Healthy Hair, Happy You

Hey Guys,

I’m always looking for natural remedies to ensure my hair remains in good condition. There are a number of ways to keep your hair healthy and I think the majority of us are aware of these methods. Reducing the amount of heat you use on your hair and not washing it everyday seem to be the most widespread recommendations to ensure your locks remain in tact. I however have been trying out some additional methods and I’ve found that they are working great. I’ve noticed a significant difference in both the appearance and texture of my hair since the introduction. I can honestly say that after implementing these small changes into my lifestyle I certainly wont be going back! It’s nothing drastic. All of them are simple and easily incorporated into your everyday schedule.

Coconut Oil & Castor Oil

I know in  many cases hearing the word oil can instantly draw associations with greasy hair. Coconut oil however is great for nourishing your hair and is renowned for stimulating hair growth. Melt the oil and massage into your roots and the end of your hair. I leave it over night and just clip my hair up. I do however think it is really important to make sure you shampoo your hair twice the next day to ensure all traces of the oil are removed to avoid greasiness.  Coconut oil can be bought in the majority of supermarkets now and is also available in Holland & Barrett and other health stores.

Castor Oil can also have the same effect on hair growth and can be applied in the same manner as listed above. When choosing Castor Oil make sure it is cold pressed as this will benefit your hair the most. I found it quite difficult to find Castor Oil initially but it is available at The Health Food Store 

Pukka Castor Oil

Top Tip: Mix the two together to create the ultimate hair care product!

 

Biotin

I have read mixed reviews but I personally cannot rave about this product enough! I have been taking one capsule a day and I have noticed my hair not only growing quicker but also thickening too. There are a number of different strengths that you can get, so I would suggest that if you are apprehensive to ease the regime into your lifestyle.

Solgar Biotin

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Cushion Pin Paddle Brush

A cushion pin, paddle brush is excellent for smoothing hair without causing damage. If you opt for a wooden version, it will aid in evenly distributing the natural oil in your hair. This will not only reduce the dreaded ‘greasy’ look, it will also result in your hair getting a natural conditioning treatment. I find that this results in me using less conditioner which means I don’t have to wash my hair as often. These kind of brushes can be purchased in almost every store that sells hairbrushes; Boots, pharmacies and even supermarkets. They are generally reasonable enough too.

We are all guilty of mistreating our hair. However these little introductions into your lifestyle can help combat any long term damage. As I said, these small changes have had a significant impact on my hair. I was initially considering the option of getting extensions but now I think that I am going to stick on this path. If the results continue as well as they have been over the last few weeks, I will be one happy bunny!

I hope you are all having a lovely Friday

Until Next Time My Loves 

Z x

Protect Your Skin Against Winter

Hey Guys,

At the moment the weather here in Ireland is starting to get colder and I have a feeling January is going to be a seriously cold month! This Winter weather can be quite tough on your skin. From the brisk, frosty weather to the harsh wind, our skin really does have to withstand a lot throughout this time. That’s not even including the heating that we are now constantly facing; whether it’s at home, in the office or even in shopping centres and restaurants. Our skin is literally going from one extreme to another. So in order to prevent your skin from getting dried out and over sensitive from the above factors I’ve compiled a list of the best methods to protect your skin throughout the colder months.

Change to Gentle Products: Skin can be more sensitive throughout the colder months and so strong products that are usually fine, can end up irritating it. I have sensitive skin anyway so I look for gentle products all the time. I think swapping a regular toner for a softer alternative can make a huge difference when skin is under added pressure. Instead of using toner, I have now introduced Rosewater and Witch-hazel and I love it. It’s really gentle and doesn’t leave skin feeling raw. The witch hazel also helps prevent breakouts on the skin, which of course is a huge plus! It is available in Boots at the pharmacy counter and it is approx. €4.00.

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Rethink your Moisturizer: I know that people often say that too much moisture can cause spots and breakouts. While this can be the case, skin requires higher levels of moisture during colder periods. In order to prevent any breakouts, think about changing your moisturizer as opposed to over moisturising. One that works well in Spring and Summer may not be sufficient for the harsher Winter months. If your moisturizer is not giving you nivea1what you need, you may find your skin getting dryer. This often leads to people over moisturizing which then causes the breakouts. Instead switch to a stronger oil based option. Always look for ‘non-clogging’ alternatives to avoid pores being well obviously being clogged. Night creams are generally a good option as they create a protective layer around your skin.

Nivea is always one of my favourites as it is so soft and gentle. There are a number of different Nivea moisturizers and night creams IMG_0318available. Have a look at what is the most suitable for your own particular skin type. These products can be picked up in the majority of retailers such as Boots, Debenhams and Tesco, Dunnes etc. Prices vary between €5.00 and €10.00 and it always lasts ages! I also use the Nivea Cleansing Milk as it soothes skin whilst removing the makeup. It costs €6.99 in the majority of retailers too.

 

Avoid hot water on the face: This is true for all year around but particularly relevant for Winter. I am guilty of letting the warm eater hit my face in the shower but I am trying to avoid it now. Warm water dries out your skin and this combined with the false heat also drying it out, will strip essential oils will from your skin. It is also recommended that you apply moisturizer on face and body within two minutes of your shower and it is the most effective time to lock in the moisture.

Add in Oils & Milk: This one is more so for your body as opposed to your face but who doesn’t want soft,Product Image For Grapeseed Massage Base Oil supple skin all year round?! Add in some Olive or Grape seed oil to your shower  as it will help re-hydrate skin. Check out health food stores for these oils, Holland & Barrett stock them for €4.49. Alternatively  pop into your fridge and grab some whole milk to add to your shower. It will have the same effect and leave your skin feeling super soft.

As always the products and methods listed above won’t break the bank. They are all quite reasonable and can be done on a budget as we are not all millionaires who can splash out on expensive beauty products and procedures.

Until Next Time My Loves

Z x

Sensitive Skincare: Nivea Trial

In the past few years, I have become significantly more weary about what I put on my skin. I use to swear by makeup wipes for easy removal of my makeup, however as I have gotten older (not that much older!) I have become more aware of the importance of looking after my skin.

My skin is not overly sensitive but I do find certain products can be harsh on it so I always try to opt for products that contain as little ingredients as possible. It is only recently though that I have realized that some brands are not as kind to skin as I had previously thought. Take for example the ‘Simple’ range, I have used their products religiously for the past 2 years and always thought the cleanser was the most gentle option for my skin. I was told recently that this brand may not actually be as ‘simple’ as they claim to be so I have decided to change it up a bit to see if my skin will benefit. I think I will always be a ‘simple’ girl at heart as their products always leave my skin feeling soft, but whats the harm in trying something new?!

I have recentlphoto (19)y started using the Nivea 3 in 1 Micellar Cleansing Water now I usually avoid products that claim to be in ‘2in1’ or ‘3in1’ as I feel they generally have too many chemicals which just irritate my skin. I decided to try this one though mainly because of the fact it is water based. I also trust Nivea as a good quality brand and find their products are never too harsh on my skin.

This product can be bought in Tesco and in Boots, now it’s not the cheapest option available; between €4-€5 for 200ml. If it works though, then in my opinion its worth it. I have noticed however thatphoto (20) I have used nearly half the bottle in a week and I haven’t worn makeup everyday. This does indicate that this product will need to be repurchased quite frequently which could end up being quite expensive.

I have only been using the product for a week now but so far so good. I don’t expect to see a notable difference for at least another week, but I shall keep you guys posted.