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10 Summer Beauty Hacks!

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Although summer may be coming to an end and the heat in Britain is phasing into fall weather temperatures, there are still occasional days of unexpected heat. Not to mention, some people may not have went on their summer holiday yet!

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In terms of keeping cool with your beauty during summer months, we have some top tips and beauty hacks that’ll keep your make up on your face and your hair fully hydrated!

Deep condition your hair weekly – if your hair starts to feel dry in the summer heat, or you spend a lot of time in the sun or in water, it’s likely it needs a little hydration. Hair masks and oil treatments aren’t hard to come by, an affordable favourite is the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioning Treatment, our blogger Natalie swears by it!

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle

Drink water – through sweat and the heat in general we loose water faster during the summer. If you don’t like drinking plain water, you could try infusing it with fruit. You can have a look at some infused water recipes on this website HERE.

Incorporate coconut oil – it seems like coconut oil can literally does anything these days, from curing dry skin to hydrating dead ends. We done a whole article on the various beauty uses for coconut oil HERE. Give it a read!

Coconut oil has a lot to offer!

Coconut oil has a lot to offer!

Rinse your hair with cold water – excessive use of hot water on hair unfortunately dries it out, so those steamy showers do more damage than you might think. Using cold water on your hair will help close the cuticle and lock in more moisture. It will also unsure you have a gorgeous glossy shine!

Avoid heavy make up – heavy coverage foundation always makes you look flawless but in the summer it’s not ideal. Heavy make up is likely to be a culprit for clogging your pores and causing breakouts. Try oil free and waterproof formulas with a light coverage to minimise spots.

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In summer it can feel like your make up is just melting off

Use the right sun cream – this one seems obvious. You don’t want to burn in the sun! Well-protected skin is likely to stay looking younger for longer too, look for a good SPF and PPD (persistent pigment darkening) value.

Use baby powder – exposing a lot more skin during summer means more shaving and chafing. This might cause a bit of skin irritation. Try applying some baby powder to affected areas in the morning. Although avoid the bikini area. You can read our article on uses for baby powder in beauty HERE. 

baby powder can do you the world of good if you suffer from chafing

baby powder can do you the world of good if you suffer from chafing

Invest in some blotting papers – like we said, make up doesn’t hold as well in the heat. Even lightweight foundations and tinted moisturisers may begin to shine under the pressure. So instead of using powder, which may end up giving you a cake-y face, try using oil-free blotting papers to get rid of the shine and keep your make up looking fresh.

Avoid heating tools – your hair will already be getting dried out with the sun, so then using heated tools will just add to that damage. Instead you could try a salt spray and leaving your hair to dry naturally to give your hair tousled beachy, waves.

Adding more heat to already heated hair will cause more damage

Adding more heat to already heated hair will cause more damage

Be cool with your nails – warm temperatures may alter the formula of your nail polish slightly, making it harder to apply and in result messier. Applying your nail polish in a cool room will allow it to go on better and save you the clean up!

We hope these tips have helped you with any problems you may have had with your beauty regimen. So, get out there and get involved with what’s left of the summer!

 

If you don’t know who we are, we’re Defacto Salons, a UK based listing website. We’ll help you find the perfect salon close to you! All you have to do is go to our homepage HERE and type in your location or the name of a salon and we’ll find it for you!

If you’re a business and you want to get involved with us you can contact our social media guru by email at natalie@defacto.email or you can call our offices on 0141 4189659 or 0141 3336535. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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How to Avoid Bed Head!

Monday, August 8th, 2016

We’ve all battled with bed head, waking up with hair like a birds nest, that you then need to spend half the morning trying to tame is never fun. So, we have gathered some tops for you to find out how you can avoid bed head.

Bed Head can be a nightmare

Bed Head can be a nightmare

Although it may seem obvious, going to bed with your hair dry is recommended. Getting in late after work and going to bed with damp hair can be really tempting (we have definitely done it a couple of times!) but that will guarantee your hair standing every which way by morning. If you like to let your hair dry a bit more naturally before you blast it with the hair dryer. Wrap it up in an old cotton t-shirt, they’re less drying than towels and will allow your hair to keep more moisture and in the end, be softer.

Drying your hair helps smooth and style

Drying your hair helps smooth and style

You could also tie it up! One of the simplest solutions for long hair is a bun. Make sure you use a hair band that will not damage your hair and pull it straight up to the top. When you wake up, remove the band and brush it out. Although, it is likely you’ll still need to style it, it will leave your hair smoother since you’ve not been rolling about on it all night.

A bun is a good idea it keep it all in place

A bun is a good idea it keep it all in place

If you have a little money to burn and you want to try something a little fancier, you can try silk. Many people use silk pillowcases to battle the bed head. Silk pillowcases are said to be one of the key weapons against anti-ageing; minimising wrinkles, regulating your temperature during the night, acting as a hypoallergenic barrier and eliminating bed hair. Silk is better at keeping in moisture (cotton absorbs moisture, meaning it can dry out your face and hair) as well as minimising the effect of friction on your hair if you toss and turn in the night. Silk pillowcases don’t cause the indents in your skin that cotton pillowcases do too, so no waking up with lines all over your face!

Silk pillowcases are heavily recommended

Silk pillowcases are heavily recommended

If a pillowcase is a little too extravagant for you try a silk headscarf. Wearing a silk scarf to bed is another option to keep your hair soft and friction free overnight. You can pick them up cheaply from charity shops or on eBay. Make sure you tie it up extra tight (though obviously not uncomfortably so) to make sure it doesn’t come off in the night. Wearing a silk scarf not only protects your hair from the friction and dryness of a cotton pillow, it can also help keep a style in place such as if you’ve curled your hair.

A vintage scarf looks good and does the job

A vintage scarf looks good and does the job

We hope this has helped you in your battle against bed head! Do you have any tips for avoiding the nightly tangle?

 

If you don’t know who we are, we’re Defacto Salons, a UK based listing website. We’ll help you find the perfect salon close to you! All you have to do is go to our homepage HERE and type in your location or the name of a salon and we’ll find it for you!

If you’re a business and you want to get involved with us you can contact our social media guru by email at natalie@defacto.email or you can call our offices on 0141 4189659 or 0141 3336535. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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How To Keep Your Holiday Tan For Longer

Friday, July 29th, 2016

So you’re back from your holiday and you’ve got an amazing tan. You want to keep it, right? Of course you do. Don’t worry; we’re here to help you find out how you can keep your holiday tan!

Getting your summer tan and keeping it

We’re going to go through 7 hints and tips to keep your natural tan for as long as possible or ways to cheat your way into accentuating it! So lets get started!

Get ready and keep going

Exfoliation is key

Exfoliation is key

Preparing your skin for your holiday is essential; you’ll get a better tan if you prep your skin beforehand. So obviously exfoliating all the dead skin from your body before you jet off. Removing dead skin allows the tan to take more evenly and though you might not believe it you should do it when you get back as well. A tan takes to your skin deeper than you think so exfoliating the dead skin when you get back wont remove your tan but will stop your skin looking dry.

Be cautious

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It may be tempting to get there and just park on a sun bed and fry yourself til you get a good tan but that’s not the way to do it. Frying yourself means you’ll burn and peel and that peeling means you will loose the tan you’ve been building up that day. Use a good SPF and take breaks from being in the sun. You’ll get a better and more even tan.

Embrace your home climate

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When you’re home it’ll be undeniably colder, you shouldn’t give into taking warmer showers to get some of that heat back. Showers that are too hot dry out the skin, take cooler showers and invest in nourishing products that contain aloe vera, shea butter or jojoba oil.

Ensure longevity

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You may hear of tablets and oils that claim to be tan accelerators, these aren’t recommended and may not be too good for your skin. Instead, try tan primers before you head out into the sun or supplements that promote your natural ability to tan. You could also use after sun with a slight self-tanning agent or just before you go, push the boat out and go for a natural fake tan.

Keep your skin hydrated

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When you get home, you’ll need to be sure that you are keeping yourself hydrated. Drinking lots of water and moisturizing your skin will help your skin stay in good condition.

Fake it

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Getting a little boost is nothing to be ashamed about, your tan will fade unevenly so heading to a professional and letting them identify where needs a little filling in. you’ll retain your even tan, even though it might not be the genuine article.

Fake it with fashion

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Everyone knows the age-old trick of wearing white to make you look more tanned. White isn’t the only colour you should be trying! Pastel colours, like blues and pinks, go a long way to accentuate your natural colouring. If you are dark haired and darker skinned, black will do a lot for you also.

Nobody wants to loose their holiday tan but it’s going to happen eventually, we hope these tips have helped you really get your mileage out of it.

 

If you don’t know who we are, we’re Defacto Salons, a UK based listing website. We’ll help you find the perfect salon close to you! All you have to do is go to our homepage HERE and type in your location or the name of a salon and we’ll find it for you!

If you’re a business and you want to get involved with us you can contact our social media guru by email at natalie@defacto.email or you can call our offices on 0141 4189659 or 0141 3336535. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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Battling Oily Skin in the Summer

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

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Whether its just getting a little hotter or you’re going away, battling oily skin is always a concern.

Nobody likes the tell tale shine of oily skin, especially not when you’re trying to look more glam in the summer weather so here are some things that might help you on your way to heat proof matte makeup.

Your skin will become oilier in the summer; whether you’re at home or away in the sun, this is because your body is producing more sweat to try and cool down and regulate your body’s temperature. This can mean oilier skin and a shinier completion, luminous is nice, shiny is not.

A good base to start with is an oil control primer like this Bare Minerals Prime Time Oil Control one.

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It will reduce the appearance of shine and soak up any excess oil. You can also use mattifying powder or blotting paper to remove shine on the go while it builds up during the day.

Try increasing your daily intake of water your skin could be dehydrated and overcompensating for it by producing excess oil. We all work and therefore throughout the day transition from a comfortable air conditioned office to outside where its hotter and this can confuse your body and cause combination skin.

Primer, as we said, is an ideal starting base for shine proof make up, however, finishing powder or setting spray is also a good idea if your wanting to battle the shine.

Urban Decay are known for creating impressive setting sprays, this will hold your makeup in place and stop the excess oil showing through.

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Also be sure to choose your makeup wisely, if it’s not good for oily skin then it’s not going to be good during summer. Maybe try switching up your foundation when it comes to heading out in hotter temperatures. Before any of these steps comes cleansing, be sure to use a good cleanser, the best way to clean oil is with oil. Steer clear of alcohol based cleansing solutions and wipes and have a go at using the gentlest formula you can. Your skin will thank you!

Let us know if these tips are useful and if you’re going to be heading anywhere nice this summer!

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