There are a lot of things to love about summer, but the damage that can come from the sun and heat definitely isn’t one of them.
While we often remember to protect our skin from the sun, it’s important to understand that our hair benefits from preventative care as well. And, while it’s obvious to see how heat and humidity affects our hair (got the frizzies anyone?), we can’t forget that it can also adversely affect our skin. So how do you keep your skin and hair healthy this summer?
Have no fear, the Hair and Skin Experts at Lofty Salon will help you face the heat this summer. with some TLC tips featuring our specialized Summer Phyto Plage Products that work for both the skin and the hair:
Protection from UV Rays
For the Skin: Prevention is the first line of defense—and a good moisturizer with SPF protection is key. At Lofty Salon, we carry organic products like Eminence Organic Bright Skin Moisturizer with SPF and the Image Skincare line with varying SPF levels. Use these daily throughout the summer to lighten the appearance of dark spots while protecting against future damage with the built-in broad spectrum SPF.
For the Hair: Even people who have healthy hair throughout most of the year, may notice that the sun dries your hair, making it turn limp and lifeless. Using a product like Phytoplage Protective Sun Veil with Light SPF protects your hair, and guards color from UV damage and environmental stresses. It also provides a little shine from its lightweight, non-greasy mist.
If you have color-treated hair, you need to take extra care of your it during summer. Chemical treatments mixed with the burning summer sun can lead to color fading, maximum damage and hair dryness. Choose gentle hair products such as Phyto Plage Rehydrating Shampoo to intensely hydrate your hair and leave it soft and moisturized. As a bonus, you can use it on your skin to moisturize and gently eliminate salt, sand, chlorine and sunscreen residue.
Protection from Heat and Humidity
For the Skin: Sunscreen and sweat can do a number on the skin, particularly in the T-zone. Experts recommend using a glycolic or salicylic-acid cleanser and make sure everything you apply to your skin—from makeup and facial soap to body wash and sunscreen—is oil-free so you don’t further clog pores. Boost your protection with Phyto Plage Sublime After Sun Oil which hydrates and nourishes your skin and hair.
Additionally, experts recommend a Deep Cleansing Facial with Exfoliation to prepare your skin for the summer, and then periodically during the hot months. These facials provide deep cleansing to the skin and oxygenate the pores to allow the skin to breathe. At Lofty, our estheticians are specially trained to diagnose your skin type and develop treatments specifically catered to you.
For the Hair: Try shampooing a bit less often in the hottest months. Frequent washing strips your scalp of its natural oils, which in turn stimulates additional oil production and makes you feel the need to wash it even more. When washing your hair, be sure to use products specifically designed for the sun. Phyto Plage Hair and Body Rehydration Shampoo is infused with nourishing, moisturizing and regenerating botanical oils and provides intense hydration.
Protection from Chlorine
For the Skin: Chlorine can cause skin irritation, some good ways to lesson the irritation is to apply a chlorine neutralizing lotion to your skin before you swim, and rinse your skin immediately after swimming. Moisturizing the skin with a product like Phyto Plage Sublime After Sun Oil keeps your body hydrated.
For the Hair: You should always rinse your hair out after a swim to prevent residual chemicals and metals from building up. Even if it’s not with shampoo, an initial rinse will help your hair keep its color and strength. Follow up with the Phyto Plage Hair and Body Rehydration Shampoo to help remove any chlorine deposits on your hair.
Additional Pro Tips to Prepare Your Hair for SummerA
- Get a trim! Especially with curly hair, summer is the ideal time to give yourself a new haircut. Whether you have long or short hair, the summer weather can make the ends of your hair dry and brittle – and that’s certainly not a good look! A haircut will keep your hair in good condition and reduce the risk of split ends. Book your haircut appointment here.
- Fight the Frizzies with a good quality styling gel. At Lofty, we mix our own Hold-On Gel, which provides protection and lift.
- Using a hair dryer with a diffuser will give you fast, smooth results and less heat damage.
Additional Pro Tips to Prepare Your Skin for Summer:
- Don’t forget about the body! At Lofty Salon & Spa, we offer a full line of waxing shervices, including that all important bikini area! Waxing provides smoother and longer lasting results than shaving, by removing the hair from the root. It also serves to exfoliate the skin which means you’re receiving hair removal and skincare all in one!