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Pineapple: Beauty Fruit

Pineapple

Not only is pineapple tasty, but it’s also great for hair, skin, and nails!

Pineapples are full of important antioxidants, which work to prevent cell damage within the body by fighting against free radicals. When you are getting enough antioxidants in your diet, you are working toward preventing several chronic diseases and conditions, such as heart disease, various cancers, atherosclerosis, and arthritis.

Additionally, this fruit helps to keep the skin flexible and firm because it increases collagen synthesis. It contains vitamin C and amino acids and these are all skin-friendly nutrients.

You can apply fresh pineapple directly to your face to reap the benefits.

Furthermore, this fruit contains high amounts of anti-inflammatory substances and vitamin C, both of which fight the causes of acne. The vitamin C helps to improve your body’s ability to heal while the anti-inflammatory substances help to prevent new breakouts and a worsening of current ones.

You can also use the pineapples wedges to naturally exfoliate the skin so that your complexion and tone always look their best.

Pineapple water assists with hydrating the skin.

Pineapple is great for your nails because it moisturizes and assists with cell renewal.

Finally, pineapple is great for your hair because it hydrates dull hair as well as prevents hair loss. The vitamin C content in this fruit helps to fight against hair loss. Simply eat some pineapple each day to strengthen your hair follicles from the inside out.

So eat pineapple and set some to the side and incorporate it into your beauty regime.

Acne and Outer Peace

Aveda Outer Peace Cleanser

Acne can be a difficult battle for both a client and an esthetician working to promote healthy skin. The Aveda Outer Peace line is a great line of products to recommend to clients struggling through breakouts. In order to give your client the best possible result, it is essential to know what is in this cleanser that makes it such a great option for an acne prone client.

The Outer Peace Cleanser contains many powerful, naturally derived ingredients including the following:

  1. Oat Amino Acids

    This is the active ingredient in the cleanser that makes it foam, also called a surfactant. Oat grain contains many vitamins and lipids that promote healthy skin. In recent studies, as many as seventeen amino acids have been found in oats. Oats give the skin moisture, protection, and have PH balancing properties.

  2. Saw Palmetto Fruit Extract

    Saw Palmetto is plant sterols, fatty acids, and bioflavonoids. It is rich in polysaccharides which are used by the body to aid in immune system efficiency and act as an anti inflammatory. Many studies have shown that Saw Palmetto is especially helpful in reducing hormonal acne because it inhibits the conversion of testosterone into DHT, which is one of hormonal acne’s main causes.

  3. Salicylic Acid

    Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxyl acid that is derived from wintergreen. It aids breakouts by dissolving the dead, keratinized skin cells to keep the pores unclogged, decreasing inflammation.

This cleanser is gentle yet effective on the skin. It thoroughly cleans the skin without over drying, which is a huge selling point for many people who struggle with acne or even just the occasional monthly breakout.

Five Benefits of Rosewater

Roses and Rosewater

Rosewater is an amazing ingredient to include in your beauty routine. It helps soften your skin and gives it a healthy glow. Rosewater can benefit your skin in many ways and it is very inexpensive. I’m going to share with you five beauty uses and benefits of rosewater. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to get healthy, beautiful skin.

  1. Reduce Eye Puffiness

    Apply rosewater on a cotton pad and gently place it on your eyes. It will help sooth the tender skin around your eyes, preventing or reduce under eye puffiness.

  2. Soften Dry Skin

    Ladies with dry skin can experience amazing benefits with rosewater. When rosewater is applied to the skin, you’ll notice the softening effect immediately.

  3. Makeup Remover

    Apply rosewater with a cotton pad and gently massage your face. For a more effective makeup remover, you can dampen a cotton pad with rosewater along with bit of coconut oil. It efficiently removes makeup and is gentle on the skin. Never rub harshly or stretch the skin while removing makeup.

  4. Natural Setting Spray

    Rosewater can be misted over makeup as a setting product, providing a healthy glow and beautiful dewy finish.

  5. Skin Toner

    The regular use of rosewater as a toner can help prevent wrinkles by slowing down the aging process, tightening those pesky pores, and adding a natural glow to the skin.

The Magic of DMAE

Dimethylaminoethanol Chemical Structure

Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE) is a nutritional substance that is a powerful anti-inflammatory and membrane stabilizer. DMAE is a precursor to acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that causes muscles to contract and tighten under the skin. Therefore, it can help maintain muscle tone in the face and body as we age, helping to prevent both sagging and drooping of the muscles under the skin.

Application of a DMAE-rich topical treatment results in almost instantaneous benefits. The skin looks firmer, lifted, less lined, and smoother. If a DMAE-containing lotion is spread on one side of the face, gently rubbed into the nasolabial fold, around the eye, forehead, under the chin, and on the neck, results can be seen in about 20 minutes. The side of the face and jaw line with the DMAE will appear more contoured, the eye will be open wider, the nasolabial fold lessened. The effect is dramatic. There will also be an immediate reduction in lines and wrinkles. DMAE is also outstanding in tightening up the dimpled skin on the back of the thighs and the upper arms.

Continued use of DMAE lightens the age spots that are commonly seen on the face and the back of hands and arms. These brown spots are formed from the accumulated lipofuscin deposits in the body. Lipofuscin is a waste product of the cells and usually appears in older people. Another age-defying effect of DMAE is its skin tightening action that slows down the natural sagging of the skin. Aside from plastic surgery, DMAE skin treatments seem to be among the most effective means to lift and tighten the appearance of facial skin.

DMAE is used mainly for optimization of brain performance and enhancement of positive, upbeat moods. Brain functions including thinking, memory, learning, and concentration also benefit from the long-term use of DMAE. Based on studies, surveys, and patient feedback, DMAE is a valuable and, frankly, amazing tool for making brain functions higher. As a bonus, it also gives the user a younger look through clear, even-toned skin that retains its elasticity even at an older age.

Fun Home Mask Recipes

Estheticians have used food for facial masks for many years now, but, these days, the ingredients have been a little more out of the norm. Usual ingredients are honey and avocado. But what about wine and acai berries? I did a little research and found two new and unusual at-home masks anyone can try out.

Red Wine in Glass

Resveratrol, a strong antioxidant found mainly in red wine but also in smaller amounts in white wine, may help to repair the damage caused by sun exposure that can lead to wrinkles and sagging skin, according to a growing body of scientific research. Kaolin clay draws out impurities, while the grapeseed oil moisturizes and hydrates, and the oat flour gently exfoliates.

Wrinkle Soothing Wine Mask

  • ¼ cup wine
  • ¼ cup kaolin clay1
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 1 tablespoon organic oat flour1

Combine all the ingredients. Apply to the face, neck, and décolletage. Rinse with warm water after 10 minutes.

  1. Available in health food stores.

Acai Berries

Berries are rich sources of polyphenols, a class of antioxidants that, besides being used as wrinkle fighters, have other benefits. They’re a strong astringent, so they tighten the skin and minimize pores. Fatty acids in high doses, like the ones found in acai berries, seem to fight hyperpigmentation. The sugar and the olive oil form a gentle scrub which also helps in removing dirt trapped in pores.

Pore Tightening Acai Berry Mask

  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons acai powder (or ¼ cup smashed acai berries)1
  • 10 fresh, whole blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or a mix
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil.

With a potato masher, mash the sugar and acai powder (or slush) with the berries. Slowly add the olive oil and combine coarsely with a whisk. Massage into the face. Leave on for about five minutes, then rinse with warm water.

  1. Available in health food stores.

Six Uses for Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

  1. Makeup Remover

    You have to get the raccoon eyes off somehow, but many makeup removers contain harsh chemicals that are very drying to your skin. It is recommended that you squeeze a bit of pure aloe gel onto a cotton ball and swipe away your makeup for a simple and effective alternative.

  2. Shaving Cream

    Pure aloe can be the perfect shaving cream: It’s antibacterial, which is great for nicks; it’s slippery, allowing for a nice close shave; and it moisturizes, too. You can use it on its own, or combine with other nourishing ingredients for a more luxe product.

  3. Soothing Ice Cubes

    Grab an ice cube tray, fill with aloe gel, and freeze. Pop them out and store in a freezer safe container. These are great after too much sun exposure, run-ins with your stove, bug bites, poison ivy, and even psoriasis.

  4. Exfoliator

    It’s not the most pleasant part of grooming, but exfoliation is important if you want to reveal glowing, fresh skin. Aloe is a great base for a homemade scrub because it helps soften your skin and supply oxygen to your cells, strengthening the tissue to create vibrant skin.

  5. Eyebrow Gel

    We love a strong brow and tidiness is key. Dip a clean mascara wand in some aloe vera gel and sweep over stray brows for serious stay-put power without getting hard or sticky.

  6. Hand Sanitizer

    Sick of your hand sanitizer drying out your hands? Mix ½ cup aloe vera gel, ¼ cup alcohol, and 20 drops of your favorite essential oil. Pour into a spritz bottle. The alcohol fights germs while the aloe soothes your skin.

Hair From Your Dreams

Mermaid Hair

Mermaid Hair. Beta Fish Hair. Unicorn Hair. Whatever you call it, it’s dreamy. And it’s happening now.

The pastel hair trend rules the roost. You can get involved with some of Aveda’s high lift colors or enlightener. It’s a commitment, but it’s glorious to be able to see your hair go from natural to a dreamy, fanciful do.

There’s nothing new about crazy hair colors, but now it’s become more prevalent and a lot softer in hue. These soft shades are achievable when your hair has been lightened enough and looks great on long or short hair.

Those who dare to go there will definitely find that these colors require maintenance. Since the colors are so soft, they tend to fade quickly. This means they will need to be regularly attended to at a salon.

There are also things you can do on your own to help keep your color looking as cute as the day it was first done. Shades such as lavender are insanely easy to maintain with Aveda’s pigmented shampoos and conditioners. When you find your color disappearing after a washing, and you want to return technicolor to your tresses, try Blue Malva Shampoo and Conditioner. Together, they add a silvery, cool hue back to hair that’s become brassy or lost its luster. The shampoo is gentle and suitable for all hair types, and the conditioner adds terrific moisture to hair. For soft yellow tones that have faded, chamomile shampoo and conditioner is a great choice to bring back your color.

If you’re going for a big change, why not try mythical hair?

Phomollient Styling Foam

Aveda Product - Phomollient Styling Foam

As a hairstylist, we all have those favorite products that we just love to use. Phomollient just got recruited to your list!

This lightweight styling foam gives you everything you need for the perfect blowout. Weightless volume, light to medium hold, and shine–seriously, can it get any better? Yes, and it does! Phomollient can also give you a nice curl without weighing down your hair, leaving it greasy, or making it crunchy.

Since it is a lightweight foam, it allows you room to pair it with other products. I love to cocktail Phomollient with Aveda’s Volumizing Tonic. These two are definitely a dynamic duo and they never seem to fail me.

With key ingredients like honey, burdock, and marshmallow root, this product is great for fine to medium hair and leaves it smelling amazing! For the perfect round-brush blowout, I totally recommend this product.

Benefits of Cinnamon

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is proving to be a spice that not only adds flavor to various dishes but can also cure many infections and diseases. Several research studies are being conducted in various parts of the world about the benefits of cinnamon for diabetes, hair loss, cholesterol, memory, arthritis, skin, and more.

A topical application of cinnamon with honey has been used get rid pimples, ringworms, eczema, and other skin infections. This is a wonderful spice!

  • Anti Aging

    Cinnamon is said to improve fine lines by plumping the skin. This means that using cinnamon can stimulate blood vessels and bring blood to the surface of the skin.

    Use a mixture of three drops essential oil of cinnamon and two tablespoon olive oil or petroleum jelly. Apply this mixture to fine lines on the skin, taking care to avoid the eyes. The skin soon plumps out and fine lines become less visible. This can even be done to plump up lips and can be used as an alternative to lip gloss.

    Moreover, cinnamon used on the skin seems to increase collagen levels for up to six hours after it is applied. Breakdown of collagen causes the skin to lose elasticity and increases signs of aging. Cinnamon seems to increase collage expression on the skin through cinnamaldehyde, its main chemical component. Topical cinnamon creams could be used to activate growth factors IGF-1 and improve collagen expression.

  • Acne Treatment

    Cinnamon is said to help with treatment of acne and pimples. Mix one tablespoon of cinnamon powder and three tablespoons of honey and apply on pimples. Leave this paste overnight—or for twenty minutes—before washing with warm water. Acne scars can dry out and skin can get rejuvenated. This paste can also de-clog pores and bring oxygen and blood to the surface. However, because of the possibilities of skin irritation, this should not be used more than once a week. Additionally, cinnamon has antiseptic properties. If you have an open cut or wound, just dust a pinch of cinnamon over it. Bacteria will be killed and the wound heals faster.

The next time you are searching for a quick masque with multiple benefits, make sure you feature cinnamon.

Masks for Healthier Hair

Aveda Hair Products Collage

Thick, shiny, healthy hair is something many clients come seeking from their stylist. Every day on the salon floor, we find ourselves offering treatments to enhance the look and feel of hair. Whether it’s color treated, damaged by heat styling, or dry, there are botanical treatments we offer to address these issues. In the salon, we offer botanical treatments for specific issues. These include a relaxing scalp massage with oils blended to meet the needs of dry or irritated scalps. Then we follow it up with a shampoo, botanical serum, and mask. Finally, we finish with a beautiful blowout to display your treated tresses.

Most guests at our salon are well aware of these salon botanical treatments—and frequently request them—but it’s a great next step to try masks at home. This allows you continue the process of addressing whatever concerns you may have with your hair. Aveda offers five great hair masks:

  • Dry Remedy Moisture Mask

    This mask is terrific for dry hair and scalps. It contains buriti oil and has a light scent. It’s a great companion for the dry remedy shampoo and will help maintain hydrated hair.

  • Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Mask

    Helps address dull damaged hair. This mask is great for previously highlighted hair. I always recommend it to anyone who has bleached their hair and notices it becoming frizzy, brittle, or generally damaged by processing. Because this mask has quinoa protein in it to help damaged cuticles, it leaves the hair feeling strong and looking shiny.

  • Smooth Infusion Smoothing Masque

    Perfect for frizz-prone hair. This helps defend against humidity. Especially great if you’re travelling through humid climates and want to maintain your sleek style.

  • Be Curly Intensive Detangling Mask

    This is a great new addition that I have used on my own extremely curly hair. It makes blow drying my hair straight so much easier. It moisturizes with babasu oil and shea butter leaving your hair feeling nourished.

  • Color Conserve Strengthening Treatment

    This mask is perfect for a post color treatment and the sunflower and macadamia nut oils help seal in color.

So the next time you find your hair feeling less than fantastic, think about a mask that can be both relaxing and a great way to treat your hair’s needs.

The Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid IllustrationAs we age, skin moisture can drop significantly, which makes the skin lose elasticity and expose the signs of aging on the skin. Hyaluronic acid (HA) plays a critical role in skin health with its unique ability to hold in moisture. Hyaluronic acid is a natural glycosaminoglycan (polysaccharides that are an important component of connective tissue) and is distributed widely throughout connective, neural, and epithelial tissue. Hyaluronic acid is a major component of skin, where it benefits tissue repair and protection. It is of the chief components of the extracellular matrix (the tissue that provides structural support to cells). It is able to penetrate the skin’s upper layers to improve and benefit the skin when applied topically. In short, hyaluronic acid supports many important areas of the body, with notable benefit to joints and skin.

Hyaluronic acid can be derived from multiple resources, foods, supplements, and HA powders. When applied in an HA cream or serum, hyaluronic acid forms an air permeable layer and penetrates into the dermis, thus boosting the elasticity and hydration of the skin. The protective barrier on the skin locks in moisture, which helps give the skin a youthful appearance. Moreover, hyaluronic acid further benefits the skin by helping protect against UVB rays (and the scavenging reactive oxygen species they generate). Among other effects, UVB can cause sunspots.

Look for these key properties in the various hyaluronic acid serums and creams. Prefer hyaluronic acid from a vegan source. More often than not, a “pure hyaluronic acid” serum will contain alcohol or preservatives that counteract the benefits of hyaluronic acid used as a topical. Avoid these products. Also avoid hyaluronic acid serums that also contain parabens, sulfates, or other ingredients that are harmful to the skin.

Green Science Masque-Age

Female Face with Esthetician's Hands

The Aveda Green Science Masque-Age is one of my all-time favorite Aveda products. It’s great to use during the massage or mask portion of a facial for any skin type. And it’s a great take-home product recommendation for a mature client who has dehydrated, dull, or wrinkled skin.

This masque/massage cream duo contains lots of hydrating and nutrient-rich ingredients including:

Jojoba Oil

This oil is very hydrating and makes an excellent natural moisturizer. Jojoba is said to be the closest oil in molecule structure size to the natural sebum our skin produces. That makes it easy for Jojoba to penetrate nutrients deeply into the skin. It has intensive hydrating properties and also promotes collagen production.

Murumuru Butter

This nourishing butter contains a powerful dose of antioxidants, preventing free radical damage that promotes skin aging. It is high in fatty acids as well as vitamin A, making it excellent for restoring the elasticity of aging skin.

Brazil Nut Oil

This oil is very good for aging skin, giving it a radiant, youthful glow. It contains vitamins A and E which act as antioxidants, minimizing the effects of free radical damage. This oil is also high in selenium, an antioxidant that aids in cell protection. In addition to its anti-aging properties, brazil nut oil is great for treating psoriasis, eczema, chronic dry skin, and other skin conditions.

Overall, this masque is a wonderful product choice for a mature client.

Baking Soda Beauty

Baking Soda

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of baking soda, Grandma’s cookies? Not anymore. Baking soda has become a major player in the beauty realm. It’s inexpensive, easy to find, and you probably already have it in your kitchen. Baking soda has many beauty uses; below are a few of them.

Clarifying Shampoo

If you use heavy hair products especially dry shampoo, your scalp most likely needs a deep exfoliating treatment every once and a while. Baking soda is a natural clarifier to cut right through all of that product buildup. Just add a small amount into your shampoo to give your hair and scalp a refreshing reboot.

Cuticle Care

Us girls (and guys) love our gel manicures, but sometimes they make our cuticles look a little worse for the wear, a small bit of baking soda mixed with warm water can whip them into place. Gently scrubbing your fingertips with this combo will exfoliate all of those dead, dry skin cells and leave you with healthier nail beds.

Exfoliant

For oily and acne-prone skin types, baking soda works as a great all-natural exfoliant. Just mix a little with some water in your palm, making a paste. Then gently scrub in circular motions to shed dead skin cells and reveal that glowing skin underneath.

Detox Bath

Baking soda also could be used in a detox bath to get deep into those pores. Mix it with equal parts sea salt and add your favorite essential oil for a spa indulgence.

Five Essential Oils to Benefit Your Life

Oils in Bottles

The use of oils to treat various issues has been around the since Ancient Egyptians in 1500 B.C. The Bible also referencing remedies using oils. The oils can help with conditions from depression to fatigue, from skin issues to muscle tension.

There is an oil for almost everyone. Oils can have a healing effect mentally, emotionally, and physically. These five oils can benefit your life in a natural, easy, and effective way through the natural healing properties they possess.

  • Lavender is very versatile. Well known for its calming effects, lavender also works on cuts, bruises, and skin irritations. It can reduce stress hormones in your blood. Just add a few drops to your next warm bath or to your pillow for a good nights rest.
  • Tea Tree oil derives from Australia and is for topical use only. It is a natural antiseptic with many uses. Used as a natural deodorant by many, it also helps treat blemishes by dabbing onto skin with a cotton ball. It can be used for fungal infections such as athletes foot. It can be added to your shampoo to naturally prevent lice. The next time you’re camping, bring tea tree with you for ticks. A couple of drops on the tick and they will usually unlatch.
  • Peppermint is excellent for stimulating the mind and creating mental alertness. It is said that inhaling peppermint oil can improve mental alertness. Peppermint can be taken internally and it can help with indigestion by mixing a few drops into a glass of water.
  • Frankincense is one of the oils that has been around for thousands of years. Referenced in the Bible as a gift brought to Jesus, it was valued in ancient times because of its healing properties and uses as a perfume. People across North Africa and the Arab world still believe in the power of Frankincense and use the oil to help treat arthritis. As time has gone on, the rest of the world has been discovering its uses for depression, inflammation, immunity, alertness, and the healing of minor cuts and bug bites. Add a few drops to your next warm bath to ensure deep relaxation.
  • Lemon oil is probably one of the best known oils, and for a good reason. Adding a few drops to warm water in the morning can be a great and natural way to detoxify your body and boost mental alertness. It can also increase focus and concentration with its uplifting properties. Not only does it work from the inside, but also on the outside of the skin to help clear acne. Your pets will love you too by adding a few drops on the back of their neck to help keep fleas away and give them a nice fresh scent.

There are many more essential oils that have proven to provide positive effects on people for thousands of years. Explore these natural products and see how they can benefit your life.

The Benefits of Argan Oil

The Production of Argan Oil Using Traditional Methods

Argan Oil Produced Using Traditional Methods

Argan oil is produced from the plant kernels of the argan tree. It is native to Morocco. In Morocco it is commonly eaten as a dip for bread or drizzled over pasta or couscous. But argan oil also has a variety of cosmetic uses.

  • Nighttime Moisturizer

    Apply one drop to moisturize your whole face and keep it soft and smooth.

  • Skin Toner

    Add 2 to 4 drops to your toner to take advantage of the oil’s nutrients before moisturizing.

  • Exfoliating

    Mix with brown sugar and use as a facial scrub. It will exfoliate and promote healthy surface cell turnover.

  • Acne

    Argan oil’s high linoleum acid content helps to reduce inflammation caused by acne.

  • Razor Bumps and Burns

    Argan oil is an effective treatment for men and women after shaving and also speeds the healing process.

  • Leave-in Conditioner

    This non-greasy oil makes for the perfect leave-in conditioner. Argan oil helps to tame frizz and fly-aways and protects against the heat of hot tools such as blow dryers, flat irons, and curling irons.

  • Lip Conditioner

    Argan oil makes for a wonderful lip treatment or lip balm substitute. Rub 1 to 2 drops on your lips and wipe away any excess. This not only heals cracked lips but leaves your lips feeling soft, smoother, and conditioned.

  • Dry Feet and Heels

    If you are experiencing dry, cracking skin on your feet or heels, rub 2 to 4 drops onto your feet paying special attention to the affected areas. Cover with a pair of socks, let the oil soak in, and then remove.

  • Stretch Marks

    Argan oil can help to prevent stretch marks by improving the skin’s elasticity. Warm 2 to 3 drops of pure argan oil in the palm of your hands and gently rub into any problem areas.

  • Whole-body Moisturizer

    Add a couple of drops of argan oil to coconut oil (or any other natural moisturizing carrier oil) to enjoy all-over dry skin relief.

  • Overnight Deep Conditioning Treatment

    If you have dry, brittle hair, do an overnight deep conditioning treatment with argan oil once a week. Apply 1 to 2 drops of argan oil from the mid-lengths to ends of your hair and let sit until morning.

  • Nails

    Argan oil’s non-greasy moisture is an ideal treatment for cuticles and nails. Remove all nail polish from finger and toe nails and rinse thoroughly before applying argan oil.

Hair Texture Talk

Brown Hair Texture Types

More and more people are seeking out beachy texture for straight hair or to enhance the natural wave or curl they have. Here are some ideas to help your texture shine.

  • Air Dry

    Thoroughly apply product to your hair, and twist or scrunch and allow it to air dry to see your natural texture come to life. A great product to use is the curl enhancer and a hold product like phomollient. Once your hair is completely dry, apply a finishing product like anti humectant and gently break up the pattern of your twists to reveal an effortless style.

  • Diffuse

    If your hair has a natural texture, you want to use a diffuser when you blow dry along with curl enhancing products. A great diffuser to try is YS Park’s. Simply apply your favorite curl enhancing products, and a little heat protectant, and use the diffuser to speed up the drying process.

  • Twist and Diffuse

    This is the method you’ll see used most often in the salon for enhancing texture. You can sit under a dryer and allow your twisted tresses to slowly dry or have the diffuser do the work. By combining the two previous approaches you get a soft textured style that even the most stubborn curls shine through. The key to this is to twist and then allow the hair to dry without further disruption. It’s tempting, but don’t touch the twisted strands or you’ll find your hair will get frizzy!

  • Thickening Tonic

    Here’s a fun fact: your thickening tonic doesn’t always have to be blow dried to activate its benefits. Thickening tonic works well when the product is blow dried into the hair and the amla fruit extract forms a layer on the hair strand that makes your hair appear physically thicker. That’s what makes your hair look so luxurious and full, but you can also spray it in and allow it to air dry to give a beachy texture. Enhancing your hair with thickening tonic is a great idea in conjunction with a hold product like phomollient which has honey in it, so the hold doesn’t need any heat styling to be activated.

  • Volumizing Tonic

    It’s not just a root boost. Try applying volumizing tonic in a light but thorough mist over all of your hair after you spray at the roots. This will give your hair memory and, when you blow dry at home, you’ll be able to add more movement and curl to your style. This is another tip that’s great in conjunction with your favorite hold product.

Aveda Products in Combination

Aveda Hair Products Collage

When I first started my trial and error journey with Aveda products, I admit to playing the guessing game. Luckily every product had a clear description on how to properly use it.

After a year of playing around with the wide variety of products, I found the perfect “go to” combination. Prepping the hair with some Brilliant Damage Control never hurts; everyone can use a little UV and thermal heat protection. I like to follow with a touch of Phomollient. I find this product helps limp hair hold a springy loose curl while also being beneficial to textured hair that needs to be blown straight. I like to finish with a couple pumps of Light Elements Serum. It smooths and weighs down those pesky flyaways I know everyone gets.

No matter the texture, length, or condition of someone’s hair, I find this combination of products always works for me. It’s definitely not the only combination, but if you ever find yourself stuck in a rut of not knowing which combination of products to use, grab these three and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

But if I had to choose just one product to take with me to a “stranded on an island” situation, I’d take Dry Remedy Oil. Everyone could use a little dry remedy oil, especially if you have chemically treated hair.

It makes your hair feel like it just took a big sip of refreshing water. A great thing about it is that it’s low maintenance. It doesn’t require any sort of styling or heat to work. You apply it as needed throughout the day to damp, dry, or even style hair. It also works when the wind trashes your hair. Sprinkle a few drops into the palm of your hands and gently glaze over that wind-induced frizz.

For those of you who don’t have chemically treated hair, you also can make use of this product. Textured hair, coarse hair, graying hair—throw this tiny travel-sized vial into your bag and run some through your hair when it needs some freshening. Did I mention that it smells pretty darn good too?

After applying, don’t be too hasty to wipe your hands clean. I personally like to let those natural oils hydrate my hands as well.

Aloe Vera Cooling Gel

Aloe Vera Leaf

Herbal medicines are natural, plant-derived treatments used for both internal and external health issues. One of the most common of these medicines is a succulent plant called aloe vera. Because it is so versatile, aloe vera is used by the cosmetic, medicine, and even food industries.

Aloe vera has many healing properties—soothing, cooling, and moisturizing. That’s why aloe vera is frequently topically applied to wounded areas including a sunburn, a sore, or a cut. Also, due to its moisturizing benefits, aloe vera is a common ingredient in cosmetics. Its moisturizing emollient effects aid in many products including soap, shampoo, and moisturizers.

With the sun becoming more present every day, sunburn is a high health risk for many people. Here is a sunburn repairing recipe that will cool any irritation on the skin as well as aid in healing:

  • 120 milliliters aloe vera gel (either store bought or from plant)
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
  • 10 drops of pure lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops of pure peppermint essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a clean bowl and mix thoroughly. Pour the mixture into a sealable container and store it in the fridge. The gel mixture may oxidize quickly, so use as soon as possible.

Vitamin E is an effective moisturizer and can neutralize free radical damage. Lavender is calming and antibacterial. Peppermint is cooling and antibacterial.

The Benefits of Rice Water

Bowl of Rice and Rice Water

Rice water is rich in minerals and vitamins that make it fantastic for both skin and hair. What’s more, this beauty secret has been utilized by flawless-skinned Japanese Geishas for centuries. Rice is rich in a complex of B vitamins called “inositol” which helps promote cell growth, slows down the aging process, and stimulates blood flow.

Rice water can tighten pores, bringing an abundance of radiance to the face and body. Furthermore, rice water is moisturizing and contains antioxidant and UV-absorbing properties. It also has the ability to bind to naturally occurring copper in the skin, thereby preventing the formation of melanin (hyper-pigmentation) and age spots. Moreover, the soothing nature of rice water makes it an effective remedy for rashes and other irritating or painful skin conditions.

In a dermatological study at Brussels University, patients with atopic dermatitis—chronic inflammation of the skin—saw a 20% improvement after taking 15-minute baths filled with rice water twice a day.

Not only is rice water great for the skin, but it is also great for your hair. Rinsing or washing your hair with rice water improves manageability and protects it from future damage. In addition, the amino acids in the rice water strengthens the hair roots, adds volume and sheen, and makes hair silky smooth.

Now that you know about the benefits of rice water, your next question is probably: “How do I make it?” It’s super easy to make:

  1. Boil some rice, preferably organic rice boiled in distilled water.
  2. Pour the excess water in a lidded glass jar and store in the refrigerator.
  3. Once cooled, the rice water will be a potent ingredient for crystal clear skin and super-shiny hair.

Who knew that something we usually pour down the drain could be so beneficial?

How I Took Control of My Skin

Product - Clinique Number 4

I have extremely oily skin that is prone to breakouts, and I have always had a difficult time finding products that work for me. Products formulated for acne would always irritate and over dry my skin to the point of it becoming flaky. It was a constant battle to find a good system that controlled the oil and breakouts but still left me hydrated. This battle continued until I found my way to Clinique.

I was skeptical at first because Clinique is a brand directed towards sensitive skin. I had it in my mind that something made for sensitive skin could not possibly help control the excessive oiliness of my skin. I was so wrong.

Clinique has a few different skincare systems. They have their regular three-step system that is broken down into four groups and numbered one through four.

  1. very dry skin
  2. dry to normal combination skin
  3. oily combination skin
  4. oily skin

They also have an acne line. I was still nervous about over drying my skin so I avoided the acne line. I tried their 3-step system using number four. This system consisted of a gel cleanser, a clarifying lotion (similar to a toner), and the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel.

I used these three products twice a day, morning and night. To see a difference in your skin after switching skincare products, it is recommended that you use the products for at least one full month. This is so your skin has a chance to go through one full cycle of renewal which on average is 28 days. I kept this in mind when I began using the products.

However, in two weeks I saw a dramatic difference in my skin. I was not having consistent breakouts, my skin was nowhere near as oily and it wasn’t dry either. I’ve been truly happy with this skincare regime. I switched my skin care system to Clinique five years ago. I have tried others in the meantime but I always go back. It really works.