is on point you can relax and enjoy yourself knowing that you look your very best!
You can find the products mentioned in the article at SkinStore.com.
Mom may know best, but we know what she wants for Mother’s Day! Make her feel loved with one of our top picks for Mom.
Every mom deserves the gift of great skin! Make her feel radiant this Mother’s Day with a Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Cleansing System. A Clarisonic is the essential first step in your skin care regimen. Clarisonic goes beyond cleansing by using sonic technology to gently yet deeply cleanse pores without abrasion or harsh chemicals. Clarisonic removes six times more makeup than manual cleansing, cleansing so well that products absorb better—making skin more receptive to skin care ingredients (up to 61% of Vitamin C). With regular daily use the Clarisonic reduces dry skin patches, oily areas and blemishes and immediately leaves skin feeling and looking smoother.
If mom is looking to perfect her complexion Dr. Dennis Gross Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel is the go-to at home chemical peel with spa like results. This peel is an extra-strength version of Dr. Dennis Gross’ patented #1-selling Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel on pre-soaked cotton towelettes. Higher concentrations of Alpha Beta Acids plus newly added anti-aging boosters, including Mandelic Acid and Willow Bark Extract, deliver a stronger peel without risk of irritation or recovery time. Results are noticeable after the first use. This is a SkinStore staff must have product!
The next best thing to a tropical vacation for mom just might be the Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub and the Candlenut Body Crème. The Invigorating Coffee Scrub is an aromatic escape with fresh Indonesian coffee beans that awakens the senses as it exfoliates and cleanses. Used in Indonesian treatments to stimulate circulation in the skin, coffee has been clinically proven to provide powerful antioxidant and tightening benefits when applied to the skin. The Candlenut Body Crème is a rich, luxurious body cream that provides the nourishing benefits of candlenut oil, used for centuries in Indonesia to moisturize dry, rough skin. The unique properties of candlenut oil allow for superior skin penetration with a soft, velvet finish. This crème and scrub combination is absolutely amazing!
Any mom would be happy with one of these great gifts or even your handmade macaroni necklace.
Thought caviar was only for the rich and famous? Not anymore! Alterna’s Caviar line makes luxurious hair care affordable. Give your locks some love with these products that put the va-va-voom back in your style.
Hydration is not just for your skin. Healthy hair is shiny and vibrant. Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Duo will have you turning heads. If you want to replenish moisture without a heavy, weighed down feel, this is the set for you. Even the finest of hair will do well. The Photozyme Complex helps repair sun damage (yes, even our hair gets sun damage) and restores radiance. Rated 5 out of 5 stars by our customers, 21 reviewers can’t be wrong!
If you need more bounce and body then Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Body Building Volume Duo is your answer. Like its moisture counterpart both formulas are sulfate-free. This set is the best of both worlds. You will get lift and moisture from these show stoppers. As a woman with fine, color-treated hair I was used to having two sets of shampoo and conditioner in my shower. I needed the volume, but the volume shampoos (even high-end brands) always dried my hair so much I would have to switch to a more moisturizing set every few days. I don’t have to do that with this line, which makes me and my pocketbook happy! How does it smell, you ask? To me both formulas smell the same. They have a clean, spa-like fragrance that is relaxing.
Last but not least, the Alterna Caviar Working Hair Spray is our best seller in the Caviar line for good reason. This has quickly become my favorite hairspray! It offers a light, never-sticky buildable hold that gives your hair a touch of shine. It’s ultra-dry so there’s no waiting to brush through. It’s also humidity resistant so no worries about your hair frizzing in moisture. All-in-all, a five-star line for a five-star you!
Do you feel like you just left the salon, yet your color is fading fast? In this economy we’re all looking for ways to cut corners and get the most for our dollar. Here are a few tips to preserve and prolong your color and get the most out of each salon visit.
-Technician Color Care Shampoo, 2oz This highly protective shampoo maintains colored hair integrity while fighting fade. This shampoo gently cleanses hair with a rich, luxurious lather.
-Technician Color Care Conditioner, 2oz This silk-inducing conditioner drenches each strand of hair in emollients while helping lock in color intensity.
-Technician Color Care 3 Minute Mask, 1.7oz Rich and rapid, this mask submerges hair in humectants and extracts to revive just-colored condition and silkiness. This mask also helps to lock in color.
2. Dry shampoo is a life saver! One of the best and easiest ways to preserve your vibrant color is to avoid over-washing your hair. If you wash your hair daily then you are stripping your color at a much faster rate while depleting your hair of the natural oils that are essential to the health of your hair and scalp. Alternate washing your hair with a dry shampoo to greatly extend the life of your dye job. We love Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk.
3. Phyto Phytomist Color Protect Radiance Mist Formulated with Sunflower extracts, Red Algae, and White Lotus Flowers, Phytomist hydrates, repairs and protects hair from the damaging effects of color treatments and environmental stresses. With a few sprays of this leave-in treatment, hair is left soft, silky and manageable.
-White Lotus Flower helps to soften and hydrate hair.
-Helps to protect hair from UV rays.
-Recommended for color-treated hair in need of hydration.
Have you ever wondered how to get those perfect runway style waves that don’t require a professional stylist to do your hair? Well now you can easily do them yourself with the T3 Single Pass Whirl Styling Wand. A simple to use, at home tool makes it so even the styling beginners of the world can curl their entire head without fumbling around with a curling iron. It is easy as section, position, wrap and release! The T3 Single Pass Whirl Styling Wand uses top of the line tourmaline, ionic and ceramic technology to give you beautiful waves with the least amount of heat damage possible. Check out the video below for a quick rundown on how to use the device safely and effectively. 15 minutes for flawless curls!
Dandruff is the shedding of dry skin on the scalp that causes itching and flaking. This disorder is very common and affects about half of the world’s population. Dandruff can affect anyone; it does not discriminate against gender or ethnicity. However dandruff does tend to get worse during the winter months. One of the most popular products skinstore offers to treat dandruff is the Phillip B Anti-Flake Relief Shampoo. This shampoo has amazing customer reviews and is such a quality product. It has over 13% of pure extracts and 1% zinc omadine to help soothe the scalp. After using this shampoo the only flakes you will see this winter will be snowflakes!
Are your locks not looking so luscious lately? Shiny, happy hair may be easier than you thought. Simply, scour the contents of your fridge and viola your strands are back in the game! All you need is apple juice, apple cider vinegar and pear juice for an easy at home remedy.
Apples not only keep the doctor away, but also revive tired, dull, over processed tresses. Apples contain key vitamins and are loaded with potassium to help strengthen your hair. Studies have also shown that apple polyphenols stimulate hair growth.
Pear juice is added to the mix, which contains a low pH balance. A low pH is crucial because it changes the hair’s electric charge, allowing the cuticle to lie flat. When the hair lies flat, light is reflected imparting a shinier appearance.
Last, but certainly not least is Apple cider vinegar. Vinegar is highly acidic, quickly removing excess oil from the scalp and waxy buildup. The hair is left squeaky clean, glossy and manageable.
Ingredients: 1 cup of apple juice, 1 cup of pear juice, and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
Directions: Make sure all ingredients are at room temperature and mix well before application. Apply treatment to freshly washed hair and leave on for three minutes. Rinse and condition hair as usual. Use as needed, when your locks require some extra good lovin’.
Since we usually always talk about what products are great for customer’s concerns at SkinStore.com, I wanted to talk about or actually rave about my personal favorite products. These products are tried and true!
First off I wanted to start with hair. I feel that other than your skin, your hair is what shapes your face and also defines your personal style. It is most definitely a part of me I wish to take care of and maintain. A few years ago I had stumbled upon the Alterna brand and fell in love. I’ve now been using their shampoo & conditioner for about 2.5 years. It doesn’t strip the color out of my hair or the shine and also doesn’t weigh it down. Aside from those amazing benefits their products avoid harsh chemicals, artificial colorants, chemical preservatives, synthetic fragrance and chemical sunscreens wherever possible. I highly suggest trying Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Duo if you haven’t already. You can thank me later!
Next up is a newer addition to my skin care regimen by Peter Tomas Roth. It’s the Camu Camu Power Cx30 Vitamin C Brightening Serum. I adore the consistency of the product because it’s a very lightweight liquid serum. It absorbs into the skin very quickly and doesn’t leave any residue behind. I noticed results within the first week of using this product, which is almost never the case. It contains Vitamins C, A, D, & E which is a powerful combination of the exact ingredients my skin craves. I would most definitely recommend this product to others, it’s amazing!
Lastly is a natural product line that is on the rise in popularity, ARCONA. If you like a product that you can immediately see results, then you should take a look at ARCONA Peptide Eye Serum. It feels refreshing and has a very thin consistency. Upon the first application you can feel it firm and tighten the area around the eye. It leaves you with a smooth, toned and hydrated eye area. It’s good for prevention and the first signs of aging.
I urge you to try one of my tried and true favorites. It may be just what you’ve been looking for!