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Vacation Hair Care: Sand and Slopes

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There is very little difference between caring for your hair at the beach and when skiing. In each instance, your hair is subjected to similar environmental hazards. For example, windy conditions, the sun, sweat, salt or chlorinated pool/sauna water, even hats—be they large rimmed sun hats or snug & wooly ski attire.

The primary consideration is protection from all of these elements, of which I will describe below:

Salt & Chlorinated Water

Salt water has an osmotic effect on the hair, meaning that it leaches water out of your hair. Chlorinated water can be just as damaging. To protect your hair from associated distress, use Philip Kingsley Swimcap. I originally formulated it for the U.S. synchronized swim team in 1984 and it contains UV protectors, moisturizers and is highly water resistant.

The Sun

Have you noticed that the skin on your face burns just as easily on the beach as when skiing? The same applies to your hair & scalp. The sun on both the slopes and the beach can be exceedingly damaging, causing hair to become brittle and dry and any exposed scalp prone to burn. To help prevent this, use my Swimcap Cream (as described earlier), or wear a hat. To re-hydrate and replenish your hair & scalp, apply an intensive treatment twice a week. I recommend using my Exfoliating Scalp Mask and multi-award winning pre-shampoo conditioner, Elasticizer. They both ensure trouble-free scalps and resilient, manageable, shiny hair.

Wind

Apply weatherproof products that counteract dehydration. For example, Philip Kingsley Daily Damage Defence. As an added bonus, this will enable you to have protected and flyaway-free hair when going to social events!

Sweat

The sun, physical exertion and hats can all cause a sweaty scalp. This can result in itching, a buildup of bacteria and greasy looking hair. Apply Philip Kingsley Scalp Toner to your scalp to inhibit the spread of bacteria, clear irritation and soak up excess oils. Furthermore, always shampoo your hair at the end of the day to thoroughly cleanse your scalp and hair. Choose the correct shampoo according to your hair type and follow with the correct conditioner, also according to your hair type.  If necessary – and it won’t harm – shampoo your hair in the morning, too.

Holiday Ready

Holiday beauty tips and gift ideas

Getting Ready to Celebrate

Getting ready to celebrate can be hard work! At just the time when we want to look our best, we do many things that actually detract from our natural beauty. We are constantly running around: from party to party, between friends, family and work commitments and celebrations.

We may indulge in rich foods that we do not normally eat and imbibe more spirits than our bodies are used to. When we finally get to bed, stress over this fast-paced time of year can keep us awake much later than we’d like, leaving us sleep deprived – and looking it!

All this, coupled with the onset of cold weather (here in the Northeast, at least) can have a visible impact on our skin. Many of our holiday commitments may be out of our control, but how we nourish ourselves during this hectic time is in our hands.

Protecting Our Visage from the Elements

Protecting our visage from the elements and stress – basically taking care of it as best as we can – is the most important thing we can do for our overall health and appearance. Make sure to use a rich moisturizer that will protect your face from the cold and wind. B. Kamins Laboratories has a new line of plant stem cell products that offers excellent anti-aging moisturizing benefits, and can be used everyday and all year round. Nia-Stem Moisturizer Kx, is a perfect daily anti-aging moisturizer for all ages and skin types! This non-greasy formula contains niacin, plant stem cells and an exclusive Bio-Maple™ Compound, designed to improve skin tone and texture, enhance cell metabolism and promote tissue regeneration. You will truly see a younger, fresher, brighter complexion.

Daily use of B. Kamins Nia-Stem Moisturizer Kx will help reverse and protect your skin from the signs of aging and visible dark spots due to sun damage. The B. Kamins line is also fabulous for sensitive skin. For rosacea related issues, make sure to check out the Soothing Skin Concentrate.

Pollution Protection

It is also extremely important to protect ourselves from pollution, especially for those of us that live in cities and/or spend a lot of time outdoors. In the winter months, Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash is specially formulated to gently protect us against environmental damage.

Treat Yourself to a Facial

The holiday season is also a great time to treat yourself to a facial. A facial will give you an extra glow, lift and an overall improved appearance, as well provide the added support your complexion needs during this demanding time of year. Best of all, you’ll leave the spa feeling more glamorous and relaxed than before – a holiday gift to yourself you certainly deserve!