For many, summertime is already here, which means plenty of time spent outside under the sun.
It is common knowledge that sun protection is extremely important, but, with so many different sunscreens
Redness in the skin is not altogether uncommon, and it can be produced by a myriad of catalysts, with some being temporary and some longer lasting or even appearing to be permanent. Reddening of the skin can be produced by allergies, sunburn, overheating or exercise. When you sustain certain forms of injury, as the body responds by sending extra blood to the site in its manner of providing healing relief, the surface of your skin will become red for a while. Redness in your skin might sometimes be uncomfortable or even irritating, and occasionally be an indicator of an underlying cause necessitating a little more attention than just Benadryl. Skin that is abnormally red can be acute, or it might be a chronic condition that constantly reappears. Sometimes, medical intervention becomes necessary, and recovery of your normal coloring might require a round of antibiotics or antihistamines. One thing is fairly common, across the board–no one is totally content to just live with reddened skin, no matter what the cause might be.
Find Your Power
The cause for skin’s redness must always first be determined, as mediation may not be within your immediate power. It then becomes your responsibility to seek the best professional attention to determine the most effective way to eliminate the problem. In every other instance, however, there are many causatives for redness of skin where you do have the power to implement, avoid, add or eliminate your way to the healthy coloring that is your birthright.
One of the most common causes of red skin is Rosacea, which manifests in a rather varied assortment of appearances to the skin. Occasionally, anyone suffering from this condition is fortunate in terms of how their rosacea appears–confined to the apples of their cheeks, in which case, these fortunate few always seem to have this lauded “Alpine healthy” glow about them. All others do their best to contend with the problem, with the extreme cases eventually facilitating surgical intervention. Sufferers have a little control, in terms of lessening the appearance of redness, by avoiding the known triggers of caffeine, smoking and even hot and spicy foods. Those who have sustained Rosacea for longer periods of time might find other triggers, and should then avoid those.
Be a Friend to Your Skin
Skin that becomes red is telling you–no it’s yelling at you–that it is inflamed, and should be treated accordingly. Never, ever vigorously rub or use any abrasive cleansers, etc. on reddened skin. Red skin needs healing relief, and you have access to a variety of easy, inexpensive or even free ingredients for wonderful red skin “solution solutions,” right there in your pantry, fridge or at your nearby grocery store, to create a luxurious, red-reducing DIY mask.
This should go without saying, but the better quality hair dye you use, the longer it will last. You really shouldn’t skimp when it comes to choosing the dye itself; spending more money on the dye and the professional salon will save you money in the long run. If you buy cheap pharmacy, generic brand dye, it will probably last about half as long as a higher end brand, if that. So go ahead and splurge!
After you get your hair colored, remember that you want to protect the color, not wash it out. When you’re choosing your shampoo, conditioners, and other hair products, look for ones with color protecting qualities. Of course, try to avoid gels or products with alcohol in them, as this will not only hurt your color, but it also damages your hair.
Wash Less Frequently
What’s the best way to not wash away those colors? Wash less! If you wash your hair with shampoo every day, try washing it only once every two days, or even less. Or even better, ditch the shampoo altogether and try co-washing. Co-washing is a newish trend that calls for you to use conditioner only, no shampoo. Combine this trick with the first one, and you’re sure to have longer lasting color.
Improve Your Showering
If you love taking showers, and your hair requires washing frequently, there are a couple of tricks that can help prolong your hair’s color even if you shower daily. First of all, you can purchase and attach a water filter for your shower head that will remove some of the bad minerals that cause your color to fade more rapidly. Also, you shouldn’t stand with your hair directly under the stream of the shower except when you are rinsing your hair. And when you are rinsing your hair, try using warm water instead of hot water, as hot water removes dye faster.
Sunscreen for Your Hair
Your hair needs protection from the sun as well, as those same harmful UV rays that damage your skin can also damage your hair and your color job. Look for specially formulated shampoos and conditioners that contain SPF, or go for a special sunscreen made just for hair.
Tip: Make sure you wash out your hair before AND after swimming in a chlorinated pool – these chemicals break down hair color quicker, giving your hair a dull appearance.
Hopefully, these five tips will help you get additional weeks of color, while putting extra money in your pocket, and time in your schedule. We would love to hear from you! Share some of your favorite tricks to make hair color last longer.