Whether you’re blessed with a deep bronze tan or ivory-pale skin, and whether you prefer to wear your hair long and loose or short and sassy, there’s one thing everyone wants when it comes to summer beauty: glowing skin and healthy, lustrous tresses. Fortunately, these assets are easy to achieve if you follow the proper protocol. It all depends on what you put on (hint: SPF-laden hair products) and what you take off (like dead, dull skin cells). Read on to learn more about why exfoliation and heat/sun protection are your biggest allies when it comes to summer hair and skin.
The importance of exfoliation
Have you ever noticed that young children have naturally radiant complexions and glowing skin? (Yes, youth truly is wasted on the young.) That’s because their skin cells are renewed every 10 to 19 days. As we age, that cycle slows down, and skin renews itself once every 28 to 40 days. The result is a complexion that’s decidedly less dewy. The good news? You can bring back the fresh-faced look with regular exfoliation, which removes dead skin cells and visibly brightens skin. The optimum tool or product for exfoliation depends on which part of your body you’ll be using it on. Let’s look at a few.
Face: Tulusara Radiant Facial Dry Brush
Your face has some of the most delicate skin on your body, so you don’t want to overdo it when it comes to exfoliation. (Just say no to harsh scrubs.) A great option for daily exfoliation—which has the added benefit of boosting microcirculation—is Aveda’s Tulusara Radiant Facial Dry Brush. The ultra-soft nylon bristles are gentle enough for daily use. Try massaging your skin each morning when you wake up. You’ll de-puff your face and prime skin to absorb products by sweeping away dead skin cells that may otherwise form a barrier, preventing optimum absorption of active ingredients. Plus, a massage from this petite brush feels super invigorating.
Scalp: Pramasana brush
Although you probably just think about the hair on top of your head, your scalp is equally important. It is an unsung hero and the foundation on which all good hair days are built. The skin there, like everywhere else on your body, sheds cells and produces oil. Combine that with hair products, and you have a recipe for buildup—meaning your scalp could stand to benefit from special care and exfoliation. Use the Pramasana Exfoliating Scalp Brush to loosen buildup and boost microcirculation. (Some people swear this stimulating scalp massage makes hair grow faster, too.)
Body: Aveda Beautifying Radiance Polish
Exfoliation is a must if you’re planning on applying self-tanner—it creates an even surface that helps minimize streakiness, and it can prolong your faux tan. But even if you’re not planning on self-tanning, body exfoliation gives skin a beautiful sheen and soft feel. After a warm bath or shower to soften skin cells, apply Aveda Beautifying Radiance Polish to skin and rub in small circular motions. The mineral-rich salts slough away dead cells while organic sunflower, olive and safflower oils nourish skin. Rinse off and you’re left with some seriously glowy skin—and a pretty wonderful home spa experience, to boot.
Protect hair from the sun with Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil
Think of your hair as a delicate fiber. Just as you wouldn’t leave a fine silk shirt out in the sun day after day, you shouldn’t walk around without protecting hair, either. The sun’s heat and UV rays can fade color, dry out hair and lead to a straw-like texture. A wide-brimmed hat offers shade for hair, and a protective style like a braid or bun shelters hair from overexposure, too.
But even if you opt for accessories and protective styles, you’ll want to use SPF on your hair. Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil is a weightless mist with SPF derived from wintergreen and cinnamon bark. It nourishes hair and adds a wonderful fragrance, thanks to ylang ylang and citrus notes. Simply spritz on damp hair and style as usual.
Follow these steps and your hair and skin will thank you all summer long. And of course, you can always book an appointment at Josephine’s Salon and Spa at one of our Houston locations—Eldridge, Pearland or Rice Village. (Our estheticians do an amazing, customized Aveda Aroma Body Polish Treatment that will leave you glowing from head to toe.) See you soon, and thanks for reading!