Friday, May 26, 2017

Beauty Secrets: It’s All About the Hair

The other day I had to run out to pick something up, which meant I had to actually get dressed. (Working from home often means working in my pyjamas. Don't judge.) It felt like a huge hurdle, until I realised it was 20 degrees Celsius outside. 20! I hauled on a dress and off I went. A maxi-dress, of course. It's not like I'd shaved in months.

The change of seasons bring about a bunch of other changes, including what we wear and how much skin is exposed to public view. I find getting dressed in the summer so much easier, but to make it happen quickly I need to keep my legs prepared. And as for the hair on my head, since I cut it off I can no longer toss it up in a ponytail or messy bun to hide the fact it needs a wash. Sigh. My winter hat did a good disguise job, so long as I wasn't going to be indoors for any amount of time. A baseball cap is my close friend in summer, but there are only so many situations I can get away with that.

What's a girl to do? Invest in a couple of key products for quick fixes and long-lasting results!

A Great Head of Hair
A good hair day can make all the difference, but spending time shampooing, conditioning and blow drying every morning can leave you frantic and frazzled. My secret weapon for fabulous hair is Batiste Dry Shampoo, which really isn't so secret, since I recommend it so often. It works to instantly revive oily hair, leaving it looking and smelling clean and fresh. No wet washing required and most importantly no blow drying. If I have a few extra minutes to spare, I sometimes re-style my hair but it’s not necessary. Batiste comes in a variety of fragrances – New Batiste Dry Shampoo Cherry is perfect for summer with top notes of pear, melon, kiwi and wildberry! Yum.

If you’ve never used dry shampoo before, don’t worry. It’s easy to use. Simply shake can well. Hold 12 inches away from your hair, section & spray into roots. Massage thoroughly with fingertips then brush and style as desired. Done. I find it not only removes oils and freshens things up, but it also gives some texture, which is great for styling fine hair like mine.

Not So Great Hair Elsewhere
Then there’s that hair that’s got to go. I’m talking about the stubble on your legs that leaves you cringing when you reach for that pair of shorts or even worse the bikini you’ve been hiding in the back of your closet all winter. I prefer using a depilatory cream over shaving. The results last longer, and you don't end up with ingrown hairs or little bumps. Nair has a new formulation this year - Nair Nourish Crème for Legs & Body. A hair remover cream with Grape Seed Oil plus Antioxidant Rich Resveratrol, it removes hair in as little as three minutes (yes, three minutes) while moisturizing to restore skin’s youthful glow leaving you with smooth skin for days longer than shaving. Did you read that? Days!

Tip: Stock up! Keep a tube of Nair in your bathroom at home, in the bathroom at the cottage/cabin/summer home and a third one in your gym bag. The minute you spot the stubble, you’ll have it on hand. All it takes is three minutes and a quick shower or damp cloth to rinse!

In an ideal world we get our essential vitamins from our regular diet, and in some ways this becomes easier in the summer months when fresh, local produce is more readily available. But between the summer heat and a jam-packed schedule, it’s easy to let healthy and balanced eating slip by the wayside. To ensure your body gets the nutrients it needs, try adding a multivitamin to your daily health and beauty routine. A complete multivitamin such as the Vitafusion Women’s Complete Multivitamin is a great option. It’s specially formulated to meet our needs and comes in an easy-to-take, delicious gummy. It includes Biotin and helps maintain hair, skin and nail health – ensuring you glow from the inside out this summer!

Now your turn. What are some of your favourite time-saving beauty products?

Disclosure: I am a member of the Church & Dwight Ambassador Program, and as such receive special perks, products, and other compensation for my participation. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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