12 Essential Hair Care Tips for Teenagers

Hair is very important during adolescence. It enables young people to be different and to feel attractive. However, when hormones kick in during the teen years, it can become more of a hassle.

Having great hair also means having a healthy way of living; it’s not a gift of nature. Therefore, looking for simple ways to care for your hair can make a difference.

Here are 12 simple and essential tips to adopt:

  1. Have a trim every 6 week. It’s important to keep the ends healthy.
  2. Apply olive oil on the ends before jumping in the shower; it’s a quick moisturizing treatment.
  3. Avoid hot water that can dry up your scalp and hair.
  4. Use gentle products suitable for your hair.
  5. Styling tools can have a negative impact on your hair; limit their use. Use a hair dryer with less than 1200 W.
  6. Protect your hair from the sun, salt or chlorine from the pool. The swim cap can seem ridiculous, but it’s pretty useful!
  7. Limit styling treatments like bleaching, dyeing, waving and straightening to twice a year
  8. Treat dandruff as soon as they appear. The scalp skin is slightly acid, which protects against bacteria. Shampoos with a basic pH can neutralize this effect and encourage their proliferation. Ask a professional to choose the right treatment. And also try this old wives’ treatment, it’s always useful: to reacidify the scalp, add a few drops of vinegar or lemon in your rinsing water.
  9. Avoid massaging the scalp to stimulate sebaceous glands and make hair oilier. Many adolescents have to deal with this problem, and daily washing amplifies the problem. Choosing a suitable shampoo that does not damage or dry up the scalp is essential.
  10. Teenagers like having fun and staying up late. However, a good night’s sleep is very important to shine up to the ends of your hair!
  11. Use a comb with rounded ends or a soft brush. Avoid brushing too vigorously, it makes hair oilier and take it easy when they are wet. Do not forget to clean your tools regularly.
  12. Watch what you eat. A diet that is high in fat and sugar is never recommended.

Taking Care of Your Skin During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, anatomical and hormonal changes can cause many skin imperfections. The skin changes, but fortunately, there are things you can do to soothe and reduce these discomforts.

Here is a list of common skin changes that can occur during pregnancy:

Almost 90% of pregnant women will notice their skin cracking revealing pinkish traces on their abdomen. After giving birth, these stretch marks fade, but they never disappear completely. So you might as well treat right from the beginning of the pregnancy to prevent their apparition.

What to do?
Exercise and moisturize quickly and intensely the areas you know will stretch, the abdomen, the breasts and the hips among others. Massage in a circular motion with a replenishing body butter. This is relaxing and it also improves skin circulation.

Also known as melasma or chloasma, the mask of pregnancy is characterized by local brown spots on the forehead and cheeks. During pregnancy, your body produces more hormones which increases pigmentation. Nearly 50% of women will show signs of this problem and on 10% of them, the problem will persist or will reappear with the use of the contraceptive pill. That’s why maintaining good habits is fundamental to avoid these spots.

What to do?
Take your protective shields out: SPF 15 (minimum) sun care cream, hat, light covering clothes. No need to mention that you should avoid sun bathing!

Hormonal upsets during pregnancy disrupt sebaceous glands that increase their sebum production and make the skin oilier and more prone to pimple breakouts, to acne and imperfections.

What to do?
Adopt a strict beauty routine to purify your skin. Choose adapted products and visit your beauty professional to get the best advice for your skin. Avoid the use of harsh products that could irritate your skin even more.

You can also use anti-imperfection products to correct and conceal minor imperfections.

Varicose veins are the bluish veins that appear on the legs. If you have a family history of varicose veins, chances are that you’ll also be dealing with this discomfort.

What to do?
Avoid standing or sitting for long periods, walk to increase your blood flow, wear support stockings, take your dose of vitamin C to keep your veins healthy and lift your legs up regularly.

With stretching skin often comes dryness and itching. If late in the pregnancy, the symptoms worsen, you should talk with your doctor.

What to do?
To soothe the discomfort, it is important to wash with gentle products and to keep your skin well hydrated.

And maybe we could conclude on a positive note by talking about the PREGNANCY GLOW. As a matter of fact, during pregnancy, your body produces 50% more blood and this gives the skin a pinkish glow. Moreover, the skin retains more moisture, which plumps it up smoothing out fine lines. This little extra could all make us blush with envy…