Spending an intense summer of travelling always results in lots of sun exposure and not to mention hair disaster. Living in Abu Dhabi, August is the worst month of the year for heat and humidity (hello 50 C!) and warrants for a much needed restoration, rejuvenation, and hydration as part of anyone’s beauty regime.
Here are some ways I keep my skin and hair, hydrated and happy:
~ FOR THE SKIN ~
We all know the importance of washing our face daily, especially when wearing make-up, I try to do so twice a day. In the morning, I use a face wash from Neutrogena with tangerine and lime infusion to give my skin energy. While in the evening, I always use a scrub to properly clean my skin, from all the sweat and make up. I discovered an amazing scrub from the Korean cosmetics company, The Face Shop, and have been using it for years as it’s gentle enough not to irritate the skin, but does a good job of getting rid of the bumps.
Masks are one of my favourite things to experiment with, I think I get this from my mum, who spent every weekend while I was growing up with some kind of natural concoction on her face. I love anything with hyaluronic acid – an amazing ingredient which locks hydration, and sometimes I like to make a homemade mask made with honey, smashed avocado and coconut oil.
As for face creams, I experiment quite a bit with this one for day time. I have combination skin, so it really gets affected by my nutrition, hydration and the weather. I tried out Neutrogena’s Hydrotherapy line recently, and as much as I love gels, it did not make any difference to my skin. Now I am back to using Slovenian brand, Afrodita, which has never let me down. For night time – I always use my home made coconut oil & shea butter mix, however I discovered an amazing restorative booster from Nuxe called I Detox, which I am dying to try out!
As for the body, well I have been raving about Beau and Eve’s coffee scrub for some time now … it’s simply amazing, the best scrub I have discovered so far. It not only smells wonderful, but does an incredible job of smoothing and detoxifying the skin.
~ FOR THE HAIR ~
My hair looked like the end of a broomstick after summer was done, so my hairdresser in Serbia suggested a deeply moisturizing therapy using Marrakesh products which made my hair the softest, bounciest, and shiniest ever! They use natural ingredients and chiefly Argan oil which is the healthiest oil for hair to lock hydration, and prevent split ends. Sadly, I cannot find those products in Abu Dhabi, but I did find an alternative from The Hair Lab in Yas Mall called Rejuvenol – the products are expensive, so I suggest you try out the Argan serum which really locks all the moisture on the hair ends.
I’m also happy to share my DIY natural protein bomb of a hair mask, which is quick to make, you can put it on while watching a movie, and the results are amazing. Here is the recipe:
- 1 small smashed avocado (or 1 t avocado oil)
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 t coconut oil
- 1 t argan oil (or olive oil)
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and slather on the ends of your hair
- Tie the hair in a bum and use a dryer to create heat for a few seconds
- Immediately cover hair with a plastic bag and towel to retain the heat for 15 mins to 1 hour
- Rinse with lukewarm water, wash and dry
Result: silky, shiny, perfect hair 🙂
~ FOR THE BODY ~
Beauty starts from within, and in order for your hair and skin to really shine, you need to ensure nutrition is in order. After a summer of really indulging in yummy food, I opted for a 3 day detox program from The Raw Place to restore the nutrients and vitamins lost. They offer 3 detox programs with 6 juices per day and you can choose from 3, 5 or 7 days for the program. As this is my first detox, I chose The Rinse which is for beginners. Yesterday was my first day, and so far I am doing great – its really not as bad as people think because you drink a juice every 2 hours, so there is no room for hunger. The juices are also very well balanced with different fruits and veggies, while my favourite so far, is the “Almond Mylk” non-dairy drink which you consume instead of dinner.
~ AND DON’T FORGET THE HANDS & FEET! ~
We so often neglect our beloved extremities, taking them for granted – and I am definitely guilty of this one during summer. The first thing I did, when I got back to Abu Dhabi was book a deluxe treatment at my favourite salon In Vogue for my hands and feet. The treatment involves scrubbing away any dead skin, slathering a thick cream all over my hands and feet, and putting them into heated mittens for a few minutes. Following that is a manicure and pedicure, and I cannot rave more about the result – complete transformation and ultimate hydration! 🙂
How do you recover after a hedonistic summer holiday?
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