ESSENTIAL SUMMER CARE FOR CURLY HAIR

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So guys it is the time of the year when you dash through the beachy waves so why not flaunt your beautiful curls! Here are some tips to keep your curls looking great during the humid and hot summer months.

Make Your Own Hair Spray

Salt spray and sea water turn waves into curls and make curls more tight and springier. Here is the recipe to make a salt spray: Take 8 ounces of warm water and dissolve 1 tablespoon sea salt in it; mix a few drops lavender oil, shake well, and apply onto wet or dry hair.

Protect your hair from chlorine and provide it with a pre-pool treat, soak it in tap water before a swim, then spread on conditioner or a little oil gently. Hair that is saturated with clean water won’t soak up much of chlorinated pool water. Swim cap gives extra protection, and do not allow chlorinated water to stay in your hair. Rinse out the seawater too, as dryness can be caused by salt over time. Further, using an oil spray can protect your hair from its dehydrating effects.

If your hair needs more hydration, use conditioners that have fruit sugars and saccharides as well as oil-based softeners and emulsifiers like behentrimonium methosulfate. Aloe vera, agave, honey, lactamide MEA, Hydroxypropyltrimonium and simple fruit extracts or juices are all moisture-attracting ingredients. Have a deep conditioning treatment atleast once a week which won’t require more than 5 to 10 minutes of work.

Hydrate Your Hair Inside and Out

Iced tea and coffee, mixed drinks, wine or beer are refreshing but also dehydrating. For all non-water beverages, drink a glass of cool water. Add cucumber or lemon slices to get a refreshing taste.

Seal the Moisture to Your Hair

Now comes the most important part, that is to seal in moisture once your hair is hydrated. These syrupy, glazy gels are great for reducing frizz, enhancing curl patterns and helping hair retain moisture  — tgin Curl Bomb Moisturizing Styling GelPalmers Coconut Oil Formula Curl Styling Cream Pudding, or a flaxseed-based moisturizing gel like Eco Style Olive Oil Shea Butter Black Castor Oil Flaxseed. Continuing the sugary trend, , African Pride Shea Butter Miracle Curl Styling Custard and Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie contain ingredients that attract moisture, thus keeping the hair hydrated. To seal in moisture, apply gels over your leave-in conditioner. Leave-ins with protein help in discouraging frizz and smoothing curls.

Be Protected from the Sun

Your hair can also be sunburned like your skin. Products like sesame oil and shea butter have natural UV filtering properties. Your hair products should have an SPF rating or a known sunscreen ingredient if they claim sun protection. Wear a stylish hat or scarf if you plan to stay out in the sun for more than an hour.

The sun’s warmth can also be used to your advantage as they help the hair to soak up the conditioners. After swimming, you can apply a deep conditioner for protecting your hair. Smooth in moisturizer or a conditioner before piling your hair into a twist or a bun, and then you are ready to face the sun shine!

Cool Your Hair Products

Refrigerate your stylers and conditioners to have a refreshing wash and wear. It will help your cuticle to close and thus you can pamper your scalp by give it a cool shot on a hot day. Use products that have pH that’s more on the acidic side so that the cuticles stay closed.

Co-Wash Frequently

During the summer months, you need to wash your hair more frequently to remove refresh the scalp by removing the sweat. But being sweaty doesn’t always mean being dirty. A simple condition wash, or also a thorough water rinse can be enough to remove impurities and sweat from your hair before you style. But make it a point to always keep your hair clean.

Refresh Using Emollients

After a workout are you facing a time crunch to rinse your hair? A fragrant emollient product gives the hair a fresh look and prevents the hair from drying up between washes. Luster’s Scurl Hair Texturizer Styling Gel when smoothed over hair adds lustre and a protective barrier. For tighter curls, Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker Agave Leaf Extract applied to dry hair can rehydrate without leaving your hair hard or crunchy. It is perfect when style with it after a hair wash.

So these are the hair tips to give you the added beauty this summer season. Let me know which tip you tried out and proved beneficial. Also would love to hear in the comments your tips and suggestions.

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What is Skin Lightening, Skin Brightening and Skin Whitening?

Regardless of the age or ethnicity all women desire for a radiant skin. But with time the original shine and natural radiance fades for any skin tone. Exposure to pollution, dirt, sunlight, stress and many other factors affects deepest layers of the skin. Pale, dull, dry and fatigued skin is not something that you desire for. Few of the indications of damaged skin are fine lines, aging, dark spots, wrinkles, age spots, changes in the skin tone, and hyper pigmentation.

What is hyper pigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is a harmless condition in which few patches of skin that are commonly exposed to sun are darker compared to the surrounding regions. This condition occurs when an excess of melanin, a brown pigment that gives color to our skin, forms deposits at certain parts on our skin. Even though it is harmless, few people are uncomfortable with the appearance it gives them. Acne and other skin diseases or allergies may cause hyperpigmentation, leaving dark spots after the condition clears. To deal with hyperpigmentation, skin lightening products are formulated to remove the imperfections in the skin tone and restore the skin’s natural color.

Skin Lightening:

The main purpose of skin lightening is not to just to bleach your skin, but to reduce unwanted blemishes by restricting melanin production and thus giving your skin its natural color. Basal layer is the innermost layer of our skin in which skin cells form and divide and the older cells are pushed outwards to create the outer skin layer. The basal layer has a cell called melanocyte that is responsible for transporting melanosomes, which contain melanin pigment that gives your skin true color. Tyrosinase enzyme located in the melanocyte cell plays an important role in the production of melanin, the over-production of this enzyme results in hyperpigmentation that causes blemishes and dark spots in the skin.

Skin lightening products decreases discoloration, reduces pigmentation, rules out blemishes and even improves skin tone. Skin lightening products target at skin issues like discolorations such as age spots and bruising and acne breakouts. Lightening creams decrease the melanin pigmentation in a specific area of the skin. Eventhough skin texture, tone and complexion are determined genetically it needs to be potentiated, exemplified and accentuated.

The skin lightening creams protect from the negative effects of UV rays, sunlight, pollution, and stress. The main element of almost all the skin lightening creams are compounds that directly aims at curbing the melanin synthesis mechanism, thus putting an end of the process at its source.

Few ingredients that will lighten your skin naturally:

Kojic Acid

Kojic Acid is used for treating melasma effectively. It is generated from fermented mushrooms and helps in preventing the overproduction of melanin in unevenly pigmented skin. Thus it is able to brighten everything from freckles to melasma. Kojic acid is thus worldwide popular  and is found in several skin lightening products.

Licorice Root Extract

Licorice root extract is a natural skin lightener often used to treat hyperpigmentation such as sunlight damage, age spots, melasma and much more. It also controls formation of excessive oil on your skin. Licorice root extract has amazing anti-irritant abilities helps in reducing puffiness, redness, and itching.

Azelaic Acid

This skin lightening agent, which helps in treating numerous skin conditions effectively, is found in grains like rye, wheat, and barley. Originally, azelaic acid is used to treat acne but it also helps in reducing inflammation and decreases the production of keratin which promotes the growth of acne bacteria.

Azelaic Acid inhibits melanin production and helps in reducing hyper-pigmentation by preventing growth of melanin-producing cells. Azelaic acid effectively focuses at hyperpigmentation while has less effect on normally pigmented skin like freckles.

Citrus Extracts

Citrus extracts being rich in vitamin C helps in destroying free radicals, the cells that result in aging, in the body. Citrus extracts give a glowing radiance to your skin while rejuvenating it from the inside.

Lemon juice helps in skin whitening naturally, removes darks spots effectively, exfoliates the skin mildly by peeling off the top layer of your skin. Researchers have also found that citric extracts can be helpful to reverse the process of sun damage significantly.

Glycolic Acid

Glycolic Acid is used as a natural moisturizer and skin exfoliant agent. It is used for treating skin discoloration and also helps in minimizing wrinkles and fine lines. Also, Glycolic Acid enables other ingredients in skin lighteners to penetrate farther into the skin.

Lactic Acid

Lactic Acid has similar properties as that of Glycolic Acid but is best for individuals who have sensitive skin. Lactic Acid can alike Glycolic Acid assists other ingredients in skin lightening by allowing them to penetrate farther into the skin.

Skin Lightening Creams

Few skin lightening creams that can only be obtained with a prescription. Prescription lightening creams generally contain hydroquinone and corticosteroids. These are only available with prescriptions as they have dangerous side effects if not used with prior advice. Mercury is one such restricted substance often found in skin lightening creams. Ensure to check the ingredients when you buy products over the counter.

Skin Brightening:

The lightening of the skin acts specifically on improving and restoring the radiance of the skin. Skin lightening products help remove dull cells and further brighten the skin. Skin lightening products are an integral part of a skin care regimen to combat aging and smoothen the skin.

The ingredients you should look for in a skin brightener are:

  • Vitamin C
  • Retinol
  • Alpha & beta hydroxy acids
  • Brightening with Oralight Supplements

A skin brightener should be formulated with special compounds to lighten skin tone as well as reduce freckles and other sunspots. A skin brightener will also provide anti-wrinkle benefits to further promote the youthful appearance of the facial skin along with a brighter appearance. Of the many skin brightening products available on the market, Fair and White So White is one of the bestselling brightening creams today.

Skin brightening products aim to improve the health and radiance of the skin and to protect it against free radical damage. These creams for the skin are specifically intended for various skin tones. Many skin brighteners do not contain hydroquinone or other similar bleaching agents. Like Makari Day Treatment cream that contains several plant extracts that have beneficial effects on fortification of the skin.

It helps to clarify and clean the skin of its impurities. Makari Day Treatment Cream is a nourishing cream formula that smoothens fine lines, moisturizes skin, lightens dark spots & blemishes, brightens the complexion, protects against sun damage that slows down the effects of aging. It makes the skin more supple and radiant in appearance.

Key Features of Makari Day Treatment Cream for Skin Brightening:

  • clears dark spots, pigmentation, & blemishes
  • improves the appearance of skin texture
  • Promotes a radiant complexion
  • Provides SPF15 sun protection

Professional Remedies for Skin Treatment

Visit your dermatologist and ask for a cream that will work best for your skin. Skin lightening peels are recommended for many who want a much fairer skin. These lightening peels include the fruity fatty acid peel, followed by a skin brightening agent formula that not only eliminates excessive tanning from the face but also reduces pigmentation. These treatments are usually expensive, but if you can afford it, and have decided to choose these lightening peels, you can expect them to maintain your skin whiter and radiant for quite a long time.

Dermatologists around the world recommend that applying sunscreen to your skin is the most preventive and effective way to take care of your skin. Therefore, it is not recommendable to leave the house without applying sunscreen on the skin as it lightens the skin faster than any other skin product. So, choose wisely a sunscreen lotion with a higher SPF. Incorporating few of these healthy tips in your everyday skin care routine is the golden key to get the desired results. 

Skin Whitening: 

I personally believe that the brightening & lightening tips and products mentioned above are safer and far effective than these skin whitening products. Let us learn what skin whitening is.

Skin whitening may make you fairer but it has several side effects and recovery might take time. Laser whitening can cause skin dryness, bruising, tightness, sensitivity to the sun, scars, swelling, infections and a difference in skin texture, redness, and irritation. Although deep chemical peel treatments can permanently damage the skin, such as hypopigmentation and hyperpigmentation. If you undergo a serious skin whitening process, your skin may become rough and scaly, forming crusts.

Before you undergo a skin whitening process, check the side effects of this process. Check if there is a better solution than the one with side effects and risks. There are few products that are safe, effective, and natural. They will help you to feel safe in your own skin and give you a natural beauty.

The main purpose of skin whitening products is to lighten the complexion providing the natural skin tone. Skin whitening is not widely accepted and may have potentially dangerous side effects.

Hope you are clear with differences between skin brightening, skin lightening, and skin whitening. Do let me know your favorite skin products in the comments below.

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