My friends know that I am about as low maintenance as they come, and you are about to meet two ladies who help me stay that way. That’s right, I’ve recruited friends to give us tips on simplifying your beauty routine, and I am SO excited to share this one with you! We are going to cut through the clutter of beauty magazines and product aisles and get back to basics when taking care of your hair and skin.
I have amazing tips from Stephanie Holmes (The Room Atlantic Beach) and Dr. Millie Warren (Eastern Dermatology & Pathology of Newport) on how to get back to basics when taking care of your hair and skin!
Please say hello to Stephanie Holmes of The Room Atlantic Beach. Because she understands my hair, my cuts last as long as I want them to. She does amazing color, and even though she talked me out of coloring my “silver highlights”, I drool over the gorgeous photos she posts on IG. Her contact info is linked at the bottom!
“Every time you wash your hair, you are removing the natural oils, leaving your hairdryer and more fragile. It will take a few weeks to adjust, so don’t give up. Eventually, your scalp will produce less oil.”
How to do that without feeling gross?
Use a dry shampoo
Use a texturizing spray
Blow-dry your hair on low
Keep your hair pulled back and away from your skin
Rinse out sweat after a workout. Skip shampooing in the shower and just add conditioner as usual.
“This technique is used to blend or “melt” different colors together to create a smooth transition of color. Color melting can carefully add beautiful highlights to your natural color. Upkeep is super easy and less often. We typically touch up the root every 6-10 weeks (if needed) and brighten up the highlights every 4-5 months. They are natural-looking highlights that are always in style!”
Stephanie’s Favorite Products
This is a home treatment that reduces breakage and strengthens hair improving its look and feel. Best part: you sleep in it and wash out in the morning!
Virtue Lifting Powder
If you need an immediate lift, gently rub this volumizing powder into the area!
These ultra-purple pigment drops mix into any leave-in conditioner or styling product you already use and counters yellowness or brassiness.
Thanks to Stephanie, the shutdown of salons during Covid didn’t leave me panicked about what to do with my hair! And, when I can’t handle my gray any longer, I am definitely doing to try color melting (if she lets me)!
Call me weird, but I look forward to my annual skin check with my dermatologist, Dr. Millie Warren! Not only do I enjoy just chatting and catching up, but because I spend a lot of time outside, I appreciate the peace of mind knowing that nothing strange is going on. I always use the opportunity to ask her what I should be doing to take care of my skin and hold off wrinkles as long as possible! Here are Millie’s two must-have ingredients for your skincare routine.
SPF in the morning
She loves to tell her patients “The best one is the one you like enough to use every day!” “Do not count the SPF in your makeup, as studies have shown that you would have to wear 7 times the amount of make-up that you normally would to get the advertised SPF on the label!” Yikes!
Retinol or Retinoid (Rx only) at night
Retinoids help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, shrink pores, and improve skin discoloration. After sun protection, it is the most important component of your anti-aging routine.
To simplify your routine, use a product that has retinol combined with all of your cosmetics needs in one. For example, many products combine retinol with hyaluronic acids, antioxidants, and heparin sulfates.
Millie’s Favorite Products
Elta MD UV Clear SPF 46
This sunscreen is lightweight and includes an ingredient to reduce redness.
Sente’s Bio Complete Serum
This retinol is made in small batches to have higher levels of active ingredients.
Neutrogena’s Rapid Wrinkle Repair with Retinol
Great drugstore option!
Thanks to Millie, I consider makeup as an accessory and not a requirement.
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It is so fun to bring in guests to learn new ways to bring simplicity to our lives outside of decluttering and organization! I hope you love reading these Better Together posts as much as I enjoy creating them. Please let me know what topics you would like to see!