The Beauty Blues: Post Pool Party

Hey Beauties!

The city's tumultuous affair with the sun is in full swing and we're already trying to find ways to cool off. This past weekend, I went to a pool party to do just that. However, chlorine can do a number on your skin and hair. So today's post is all about how to make a speedy chlorine recovery:

 

  • Skin:  To make a long story short, chlorine causes your skin to age prematurely. It does this by stripping your skin from it's natural oils causing your skin to look and feel very dry. So after taking a dip, make sure you take a cool shower. A hot shower will open your pores and allow the chlorine to absorb into your skin...big no no! Also it's important to use a body wash or soap that cleanses gently and softens. I like to use Dr. Bronner's Castille Lavender Soap ($15.85) because it cleans up residue and nourishes with natural oils, while lavender eases stressed skin. Next step is a body lotion. For summer it's best to get a product that moisturizes but is light and absorbs quickly. My skin is super sensitive and lately I've been using 1. Burt Bees' Soothingly Sensitive Body Lotion, ($5.08). The great thing about sensitive skin products is that it's safe enough for all skin types. Ingredients like aloe and buttermilk calm and soothe skin without overwhelming. 

 

  •  Hair: Too much exposure to chlorine can cause hair to become brittle, weak, and damage it's color. No matter what your hair type or needs are, when you've swimming around in chlorine repair(bold) is a must. Look for products that are for your hair type (or all hair types) but that are designed to repair damage. I like to use 2. AlbaBotanica's Hawaiian Deep Conditioning Minute Mask; Real Repair, ($8.99). It contains cocoa butter, Argan oil, and plant sourced keratin, which intensely moisturize and refortify parched strands. You only need to leave it in for 2-5 minutes because it gets to work right away. It also smells like icing...need I say more? After I rinse I distribute 3. Pantene's Ultimate 10 BB Crème in my hair as a leave in. (Yes, there are beauty balms for HAIR, rejoice!) It protects against sun damage, re-strengthens hair, tames flyaways and much more. It can be used daily alone or as a serum before styling.  The best part of all these products as they give you luxurious results without breaking bank!

Tell Us! How do you protect/repair your skin and hair? 

Stay tuned for more summer-themed posts! 

Summer Solstice Prep

Summer is here! 

Summer is here! 

Now that we're officially in the summer season, we are all pretty eager to abandon our city homes and cold office climates for the sunny outdoors and beautiful beaches. But before we dive into summer face first, we need to make sure everyone's skin is well prepared for the hot & humid temperatures that are sure to work wonders for your complexion but wreak potential havoc to your skin & hair if you aren't protected. Are you good about moisturizing your hair & skin? If not, now's the time to incorporate these few tips into your daily routine. Your newly bronze skin & beach wavy tresses will thank us! 

 

Before you step out:

1. Apply SPF: to your whole body. That;s right, everywhere. Of course, your face is most important and needs the most coverage (this is where wrinkles, dark spots, and fine lines appear first!) But summer time = less clothing and more of your skin is exposed to the sun. 

2. Protect your hair: Yes, even your hair needs protection from the sun! Whether you're natural, processed, curly or straight, your hair will need some help remaining healthy and moisturized in the scorching sun. If you didn't already know, there's such thing as SPF for your hair! I've heard great things about Living Proof Restore Revitalizing Spray ($26 at Sephora), which doubles as a heat protectant against blow dryers and irons. Two-in-one? Count me in! 

While you're out:

3. Shine Control: This is my biggest issue in the summer. My skin is fairly oily, so controlling the shine is a task and a half! I've tried it all--from mattifying moisturizers and foundation powders to good ol' blotting patches. But the only thing that seems to work for me are primers. There are many shine-control primers out there for us to try, and I have tried many! Although I haven't found one that I LOVE (would be one that keeps me shine-free through most of the day), next on my list  to try is NYX's Shine Killer Potion, (available for $13 at Urbanoutfitters.com). 

When you're back:

4. Hair Repair: After being in the sun all day, swimming in pools or wading in the beach water, your hair will need some extra revitalizing. Although a deep conditioner will certainly do the trick, now would be a great time to find a nice hair mask to restore any nutrients stripped away by the salt and chlorine. If you're opting for the DIY route, check out some at-home choices using items such as honey, avocado, and olive oil that smell great and cost little-to-nothing! Otherwise, any moisturizing treatments, such as DRYBAR's Mudslide Nourishing Mask ($38 at Sephora) or OGX Repairing Instant Recovery Hair Mask Cream ($8 at Walgreens).

*Tip: Ingredients including natural oils (such as avocado, argan, jojoba), honey, and ginger are sure to quench your strands' thirst after a long day in the sun. Also, prepping your hair for a day in the water with a serum or a few drops of oil will help to retain your hair's moisture. 

5. Face Masks: Despite your diligent SPF application, your face will still appreciate some exra exfoliation and a mask to cool it's heated surface during these hotter months. Increase the frequency of your face masks from once a week to a few times a week if your skin is feeling extra thirsty. Alba Botanica Natural AcneDote Face & Body Scrub ($9 at your local Drugstore) and First Aid Beauty's Facial Radiance Overnight Mask are both great options for restoring your skin to it's naturally hydrated state. 

*Tip: As we all know by now, nothing is quite as moisturizing as water. Constantly downing water throughout the day, especially during the summer months, will prove beneficial to your hair, skin and overall health. So drink up!

How will you keep hydrated this summer?


Grown Up Recess

Happy Monday! Hope you guys enjoyed the weekend and are ready for the new week!

I've heard mother nature is finally breaking out of her sh*tty mood and giving NYC a break,  which hopefully means summer is right around the corner!  Throw out those doughnuts and get off the couch.  It's finally warm enough (almost) for you guys to get out, get some fresh air, and do some outdoor activities.  It's time to get out of that sweat box or off that boring treadmill and go outside! I'm sure you're thinking what the heck does this have to do with this beauty blog? 

Well, fitness has become a major part of my beauty regimen.  It is a key factor in keeping myself healthy, confident, and happy which, in my opinion, all contribute to one's inner and outer beauty. On days when I'm not feeling myself so much, my solution is to go for a run.  Before you know it--exercising won't be a chore anymore. Instead, it becomes an outlet to relieve stress and is a good excuse to get away from studying or work.    

Outdoor exercises have many benefits:

  • you get tan lol
  • Vitamin D (vitamin D deficiency has been linked to depression, allergies, and various cancers)
  • Sunlight = increased endorphin production=happy mood
  • happy =smiling = make you take care of your teeth= maybe wear a pretty lipstick? whichever you prefer!

 

They say the "happiest girls are the prettiest girls" so MOST IMPORTANTLY: Do what makes you happy!

 

I wanted to share just a few outdoor exercises that I include in my week.  I'm not a fitness freak or anything- I just try random workouts and see what works for me. It's also too nice out over here to be in a gym so I use and abuse the parks in my complex. Here are 13 of my favs: 

 

(hover your mouse over the picture for # of sets and reps)

Don't forget to stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water.

Please share some new workouts with me! What are some of your favorite outdoor activities? I need some new ideas :)