So many parties, so little time. Extend the best looks in beauty, from hair, to skin to nails, as far as possible into the soiree season.
“It’s a great time to try a professional blowout,” says Vancouver-based Judy Brooks, co-founder and President/CEO of Blo Blow Dry Bar.
• Dictate the terms of what you want -- whether it be voluminous hair for an event or a blowout to last you three days.
• Cream shampoos will shorten the length of your blowout’s life, so seek out clear, purifying formulas.
• Use Velcro rollers on the crown of your head the day after your blowout, but skip brushing. On the third day, apply dry shampoo to roots. Brooks likes T3 Refresh Volumizing Dry Shampoo because it tints greasy-looking roots. She follows by tying hair into a sleek ponytail.
• Resort to using satin pillowcases to cut down the frizz factor. It really works!
“People start to get into trouble with their skin around this time of year,” says Toronto-based dermatologist Paul Cohen.
Since acne, redness, chapping and rosacea are exacerbated by the drop in temperature Cohen suggests looking for a lightweight moisturizer that suits your skin’s needs. “Make sure it’s not too greasy or dry.”
• Shed dead skin. “Start with mild, weekly at-home microdermabrasion,” says Cohen.
• All skin types can benefit from Vitamin C-laced products -- one of Cohen’s favourite antioxidants. “It can give skin a healthy glow.”
• Cohen says lots of people experiment with quick-fix fillers and Botox this time of year, but recommends a two-week buffer period in case of bruising. If you’re in the market for professional microdermabrasion or peel, (which can help clear acne), give yourself at least two days before the party to allow for redness to vanquish.
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