Winter Survival Guide: How To Fight Wrinkles

With lower humidity, higher winds and colder temperatures, winter weather is not our friend, especially to our skin. It often leads to dryness and roughness, in addition to making our skin more susceptible to damage. During exposure to extreme temperatures, your skin loses water, ultimately making it dry, flaky and wrinkled. Although winter weather is inevitable, there are ways to help protect your skin from it’s damaging effects and to help keep your skin healthy and radiant. 

1. Apply Sunscreen

Many believe that you only need to UV protection in the summer, when the temperatures are high and your exposure to UVA/UVB rays increases. Although during the winter, the strength of the sun’s UVB rays slightly decrease, the UVA rays remain constant throughout the seasons. Snow can also reflect up to 80% of the sun’s rays, making a broad-spectrum sunscreen just as essential in the winter, as it is in the summer. Applying sunscreen should be the final step in your morning skin care regimen!

2. Moisturize, Hydrate, Repeat

As stated in last week’s blog, Hydration vs. Moisturizing, moisturizers and hydrators both tackle the importance of making sure our skin is getting the proper amount of moisture, in order to prevent environmental damage, signs of aging, and of course, dryness. It is important to use both in order to maintain healthy skin, especially in the dryer air. Choosing a moisturizer or hydrator that addresses our specific skin type and sensitivity level is important, in order to give our skin exactly what it needs. 

3. Check Your Products’ Ingredients

Some skin care products contain harmful ingredients, such as added colors, synthetic fragrances and other irritants that can dry out your skin. It is important to read the label on your products, in order to make sure you are using what is best for your skin, especially during the winter months. 

4. Even More Hydration?

Aside from hydrating your skin with topical products, drinking as much water as you possibly can will also help keep your skin cells hydrated. 

5. Protect From The Inside

Supplements and Vitamins are designed to give your body the key nutrients to nourish your skin from the inside out. H&H Science’s Anti-Aging Vitamins help promote skin radiance and helps to maintain a more youthful and healthy appearance. In addition to providing antioxidant protection, the anti-aging benefits of our Anti-Aging Vitamin vary, and may include: supporting collagen and elastin production, increasing or normalizing skin cell turnover, providing anti-inflammatory benefits, speeding the healing process of blemishes, hydrating and plumping the skin, and protection from harmful UV rays.

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Hydration vs. Moisturizing

We so often choose skin care and makeup products that moisturize and hydrate our skin, as we know that especially during the colder months, it is important to be sure our skin has enough water. Although the words hydrate and moisturize are often used interchangeably, they do not mean the same thing. While they do both provide our skin with nourishment, knowing the difference between the two will help us make a better decision, depending on our skin’s specific needs. 

What Is The Difference?

Moisturizers and hydrators both tackle the importance of making sure our skin is getting the proper amount of moisture, in order to prevent environmental damage, signs of aging, and of course, dryness. How they go about achieving this result, however, is the true difference.

Naturally, our skin has a barrier that protects itself from damage and water loss. Those that are prone to having dry skin usually aren’t producing enough cells in order to form this protective barrier. This makes it hard for the skin to lock in moisture. Moisturizers would then help trap natural oils on the surface of your skin, in order to maintain a healthy balance of moisture. 

On the other hand, hydration refers to the amount of water in the skin, not just on the surface. Therefore, hydrators deliver moisture down to the skin’s layers. An easy way to remember is dehydrated skin lacks water, and therefore would require hydration while dry skin lacks oil and needs to be moisturized.

What Do I Need?

Your skin needs both moisturizers and hydrators to maintain it’s health. Hydrating is what makes our skin soft, but if there is no oil on the surface to protect this hydration from evaporating, then it is not doing any good. Dry skin that is hydrated, yet not moisturized, will still flake. Conversely, if you’re applying a moisturizer and providing oil to the surface in order to smooth your skin, it is still lacking in hydration, which ultimately is what makes your skin soft. 

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It is important to choose a hydrator and moisturizer that works with your skin type and level of sensitivity. Hyaluronic acid is a crucial ingredient for hydrating. It is found in our H&H Science Skin Quench Hydrating Serum, as well as many other H&H Science products. As for moisturizers, go for rich creams that are packed with oils, extracts and nutrients in order to retain moisture, such as our H&H Science Facial Moisturizer

For those that have oily or acne prone skin, it is important to look for products that are non-comedogenic, such as our H&H Science Ultra Lite Oil Free Moisturizer, as it will not clog your pores and are less likely to cause breakouts. 

 

 

 

At-Home Hair Tips From My Stylist

Not only is maintaining healthy and shiny hair beneficial for your personal hygiene, which affects overall health, but when you’re hair looks good, you definitely feel good! It is no secret that our “bad hair days” can affect our moods and overall confidence. It is important to maintain a daily hair care regimen to go along with your skin care regimen that we hope you have perfected by now! 
We had a chance to speak with Ashley, a stylist at Reflections Hair Studio & Spa, who specializes in new color and highlighting trends, as well as nail care. Ashley gave us a little insight on her favorite H&H Science Hair Care product, as well as some tips for at-home hair care!

Q:  What is your favorite H&H Science Hair Care product?

Ashley: The Follicle Stimulating Serum is my absolute favorite as it stimulates the hair follicle  to grow in thicker and fuller. I have seen a difference in not only the fullness but new hair growth as well.
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Q:  What is the importance of an at-home hair care regimen for health and volume?

Ashley: Using the Detox My Hair Kit once a week is a must in order to maintain healthy hair. This kit helps create more shine, as well as producing softer and easier-to-manage hair, as it removes all product buildup and any mineral deposits in the hair. 

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Q:  Do you have any winter hair tips to keep hair hydrated during the colder months?

Ashley: Argan Oil is the best humectant for the hair; it definitely helps draw in moisture. I recommend trying the H&H Science Argan Oil Conditioner in the shower and leave it on for 10 minutes. Using this conditioner as a masque will really lock in moisture. I promise your hair will thank you!

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National Boss’s Day: Q&A With Heather Funk

 

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Heather Funk, founder of H&H Science, has more than 20 years of experience in the beauty industry and has lectured at numerous events on the business of beauty and the H&H Science brand. She launched her H&H Skin Science brand over 12 years ago and has expanded it to include a full mineral make-up cosmetics line and botanical based hair care line.

She and her husband, Aaron, are the co-owners of the H&H Science brand of products, and own and operate two boutiques in Ohio, as well as a full online retail store. They have also expanded their business and now offer select salons the opportunity to carry the H&H Science brand of products.

Heather enjoys educating clients and other salons on the H&H Science brand and is passionate about helping women and men look and feel their very best. Her number one passion is her family and spending quality time with them. Their son, Austin, is Heather and Aaron’s true pride and joy. They look forward to him being a part of the family business.

We had the chance to interview Heather on this Boss’s Day, allowing our readers and customers to get to know her on a more personal level. The transcription of the interview is below, enjoy!

 

Q: How long have you been interested in the importance of proper skin care?

Heather: “I have been into skincare since my early teen years— having a mom as a dermatologist helped me start a proper skin care regimen from an early age. She is my mentor and role model. She instilled my passion for skincare and all things beauty.”

Q: What does your skin care routine look like?

Heather: “My Perfect Formula includes all of the skin care essentials. Here are my daily essentials:

Q: Do you have dry, oily or combination skin?

Heather: “Combination Skin: I am oily in the T-Zone and dry on the cheeks!”

Q: What is your favorite H&H Science skin care product?

Heather: “I have so many…but if I had to pick one it would be my BB Cream. I never leave the house without my SPF 50+ on! This gives me a flawless finish with the universal tint, lightweight moisture and all day oil control.”

Q: What is your favorite H&H Science makeup product? 

Heather: “My H&H Science Baked Hydrating Mineral Powder in Sun Dune. I use this everyday over my BB Cream. It provides all-day coverage and provides me with a luminous glow because of the light-refracting particles!”

Q: What is one item that you can’t leave home without?

Heather: “My H&H Science makeup! I always have my makeup bag in my purse so I can touch up on-the-go.”

Q: What is your favorite late-night snack? 

Heather: “I have lots of them— hummus, greek yogurt and pretzels!”

Q: What is your favorite place that you have traveled to?

Heather: “Alaska.”

Q: What is at the top of your bucket list?

Heather: “Traveling the world and exploring new places!”

Q: What is the last book you read?

Heather: “Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, a local author from Shaker Heights, Ohio.”

Think Pink This October With H&H Science

As we are a locally owned and operated company, we wanted to do something to give back at a local level this October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

The Mary Grace Memorial Foundation was founded in the spring of 2005, soon after Mary Grace, a young mother of three children, lost her battle with breast cancer. This organization was founded to memorialize Mary, and to also raise money to help members of this community who are battling any form of cancer. Since it’s inception, it has assisted nearly 400 families with their fight against cancer by providing financial assistance when it was most needed. 

This is truly an organization that brings the community together for the greater good. They hold an annual Race With Grace, a 5k run and run walk. The 13th annual Race With Grace took place on September 17, 2017, where there were 1,400 participants.

From now until October 14th, we will give 10% of every purchase made at H&H Science to the Mary Grace Memorial Foundation. Also, purchase $250 or more and we will give you a FREE PINK Sonic Facial Cleansing Device. 

 

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