Many people make the mistake of using the same products throughout the entire year. Especially if you live in New England, it's incredibly important to change your products with the change of the seasons. Aside from changing the products you're using, many of our guests also love to change up their look during the warmer months.
When it comes to hair, spring and summer are the perfect seasons to change up your look. Many of our guests love to go darker or cooler for the cooler months then add in some warmth and lighter tones during the warmer months. Right now, balayage is all the rage.
Many of you are probably reading this saying "What the heck is balayage?" No worries, we get that a lot. To get technical, the word balayage actually is a French word that means "to sweep" or "to paint". It's a great way to get the sun-kissed, natural-looking tones in your hair in a way that is soft and has less noticeable regrowth lines since balayage does not go all the way up to the roots. Think back to when you were young and just from being in the sun, you were left with beautiful, natural highlights throughout your hair.
Another reason that balayage is just plain amazing is because everyone's is different. Since balayage is actually hand-painting on the hair, yours will always be different from the next person's. It also gives the stylists a great opportunity to customize your highlights exactly how you want them.
Gone are the days of having super dry winter skin (or at least we hope so, right?). While your skin might be more balanced in spring and fall, summer seems to be the time when skin gets a bit more oily than it does in other seasons. While those with dry skin might not be phased by the idea of oily skin, in reality, it's just as hard to manage and balance as dry skin is.
Luckily, Aveda has created some incredible products that will do wonders to keep your combination skin balanced during the warmer months. Meet the Botanical Kinetics line. This is Aveda's basic line of skincare. It's main focus is to keep your skin clean, hydrated and get it back to balance. In the Botanical Kinetics (or BK as we like to call it) line, there is a system for both normal to dry skin and normal to oily skin, which many people opt for in the summer months.
For combination/oily skin in the summer months, an exfoliant is a must. This simple, easy-to-use exfoliant is a great way to get rid of dead skin cells, dirt and oil on the surface to prevent any future breakouts and keep oil at bay. You may also love Aveda's Toning Mist. This mist smells AMAZING and is a great tool to help keep your skin hydrated and balanced. Many of our guests even like to leave this toner in the refrigerator so that during the warmer months, they can tone their face with a cool mist anytime they're feeling overheated.
Of course, moisturizing is the key to balancing. Many of those with oily skin think that they don't need to moisturize and that it will only make them more oily. This, in fact, couldn't be further from the truth. You may be oily because you aren't moisturizing. Your skin needs that hydration or else it has to create it's own oil (and that's why your skin gets so oily!) and that oil can clog the pores and create breakouts in the future. The BK Hydrating Lotion is incredibly lightweight and feels amazing on the skin--perfect for those who don't want a heavy, thick cream on their face all day.
Speaking of warm weather, what better feeling is there than the sun hitting your skin when you step outside? It's true, the feeling is amazing, but that warm, burning sensation is actually terrible for your skin--unless, of course, it's protected. Aveda recently created Daily Light Guard, which is a daily SPF defense fluid that you apply after your moisturizer. Don't worry, even though it's an extra step, it won't feel heavy at all since it's incredibly light weight. It's great because this SPF is 100% mineral-derived and protects not only from the sun, but also from free-radical damage caused by the environment, including pollutants.
What's worse than having a caked on face in the warmer months? Well, nothing really. Primer, foundation, powder, bronzer, blush, highlight, the list goes on. It feels incredibly heavy and, frankly, pretty suffocating when it's 85 degrees outside. Aside from it being just plain annoying, having all these products on your skin while your face is so hot is just causing them to seep deeper into the skin and can potentially block your pores and cause breakouts.
This is what makes Aveda makeup so different. Since all of our makeup is lightweight, mineral-derived and as natural as possible, your makeup won't feel heavy or clog your pores. When it comes to foundation, we prefer to use Aveda's Mineral Tinted Moisturizer in the summer. Since it has an SPF and feels like nothing on your skin, it's a great option for some light coverage during your summer days. If you're one for a more matte finish, you can even dust some of our Translucent Powder over the top to set it in place for a long-lasting, velvet finish.
Aside from getting the right texture and finish, color is also a really fun factor that you can play with for different seasons. Summer is the perfect time to break out your warm, bright colors and rock them for the warmer months. We absolutely love the way our Peach Lights and Apricot Whisper Face Accents look on glowy skin in the summer.
Since many people like to keep their makeup more minimal in the summer, when it comes to the eyes, a little mascara and maybe some liner will do the trick. Pop on a bold lip and you'll be good to go!
Scalp to Soul Care is a series of wellness tips and information that relates to hair, skin and body. We'll cover everything from dry to oily to sensitive scalps and skin in this series. Last up: Oily/Acne-Prone!
Having oily skin means your makeup melting off midday, watching your scalp get more and more greasy-looking as the day goes on, and feeling like moisturizer isn't a necessity (Side Note: It totally is). As much as having oily skin feels like the worst thing ever, it actually can be controlled. Plus, look on the positive side: It takes much longer to show signs of aging when you have oily skin.
You may be experiencing oily/acne-prone conditions if you have:
- Oily skin/scalp
- Acne (breakouts, scars, oily appearance, large/clogged pores)
For those of you experiencing oily/acne skin and or scalps, these tips will do wonders to help you become more comfortable and make your skin, hair, mind and body happier.
Ayurveda tells us that those who experience oily skin or acne may tend to feel sluggish, withdrawn and frequently lack energy. These tips can help:
Some products you may love:
- Daily Care for Oily/Normal Skin Set
- Deep Cleansing Herbal Clay Masque
- Outer Peace Cooling Masque
- Outer Peace Foaming Cleanser
- Outer Peace Acne Relief Pads
- Outer Peace Acne Relief Lotion
- Shampure Dry Shampoo
- Scalp Benefits Balancing Shampoo and Conditioner
Oily or acne-prone skin will also benefit from monthly facials, which we do offer at Serene Salon! During your facial, you will be cleansed, exfoliated, toned and treated for your oily/acne skin to help get it back to it's optimal condition: balanced, hydrated and acne-free! Call now to book your 30, 60 or 90-minute facial: 413-322-9799.
Since it's finally April that also means it's Earth Month. Each year Aveda works with all their lifestyle stores and salons to fund raise for Earth Month. Since 1999, the Aveda Network has raised over $44 million to help support organizations that directly affect environmental change. More than $38 million has supported projects that protect clean water at home and around the world since 2007.
To do our part in fundraising for Earth Month, we have two great events going on this month:
In celebration of Earth Month, we wanted to provide you with a list of tips & tricks you can use to contribute to water conservation.
Serene Salon & Spa is an Aveda concept salon located in a beautiful converted mill in Holyoke, MA. The interior of Serene incorporates both the industrial, rustic feel of the mill and warm, modern design. We strive to provide the total beauty experience that Aveda is renowned for.