Moisturizing is not something that’s for one gender alone. Men and women both have skin, but how we care for it differs a little based on the simple fact of facial hair. As the weather turns colder, your skin can quickly lose its natural moisture. Even though men should be moisturizing and taking care of their skin year-round, it’s especially vital in the fall and winter months. A skin care regime for most men can be broken down into six points.
Going against the grain is not recommended with most things. The same can be said for shaving — we don’t recommend it with facial hair. Going against the natural growth of your hair can cause unnecessary irritation to the skin. What makes it worse is when you shave the same area a few times and don’t use a proper shaving cream or treatment. To avoid damage to your already sensitive winter skin, get yourself a high-quality shaving cream, a good razor and shave with the direction of the hair growth.
Use a great cleanser to get rid of the dirt and grime from the day. Steer clear of bar soaps on your face and neck area. Bar soaps can dry your skin harshly and cause cracked and dry skin. Opt for a cleansing lotion for your body and a cleanser specifically for your face. Look for cleansers that are for hydration to help your skin to combat the cooler temperatures.
Exfoliating is a vital part of a healthy skin regimen for men. It is important to scrub dead skin away so that new, healthy skin can come to the surface. What’s important to note is that when men shave, they’re exfoliating the skin that comes in contact with the razor. Over-exfoliating can damage skin and should not be a part of a daily routine. If you do shave daily, make sure you use an eco-friendly scrub in the areas you do not shave once or twice a week. You can exfoliate with a loofah or scrubbing mitt on your body, but these are too intense for the more delicate skin of your face.
Cream is the one thing everyone thinks of when you say skin care. A good cream is a vital part of healthy skin care for men, but it’s not the entire process. In the cooler months and when the season changes, it’s important to moisturize skin more often. Put cream on when you get out of the shower and just before bed. If you want to find something more inconspicuous to use, opt for a scent-free body lotion. Keeping lotion at work can help with dry, cracked hands or hangnails.
Don’t forget your lips. Dry, cracked lips do not need to be a part of your winter. Get a good quality lip balm from a beauty or hair salon in Victoria, BC. Trust us, your smile will thank you. We suggest getting a few and keeping them in places you frequent, such as work or your car.
Just because you feel like the sun has gone into hibernation for the winter doesn’t mean that it’s gone. SPF is something we should all be taking into account in our daily routine all year round. The fall is a great time to get into the routine of putting on sun protection before leaving the house.
Diet and Lifestyle
Water, water everywhere, and you need to drink every drop. Keeping your skin hydrated in the cooler weather involves drinking it in as well as external care. Be sure to stay hydrated, and drink a lot of water this fall.
Warm showers are lovely, but they dry out your skin and hair. We aren’t suggesting cold showers, but a nice warm shower can help your skin and hair retain its natural moisture. A hot shower can be something you treat yourself to rather than a daily occurrence.
Knowing which products to use for your skin type can be a daunting thing. We recommend re-evaluating your skin each season change to see if it needs something different. Asking a professional at a beauty or hair salon what they think you need for your skin type can make your daily care routine much easier. Skin care for men is tricky because you’re also dealing with hair care. If you want to get a tailor-made regimen to use this fall, come in and see one of our specialists at our hair salon in Victoria, BC today.
Everyone wants their products to be natural, bio, eco or organic. In fact, we’re more health conscious and care much more about the environment than we did about 20 years ago. Marketers love to claim that their brand’s natural or organic products are better for your face and body. While that’s certainly true if the product comes through on its promise of health-conscious ingredients, it’s more important to do your research and find out what it all means.
While you may think natural and organic mean the same thing, they actually don’t. Marketers have this great ability to confuse us with what this all means. I’m sure anyone who reads this will agree they see natural skin care products as healthy and better than the alternative. Don’t let those labels fool you though. Do your research and find out if their claims are actually true before spending money. Some of the best skin care products in the world use natural ingredients, you just need to know how to find them.
As you can see, this can be confusing, so we wanted to outline the difference between these four labels.
Walk into any beauty product aisle and you’ll find natural skin care and makeup products everywhere, or at least, a product that claims it’s natural. Because the term “natural” is not regulated by the FDA, if a product has even a small amount of natural ingredients, a company can slap a “natural” label on it. If you got your product from a local producer, chances are good you have a real natural product, but make sure to ask about the ingredients. You should always remember to check the label of any product you find. If you read the ingredient list and can pronounce fewer and fewer words, the more likely the product isn’t as ‘natural’ as they’re claiming.
The term “eco” is also not regulated, so while the label may make “green” claims, that eco product may be filled with chemicals. Don’t forget to check the label!
We hear the term “organic” all the time. Regulated by the FDA, organic products like organic makeup are certified and tested. The ingredients in these products are organically farmed and are always guaranteed to be pesticide-free and not genetically modified. If the products want to be deemed as strictly organic, the product has to be made of 95% organic ingredients, otherwise, you’ll see a label that says the product was made with organic ingredients.
If you’re concerned about where the ingredients come from and the environment they were in, bio products are for you. They step it up a notch from organic products and are as green as can be.
designHouse offers a lot of different types of organic, natural, eco and bio cosmetic products so feel free to check out our selection online or in-store. If you’re still confused on what the differences are and which type of products are best for you, come and visit us at one of our locations! Ask any of our stylists, they’ll be happy to help you find the right product.
We know that 2018 is going to be a HUGE year in sustainable beauty. There has already been a huge influx of organic, sustainable products and they keep getting better and better all the time.
If you haven’t already been thinking about it, now’s the time to put more sustainability into your beauty routine. Not only is it healthier for your skin and body, but it’s so much better for the environment. You can feel beautiful in more ways than one.
Start With Your Body
Actually, you can start where you want but if you’re looking for guidance, start with your body. Your skin absorbs what you put on it so doesn’t it make sense to put only natural products on the majority (or ALL) of it? The skin on your arms, legs, chest, back, etc., take up a lot of real estate on your body so you’re covering the most area.
Luckily, there are several natural, sustainable body products available now but we recommend JUSU for the gentle moisturizing yet effective benefits it offers. Plus the amazing smells they have… wow! Don’t worry though, if smells aren’t your thing, they also offer unscented.
JUSU offers soaps, moisturizers, lip balms, body butters, and everything else you need to keep your skin in tip-top shape!
Your Hair Will Thank You
Chocolate shampoo and conditioner, anyone? OK, so it’s not exactly chocolate flavour but for you brunettes, it keeps your beautiful hair shining in stunning chocolate tones. If you’re a redhead, copper-toned, silver fox, or tobacco-hued, there are formulas for that, too. Green, sustainable hair care has evolved quite a bit, don’t you think? DAVINES hair products offer all that, and much, much more. Every type of hair can be improved with something from DAVINES. They even offer a spectacular, award-winning blowdry primer!
In addition to offering sustainable beauty products that are great for your hair, DAVINES give back in other ways as well. One percent of every purchase goes towards environmental companies. Pretty cool, eh?
Put On A New Face
Sustainable makeup is a game changer! You’ll feel so good about putting your makeup on every morning without worrying about the products you’re putting on your face. And with areas around your eyes and mouth being so sensitive, it’ll be a relief as well.
Elate is the best natural, sustainable cosmetic line we have ever seen. Although there are a lot more coming out on the market, Elate was our first love. With a huge colour range and a beautiful finish on the skin, what more could you want?
The next time you buy a beauty product take a good look at the label. Do your research on what exactly is in it, and how it’s packaged. It feels awesome to be putting toxin-free, cruelty-free, environmentally sustainable products on your body.
If you’re still not sure where to start any of our staff at designHouse Salon, a sustainable beauty salon in Victoria, BC, would be happy to give you a consultation and lead you on your new healthy, green beauty path.
If you haven’t already made the switch over to sustainable, organic, green beauty products, this is your year to do it. 2018 is predicted to be THE year of green beauty so it’s a great time to start off with some new products.
Elate is hands down the BEST cosmetics line we’ve ever found! Skin-loving ingredients, cruelty-free, vegan and a huge variety of formulas and colours, this line really knows what they’re doing.
And if that wasn’t cool enough, the paper packaging is actually made with wildflower seeds for your garden. Cool, eh? Talk about sustainable packaging!
Unlike some other green skincare, Elate is always on trend with colours that reflect exactly what their customers are looking for.
Not sure where to start? The Elate Full Tint Foundation is one of our bestsellers for a reason. It feels great on the skin and you can feel good about supplementing your skin with natural vitamins and minerals while getting the coverage you need. Oh, and the lipsticks! Try the lipsticks, trust us!
We are proud to offer the DAVINES line of products at designHouse Salon! No matter what type of hair you have, and what needs it has, look no further than Davines!
Davines believes that a balance between beauty and sustainability is of utmost importance. It’s so refreshing to find a product line that not only treats your hair right but treats the earth right too.
While Davines offers a large variety of products for all hair needs, the one we recommend most is Your Hair Assistant Blowdry Primer. This particular product is not only one of our bestsellers, but was named Elle Magazine’s Green Award Winner! You won’t believe how it transforms your hair.
Your skin is your biggest organ and what you put on it also gets INTO it. It’s best to use natural products all over, but since your arms, legs and torso take up a lot of real estate on your body, switching to body care first is the best place to start.
Don’t you want to use the healthiest products that you can? And isn’t it even better when those products don’t harm the environment? With Jusu body products you can be reassured that whatever you put on your body is giving it the best supplementation and hydration, with no negative side effects.
Jusu offers scent-free products which are wonderful for those sensitive to scent. But we’re partial to the invigorating Eucalyptus Mint scent and awakening Vanilla Peppermint scented products. You’ll be refreshed, hydrated and smelling lovely!
We’re extremely proud to carry all these products at designHouse Salon. Being the most popular destination for Holistic Beauty Hair Services on Vancouver Island, our reviews speak for themselves as do these products. We’re proud that these brands match our high standards. Please come down to one of our locations, we’d be more than happy to help you find the best products suited for your body, skin, and hair care needs!
The holidays are an incredibly exciting time to practice gratitude, appreciate the power of connection (hello, friends and family) and also be eco-conscious. Many of us get carried away and forget that all these products, packaging and wrapping paper gets thrown into the recycling or landfill. This is a shame and detrimental to the wonderful Earth we live on. So, we’ve compiled a small list of some great companies that care about the environment and wish to make the smallest footprint possible. By buying gifts from these companies, you’re showing retailers what kind of values you wish to put your hard-earned money towards. We have developed personal relationships with some of these companies as well as built partnerships based on a mutual love and understanding of living a green and conscious lifestyle. Lot’s of these companies are local too, one more good reason to shop and support small businesses! So without further adieu, here is our Green Holiday Gift Guide!
This Victoria-based company has phenomenal eco-friendly business practices and utilises every part of their juicing process. Jusu Body is entirely vegan, non-toxic and a high-performance body care line. Think about switching out your Body Shop or Lush buys for this. No synthetic fragrance is used and they use only the gentlest ingredients.
We’re happy to get behind Elate cosmetics since their company motto encourages women to treat putting on their face as a ritual. With a full range of lipsticks, foundations, cream blushes and eye shadows, there’s a little holiday glamour look for everyone in the mix. With a large focus on veganism and cruelty-free cosmetics, this is a great line to gift your vegan and celiac friends. “We believe no human or animal should ever be harmed to create our products.” They operate with great intention, one of the many reasons why we love this company.
With recyclable packaging and a full range of shampoos, conditioners and styling treatments, Davines has a little something for everybody. We especially love gifting their hair masks, as this time of year wreaks havoc on a variety of hair textures and types. “The beauty that we believe in is based on appreciation for individuality and celebration of diversity. This is why we consider ourselves as a tool for our customers to express their own uniqueness.” This attention to individuality and the planet makes for a potent, meaningful mix.
We had to give a shout-out to ourselves! Gifting a loved one a fresh new haircut, dye, or treatment, is a great way to show that you love them and care. Sometimes, we forget to pamper ourselves or take that time to decompress. Gifting a salon treatment is an automatic relax session. Call us at 778-433-4393 or grab your gift card online!
This is not an exhaustive list, by any means. However, this contains some of the very best companies that we feel show the people in your life that you care about them and the world around us. Have a wonderful, happy holidays and see you soon!
Mineral makeup has become incredibly popular, and for good reason. Made from minerals like mica, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, mineral foundation is far better for your skin than regular makeup. “Minerals are not new and began as alternative to existing foundations. In recent years the demand for such cosmetics has been driven by the increase in consumer knowledge and demand toward natural products that use as little artificial ingredients as possible, (source).” With improved shelf life, versatility, numerous health benefits and increased quality its no wonder women are making the switch the mineral formulas. Our house line Elate is entirely mineral based and made here in Victoria, B.C. by using mineral base formulas they’re able to provide a completely clean, non toxic line with everything even the most avid makeup wearer needs. Below is a list of reasons why mineral makeup is truly more beneficial than conventional and why you should make the switch:
Health: Mineral makeup is by far the healthiest foundation option for a variety of reasons. Mineral makeup is incredibly safe because it adheres to the natural oils in a person’s skin and doesn’t seep into the pores. It acts as a protective agent against free radicals, which can wreak havoc on sensitive skin. “The unique combination of mica, zinc oxide, iron oxides and titanium dioxide has anti-inflammatory properties which are great for those with problematic skin such as acne, eczema, rosacea, or those sensitive to sunlight following invasive procedures like chemical peels, (source).” A mineral barrier lets your skin breath and provides a barrier against environmental factors. “Pure mineral makeup binds to oils not water. This gives the makeup a natural water resistance and is much better for your skin then conventional cosmetics. Conventional makeup contains chemicals, oils and other additives that can either irritate sensitive skin or cause unnecessary breakouts, (source).”
Quality: Mineral makeup has the added benefit of a little going a long way. A light dusting of powder produces a soft even coverage and mineral eye shadows need just a pinch for a variety of vibrant colours. “Mineral cosmetics should have very few ingredients. Most mineral makeup has a base ingredient of mica. Mica does have a nemesis in the cosmetic industry, the nemesis is named “talc.” Do beware that talc is technically a mineral and used by almost every cosmetic company as their #1 ingredient, however it is a cheap and wasteful filler, (source).” When looking for a high quality mineral powder such as our own Elate brand you want to look for talc free formulas. Mica has incredible skin adhering properties and looks incredibly natural compared to talc. “Mineral formulations do vary from company to company, researching the ingredients a company may use is very important because there are many companies on the market sneaking talc into their formulations, (source).” Mineral makeup also doesn’t hold onto bacteria so it’s shelf live is significantly longer than conventional brands.
Sun Coverage: Mineral makeup can help protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. “There are two types of sunscreen, physical and chemical. Physical sunscreen contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, the two minerals most commonly found in mineral makeup, (source).”
Pop into designHouse Salon to check out our full line of Elate mineral cosmetics or even book a complimentary makeup application!