We all know winter can dry out and damage our hair, but what about summer? I’ve come to realize that the heat and elements of the summer can be just as, if not more so, damaging to my locks. Think about it. You have pool, lake, and ocean water, wind, humidity-and that’s just to name a few. After spending this past weekend outside in blazing sun and strong winds, my hair was looking a little parched. Time to pull out the big guns.
Sally Hershberger’s Hyper Hydration Super Keratin Spray is my hair’s best friend. This is the ultimate stress rehab for your follicles. It’s a super lightweight leave-in moisturizing spray that can be used on damp or dry hair. The super keratin and silk extract repair damage, seal split ends, protect from heat and daily stresses. It also tames frizz (essential for humid weather), static, and flyaways.
When sprayed through damp hair, you’re hair gets the deep moisture it craves. You can also use it on dry hair for instant manageability and softness, or to reactivate your style. I really focus on my ends and hair around my face because that seems to get the brunt of the damage. My locks are noticeably softer and virtually frizz-free. It is a major part of my routine on hair-washing days.
Sally Hershberger Hyper Hydration Super Keratin Spray $12.99
available at Ulta
If you’re looking for one thing that can really protect and repair your hair, this is the one. And it’s very affordable (actually on sale right now for $7.99).
All my life I’ve received comments about how soft my skin is. I’ve been a moisturizing fool for as long as I can remember. The thought of getting dressed without applying moisturizer makes me squirm. Just like our faces, the body needs a barrier as well. During the winter I opt for an intense lotion because Minnesota winters really dry out the skin. But in the summer, I usually use a great smelling sunscreen as my lotion. The only problem with that is they aren’t always moisturizing. Now, the makers of my favorite smelling sunscreen, Hawaiian Tropic, have created the perfect blend of moisturizer and sunscreen. And I am in love.
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion is the only sunscreen with hydrating ribbons. It nourishes and pampers skin while providing a broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection (available in SPF 12, 30, and 50). Infused with silk protein, nourishing anti-oxidants, and exotic botanicals, this lotion is very lightweight and not greasy at all. It really feels quite wonderful on my skin and gives me a good 12 hours of moisture, even while out in the sun. And best of all, it has that signature Hawaiian Tropic fragrance. One whiff and I’m back in my childhood. Yummy!
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion $9.99
available at all major drugstores
I find this to be the perfect moisturizer for summer. My goal is sun protection, hydration, and to smell like the beach. Mission accomplished with Silk Hydration.
Remember Ally McBeal? There were two characters-Richard and Whipper-and he was most attracted to her “waddle”. In other words, her loose neck skin. At the time, I was a mere youngin’ of the late twenty/early thirties range, and could not relate to this at all. Well, the times, they are a’changin my friends. I feel there are two things that truly give away my age-my eyes (years spent squinting) and the lines on my neck. Yuck and yuck! It really never occurred to me that all these years I should have been protecting my neck. In my search for a neck cream, I came across one from L’Oreal. So far, so good.
L’Oreal’s Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Golden Balm for Face/Neck/Chest is really good. It’s a thick, rich, and delicious smelling balm that deeply nourishes thin, delicate skin with calcium + ten precious oils. It immediately penetrates deep below the skin’s surface, locking in 24 hour hydration. The elasticity is improved for more toned, firmer, and younger looking skin. It’s thick-really thick-but not at all greasy. It soaks in very quickly. And after using it for a couple of months, I can see a difference. Even some of the finer lines have disappeared. I don’t need to use it on my face (yet) but my chest is starting to need a little help too. Good thing this balm covers all the bases.
L’Oreal Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Golden Balm $19.99
available at all major drugstores