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We love winter for the steaming hot cups of cocoa, pumpkin pie, and all the wonderful holiday festivities — but not so much the bracing winds, artificial heaters and cold, dry air. In addition to putting away the summer clothes and pulling out the jackets and sweaters, you may have noticed your skin feeling a bit dry and tight, your hair dry and lifeless.

It’s not just wardrobe that should be changed with winter; so too does skincare and hair care, and making slight changes can help you maintain a lovely glow and gorgeous locks through winter.

Help keep your mitts supple in cold months by wearing stylish gloves and mittens!

Help keep your mitts supple in cold months by wearing stylish gloves and mittens!

The key to keeping skin healthy during the winter months is to prevent water loss from the skin’s protective barrier (which is called transepidermal water loss). When water is lost from the skin it leads to dry, itchy and irritated skin. The best way to fortify and protect our skin’s moisture barrier is to use a daily lotion or cream that contains key ingredients such as ceramides, hylauronic acid or oatmeal. Apply it liberally morning and night.

During the winter months the ambient humidity drops precipitously. Add large leafy plants indoors. Not only do they brighten up your home, but each time that you water the plants, the water will diffuse through the leaves and into the room, adding much needed moisture.

You can also use a humidifier for added moisture in the air. Not only will your skin feel and look better, but your hair will too.

If you’re a love long, hot shower lover, winter is a time to give up that luxury temporarily.  The hot water strips skin and hair of protective natural oils, so turn the temperature down to lukewarm and limit your time in the shower (an egg timer works!) to five minutes.

Many of you are accustomed to hydrating your skin with lotion after washing, but don’t forget that hydration begins in the shower or bath with gentle products that cleanse and moisturize at the same time.  Make a trip to the store to stock up on those cleansers to begin your hydrating routine right there in the shower.

Hair goes dry, weak and brittle during winter, but if you give it the right treatment you’ll avoid it becoming a big issue. Health and Style Institute has exceptional shampoos and conditioners which aim to protect and heal your hair, that can provide added moisturizing while but still being right for your hair type. Our November special offers two great opportunities for blissful savings:

Get 25% off our Signature Spa facial.

 

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Get 25% off any color service. Good through November 30, 2015.

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It’s also a huge help to have a moisturizing hair treatment once a month to help repair the effects of winter.  Ours start at only $6.00!

Call today to schedule your pre-holiday appointments now!

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Follow these tips to ensure Old Man Winter doesn’t wreak havoc for your skin and hair; you’ll get through winter looking radiant and healthy!

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Whether you have chronically dry skin, or just want to prepare for the upcoming cold season, you may be surprised at how effective a hydrating serum can be. Add a pump or two post-cleansing, before your lotion or cream, for an immediate moisture boost. And even oily, acne-prone skin will benefit from them.

Serums are a top pick of many skin care pros. The beauty of a serum is that most of the fluid is eliminated, so what you’re left with is a high concentration of active ingredients. Serums contain the most potent dose of anti-aging ingredients –antioxidants, peptides, and skin brighteners such as kojic acid — you can find in nonprescription products. They’re the true workhorses of any product line.

Costs and Benefits
Because active ingredients are more expensive than thickeners, serums are also the costliest product in many skin care lines. But when applied properly, a 1-ounce container of serum can last months. Many brands come in pump bottles or have medicine-dropper applicators to dispense just the tiny amount you need.

Those few concentrated drops are super-efficient. Serums are made of very small molecules, so the skin absorbs them quickly and deeply. The thicker, heavier ingredients in creams form a barrier on your skin. That’s great for locking moisture in. But it can also lock active ingredients out. Without these hindrances, the active ingredients in a serum penetrate your skin faster and more effectively.

They’re great for people with oily skin or those who prefer a weightless feel to their skin care products. Serums have a non-greasy finish and they don’t leave behind a sticky residue. Still, serums aren’t for everyone. The liquid or gel-like texture of a serum can be a poor match for people with chronic skin conditions like eczema or rosacea, which weaken the skin barrier. For these people, serums may penetrate too quickly, causing irritation.

Others need the hydration that a rich day or night cream provides. If you have mature or dry skin, you can’t get away with using only a serum. Instead, use a serum as an add-on to your skin care regimen, layered under your moisturizer. There’s a lot of benefit to serums, from smoothing fine lines to reducing age spots, that you can’t reproduce in any other formulation.
How to Apply Serums
Adding a serum to your daily beauty routine? Here’s how to apply these lightweight elixirs for maximum effect.
1. After cleansing your face, apply a pea-sized amount of serum, patting it evenly over skin with your finger.
2. If you have sensitive skin, wait 10 to 15 minutes after washing your face before using serum. When your skin is damp, applying a water-based product is more likely to lead to irritation. Allowing your skin to dry completely slows down penetration.
3. You don’t need to skip the moisturizer you love. Just pat on your serum first, so it isn’t blocked from penetrating your skin.
4. Is your serum too pricey for twice-a-day use? Borrow this trick: Use the serum as a booster either a.m. or p.m., adding a couple of drops to your moisturizer.
And remember, no matter what skin care products you use, one of the single best things you can do for your complexion is to get regular facials. We make that easy and affordable, with our low cost services. And through October 31, 2014, with a full priced Spa Facial, you’ll also get a FREE facial wax. Call today to schedule, 336.885.3452, and check out our salon & spa menu for all the affordable services we offer!

 

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We love winter for the steaming hot cups of cocoa, pumpkin pie, and all the wonderful holiday festivities — but not so much the bracing winds, artificial heaters and cold, dry air. In addition to putting away the summer clothes and pulling out the jackets and sweaters, you may also notice your skin feeling a bit dry and tight, your hair dry and lifeless.

It’s not just wardrobe that should be changed with winter; so too does skincare and hair care, and making slight changes can help you maintain a lovely glow and gorgeous locks through winter.

 

The key to keeping skin healthy during the winter months is to prevent water loss from the skin’s protective barrier (which is called transepidermal water loss). When water is lost from the skin it leads to dry, itchy and irritated skin. The best way to fortify and protect our skin’s moisture barrier is to use a daily lotion or cream that contains key ingredients such as ceramides, hylauronic acid or oatmeal. Apply it liberally morning and night.

During the winter months the ambient humidity drops precipitously. Add large leafy plants indoors. Not only do they brighten up your home, but each time that you water the plants, the water will diffuse through the leaves and into the room, adding much needed moisture.

You can also use a humidifier for added moisture in the air. Not only will your skin feel and look better, but your hair will too.

If you’re a long, hot shower lover, winter is a time to give up that luxury temporarily.  The hot water strips skin and hair of protective natural oils, so turn the temperature down to lukewarm and limit your time in the shower (an egg timer works!) to five minutes.

Many of you are accustomed to hydrating your skin with lotion after washing, but don’t forget that hydration begins in the shower or bath with gentle products that cleanse and moisturize at the same time.

Help keep your mitts supple in cold months by wearing stylish gloves and mittens!

Help keep your mitts supple in cold months by wearing stylish gloves and mittens!

 

Hair goes dry, weak and brittle during winter, but if you give it the right treatment you’ll lessen those issues. Health and Style Institute has exceptional shampoos and conditioners which aim to protect and heal your hair, and provide added moisturizing while still being right for your hair type.

Continue moisturizing hair, even through cold, wet winter.

Continue moisturizing hair, even through cold, wet winter.

And you still have time to save big with our November special:   Buy 2 Salon Products & Get the 3rd for Free!! The free product must be of equal or lesser value of the highest priced item. Offer expires 11/30/13.

It’s also a huge help to have a moisturizing hair treatment once a month to help repair the effects of winter. Ours start at only $6.00!

Follow these tips to ensure Old Man Winter doesn’t wreak havoc on your skin and hair; you’ll get through winter looking radiant and healthy!