GET SKIN WINTER-READY WITH THESE BODY SCRUB QUICK TIPS:

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THE EFFECTS OF WINTER ON SKIN:

Have you every noticed how much dryer your skin, hair, and nails can seem to become almost overnight, once the colder temperatures start to appear? With the difference in inside and outside environments in the Fall and Winter months, our skin does get challenged to stay moisturized, protected from the elements, and healthy.

Your skin is not the only thing to suffer though as your lips can become thin, dry, and cracked from the colder weather and wind. Increasing your intake of Vitamin B can combat this issue or giving a lip treatment a try! Cold sores can also pop up, seemingly overnight :0 Leaving them alone is really your best option and sticking to an over-the-counter or prescription med will aid in faster healing.

When it comes to your skin, your hands can really take a beating as they suffer from the constant drawing of moisture from them. Make sure to moisturize immediately after washing your hands to help lock in hydration and slowly warm up your hands when coming from an outside cold environment to a warmer inside environment.

This prevents blood vessels from contracting, which causes the itching, burning, and swollen hands that you can often experience during the Fall and Winter. Another super simple and easy solution to fighting both your hand and skin issues during the season, is to add a hand/body scrub to your beauty regimen. Take a look at The Beauty Closet's easy body scrub tips below!



BODY SCRUB QUICK TIPS:

  1. When many hear the words body scrub they might also think expensive! I often thought this as well, however there are many great and affordable products out there that don't cost a ton of cash in order for you to get a quality item. Top Pick: Nubian Heritage makes some VERY affordable scrubs that are all around $13- make sure to check out my review of their Mango Butter and Patchouli & Buriti Hand & Body Scrubs below ;)
  2. AVOID harsh chemicals and other ingredients! Many of the hand and body scrubs of today are made with jagged particles such as seeds or synthetic beads that only end up doing more harm than good, causing more: irritation, redness, and breakouts! Skip products with emulsifiers too as these will leave behind residue on the skin, effecting its overall health!
  3. Try NOT to over-scrub. This is VERY easy to do as you may feel that you are doing good at the time, however the motto: "Too much of a good thing" comes into play here. If you do manage to scrub too much, you will end up removing the top protection skin layer and exposing it to UV rays and causing more irritation, rashes, and dryness. 
  4. Choose the BEST scrub for your skin type and based on how often you will be using it and the specific focus, i.e. moisturization, exfoliation, etc. For sensitive skin types, go with ingredients like honey and oatmeal that are natural and gentle,yet still provide excellent exfoliation and at the same time, will reduce inflammation. Normal skin types can try scrubs with fruit kernels and nutshells for example, as they will provide excellent exfoliation naturally. 


THE BEAUTY CLOSET RECOMMENDS:

NUBIAN Heritage

MANGO BUTTER BATH & BODY SCRUB

$12.99

This is my FAV body scrub of the 2 products I'm recommending and I will admit that it's mostly because of the lovely scent. I am normally not a big fan of scrubs and other skincare products with Mango and similar smells as that are usually a tad too strong and can sometimes linger annoyingly into an all-day ''too-sweet" scent! This hand and body scrub from Nubian Heritage changed my mind completely about products containing Mango as I fell in love with this product right from the start.

It works really well and with little effort, at removing dead skin and leaving behind smoother, softer skin. Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, and tropical Mango Butter give your skin ad added boost of moisture and exfoliation without redness or irritation. I'd highly recommend any of Nubian Heritage's body scrubs for any age and skin type [they currently have 4 options/focuses to choose from] :)

NUBIAN Heritage

PATCHOULI & BURITI BATH & BODY SCRUB $12.99

I was really surprised at how fantastic this Patchouli & Buriti body scrub from Nubian Heritage smelled and worked with no skin irritation! The scent is just the right balance of Patchouli and the formula is the perfect blend of natural botanicals as well. This product will leave  your skin feeling soft, moisturized, and glowing :) I fell in love from the start and at $13, the pricing doesn't kill your budget either!

It's very easy to get this kind of scent wrong, but Nubian Heritage does an excellent job here, however some may find this a tad bit stronger than they may like. If you prefer a much lighter scent, you may want to go with the above mentioned Mango Butter scrub as it still smells absolutely wonderful, but may be less of a strength in scent. 

With Shea Butter, Patchouli, Buriti, and Rose Hips, it's packed full of good-for-you ingredients that rejuvenate and hydrate skin without utilizing harmful ingredients to do it. That makes this product a top pick for me in the scrub category for its: affordability, effectiveness, gentleness, and natural ingredients. This one was an easy "win" for me and I'm glad I gave it the chance :)



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GET YOUR HAIR FALL-READY WITH THESE 4 EASY TIPS FOR PROTECTING YOUR HAIR WHEN STYLING + BONUS PRODUCT REVIEW: 6th Sense Professional Flat Iron Hair Straightener

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CAN STYLING REALLY DAMAGE YOUR HAIR?!

Without a doubt, styling and thermal tools like flat irons can cause damage to your hair. The reason being? Utilizing high heat may work to get the look we want, but our hair will pay the price with drying, split ends, fading of color, and an overall unhealthy look :/

I've experience this result myself and it's not pretty- my hair was lifeless, frizzy, and super dry from years of flat-ironing, curling, and coloring/highlights. I decided a few years ago though, that I needed to make a big change in order to improve the look, feel, and health of my hair. This can be a bit difficult to accomplish though as many feel that it can be costly and with no end in sight, but I've found that there are ways around most things ;) 

Of course most of use will continue to use these tools in order to get what we want our hair to do, but there are things that you can do to prevent the damage from occurring in the first place. I thought it would be nice to share with all of your some great tricks and tips I've pricked up from trial and error [lol!] ...


4 SIMPLE TIPS TO PROTECT HAIR FROM STYLING:

 

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  1. Start with hair health from the inside-out! Protecting your hair really starts with how you treat it- from the inside! This is DEF key and super easy to do. I take a daily supplement to help with this from HUM Beauty called Runway Ready and it's just formulated to give you healthier hair AND nails. The Black Currant Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, and Vegan Biotin contained in ea. packet are the secret behind this natural, inside-out approach :)
  2. Your next stop- your shampoo and conditioner. This is where many go wrong quite easily and just by getting the right product for your hair, you can really make a positive and easy change! Begin with a focused product, sticking to the top 2 issues or main concerns that your hair AND scalp have. I LOVE the Advanced Hair Repair System from Arvazallia- it contains NO Sulfates OR Parabens + it's infused with Argan Oil and Macadamia Oil to boost hair health, shine, and moisture.
  3. Not wanting to spend tons of cash to protect your hair during styling?! You don't have to as there are many products out there that don't cost and arm-and-a-leg. One of my top picks, from got2b- the mind blowing xpress dry STYLING SPRAY  is a super affordable [$6.99] product that provides heat protection and smells good as well! Another awesomely inexpensive alternative is from Nexxus with the Travel Size Mousse Plus Volumizing Foam Styler and at just $2.99, the price is difficult to beat. 
  4. Go for a styling tool that provides minimal if any damage to hair. This can seem as though it's a daunting task, but there are a few tools out there that won't pinch or pull hair or require several passes on each section just to be effective. The key is too, in trying to avoid spending hundreds of dollars that the professional irons normally cost! I recently came across an awesome straightener from 6th Sense- the Professional Flat Iron Hair Straightener, that cost under $120 and doesn't destroy your hair! Want to learn more about this wonderful beauty tool? Check out my review below:

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THE BEAUTY CLOSET RECOMMENDS:

6th Sense Professional Flat Iron Hair Straightener

w/FREE 2-in-1 Mini Iron & Heat Resistant Case

$114.99

From the moment that I received this iron, I knew I had a winner ;) It comes well packaged in a reusable box with magnetic closure that makes storage super easy. The bonus included Heat-Resistant Case is perfect for resting the iron on while in use and great for storage as well- a zipper that completely encloses the case means you can take this tool with you on-the-go.

As for the flat iron itself, it's an absolute dream. The digital temp adjustment, lock adjustment, and floating tourmaline-ceramic heating plates make for a one-of-a-kind iron that really shows you don't have to pay tons of money for a professional level beauty tool! The fact that you don't need to use multiple passes to your hair is a huge plus for me as even the current and quite expensive iron I already had doesn't even do this.

It normally takes several times of passing through my hair for each section- which in turn, takes twice as long :/ Not any more though! This flat iron from 6th Sense won't require you do that, so no more burning your hair to a crisp in order to get it beautifully shiny and straight. I have the thickest and coarsest hair on the planet, but it was no match for this tool. I couldn't believe how soft, shiny, and wonderful my hair felt when I was done- in half the time :) I'd have to say with a doubt, that this one is a keeper and has become my go-to iron. 

An awesome bonus mini-iron is included too. It's a great versatile too that lets you achieve the curly OR straight style you choose. The unique design allows this with a locking mechanism and barrel is perfect for on-the-go styling, plus it eliminates the need for multiple tools :) With all of the extra goodies in this set, it's easy to see that you really are getting your money's worth. 

If you've been seeking the perfect beauty tool that won't damage your hair or break your wallet, this flat iron from 6th sense is the way to go :) You'll notice and feel the difference with the first use. I would consider this to be an investment, however if you take care of this you will have it for years! 





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