Skin & Scalp Care 2017-02-15T14:53:04+00:00

SKIN CLEANSING TIP SHEET

Using Skin Balance as a shampoo

1. Wet your hair and scalp with cool or warm water.

2. If you have long hair, condition first.

3. Squeeze a coin-sized amount into your hands. Lather up and massage into your scalp. Don’t use more shampoo than you need and don’t waste shampoo on your hair.

4. Be gentle! Don’t use your nails or massage the scalp too vigorously. Be gentle at the hair roots, as healthy hair begins at the scalp. Friction can permanently damage your hair’s cuticle, leading to breakage and frizz. Increase blood flow to the scalp and stimulate hair growth by using vertical strokes with medium pressure. Don’t use circular motions, which tangles your hair.

5. Rinse. As you rinse out the shampoo, the hair ends will get cleaned. There’s no need to wash your hair twice. Avoid stripping your hair of its natural oils and moisture by doing one shampoo only. Unless your hair is extremely dirty and the first shampoo didn’t produce any lather, then go ahead to shampoo one more time.

6. Condition or use our apple cider hair rinse recipe below. Apply conditioner from the mid-lengths to the tips.

7. Rinse with cold water. This seals down the cuticles tightly and keeps your hair strand smooth.

8. When drying your hair, do not rub dry! Rubbing your hair together causes hair breakage and opens up the cuticles, resulting in frizzy hair. Pat or squeeze dry gently with your towel. Let your hair air-dry. When using a hair dryer, blow-dry until just damp and let dry naturally.

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Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

 

Ingredients

1 cup of spring/distilled water (250 ml)

2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar* (30 ml)

A cleaned, empty Skin Balance squirt bottle

 

Directions

  • Mix the water and apple cider vinegar in a cleaned, empty Skin Balance bottle. Apply to your hair after your shampoo, before your final rinse.
  • Squirt directly into your scalp and gently massage to ensure that it’s well distributed. Make sure it doesn’t get into your eyes.
  • Let this mixture sit for 30 seconds before rinsing.

* Use only good quality apple cider vinegar. Please reduce the amount of vinegar for finer hair or if your hair is dry, to suit your own hair texture.

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Using Skin Balance as a Facial & Body Cleanser

  1. Do not use hot water. Bathe with warm or cool water.

Firstly, hot water removes too much of your skin’s protective, natural oil leaving it dry, tight, and itchy. It is similar to how hot water removes grease from oily pots and pans.

Second, using water that is too hot may cause an inflammatory reaction in your skin with itchiness and sometimes, even a rash. Switch to a lukewarm shower or better still, a cool shower.

It is a misunderstanding that hot water is more sanitizing than a cool shower[1]. To kill bacteria, water has to be heated to about 60 degrees Celsius[2] (140 degrees Fahrenheit). At that temperature, you would suffer a scalding burn. Even if you lowered your water to 43 degrees Celsius (110 degrees Fahrenheit), this temperature will still disrupt your skin’s protective mantle, and actually make it more susceptible to infection. Some studies have shown that by regularly exposing yourself to cooler temperatures, your immune system produces more white blood cells and increases antioxidant response.

  1. Don’t shower for more than 5 to10 minutes. Long showers strip your skin of moisture.
  2. Soap only the oily, odorous or sweaty parts of your skin such as your face, armpits, buttocks, groin, and feet.
  3. Face: Just one or two drops of skin cleanser. Body: Coin-sized amounts of skin cleanser as required depending on your skin’s condition.
  4. Moisturize your skin or face within three minutes after leaving the shower to avoid losing precious moisture to the air.

[1] http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/energy/2013/12/131213-washing-hands-hot-water-wastes-energy-health/

[2] http://www.vba.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/21267/Hot-water-safety.pdf

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Love yourself. Be gentle to your skin.

USE THE RIGHT SKIN CLEANSER

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I WASH MY HAIR?

If you’re washing everyday or every alternate day, you’re washing too often, according to trichologists (health professionals who specialize in hair and scalp).

FINE AND DELICATE HAIR

For fine, thin, or delicate hair, shampoo no more than two times a week. This is enough to maintain the natural oil production and achieve moisture balance.

LONG HAIR

Wash with cool or warm water only. If you have long hair, condition first before shampooing.

THICK OR CURLY HAIR

For coarse or curly hair, shampoo once a week. As coarser or curly hair takes longer to establish the right amount of natural oils, try not to wash too frequently.