Skin is the largest living organ in our bodies and it holds everything in place which is why it should be given exceptional attention. Hair, on the other hand, is dead. However, in the last 10 years, self-care brands have more than doubled the number of products that are directed at hair care issues. Hair might be dead, but let's not forget that skin issues do not stop at the forehead but continue towards our scalp, the root at which hair lives. “The scalp is different from the skin only in the fact that it receives different types of stresses.” (Friday Magazine, fridaymagazine.ae) Scalp issues stem from product build-up, heat from styling tools, chemicals in treatments, etc. In order to have beautiful healthy hair, we must not forget the importance of where it all starts: the scalp.
The founder and CEO of Etymologie, Raquela Cheesmond, created a skincare line that is both sustainable and high-performing and we found that skin and hair care routines are both equally important, mainly in three points:
As mentioned before, skin on the face and neck has different challenges than the skin on the scalp. Skin and scalp get dirty from factors such as pollution and even your fingers. Also, product build-up clogs the pores, and internal grease accumulation turns into zits or pimples.
For your face: For a gentle cleanser that removes daily grime and impurities, try Etymologie’s Active Clay Cleanser. Its non-foaming coconut oil-based surfactant -similar to that of The Hair Routine’s Shampoo- cleanses the skin while avoiding over-drying. Natural alpha-hydroxy-acids work together with papaya enzymes to exfoliate, brighten, and help keep breakouts at bay. North American red clay draws out excess oil and impurities. The skin is left feeling fresh, clean, balanced, and ready for the rest of your routine. This cleanser is suitable for all skin types, especially dull and congested skin. (Etymologie’s Website)
For your hair: A balancing shampoo made with at least 96% natural ingredients and that is free of sulfates and parabens. Try The Balancing Shampoo from The Hair Routine, formulated to perform on all hair types and deliver results that last. It is designed to freshen the scalp while hydrating the ends.
This formula contains organic oils such as eucalyptus and tea tree oil to balance any hair type and to stimulate blood circulation in the scalp and hair growth. The coconut oil and natural sugars create a creamy texture to cleanse the scalp to leave it feeling nourished and fresh.
The skin is responsible for absorbing and holding water, which is also what makes it feel and look hydrated and plump. Water gets absorbed by the scalp and the hair strands as well, giving them their silkiness, elasticity, and smoothness.
For your face: Try Etymologie’s Total Hydration Serum. It contains three types of vegan hyaluronic acid that make it the perfect oil-free serum that is lightweight and good for all skin types. High molecular weight hyaluronic acid molecules give that immediate plump and hydrated feel, whilst low molecular weight hyaluronic acid penetrates the skin to provide long-lasting hydration.
For your hair: Try The Hair Routine’s Moisture Treatment. It moisturizes the hair and stimulates the scalp with a formulation of comforting ingredients that includes grapeseed oil and soothing lavender-lemon scents. It also includes moisture-locking ingredients such as glacial water, sucrose, pro-vitamin B5, meadowfoam seed, sweet almond, olive, and coconut oils that hydrate deeply from the roots to the ends.
Protection from UV-rays is extremely important for the skin in order to avoid aging signs and skin cancer! Hopefully, this is not the first time you read that sunblock must be included in your daily - even twice a day- skincare routine. On your hair, heat has similar negative effects except that we apply a lot more heat when styling it and undergoing chemical treatments. These stresses dry out the strands and in most cases it can burn away the follicles and cause severe trauma to the hair. Always protect your skin as well as your hair from heat!
For your face: Sun-É-Serum Drops (SPF 35) from Ava Isa is a 100% mineral sunscreen that’s lightweight and suitable for all skin types and tones. It also promises not to cause a white cast on darker skin tones nor to break out those who are prone to blemishes.
For a complete hair care routine that takes into account how much damage your hair undergoes every day, complete The Hair Routine’s test and get your step by step guide to start following your routine.