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Aging is a natural process that every human needs to go through. And unfortunately, this process carries various changes in our bodies, affecting our external look and giving us wrinkles, sagging, teeth issues and gray hair. But what do you do when you start going gray prematurely, in your 20s or 30s? For many, the solution is to reach for box dye, but you don’t have to take the chemical route just yet. Here are a few natural remedies for premature graying you can look into today:

Use Henna And Coffee

Henna is a natural colorant and conditioner used in many cultures for centuries. And when combined with coffee, henna will give you all the desired results. You can easily turn gray hair into black hair by boiling one tablespoon of coffee powder. Let the coffee cool and mix it with the henna until you get a thick paste. Cover the paste for a few hours to let it rest and react. When it’s ready to be applied to the hair, mix one tablespoon of oil (any oil will do, whatever you have at hand) and apply the mixture of oil and henna paste generously until your entire head is covered. After an hour, wash your hair and enjoy great darkening results in a 100% natural way.

Feed Your Hair

Did you know that some foods have the ability to keep you away from hair dye for a few more years? If you’re going gray prematurely, you can stock up on these vitamin-fueled and nutritious foods. Firstly, grab some tangerines that are loaded with vitamin C, then go with fermented foods full of probiotics. Vitamin C boosts the production of collagen and probiotics boost the production of biotin—both of which are crucial for hair health and pigment. And if you can’t eat these foods, you can grab some trusted anti gray hair vitamins with essential B vitamins, minerals and herb extracts. What it can do is activate the dormant pigment in your hair, giving it its old color back. It also makes your hair healthier and stronger, so it’s a win-win situation.

Black Tea Rinse

Here’s a great natural solution to cover up those pesky white hairs and darken your entire hair. Grab some black tea from the pantry, boil it in a cup of water and add a tablespoon of salt to the mix. Let the mixture cool and apply it to washed hair. Allow the hair to dry, and you’ll see darkening results. Since this solution is 100% natural, you can repeat it regularly. Black tea is full of caffeine which is a known anti-oxidant. It doesn’t only naturally darken the hair strands, but it also boosts hair growth and strengthens the strands, making your hair look full and shiny.

Reduce Stress

Stress is not what turns your hair gray but it certainly speeds up the process. Therefore, do everything you can to reduce stress and practice regular self-care. Having a little spa day every once in a while, booking a massage, hiring a babysitter so you can go out, meditating, reading, listening to music, dancing, taking regular vacations—they all contribute to deeper relaxation and less stress. Unfortunately, stress is very hard to avoid today, but if you practice some of these habits above, you can enjoy deeper relaxation. Your hair will be grateful for the moments of rest.

Try Quick Touch Ups

If you’re dying your hair already, but want to extend the time period between two treatments, you can touch up your roots quickly and efficiently with a root concealer. This is a great solution for all people who are not very DIY-savvy but still want a natural and easy solution. You can grab your natural root concealer, take a brush for application and start covering up those gray roots. Simply dip the brush in the product, apply the product to the hair roots (focusing on roots and hair around your face and eyebrows) and repeat the process as needed. This is not a permanent solution, but it works like magic!

Unfortunately, going old and gray can’t be prevented, but premature graying is not something you have to live with just yet. With these natural solutions, you can nurture your hair, bring back its vibrant color and enjoy a few more hair dye-free years.


Author Bio

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in business and marketing related topics.

In her free time she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.

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What are your rosacea triggers?

It can be hard to tell sometimes. You’re going about your day and everything is fine, and suddenly your skin is flushing.

Everybody is unique, and you may have some triggers that another person with rosacea wouldn’t have. But several common triggers seem to affect most people with rosacea. Avoiding these may help you reduce your flare-ups.

Rosacea Triggers 1: Sunlight

According to a national survey of more than 1,000 rosacea sufferers, sun exposure was the most common trigger for symptoms. Just a few minutes of sunlight on vulnerable skin can lead to flushing and redness.

Solutions: Your best approach is to protect your skin from the sun as much as you can. Clothes are your best option. Choose long-sleeved shirts and pants, hats, and sunglasses. Umbrellas can also come in handy. Use a safe sunscreen (like zinc oxide) with an SPF of 30 or higher, and stay out of the sun at the most intense times of day, between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

2: Stress

Stress is another common rosacea trigger. It increases inflammation inside the body, which can then contribute to changes in the skin that encourage flushing. Long-term stress can also contribute to more severe flares.

Solution: Practice regular stress management. That means doing something every day that helps you relax. Good options include exercise, deep breathing, meditation, yoga or tai chi, art therapy, spending time with a pet, and talking things over with a friend.

Hot WeatherRosacea Triggers 3: Hot Weather

Hot weather and humidity can both trigger rosacea and lead to a flare-up, which can make summertime particularly difficult.

Solutions: Do what you can to stay cool. Keep cold water with you throughout the day to sip. Wear light clothing and stay in the shade if you can. Eat cooling foods like watermelon and berries, and carry a cool spritz bottle with you so you can spray your skin when needed.

We suggest using our Rescue + Relief Spray as your cooling spritz. It has aloe, chamomile, water lily, and other calming ingredients that help tame inflammation while wicking away heat. It works particularly well if you store it in the refrigerator or a cooler.

4: Heavy Exercise

Speaking of heat, exercise is another common trigger for those with rosacea. Exercise is great for your overall health and can help reduce stress, but it also tends to get you hot and sweaty.

Solutions: Don’t stop exercising! Instead, look for ways to keep cool. Dress in layers so you can remove clothing when you need to. Keep a cold, wet cloth nearby that you can drape around your neck when you start getting hot. Sip a cold drink, and place a fan nearby to help you cool down.

It may be best to limit your exercise to indoor spaces during the hot summer months or try exercising at night as long as you know you will be safe.

Restorative Skin Balm RosaceaRosacea Triggers 5: Wind

Wind can be a big trigger for rosacea. The cold winter wind is particularly harsh. And if your skin is moist and you get windburn, that can cause even worse problems.

Solutions: Again, protect yourself with clothing. Use hats, scarves, high-necked shirts, facemasks, and more to keep your skin protected from the wind.

Then add a protective skin care product like our Restorative Skin Balm. It helps create a barrier to protect against harsh weather elements while encouraging skin to regenerate and heal.

Apply to the affected areas before going out.

6: Alcohol

Alcohol can not only trigger rosacea, but it may also increase your risk of developing it if you don’t have it already. Drinking alcohol seems to increase the production of inflammatory cells, which can lead to the widening of blood vessels and voila, flare-up.

Solutions: Drink slowly to measure your tolerance. Some people may be triggered after just one drink, but another may require two or more. Then track the effects of different types of alcohol.

You may be fine drinking beer, for instance, but unable to tolerate wine or champagne. It may also help to drink slowly, with little sips, dilute your drink with more ice, and alternate drinks with a glass of water.

Rosacea Triggers 7: Hot Baths

Oh, how disappointing. You were so relaxed in that warm tub, and then the redness started crawling up your arms.

Again, the heat is the problem. It widens blood vessels and can bring on flushing.

Solutions: Add some crushed oatmeal to your bath. It has anti-itch properties that may help prevent flushing. Then keep your water comfortable, but at a moderate temperature, and sip on a cool lemonade or similar drink while soaking.

8: Foods

Several foods have a reputation for triggering rosacea symptoms. Most are hot and spicy, like peppers, hot sauce, and Thai food. But you may also find that some dairy products trigger your symptoms, or certain foods with histamines in them like tomatoes, citrus fruit, legumes, chocolate, and nuts.

Solutions: Keep a diary for two weeks where you record everything you eat and any symptoms you have. Try to zero in on any foods that may lead to symptoms, then avoid those foods, or eat less of them.

Rosacea Triggers 9: Medications

This is a less common trigger, but it may affect about 15 percent of rosacea sufferers. Common culprits include topical steroids, some blood pressure drugs, and some opiate painkillers.

Solutions: Don’t stop taking a medication without talking to your doctor first. But if you suspect a new medication may be causing your symptoms, ask about trying an alternative.

10: Skin Care and Cosmetic Products

It may surprise you to learn that in the survey mentioned above, 41 percent of respondents said their flare-ups were triggered by skincare products and cosmetics.

Solutions: Surveys have identified some skincare ingredients that may lead to rosacea symptoms in those with the disorder. These include fragrances, camphor, lactic acid, menthol, peppermint oil, sodium laurel sulfate, witch hazel, propylene glycol, tretinoin, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, hydroquinone, chemical sunscreens (like oxybenzone), and any kind of bar soap.

Seek out gentle and natural skincare and cosmetic products, and avoid those with harsh ingredients like those listed above that may cause flare-ups. You can buy with peace of mind at CV Skinlabs. All of our formulas are free of the above-named ingredients, and they include anti-inflammatories and heat-removing ingredients.

Since we developed these products with our sensitive skin customers in mind, we also targeted them for skin concerns like rosacea. They’re fragrance-free and contain moisturizing ingredients and emollients like plant oils and bega-glucan (from oats) to help reduce redness and itch. What’s more, they’re clinically proven to reduce redness, irritation, and inflammation.

Taking care of your skin with calming products like those at CV Skinlabs can also repair the outer barrier, making your skin more resistant to rosacea triggers.

What are your most common rosacea triggers?

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A double chin is quite often associated with a lack of proper physical activity and a poor diet. However, even though these factors can greatly influence it, a double chin is rather related to some genetic factors more than anything else. Whether they grow a double chin over time or not depends on the individual’s physical traits and qualities. If you happen to be one of these individuals, there are several methods you can implement to make sure you reduce it and make it almost invisible.

Staying Hydrated And Living Healthier

As said before, the main factor why some people develop a double chin is related to the genetic predispositions of the individual, however, if you are prone to this character trait, there are some changes you can implement in your day-to-day lifestyle to reduce the risk of getting one. It is consequently appearing after someone gains a bit of weight, and some people have fat stored all over their body, some have it in their thighs, others however in their abdomen or upper body. Whatever the case, having a few pounds more than usually essentially does make it stand out.

Our advice is to try and keep a healthier lifestyle by implementing a better diet plan and by staying fit. Hydrate yourself, as taking the right amounts of water during the day is proven to be an effective method in preventing the skin from becoming saggy and full of wrinkles. Water makes it elastic and more flexible, giving it also a natural glow.

Ultrasonic Sound Waves 

There are multiple methods to reduce and get rid of a double chin. One recent method which essentially became quite popular in the last several years has been the appliance of ultrasonic sound therapy or in short- Ultherapy. The procedure is non-invasive and has proven to be quite effective when it comes to reducing the double chin. It bases its technology on the same principle as the ultrasound you take at the doctor’s. From all the different methods and ways to get rid of a double chin, this has the longest-lasting results. The whole treatment does not last more than an hour and the procedure is painless with an extraordinary outcome in the end. The first visible results are seen within the next month or two and it lasts up to 12 or 18 months. Other than this option, you are left with surgery as the permanent solution, however, if you want to escape such interventions and make sure to skip going under the knife, the closest you get to similar results is through Ultherapy treatment.

Tennis Ball Routine 

The ball exercises are simple and easy enough to do every day. The best part is, it will not take more than a few minutes of your time and the results are visible in the first few months. Place a tennis ball or a small ball, whatever suits you, under the chin and keep leaning forward and backward moving the ball up and down under the chin area. Repeat this five times a day, five sessions with 5 to 6 repetitions per session.

Look Up 

Another way to make the double chin go naturally away is by leaning back so you’re looking straight at the ceiling above your head. Try making sudden lips movements like if you are trying to kiss someone and do so while looking up at the ceiling. Repeat this more than once, for a few minutes during the day, and make sure not to fall off the chair, as it might make you dizzy in the head.

Avoid Saturated Fat And Sugars 

As said in the first paragraph, you should implement a healthier diet and therefore try to lose some of those extra pounds for a better effect. One silent killer causing the storing of fat under the chin area are processed sugars and fats, found in junk food and your favorite snickers bar. We highly recommend staying away from them, not only to get rid of the chin but also to reduce the risk of getting any other diseases related to a poor diet.

Tongue Strength 

One natural method is trying something called “ tongue exercise”. This method is easy enough and will not take much of your time during the day. The process is simple, just take your tongue, stick it out as much as you can and then try to somehow lean it upwards to make it in line with your nose. You’ll feel the pressure on the lower chin part immediately, meaning the technique is working. Repeat this for several minutes during the day, every day until you see results.

Use Natural Skincare Products

Last but not least, one effective method to reduce a double chin is by using natural skincare products enhancing the elasticity and tightness of the skin underneath. Try out the ones with an ant-aging effect and hydrate your skin regularly. Make sure to create a skincare routine in the morning and evenings and stay persistent for a longer period.

The key is to be patient and try and implement a few of these methods at the same time. Make sure to change your diet, exercise, and take care of your skin all at once, during different times of the day. That way you’ll speed up the process and see results in no time.

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Male hair loss can affect men as young as their 20s. According to the American Hair Loss Association, more than 85% of men will have significantly thinning hair at some point in their lives. While some men flaunt their bald head, others would prefer to keep their locks. The key to halting male hair loss is to understand how it works and how to treat it. Keep reading to learn the causes of hair thinning in men and what you can do about it.

The Most Common Type of Male Hair Loss: Androgenic Alopecia

The most common type of male hair loss is called androgenetic alopecia, otherwise known as male pattern baldness. It occurs when men have an inherited sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), an androgenic hormone.

In most men, about 5% of testosterone is converted to DHT by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase. However, for men with DHT sensitivity, DHT acts like a toxin on the hair follicles along the hairline and crown. This inhibits the follicles’ ability to absorb vitamins, minerals and key nutrients, leading to miniaturization of the hair follicles and shortening the growing (anagen) phase of the hair growth cycle. Hair follicles near the ears and at the back of the head are less affected by DHT, so one of the symptoms of male hair loss is the horseshoe-shaped pattern of hair loss around the crown.

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Additionally, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania identified an abnormal amount of a lipid called prostaglandin D2 in the bald scalp of men with male pattern baldness. This discovery has not necessarily led to new remedies for male pattern baldness, but it does hint that androgenic alopecia may have causes other than DHT sensitivity.

Another interesting but little understood fact about male hair loss is that DHT-sensitive hair follicles must be exposed to DHT for a prolonged period of time before the miniaturization process is complete.

Other Causes of Male Hair Loss

Although male pattern baldness (androgenetic alopecia) is a serious and often permanent type of male hair loss, some male hair loss is temporary. At the first sign of thinning, shedding or aging hair, take note of your underlying environmental and health factors. Take early action to prevent this kind of hair loss.

Stress

Stress can cause the adrenal gland to produce more adrenaline, which can increase levels of testosterone and DHT. For some men, everyday stress can turn into a vicious circle: stress affects the hair growth cycle, which in turn causes more stress, and makes hair loss worse.

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Medication or Illness

A number of prescription medications can cause hair loss, as can serious illnesses. Before beginning any hair loss treatment, consult your doctor to determine the underlying medical causes of your hair loss.

Diet

A diet rich in protein, vitamins and minerals is key to healthy hair growth. Hair follicles are nonessential tissues in the body and so are often among the last tissues to receive nutrients from the foods you eat. If you doubt you are getting enough Vitamin C, Zinc and other nutrients in your diet, consider taking clinically researched Viviscal Man hair growth supplements to nourish thinning hair and help reduce further hair loss.*

Smoking

Cigarette smoking has been shown to affect hair growth. Smoking can lead to poor blood circulation, which inhibits the blood flow to the hair follicles on the scalp. This can affect the follicles’ ability to absorb key nutrients and stay vital and healthy.

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How to Prevent Male Hair Loss

With male hair loss, prevention is key. While you can’t control your genetics, you can control some other risk factors for male hair loss with the following steps:

  • Learn techniques for managing stress, such as journaling or exercise. Too much stress can raise testosterone and DHT levels, leading to premature balding.
  • Quit smoking. Smoking leads to all kinds of health problems, and it can also encourage male hair loss.
  • Eat a healthy diet with plenty of protein and leafy vegetables. Taking a hair growth supplement for men such as Viviscal Man will also ensure that you’re getting the right vitamins and minerals to promote existing hair growth.*

Hair Loss Solutions & Treatments for Men

Because male hair loss is progressive, it’s wise to take action as soon as you notice thinning at the temples or crown. Here’s what you can do to slow down or halt male hair loss.

Clean Your Hair and Scalp

A healthy scalp creates the right environment for healthy hair growth. The most suitable shampoos for balding men are ones that are gentle enough for everyday use. Scrub the scalp well to exfoliate the scalp to remove dirt, debris and sebum, to help maintain a healthy scalp.

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To make male hair loss less noticeable, try a hair thickening or densifying serum for men that can also help maintain a healthy scalp. Try one containing naturally derived ingredients that makes hair look thicker, such as Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Elixir.

A good scalp massage can also help promote healthy hair growth by increasing blood flow to the scalp. Try a five-minute scalp massage every morning to invigorate the scalp and create the optimal environment for healthy hair growth.

Minimize Styling

When looking for how to reduce hair fall in men, keep in mind that less is more when styling your hair. Steer very clear of the age-old combover and reduce the amount of styling products you use. The less you comb or style your hair, the less damage you’ll cause, and your hair will look thicker.

Instead, turn to your barber for the answer. Try a short, cropped haircut that is longer on top and shorter on the sides to draw the eye away from thinning hair.

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Nutrition

At the first signs of thinning around the temples, take action immediately to nourish thinning hair with a combination of vitamins, minerals and marine proteins. When our diets are lacking the right nutrients, thinning hair and brittle nails are among the first results. Hair and nails are considered non-essential body parts and so generally receive nutrients last. A clinically researched hair growth supplement for men delivers the right combination of nutrients to the hair follicle to combat these effects and promote thicker, fuller hair.*

Drugs & Other Medical Measures

As a last resort, there is of course topical minoxidil drugs or hair restoration surgery. However, some studies show that minoxidil treatments may not be as effective in the long-term and 2% topical minoxidil solution significantly regrows hair only in about one-third of men who take it. In addition, although minoxidil regrows hair, it is a long-term commitment. When you stop taking minoxidil, the hair you’ve regrown will fall out again.

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Hair transplant surgery is a permanent hair growth solution. But it is expensive, often not covered by health insurance and, as with any surgery, there is a risk of complications. If you go the surgery route, it’s best to invest in a top surgeon to achieve the most lasting and natural-looking results.

Even if male hair loss is in your family, you’re not necessarily destined to losing all your hair. By following a hair-healthy routine and supplementing your diet, you can help to slow down or even stop male hair loss.

Existing hair growth

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Your hair, just like your skin, is susceptible to natural aging processes. As you get older, you’ll gradually begin noticing signs of aging hair, like significant differences in the color, texture, thickness, health and manageability of your hair.

If your hair has lost a little thickness and vibrancy over the years, don’t worry. Try these anti-aging hair tricks to add volume, boost shine, restore color and strengthen fine hair at any age.

How to Thicken Aging Hair

The Problem: Fine, Thinning Hair

If your hair seems less full than it used to, you’re definitely not imagining things. Thinning hair is all a part of the hair aging process. Dermatologists report that in our late 30s and 40s, individual hairs will start to grow in finer. Luckily, there are short- and long-term fixes to help add volume and thickness to aging hair.

Short-Term Fix:

Work a pea-size amount of Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Elixir into damp hair, then blow dry or air dry and style as usual. This body-boosting treatment makes fine and aging hair look thicker and fuller.

Another solution? The right haircut, of course! For women with straight hair, stylists recommend a blunt cut to make fine aging hair look thicker. For curls, add layers to help them look bouncy and full.

Long-Term Help:

Hairstylists swear by Viviscal Hair Growth Supplements to promote existing hair growth from within. In fact, Harper’s Bazaar recently called them the best anti-aging hair supplement!*

Viviscal is proven to nourish hair follicles with B vitamins like biotin and niacin, plus iron, vitamin C and the proprietary marine complex AminoMar™ to help support the growth of thicker, fuller hair in 3-6 months.

Remember that as with all hair supplements, consistency is key. Try to take the full dose of two tablets every day, and avoid skipping days or doses as that can delay your results.*

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The Problem: Age-Related Hair Loss

Half of all women will experience some kind of hair loss by the time they hit age 50, according to the North American Hair Research Society. There are four stages that hair goes through in the hair growth cycle—a growing phase (anagen), a regression phase (catagen), a resting phase (telogen) and a shedding phase (exogen). As you get older, your hair spends more time in the resting phase of the cycle, which means you’re shedding hair faster than it’s growing back.

Unlike male hair loss, which usually starts as a receding hairline and thinning crown, female hair loss occurs as a gradual thinning all over your scalp. In fact, many dermatologists advise that women often don’t immediately notice their hair coming out in the shower or in your brush. But then, over time, more of your scalp becomes visible.

Some of us may have drawn the short genetic straw when it comes to hair loss. In that case, age-related hair loss may be unavoidable.

For other women, a number of other factors could be taking a toll on hair growth. For some, the hormonal fluctuations of menopause or nutritional deficiencies may be the culprits. Other very common causes of women’s hair loss are an underactive thyroid and stress.

Short-Term Fix:

Hair products also can affect how thinning, aging hair looks. The wrong shampoo and conditioner can make aging hair loss more apparent by weighing hair down or over-drying aging hair that’s already more fragile and prone to damage. Switch to lightweight, nourishing shampoo and conditioner formulas designed to make thinning hair look thicker, such as Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo and Conditioner. As an added bonus, these products are fortified with hair-strengthening nutrients to improve the condition of your hair on the outside.

Long-Term Help:

One long-term drug treatment is over-the-counter minoxidil, which stimulates hair regrowth. However, once you begin taking minoxidil, you need to commit to taking it long-term, because when you stop taking it, your hair regrowth will reverse.

If you believe your hormones have become imbalanced with age, it’s best to see your primary care doctor, gynecologist or an endocrinologist to get to the bottom of the issue.

But for others, a good diet and stress relief tactics will make a huge difference in the health of our hair. Improved nutrition may even help balance our thyroid and hormone levels. Hair loss experts recommend:

Reduce stress by relaxing, getting enough sleep, and turning off TVs and all other devices with screens a couple of hours before bed. If you watch TV in the evening, stay away from news, or more violent or disturbing, shows after 6 p.m. to ease into a stress-free mindset before bed.
Eat a varied diet full of lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats.
Take a supplement that is rich in biotin, such as Viviscal. Biotin won’t increase the number of hairs on your head but it can make your existing hair thicker, according to a 2012 study published in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology1. Dermatologists believe that biotin helps build up fatty acids and protein in the hair shaft to make hair thicker and stronger. This is why many dermatologists recommend daily biotin supplements to their patients.*

How to Boost Shine & Softness

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The Problem: Dry, Lackluster Hair

As you age, production of oil glands on your scalp may slow down. That’s why aging hair may feel drier and look less glossy.

Short-Term Fix:

Work a drop of hair oil or shine-enhancing serum into your palms, then run it through damp hair beginning at the ends, as these are usually driest. Avoid your roots as adding oil at the scalp could make hair look greasy. You can do this on dry hair too on days when you’re not shampooing.

Long-Term Help:

Apply a deep-conditioning coconut oil mask to hair once a week to boost shine. Rub a scoop of coconut oil between your hands to warm it up and then spread it on the bottom half of dry hair. Leave the oil on your hair for at least one hour, and then shampoo it out with a mild shampoo like Viviscal Shampoo. Coconut oil not only conditions, but experts believe it may even help to decrease protein loss from hair strands.

Changing your diet can also boost shine and softness in aging hair. The best addition to your diet? Eat more fatty fish such as salmon or tuna, which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, substances shown to give hair more shine, thickness and luster. Tip: If you don’t like fish, you can get more omegas in your diet from plant-based sources such as flaxseeds or walnuts.

Better yet, try Viviscal Hair Growth Supplements, a complete, clinically proven hair supplement for women. It not only has marine extracts and biotin, but also vitamin C, zinc, iron and niacin to nourish follicles and promote existing hair growth.*

How to Restore Radiant Color

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The Problem: Graying Dull Hair

You see those pesky grays reappear between colorings, and your natural hair color fades over time.

Short-Term Fix:

If you’re just starting to see gray hairs, it’s okay to pluck them. Despite that old myth, it won’t make the grays grow back any faster. Often, if we pluck a gray hair and then notice more coming in, we just assume there’s a correlation. In fact, It’s fine to pluck an occasional gray, but beware of waging war on your tresses — too much plucking can weaken hair, making it more susceptible to split ends and breakage.

If you have a significant amount of grays, you can use a temporary root touch-up spray such as Toppik™ Root Touch Up Spray to cover roots between hair appointments.

Long-Term Help:

Let’s face it, everyone’s aging hair eventually will go gray. But using permanent hair color helps minimize the time between return trips to the salon. And if you’re dyeing your hair at home, choose an at-home dye that is specifically designed to cover grays.

Or avoid the repeated colorist visits altogether and allow your hair to go gray naturally. To enhance your silver locks, shampoo hair once a week with a purple shampoo. This type of shampoo will help increase shine and prevent brassy tones. You can find a good purple shampoo at most salons.

How to Strengthen Aging Hair

The Problem: Fragile, Damaged Hair

Because aging hair grows finer over time, strands can be more fragile and more prone to breakage while styling or brushing. This could lead to damaged-looking hair, split ends and less volume overall.

Short-Term Fix:

Go to your stylist every 6-8 weeks for regular trims. This will help remove those frayed, split ends, and will keep your hair looking its healthiest and thickest. For an even quicker, more temporary fix for split ends, apply a styling cream formulated for breakage to your ends daily.

You can also add volume to aging hair strands with a fortifying serum such as Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Elixir. Its lightweight formula has keratin, biotin, zinc and a proprietary complex called Ana:Tel™, to make hair look thicker and fuller. Apply the leave-in elixir to damp or dry hair daily and style as usual.

Long-Term Help:

One of the biggest culprits behind damaged, breaking hair is heat! Cut back on your use of blow-dryers, straighteners and curling irons. If you must use heat tools, try a lower temperature setting.

Use Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo and Conditioner, which are formulated with ingredients to make aging hair look thicker and therefore easier to style. These products also help add strength to the outside of strands making aging hair less prone to breakage.

For extra damage prevention, avoid brushing or combing wet hair, which is when it’s extra fragile and prone to breaking. Avoid bleaching your hair, which can actually make strands more porous and inhibit their ability to retain moisture, making them extra susceptible to breakage. Bleaching actually raises hairs’ outer cuticles, allowing bleach to fully penetrate the hair strand. And dermatologists have found that repeated bleaching may actually permanently raise cuticle scales, allowing rapid and continuous loss of moisture. Yikes!

Taking a hair-strengthening supplement like Viviscal Hair Growth Supplements twice daily fortifies hair from the inside out by supplying hair follicles with the vitamins and minerals needed for existing healthy hair growth.*

While we can’t completely escape the signs of aging, these tips and tricks will help to disguise some of the most noticeable signs of aging hair.

†Existing hair growth

1Glynis A. A Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Study Evaluating the Efficacy of an Oral Supplement in Women with Self-perceived Thinning Hair. J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2012;5(11):28-34. 

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Jane’s Winter Skincare & Beauty Solutions

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Add A Pop of Color

Another thing that brightens Jane’s day is wearing makeup with high-impact color. An easy way to do this without going overboard is with Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner. “Mystikol boosts my mood with a quick swipe of color and makes me feel pulled together in a snap,” says Jane. Each highly-pigmented shade goes on easy, can be smudged for a simple smokey eye, and lasts all day.

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The summer weather brings opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, but it can also bring on new and bothersome skin concerns.

However you may choose to spend your summer days, you probably don’t want to be worried about your skin. Unfortunately, that beautiful summer weather can lead to increased breakouts, itchy rashes, dryness, and more if you’re not careful.

To keep your skin looking its best even in the heat, try our solutions to summer skin concerns below.

Why Does Summertime Increase Skin Concerns?

The rise in temperature that occurs in most areas during the summer months coupled with an increase in humidity can cause several unwanted changes in your skin.

  • The sebaceous glands may become more active as your body sweats and cools itself off, leading to increased acne breakouts.
  • Dry skin can become even drier when exposed to the sun.
  • Melanin, the pigment in the skin, becomes more active as it seeks to protect the skin from UV rays, which can result in hyperpigmentation and age spots.
  • Pollution and UV rays can expose the skin to damaging free radicals, which can rob it of its natural radiance and make it look dull and lackluster.
  • Long-term unprotected exposure to the sun can increase the risk of skin cancer.

If your skin is reacting this way, realize that it’s just doing what it can to adapt to the warmer weather and everything that goes with it. Help it manage these elements with the following solutions.

Solutions for Four Summer Skin Concerns

Keep your skin looking clear and flawless by following these recommendations.

Skin Concern #1: Dry Skin

Rescue + Relief Spray Skin ConcernsSolution #1: Don’t Stop Moisturizing!

If you have oily skin or even combination skin, you may be tempted to skip moisturization in the summer. This would be a mistake. All skin needs moisture. If you don’t hydrate your skin, it will react by producing even more skin oil (sebum), which can clog the pores and increase acne breakouts.

The key is balance. If you have very dry skin, your heavier cream moisturizer may work fine in the summer, but if your skin tends to be oily in places, swap your winter moisturizer for a lighter, summer option that will give your skin the hydration it needs without overdoing it.

If you’ve been using our Calming Moisture, you can just keep using it, as it works equally well during both seasons. But if you haven’t tried it, this is the time, as it’s a lightweight lotion that penetrates the skin to hydrate deeply without clogging pores.

Solution #2: Refresh & Hydrate Regularly

If you’re outdoors and the sun is beating down on you, your skin is likely to become parched pretty quickly, just like the rest of you. In addition to making sure that you’re drinking enough water (hydrate from the inside out), try taking a hydrating mist with you so you can give your skin a drink now and then too.

We recommend our Rescue + Relief Spray, which is full of natural ingredients that help cool and calm hot and inflamed skin. Simply spray on when you need it and it will leave your skin feeling fresh and radiant.

Skin Concern #2: Sensitive Skin

For many people, the summer weather makes their skin more sensitive. Those with rosacea, for example, may suffer more flare-ups in the summer, as may those with allergies or other sensitivities that can cause skin redness and rashes.

Solution #1: Tame Inflammation

If this sounds like you, step up your attempts to calm and heal your skin. Start by doing everything you can to tame inflammation. Use only gentle, fragrance-free products that avoid harsh sulfates, petrolatum products, and harsh preservatives. Eat more fruits and vegetables, as they can help calm inflammation from the inside out.

Next, look for anti-inflammatory skincare products. We recommend all of our CV Skinlabs products because they all contain the unique Tri-Rescue Complex, which includes the powerful anti-inflammatory turmeric. All of them also contain aloe vera, which helps soothe and heal skin’s outer barrier, as well as natural oils to help moisturize and promote skin repair.

Solution #2: Protect from the Sun

Use hats, clothing, umbrellas, and other items to protect your skin from the sun—it will help reduce the risk of redness and reactions. Use a sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.

Skin Concern #3: Acne Breakouts

Solution #1: Avoid High-Sugar Foods

Studies have linked a diet full of high-glycemic foods—those that break down quickly in the body and spike blood sugar levels—to increased acne breakouts. Choose more complex carbohydrates (whole grains), fruits and veggies, and lean proteins to help your skin stay healthy.

Solution #2: Stick to a Consistent Skin Care Regimen

Summertime makes us feel more like playing than taking care of our skin. Try to stick to your regular routine of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing every day to keep excess oil under control. Never go to bed without washing and moisturizing your face.

Solution #3: Mask More

We’re not talking about Covid masks, but healthy skin masks that can help treat reactive skin. If you’re oily, choose a clay or charcoal mask to help soak up excess oil. If you’re combination, use a moisturizing mask once a week and a clay or charcoal mask at some other point during the week. Let your skin show you what it needs.

Skin Concern #4: Hyperpigmentation

The sun triggers melanin production in the skin, and that can cause those patchy areas of darker skin as well as age spots and other dark areas.

Sun Care Skin ConcernsSolution #1: Protect from the Sun

As mentioned above, protect your skin from the sun. Pay particular attention to those areas that you’re trying to lighten or brighten.

Any product you use to fade dark areas will make your skin more sensitive to the sun, meaning they can make your skin worse if you don’t protect it.

Use clothes, umbrellas, zinc oxide, and titanium dioxide. (Check out the Environmental Working Group’s sunscreen guide.)

Solution #2: Use Lightening Products

Several lightening skin care products can help fade dark areas and reveal lighter, brighter skin. Some good options include vitamin C, acids (azelaic, kojic, glycolic, lactic, retinoic), and arbutin.

Solution #3: Exfoliate Regularly

As long as your skin will tolerate it, consider stepping up your exfoliation. That can get rid of the darker, older skin cells on the surface of the skin and reveal younger, hopefully, lighter-looking skin cells underneath.

How do you manage skin concerns in the summertime?

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Some skin care solutions aren’t solutions at all.

If you stayed out too long or your sunscreen wore off and now you have a sunburn, there are some things that you should not do if you want your skin to heal well.

Keep in mind that a sunburn is a sign of damaged skin. The last thing you want to do is damage it more, but some so-called skin care solutions can do just that.

Skin Care Solutions to Avoid: Put Sunscreen On Your Sunburn

Some people think that if you put sunscreen on a sunburn, it will help prevent further damage from that burn.

But sunscreen is not a sunburn treatment, it is a sunburn preventative—and not a bulletproof one at that. Most sunscreen only offers partial protection from the sun, so you can’t rely on it to protect your skin after you’ve been burned, or to help limit the damage.

Skin Care Solutions to Try: Your best bet is to get inside and treat your sunburn right away. (We’ll talk about how to properly treat it below.) That doesn’t involve using more sunscreen but applying cooling and healing products that will help limit the damage and promote healing.

If you can’t go inside right away—maybe you’re hiking or playing a softball game—your best approach is to cover the burn immediately with some type of clothing. It may be too hot to do so, but if you don’t, your skin will continue to burn, and the damage could be significant.

Put on a hat, long-sleeved shirt, long pants, socks, or whatever you need to cover the burned area until you can get inside. You can also use an umbrella if you have one.

2. Skin Care Solutions to Avoid: Apply a Vinegar Compress to a Sunburn

This is a common Internet recommendation. The idea is that the anti-bacterial properties of the vinegar will help prevent infection and protect the wound from bacteria.

Try this once, though, and you’ll be likely to question this recommendation. Vinegar is naturally acidic, and it can burn if you place it on a tender sunburn. That may result in even more damage to the skin than you already have.

Skin Care Solutions to Try: Instead, use pure aloe or a milk compress to immediately take the heat out of a sore sunburn. If it’s particularly painful, take an anti-inflammatory medication like aspirin or ibuprofen, and spray on some of our Rescue + Relief Spray. (It’s even better if you store it in the refrigerator.) It has turmeric, a powerful anti-inflammatory, and aloe, as well as cooling ingredients to help calm and soothe burned skin.

3. Skin Care Solutions to Avoid: Eating Foods Like Tomatoes and Strawberries

These healthy foods contain vitamin C and other antioxidants that are good for you and your skin, but to imagine that eating them will protect you from sunburn is to set yourself up for suffering.

Yes, eating these foods will offer a small amount of protection, but it’s not a reason to skip sunscreen. The sun’s UV rays are intense, particularly during the summer months, and will overpower the natural defenses in your skin if you don’t take extra steps to protect it.

There’s also a myth that squeezing the juice from a tomato or applying tomato slices on the burn will help relieve redness. Again, this is a bad idea. Tomatoes are acidic and will only make your burn sting more.

Skin Care Solutions to Try: Always use a safe sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher to protect your skin. Those formulas with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are the safest for adults and children.

4. Skin Care Solutions to Avoid: Apply Butter to a Burn

This is an old remedy that was used decades ago, but it’s no longer helpful today (and probably never was). You want to cool the burn to speed healing, and butter can create more heat in the skin.

Skin Care Solutions to Try: As noted above, apply cooling treatments like cold water, milk compresses, and our Rescue + Relief Spray, which is aloe-based. A bag of frozen veggies can also work well.

5. Skin Care Solutions to Avoid: Coconut Oil

Like butter, coconut oil can trap heat on the skin, prolonging inflammation and making your sunburn worse. Coconut oil is an effective moisturizer that you may want to use as your sunburn heals, but be sure to avoid it until that point. Use light, cooling options instead.

6. Skin Care Solutions to Avoid: Hot Showers

Some people believe that taking a hot shower can soothe the pain of a sunburn. Hot water, however, like butter and coconut oil, can make the burn worse. It not only adds heat to an already overheated area but can also dilate the blood vessels, increasing blood flow to the surface of the skin and increase your level of pain. Use cooling options instead.

7. Skin Care Solutions to Avoid: Shaving Cream

Normally, shaving cream feels cool and fluffy on the skin. Some shaving creams do have moisturizing properties, too, but many contain chemicals that might irritate and inflame the skin. Any shaving cream is also likely to aggravate blisters if you have them.

Skin Care Solutions to Try: In addition to cooling the burn with cool water, frozen peas, milk compresses, and our Rescue + Relief Spray, follow our treatment recommendations below.

How to Properly Prevent and Treat a Sunburn

Instead of falling for Internet myths, follow these tips to help prevent and properly treat a sunburn:

  • Protect with clothing: Use hats, shirts, pants, socks, and more to protect your skin from the sun. Keep in mind that some light materials will allow UV rays through, and yes, you can get sunburnt through some clothes, so consider applying sunscreen as well.
  • Protect with sunscreen: Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more that includes zinc oxide or titanium oxide. Don’t forget to reapply every couple of hours, and more if you sweat or get wet.
  • Watch your exposure: Your skin will naturally adapt to the sun over the summer, but you need to give it time. Gradually increase your exposure to the sun. Avoid spending long periods outside—even when wearing sunscreen—at the beginning of the season.
  • Protect after a burn: The instant you notice that your skin is burning, take action. Put on some clothes, get into the shade, and/or go inside.
  • Cool the burn: As soon as you can, cool the burn with the methods we listed above. This can help limit the damage. Then continue to cool the area by taking frequent cool baths or showers and reapplying cooling compresses.
  • Take an aspirin: You may want to take an aspirin or ibuprofen to help reduce the pain, inflammation, and swelling.
  • Use a moisturizer with aloe: Once you’ve cooled the skin down, apply a cooling moisturizer right away. Those that contain aloe can help encourage healing. We recommend our Calming Moisture and Body Repair Lotion, as both contain aloe as well as other anti-inflammatory ingredients. Continue to reapply several times a day.
  • Drink extra water: According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), a sunburn “draws fluid to the skin’s surface and away from the rest of the body.” Drinking extra water can help you prevent dehydration while giving the skin the moisture it needs from the inside out.
  • Don’t pop any blisters: If your skin blisters, don’t pop them! These can help protect you from infection, so simply leave them be until they heal.
  • Take extra care: While your skin is healing, continue to apply your anti-inflammatory moisturizer, and be extra careful to protect your skin when you go outdoors. Wear clothing that covers the burn—tightly woven fabrics are best.

What sunburn treatment myths have you heard?

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