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Do you spend hours attempting to straighten your hair, only to have it curl right back up the second you hit a hot yoga class? I remember years of No More Tangles, trying out tons of brush styles, and horrible haircuts.
Having curly hair can be a challenge, but if you have a little bit of patience and stick through that awkward, everyone-is-straightening-their-hair phase, it can become part of your identity.
If you want a cute hairstyle, but you’re short on time, check out these easy tips on rocking your curls with minimal effort!
Your hair doesn’t always need product. Let it be free! Own what your hair looks like, and own who you are. Give your natural hair permission to stand out rather than weighing it down with mousse, gel, and spray. After conditioning your hair in the shower, leave a little on the ends, squeeze out the excess water and just let your hair dry naturally. I’ve fallen in love with using a camp towel (instead of a regular bath towel) to dry my hair. See what happens. It might surprise you.
To be honest, some of my best curls happen after sleeping with wet hair. I don’t know the science behind it, but the combination of a hot shower before bed plus a towel on your pillow, and catching some serious Zzzz’s creates some beautiful, bouncy curl magic.
It’s been my experience that you never know what type of curl you might get. You think it’s going to be a normal day, then suddenly it’s humid, your hair frizzes out, and three strands are straight. Stop pulling your hair, and figure out your go-to remedy.
For me, it’s Cantu’s Coconut Curling Cream. I use it on wet hair, or when my hair is dry and needs a pick-me-up. I love that it doesn’t make it feel stiff, sticky, crunchy, or like it’s glued to my head. If you are on vacation with curly-haired friends, try out some of their goop. You don’t have spend major money to get good curls.
We’ve all learned it’s healthy not to wash your hair every day. For those extra sweaty workouts (hot yoga, cycling, or a summer run) there is no getting out of showering. My trick is simple—I put my hair in a bun and avoid the shower head. I still wash the base of my neckline and put a dab of conditioner through the ends of my hair. It’s a quick refresh, cleans the sweat and also makes your locks smell fresh!
At a restaurant in my neighborhood, a waitress stopped and told me my hair looked great. It was not what I saw when I looked in the mirror that morning. My hair hadn’t been washed in days (which included a yoga class). It reminded me that we are our own worst critics. Having a “curly hair” conversation with her made me realize we are all looking for ways to fight and conquer our curls, but a bad hair day doesn’t always mean it has to be a bad day. Be kind to yourself, and your curls. Own them, cherish them, embrace them.
Summer is officially here, and with that, there are so many fun activities that will motivate you to get outside to stay in shape and strive for those post-quarantine fitness goals. But before you decide to get outside to enjoy some walking, yoga, swimming, or hiking, remember these best practice skincare habits to protect your skin from common skin concerns, such as, sunburns, chafing, and excessive dryness.
Here, board-certified Dermatologist, Dr. Bottiglione, shares some advice to help your skin stay healthy as you embark into the great outdoors.
When going outside, the sun is going to be your biggest culprit for damaging your skin. While the sun boosts benefits like vitamin D production, take notice when your skin is overexposed to the sun’s harmful rays as it becomes dangerous. When overexposed to direct sunlight, the skin is irritated, causing sunburns, dryness, and sensitivity that can increase the chances for wrinkles and skin cancer as we age.
Luckily, staying inside when it’s so pleasant outside is not the only skincare alternative to avoid the sun’s damaging rays. Here are a few simple tips to prep your skin before stepping outside.
Opt to protect your skin with a clinical-grade sunblocking lotion of 15 SPF or higher.
“Anytime you go outside, you need to apply sunscreen to your skin,” advises Dr. B. “Ensure you apply sunscreen to the full body and reapply often. In the morning, after cleansing your face, is the best time to apply.” He recommends a spray for oily skin, or the Dermatologist’s Choice Sunscreen Enhanced Moisturizer for dry to combination skin types that needs a little extra hydration.
The key is the more intentional you are about proactively protecting your summer skin, the healthier it will be. It may sound simple, but your skin will be happier when you take a preventive approach rather than a reactive approach—for example, applying the sunscreen moisturizer before a walk to help to avoid the treatment of a sunburn after. When prepping your bag for the fun day ahead, make sure to add sunscreen, a hat, and plenty of water.
Now the real excitement begins! However you decide to get your fitness outdoors, we have the skincare routine you need or a carefree and healthy day.
Deep breath. Like our favorite flow, these skincare tips will keep our mind—and our skin—at ease. If you take your yoga practice outdoors, wear an SPF shirt, and lay your mat under a nicely shaded tree to help shield you from excessive sun exposure.
“Avoiding direct sunlight and wearing protective clothing is smart to protect your skin from sun damage. Even if you are going for a relaxing walk or doing just a few sun salutations. Staying out of the direct sunlight will reduce your risk of sun damage and wrinkles.” - Dr. B
Swimming is one of the best cardio and strength training workouts, while also an enjoyable activity during the summer. Whether you are swimming in open water or laps in the pool, the excess amount of water with exposure to pool chemicals and environmental pollutants can cause skin irritation and dryness. To keep your skin hydrated and protected, Dr. B. recommends applying the Dermatologist’s Choice Pre-Bath Oil to your skin before entering the water. This will seal your skin’s protective barrier to avoid skin irritation from chemicals and debris. He adds, “The Pre-Bath Oil is what I give to all my patients with eczema or dry skin. It is the only thing that will protect and also deeply hydrate the skin.” Just apply this serum before you put on your sunscreen, and you're good to go!
With warm temperatures during the summer months, it’s the perfect time for hiking and exploring the mountainous outdoors. It is essential to take the necessary steps to avoid your skin becoming sunburnt, irritated, or breaking out. “Wearing a hat with a large brim that will shade your face and neck is key. A baseball cap is just not enough for the sun protection you need. After your hike, it is important to clean your face and pores of sweat, dirt, and toxins with Dermatologist’s Choice Glycolic Peel Cleansing Pads to avoid breakouts from occurring,” Dr. B. warns. Keep them in your bag for easy cleansing after a hike.
One of the biggest skin concerns cyclists or runners usually bring to dermatologists is chafing. Even if you’re just cruising along the seaside or taking a cycling class, those tight clothes and friction can cause some intense irritation and redness. “When you have an issue with chafing, you need to protect your skin. You need armor over the skin. Beeswax, for example, is thick to coat the skin and protect it. Another effective option is the hydrating Dermatologist’s Choice Pre-Bath Oil. For best results, moisturize your skin, and then add a piece of clothing to cover it (that is actually like armor),” Dr. B. shares. Are you a runner? Feel free to use this tip too before your next mile or 30.
At the end of your activity, the real results of that skin preparation set in. But sometimes, you need a little extra support afterwards. After any good workout, cleansing off the sweat, dirt, toxins, and irritant is paramount. Dermatologist Choice pH Balanced Cleanser helps to gently but effectively remove sweat, oil, and restore the skin’s natural pH levels.
Did you end up getting a sunburn, or is your skin dry from the elements? Soothe with the Pre-Bath Oil with natural oils like sunflower and jojoba oil for deep hydration and healing.
“Sun damage can manifest in multiple ways. Most often, you will notice a sunburn first, which can then lead to irritated skin—and over time, sun damage increases the appearance of wrinkles.” For safe measure, at night regenerate sun-damaged skin with Dermatologist's Choice Ultra Anti-Aging Cream with 15% non-neutralized glycolic acid to your skin. This powerful dermatology treatment rebuilds the collagen and exfoliates fine lines, sunspots, and acne on the skin. “Do not apply the Ultra Anti-Aging Cream on a sunburn or irritated skin,” Dr. B. shares. These are long-term habits to aid in maintaining your best skin health.
Capture your best skin with everything you need this summer with the Dermatologist’s Choice Skin Kit, and get 20% off your order with code MB20 at www.dermchoice.com.