If he’s not busy nipping at your toes, Old Man Winter can usually be found whipping up some chaos among your precious locks. There’s no avoiding the environmental stresses of winter, but you CAN give your hair the best chance it has of surviving the colder, harsher months.
Now, before you go, “Whoa Batty! Don’t bring up theW word,” bear with us for a second.
We know winter might not be on our doorstep just yet (at least for us here in Southern Ontario), but if you start incorporating these tips and tricks into your hair care routine now, your hair will be at peak Amazonian Warrior Princess strength for when it needs it most.
Now, onto the goods…
Don’t leave out the Leave In! Leave-In Conditioner is your first line of defence when you step outside that door into the Winter Wonderland. A well formulated Leave-In Conditioner will work like a parka for your vulnerable strand. It will protect your hair against the cold winds and prevent fly-aways that happen, thanks to dry indoor and an increase of static.
Avoid the urge… the urge to heat surge! If you can give your hair a break from heat styling, DO IT! This is the number one thing that keeps my curly, dry-prone hair healthy, no matter what colour I dye it (More about hair dye in the next tip)! In fact, the only time I heat style my hair is to occasionally straighten my bangs (or just getting them under control – they like to curl up too and it never looks right- LOL). I opt for giving into my hair’s natural preference for being a curly hippie-esque mane. I do that by letting it air dry and adding just the right amount (and right type) of natural styling products.
Dying to dye? Stain instead! Lifting agents in conventional hair dyes are one of the fastest ways to strip and damage your hair. Combine that with the dry air of winter and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a frizzy, fried frenzy. Ditch the dyes this winter and give your hair a chance to relax and repair.
“BUT BATTY- I’ve got greys that I’m not down withif you catch my drift.”
No worries- I’ve got you, girl!
Opt for a hair stain if you’re in need of a colour boost this season. Unlike Hair dyes that cause damage when they enter the hair shaft and deposit colour, a hair stain will coat your hair in colour, often protecting it and treating it with enriched ingredients. Hair stains are semi-permanent, which also makes them a great solution for Radiant Rebels who love to change up their colour on the regular.
Want to learn more about Batty’s Hair Dye Routine? Check out THIS VIDEO.
Don’t be afraid to fire your shampoo! Conventional shampoos are notorious for containing ingredients that strip your hair, and there’s a BIG difference between clean hair and raw hair. Ingredients like SLS, SLES, PEG and alcohols are commonly found in shampoos and are known for their stripping abilities (and other unhealthy properties). They’ll leave your hair unprotected and feeling weak (hello breakage).
Natural Shampoos, like our Batty’s Bath Shampoo, won’t contain detergent based ingredients like those mentioned above. Instead, they use ingredients like organic castor oil to “wash” your hair without leaving a film, while letting your hairs’ natural oils do what their meant to do.
Give your styling products a round in the interrogation room too! Just like your shampoo, styling products can be damaging due to questionable ingredients. Hair sprays, gels, mousses, and pomades can also contain ingredients like dimethicone and silicone, both of which create an unhealthy barrier on the hair that won’t allow for nourishing ingredients to get at the hair shaft where it needs to be. Alcohol is also commonly found in hairsprays and can dry out your hair in a snap.
Natural styling products will also coat your hair, but the difference is that this barrier can be washed away with ease, allowing your hair to breathe and soak in the ingredients it’s hungry for. They’ll still protect your hair from the elements, but without clogging your hair and follicles.
If you’re curious as to which styling products Batty uses, watch the video above on Hair Dye. It may take a bit of trial and error, but there’s a natural product out there that will show your locks the love it’s been asking for.
Do you have any winter hair care tips? We’d love to hear them! Be sure to share them with us over on our Facebook Fan Page.
Today we’re diving into the next installment of our foundational series for acne prone skin. And while you might be tempted to skip over this lesson on hydration, I urge you not to!
Why? For one, hydration is the number one missed step I see in skin care routines – especially routines that are supposed to be targeting acne. Yes, moisturizing gets left out a lot too by acne sufferers (I’ll cover why this is a no-no in the next post of this series).
Secondly, dehydrated skin contributes to the vast majority of skin problems – and for some, is a major trigger of acne! It’s certainly a major cause of congestion and blackheads – so this is an article that’s not to be missed! Without hydration, you’ll never have a balanced routine or (more importantly) balanced skin.
Why water, aka hydration, is so important to our skin…
In other words, why do those with acne prone skin need to care?!
1) Balance and why you may have oily skin!
To be healthy, glowing, and radiant, our skin needs a balance of water (inside the skin) and oil (just outside the skin). When we don’t have enough water, our skin often reacts by pumping out more oil to make up for the lack of water. Sounds backward, I know, but here’s what our skin is thinking: Oil acts as a protective layer for the skin, and if the skin isn’t able to hold on to enough water, our skin thinks “uh oh! Time to fix up that barrier!” – cue the flood of oil!
2) Congestion, Blackheads, and Breakouts!
The second reason that hydration is important, especially for acne prone Radiant Rebels, is that for our pores to remain clear, oil needs to pass through them (on the way to the surface of the skin) without being held up or slowed down by anything. When our skin is dehydrated, our pores aren’t well lubricated, and you guessed it – oil can’t pass through them as easily as we’d like. When oil is slowed down (or gets caught up by dead skin cells that haven’t been flushed from our pores), it runs the risk of drying up and creating a hard plug or blockage inside the pore (hello congestion, blackheads, and/or acne).
So now that we know why hydration
– aka the water component of the oil/water balancing act –
is so important, let’s talk about how dehydration shows up.
Telltale signs that your thirsty skin needs a (topical) drink:
Oily Skin – Remember what I said about our skin pumping out more oil to make up for the lack of water? If your skin is oily, hydration is an absolute MUST to slow down the oil slick.
Oily yet dry skin – This often feels like the skin is a bit tight yet it’s oily to the touch, or it can show up as skin that’s oily yet it also has flaky patches, or spots that have skin flaking off – this is especially noticeable after washing your face or applying makeup.
Congestion – Clogged pores, enlarged pores – or pores that appear larger because they have a build up of oil/dirt/debris in them.
Acne – Where congestion, oil, dry skin, or flakes are, acne isn’t far behind.
Skin that doesn’t feel moisturized… no matter how much moisturizer you use
Skin that absorbs moisturizer quickly yet… still feels like it could use another big helping of moisturizer later in day (or night)
Your skin doesn’t feel plump or appears dull – when our skin is well hydrated, it has a smooth, almost dewy appearance. It looks full (not shallow), supple, and bounces back easily when touched. If your skin doesn’t feel smooth, and you’ve never been inclined to call your skin “beautifully dewy” (lol), there’s a good chance it’s dehydrated.
Once you figure out what hydrator to use, now we need to determine how often to hydrate.
This is pretty straightforward: every time after you wash your face! So after you finish cleansing and/or exfoliating, and before applying any other products (like a moisturizer, serum, or foundation), apply your hydrator.
Now the final step, and something you’re likely doing already!
The final step is sealing in the hydration with a moisturizer or serum. This is extremely important! Without sealing in your hydrator, a lot of that hydration will be lost before your skin can absorb it. So, after applying your hydrator, layer over a serum or moisturizer. Find your perfect moisturizer here, or grab a complete routine worksheet here.
Our skin can lose water QUICK when our oil barrier is damaged (or we’ve been stripping off our oil barrier – more on that in a future post) or we’ve never supported the water side of the balancing act (note: moisturizing ISN’T the same thing as hydrating!). So consistently hydrating your skin will be the key to moving your skin towards radiant balance.
Hydrate in the AM & PM to bring your skin into well-hydrated harmony. Also, if you really want to support your skin’s re-hydrating journey, give it a boost with hydration-packed masks. I have a super simple tip for squeezing a facial mask in every day – and this tip doesn’t require you to block out any extra time in your schedule, visit a spa, or follow some complicated ritual! Check it out this video (my trick starts around the 56min 45sec mark). I also talk about fitting a mask into my daily routine in this quick FB live replay.
While other elements of balancing our skin can be solved quickly, hydration usually isn’t one of them. Recognizing that our skin is dehydrated and figuring out what techniques will bring it back into balance is a quick process. But actually re-hydrating our skin isn’t so quick.
While almost all Radiant Rebels will see an improvement in their skin within the first 2 weeks of introducing hydration into their routine, some need more time. This is where trusting the process as well as being gentle and patient with your skin will see you through to radiantly balanced skin! Believe your skin is giving you the right message (that it needs to be hydrated) and trust that you’re giving your skin what it needs. This is what saw me through the almost 6 months it took to fully bring my skin back from the point of significant dehydration (thankfully, my skin story around hydration isn’t the norm, but I wanted you to be aware of it just in case you find yourself on the fringes of skin care stories like me!).
While some Radiant Rebels will be pre-disposed to water loss (and therefore dehydration), there are several other factors come into play for all of us.
Check out the potential dehydration accelerators that will increase the need for hydration in your routine below.
Note that a balanced routine, as we’ve learned, needs a hydrating step each day (and all year long), there are certain times when we’ll want to increase our hydration efforts. Keep reading for more info!
Here’s a list of dehydration accelerators…
Smoking – smoking affects our skin in many ways (hello wrinkles and fine lines) by depleting the skin of oxygen and nutrients. This, in turn, impairs its ability to heal, form collagen, or maintain a healthy protective barrier (therefore allowing hydration to escape from our skin).
Certain medications (or illnesses) – if you’ve ever taken Accutane, your skin could be constantly (and consistently) prone to dehydration. This is certainly the case for me – even though Accutane was something I took in my teens, it still affects by skin’s ability to stay hydrated today. I’ll explain why in our next article in this series. (Pst, for the record, Accutane wasn’t my acne savior like it’s touted to be – some of my acne story is available here). But Accutane isn’t the only medication that can contribute to dehydration. Other medications (both topical and oral) can contribute to dehydration as well as certain illnesses and disorders.
Consuming a lot of salt – the definition of “a lot” will be different for everyone. A good rule of thumb is to avoid an excess salt in your diet (especially if it’s not sea salt!).
Consuming a lot of coffee and other stimulants – coffee and other diuretics cause our body to lose fluids which, as you guessed, is the last thing we need when we’re trying to get our body (and skin – the body’s largest organ) to hold on to water. Again, the definition of “a lot” will different for everyone.
Seasonal changes – such as humidity fluctuations, increased exposure to cold or forceful winds, and rapid change in temperature (like going from inside to outside when the indoor heat or AC are running).
Dry indoor air – this accelerator for dehydration becomes most apparent in autumn when we turn on our heat as the temperatures outside dip. Consider turning on an indoor humidifier (especially in the bedroom as that’s where you’ll spend a significant amount of time – if you’re getting enough sleep that is ;)). I like using a small essential oil diffuser in our bedroom. I don’t always put essential oils in it, many nights I just use water. But, if any of us starts to feel the early signs of a winter cold coming on, I’ll add a few drops of lavender, tea tree, or eucalyptus essential oil to the diffuser.
Having redness or rosacea prone skin – being prone to either redness or rosacea usually means your skin is also prone to dehydration. These skin types experience more “transepidermal water loss” or TEWL, especially if their skin’s protective barrier is damaged. This is something we’ll talk about in a future article.
So there you have it!
You’ve completed another step in your learning journey and added “hydration rebel” to your repertoire!
One last word of warning – drinking enough water and fluids won’t protect your skin from dehydration! While getting enough fluids is extremely helpful in maintaining healthy skin, it won’t help keep your skin from being dehydrated. We need to infuse hydration inside our body (drinking water) as well as inside our skin (using topical
We need to infuse hydration inside our body (drinking water) as well as inside our skin (using topical hydrators) to combat loss of hydration that our skin can (and often does) experience regularly – and for some, at a much faster rate than others. We’ll talk about how to slow down the loss of hydration in our next installment of this series!
We’ll talk about how to slow down the loss of hydration in our next installment of this series!
Until then, if you missed the first few lessons of this series, catch up on them here.
P.s.If you’re ready to tackle the rest of your facial routine the Batty’s Bath way, grab your free routine workbook by becoming a Radiant Rebel!
It’s amazing how many beautiful souls we meet because of this little business! The stories we receive from Radiant Rebels (just like you) are a big part of what keeps us motivated over here at the Batty’s Bath headquarters. With that being said, we figured it was about time we start to share some of the uplifting journeys we’ve been collecting!
Up first in this new series is Radiant Rebel Maria. Here’s just a peek into her radiant world…
“I never used moisturizer, and rarely hydrated my skin because the idea of putting some kind of weird liquid on my skin freaked me out. In fact, anything with the slightest resemblance of oil made my skin scream. I was never able to put anything on my face other than soap without breaking out. My acne was consistent and stubborn and nothing worked. I would see tiny progressions in my skin, but no real wins. I suspected hormones to be the culprit behind my acne breakouts but had no clue how to temper and address them.
I was determined to give natural products a try, but finding an affordable brand was another story. That’s when I discovered Batty’s Bath. Not only was it affordable, but I could appreciate the care taken in choosing the ingredients Batty put in her products. My first purchase was the Detox Kit. As soon as I realized I could put cream on my face and it would actually HELP my acne instead of making it worse, I was hooked.
Post detox, I switched to the Acne Prone Skin Care Kit for a couple of years but have since mastered my own custom routine that includes the Tea Tree Facial Scrub, Hydra Healing Gel, Skin Support Serum (occasionally), and Raw Radiance Moisturizer. My skin has gone from constantly having acne, to maybe getting a zit when I have a moment of weakness in my routine. I have the ability to be acne free. It’s a LOT of work and sometimes I crack, but my skin is in the best condition it’s been in since I was 16 (I’m 30… shh!).
If I could share one thing with other Radiant Rebels it would be to listen to your skin! It will tell you when it doesn’t like something, and that’s O.K.! It may take some time to pinpoint what it wants, but it can happen for you too. Also, if products aren’t giving you the results you’re looking for, SEARCH INSIDE YOU! I hesitated on this part for too long, and my problem turned out to be mostly digestive and hormonal- Go figure.
My journey as a wander-lusting, risk taking Radiant Rebel continues. Today it’s about maintaining my skin and improving my routine habits. Every morning I stare at my face in the mirror, anticipating a fresh zit. I’m always paranoid that suddenly, everything will stop working and I’ll have to start from scratch again, but if that ever happens, I know I’m in good hands with Batty’s Bath. I love being a part of a community that puts a lot of value in self-improvement and helping others to achieve the same on their journeys.
Every single person I’ve introduced to Batty’s has loved it. So, go for it!”
– Maria, Radiant Rebel & Biologist
If you have a story like Maria’s that you think other Radiant Rebels need to hear, don’t be shy! We’d love to hear them! Simply click the link below!
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