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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H&H Science Facials As Told By An Esthetician

Reflections Hair Studio & Spa now offers H&H Science facials!

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Mercedes Shank, Esthetician

We had a chance to speak with Mercedes, Reflection’s lead Esthetician, who offers a variety of skin care services including facial and body waxing, facials and facial peels. She trains closely with our H&H Science team to stay up-to-date on the selection of skin care products.  Mercedes gave us a little insight on her favorite products and why she loves using H&H Science’s medical-grade products in her facials!

“When you receive an H&H Science facial, you get a deep and healthy over-all cleansing of the skin with medical-grade products that are specifically designed to help all skin types, in order to help you look and feel amazing. I really like to use medical-grade products, such as H&H Science, as opposed to over-the-counter products because I know where these products are coming from and what is in them. These products are designed to do exactly what they say they will do, while being safe for everyone to use.”

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“During facials, my favorite H&H Science product to use is the Skin Quench Hydrating Serum. It provides an incredible boost of hydration that leaves your skin feeling super fresh. Who doesn’t need a little more hydration every now and then? I absolutely love doing facials because making my clients feel beautiful in their natural skin brings me a ton of joy. When your skin is beautiful, then you feel beautiful, and that is a fantastic feeling.”

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“Aside from using H&H Science products during my facials, I also use them in my personal life. My favorite H&H product would be the Spot Treatment Gel. I hardly ever break out but I do have very oily skin, so using this product twice a week has helped control any flare ups in order to keep my skin clear.”

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Medina, OH 44256
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Fall Into Beautiful Skin

As days begin to shorten and the heat turns into crisp fall air, your skin’s hydration level may vary. In the summer, the humidity tends to increase your skin’s moisture level. As the air and wind get colder, this causes drier skin. While many are excited to bring out their fall wardrobe, including myself, it is important to also detox your skin and repair summer damage before the weather begins to change.

Summer Damage

While summertime is full of fun activities and nice weather, it also leads to a lot of harmful effects on the skin. Throughout the summer months, aside from the risks of sun damage, dehydration also comes along with the hot weather. With the hot temperatures, an increase in sweat and oil production can cause acne breakouts due to clogged pores. With prolonged sun exposure, skin discoloration, wrinkle formation and the risk of skin cancer are also side effects of exposure and damage form the sun’s rays. Not only does the weather have damaging effects on the skin, but time spent in the swimming pool and chlorine also leads to dehydration of the skin.

How To Prep For Fall

Giving your skin some love and attention before the season changes is crucial.

By increasing your intake of antioxidants, such as adding H&H Science C-Bright Serum to your skin care regimen, you are helping to prevent breakouts and dry skin as the weather gets cooler.  Switching to gentler and more hydrating skin care products is also important, as your skin needs an increase in moisture throughout the cooler months. This will also make your skin less likely to itch, crack or look red throughout the season. Lastly, facial peels help to exfoliate the dull outer layer of the skin, which can also decrease discoloration that has come along during the summer. It is pivotal to reverse superficial damage from the summer sun on the surface. Using our Youthful Skin Peel Kit can help deliver noticeable anti-aging and skin smoothing benefits, and improves the appearance of pigmentation, fine lines and texture, from the comfort of your home.