7 Ways to Make Hair and Skin its Best
With hair and with skin, we have to start from a place of acceptance and accepting who we are at the moment… where we are, what our hair looks like, what our skin looks like. You have to see who’s in the mirror and work with what you have, before you can really make anything better. I always tell women the first thing to do is just accept what you have.
It’s not about putting products in your hair to make your hair look like that woman over there or that actress over here. It’s for you to be the best person you can be, and then using the things that are going to work with you. When you love yourself, you’ll take care of yourself.
Most of us need moisture. We over-shampoo. We don’t take the time to deep condition our hair. If we color treat our hair, we should deep condition it on a regular basis. It’s a necessary thing, especially as we get older and hormones change and our hair changes and our skin changes. Moisturizing your skin is important. Seeing a dermatologist is important.
To be the best you you can be:
- Stay away from shampoos with sulfates. Use a sulfate-free formula.
- Don’t try to shampoo your hair to the point of squeaky clean. Squeaky means you’ve over-washed it. The more you take moisture out of your hair to get that squeaky clean feeling, the drier your hair will be.
- Make sure you properly condition, even if you have fine hair. There are lightweight conditioners available for people with fine hair. You can condition from mid-shaft to end if you’re concerned about your roots being weighed down.
- Minimize the use of heat tools. They are necessary, but they might not be necessary every single day. When you can, take a break from them.
- Use a dry shampoo to extend the life of your hairstyle so you don’t have to use heat tools everyday.
- The key to skin staying hydrated is moisturizing in layers. After cleaning my face, I spritz on Jurlique Rose Water Balancing Mist or one from Santa Maria Novella. While my face is still damp with rosewater, I massage in oil. I am currently using a homemade blend of argan, coconut and tamanu oils. About 10-to-20 minutes after the oil (and it soaks in), I apply cream.
- Sunblock is critical. I like La Roche Posay Anthelios as it is effective, it doesn’t sting my eyes (which a lot of sunblocks do to me) and it doesn’t make my skin look white or gray.