Many of us go through periods when our usually strong, healthy hair appears dull and lifeless. Some try to resolve the issue by using hair products that promise healthier, stronger hair. These products may work with regular use, but they’re not addressing the root of the problem. This is where beauty tips sometimes intersect with health.
When you’ve been having a bad hair day every day for the last few weeks, it’s usually the result of another issue going on in your body. It could be hormonal fluctuations, stress, poor diet, or plenty of other reasons.
So did you know that you can learn how to make damaged hair healthy again just by adding a few foods to your diet? There are a ton of foods out there that can help your body produce what it needs to restore your beautiful hair.
These health and beauty tips for hair are sure to get your hair growing nice and strong again. Here are a few nutrients to look out for.
Any beauty expert will tell you — knowing how to clean your brushes is the key to having clear, glowing skin and lustrous hair. That’s right — having impeccable personal hygiene isn’t always enough to keep your skin and hair clean.
The tools we use on a regular basis to keep ourselves groomed — like our hair brushes and makeup applicators — need to be clean, too. Without a routine cleaning of your grooming tools, there’s more than just a fair chance that you’re introducing dirt, oil, bacteria, dead cells, and more to your squeaky clean skin and hair.
Need help figuring out how to wash your brushes and beauty tools the right way? Here are a few tips to get started.
How to Clean Your Hair Brushes
Knowing how to clean your hair brushes at home is important
if you want your hair to be clean and you want your brushes to last.
A clean hair brush is a relatively new hairbrush. If you’ve noticed that your bristles look dull, it’s because of the split bristles and the buildup of oils and styling products in your hair. Split bristles can do major damage to your hair. Plus, old brushes are susceptible to bacteria — including ringworm.
If you’re determined to know how to wash hair brushes at home the right way, it’s probably best to change out your hairbrush every few months depending on the wear-and-tear and overall cleanliness of the brush.
So if your hair brush is too old to save, throw it away. But if not, learn how to wash hair brushes at home by following this secret DIY trick.
For a squeaky clean hair brush, fill your bathroom sink with the hottest water you can (but not boiling). Stir in a couple tablespoons of baking soda and place all of your brushes and combs in the water. Let them soak for an hour. Drain the sink and rinse each brush with hot water for a few minutes. Rinse them a second time with cool water for thirty seconds. Set them on a bath towel to dry overnight.
I’ve found that this is the best way to clean hair brushes — well-made brushes and combs will look practically new!
On Halloween, home facial treatments are the last thing on anyone’s mind. Everyone is buying face paint and spooky makeup for the final effects of their Halloween costumes. But that doesn’t mean that you can neglect your skincare routine!
Check out my special DIY home spa facial recipes — you can learn how to do your own facial at home AND still have fun this Halloween. (And if you missed it, you’ve got to check out my DIY Halloween Bubble Bath recipe.)
Jack-O-Lantern Sugar Face Scrub
You will need:
- 1 cup of raw sugar
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- ¼ cup of pumpkin pie filling
In a small bowl, mix the raw sugar and cinnamon.
Then, add all of the pumpkin pie filling and continue to mix.
Once it’s completely mixed, apply this simple sugar scrub to your face, rubbing continuously for at least 1 minute (but not more than 2!)
Rinse your face with warm water, and look at that revived, clear complexion! For the best results, follow this DIY sugar face scrub with my favorite peel-off mask recipe on the next page.
What would you do if you found out your favorite moisturizer was actually aging your skin? Would you still use it?
Many of the skin care products we use contain substances called polyunsaturated fats. You may have heard of these already because polyunsaturated fats are also included in many of the foods in our diets.
Why is Polyunsaturated Fat Bad for Your Skin?
The effects of polyunsaturated fats on your skin may take a long time to see, but the results are sure to leave you crying.
Polyunsaturated fatty acids, sometimes shortened to “PUFAs,” have chemical properties that can make our skin more vulnerable to free radicals. Free radicals are groups of unstable atoms that can cause chemical reactions when exposed to oxygen.
So what’s so bad about free radicals on our skin?
Free radicals are highly reactive and can damage our skin cells when our moisturizers interact with the air and oxidize. Considering how many skin care products contain PUFAs, that means a lot of them are actually aging skin instead of making it more beautiful. Not to mention it’s a recipe for failure if you’re also using anti-aging creams.
The Science Behind PUFAs
As your beauty chemist, I’m going to give you the scientific explanation for why the PUFAs in your skin care products are speeding up the aging process on your skin.
All unsaturated fats have a double bond within a part of their chemical makeup called a fatty acid chain. Some unsaturated fats, like PUFAs, have multiple double bonds within their fatty chains. The more double bonds within a fatty acid chain, the more unstable the fat is. The free radicals released from the oxidation process can bond with cell molecules, damaging cell DNA (which will eventually replicate, spreading the damage). Even worse, UV rays from the sun can speed up the oxidation process.
PUFAs to Avoid in Your Skin Care Regimen
PUFAs are a key ingredient in many of the skin care products we use because many of them do a decent job of hydrating our skin.
Some common skin care ingredients that are PUFAs are:
- Palm oil
- Flax oil
- Peanut oil
- Avocado oil
- Almond oil
- Sunflower oil
Instead, use moisturizers that rely on saturated fats to hydrate your skin. My favorites are shea butter, coconut oil, and Vitamin D.
So how can you get started on making sure you’re protecting your skin? Check out these 8 foods that work wonders for your skin in every way.
As a beauty chemist, I KNOW all of the chemicals that go into our beauty products — some of them are even proven carcinogens! Just Ask David always advocates for achieving beauty the natural route. It’s safer (and often cheaper!)
So instead of relying only on skin care products, why not eat your way to perfect skin? There are so many foods that help clear skin, and many of them taste delicious!
Here are 8 of the best foods for healthy skin — all without having to spend a dime on expensive and potentially harmful skin care products.
Shaving your legs means something different to everyone. For some women, it’s a rite of passage to womanhood to start growing hair on your legs. For others, shaving is a minor annoyance reserved only for the summer and spring seasons.
BEST Way to Shave Your Legs (TOP 5 Tips on Shaving Legs Properly)
But no matter how you feel about shaving your legs, it can be a bit of a hassle even during the best of times. For many, shaving your legs means having to spend an extra 15 minutes in the shower — an extra 15 minutes we don’t always have.
So what should you do? Luckily, I have a few tips for shaving legs that’ll have you done in no time.