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How to Help Your Skin Through Weather Changes! Bonnie on the Blog

The leaves are starting to fall, mornings are getting chilly, and the humidity is finally starting to drop—yes, the unmistakable signs of Autumn are here! While you’re switching out your flip flops for boots and sundresses for sweaters, ask yourself “Do I need to change up my skin care too?”

Summers in the south are hot and sticky, and while the humidity may wreak havoc with your hair, in many ways it’s great for your skin. Think about it, all that moisture in the air actually helps keep your skin hydrated. The heat and humidity also stimulate your sebaceous glands to pump out more oil; something oily skin types aren’t too keen on but drier ones appreciate. As the humidity and temperatures decrease, many people find their skin feeling tight and flaky.

Here are some tips to help you combat skin changes brought on by weather changes:

1. Always use warm or cool water, not hot water. It’s tempting to turn up the hot water for your shower on those cold mornings, but it will dehydrate your skin. If you don’t trust yourself not to do this, consider lowering the temperature on your hot water heater. Both your skin and your energy bill will thank you!

2. Unless you’re super oily, simply changing from a foaming/lathering skin cleanser to one that has a milky consistency will work wonders. Foaming skin cleansers are usually designed to remove your skin’s natural oils, so if your skin is feeling tight after you wash, it’s time to change. I love Dermalogica’s Ultracalming Cleanser and Essential Cleansing Solution, both of which have a creamy consistency.

3. It’s time to ramp up your moisturizer too! While oily types may still want to stick with oil-free Active Moist, if your skin is feeling parched you’ll want to reach for Skin Smoothing Cream (medium weight) or Intensive Moisture Balance (heavier weight, full of antioxidants). These daily moisturizers contain more emollients, which are ingredients that help soften and smooth your skin while adding moisture.

4. If you really want to treat your skin, I highly recommend the powerhouse duo of Overnight Repair Serum & Super Rich Repair. The argan oil based serum is full of skin nourishing peptides to stimulate cellular repair, and the concentrated cream (rich with jojoba oil and shea butter) deeply moisturizes. Sleep in this combination and wake to glowing, hydrated skin!.

5. Don’t forget to exfoliate! Getting that layer of dead cells of your skin on a regular basis will help your moisturizing treatments sink in and nourish your skin deeper.

6. The same rules apply for the skin on the rest of your body. Take warm, not hot, showers and don’t linger too long in there either, as extended time in the shower or bath will definitely dry you out. Consider switching to a more moisturizing body wash or bar soap, or better yet, try some handmade soap (conveniently available at the front desk at Posh!). I guarantee that once you try handmade soap, it will be difficult for you to use anything else! Exfoliate regularly and moisturize twice a day with a rich lotion.

7. When it’s time to turn on the heat, run a cool mist vaporizer in rooms you spend a lot of time in, especially the bedroom. Indoor heating is notoriously drying.

8. Yes, you still need daily sunscreen.

9. Lastly, don’t forget to drink lots of water!

Join me next week to learn how hormones affect your skin!

XOXO,

Bonnie

#bonnieknowsbest

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Fake a Vintage Bob! No cutting necessary!

It’s officially Friday and I couldn’t be more excited! As each new season changes, I find myself day dreaming about something most women have at some point or another; changing my hair!

As I speak with other long-haired gals that frequent our salon, they too desire a big change-up, but hesitate due to the risk. It’s scary to hack off a bunch of your hard-earned hair growth, so what’s a long-haired gal to do?

Fear not. This Weekend Beauty tip is for those out there who want to see what a sassy short bob would look like, but aren’t ready to make the commitment of cutting. As I talked over this idea with one of our stylists, Elika, she quickly threw my hair up into this fake bob and taught me the steps. I loved it so much that I tracked down some simple steps online and wanted to share it with you! Here’s how to fake a vintage bob, pictures included!

Hope this inspires you to fake a bob! Merry Weekend everyone;)

Your web-gal,

Ashley

 *love, kudos, and thanks goes to Pinterest for this great hairstyles. Original post is here. I added words/directions and title.

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THE TOP FIVE FOODS TO FEED YOUR SKIN: Bonnie on the Blog!

When it comes to skin health, what you put into your body is just as important as what you put onto your skin. Topical vitamins and antioxidants will work miracles on your skin, but there are a myriad of health benefits (including gorgeous skin!) gained from eating them too!

So what are some nutrients you can eat to give your skin a healthy glow? Here’s the Top Five:

Omega-3 Fatty Acids:  These essential fatty acids (EFA) are a must have if your skin or scalp is dry, flaky, or scaly. EFA oils help to regulate skin repair, oil production, and moisture content. EFAs also help reduce inflammation throughout the body, and may be helpful for acne. The top five foods are flax seeds, walnuts, sardines, salmon and soybeans, or you can take a supplement in the form of fish oil capsules or evening primrose oil. Evening primrose oil has the added benefit of easing pre-menstrual breast pain if you experience this.

Vitamin C: Not only is Vitamin C an immune system booster, it’s a powerful antioxidant that helps to reduce free radical damage from pollution and sun damage, and may even reverse DNA damage. Free radicals damage collagen and elastin—important structures of the skin that make it firm and “bouncy”—causing wrinkles and sagging. The top five foods are yellow peppers, guava, kale, kiwi fruit, and broccoli. Synthetic Vitamin C found in supplements is not as beneficial for your skin, so if you don’t like these foods, load up on citrus fruits, tomatoes and strawberries! A homemade smoothie in the morning is a great way to incorporate a wide variety of these ingredients.

Vitamin E: Is there nothing this powerhouse nutrient can’t do? As an antioxidant, Vitamin E will help repair sun damage, fight those nasty free radicals we’re bombarded with on a daily basis, and help reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The top five foods are tofu, spinach, almonds, sunflower seeds, and avocados. Avocados are also rich in essential fatty acids so you’re getting more bang for your buck! Supplements are a great way to get this nutrient and pure vitamin E can also be applied topically to your skin.

Vitamin A: We hear a lot of applying derivatives of Vitamin A topically, but what will ingesting it do for your skin? As an antioxidant, Vitamin A helps repair skin, keep it moist, and produce the enzymes that stabilize the production of collagen. If you’re deficient in Vitamin A, you may have dry, flaky or dull looking skin. Because an excess of Vitamin A can be dangerous, it’s best to avoid supplements and get this nutrient from your diet. The top five foods are carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, spinach, and beef.

Lycopene: Lycopene is a pigment that gives many fruits and vegetables their red color and is a powerful antioxidant to help reduce sun damage. Some studies have even shown that it is beneficial in preventing sunburn (but you still need your sunscreen!). The top five foods are tomatoes, watermelon, grapefruit, asparagus and chicken. Since lycopene is most abundant in tomatoes that have been cooked, a great way to incorporate this into your diet is to add tomato paste to sauces, gravies, and other savory foods.

So spend a little extra time in the produce section of the grocery store next time you’re shopping and stock up on these wonderful fruits and vegetables. You’ll not only reap the rewards with beautiful healthy skin, your whole body will thank you!

Join me next week to learn how weather changes can influence your skin, and what to do about it!

 

XOXO,

Bonnie

#bonnieknowsbest

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Posh Update: We No Longer Accept American Express

Hello to our Bull City community!

We at Posh have a big announcement. We will no longer be accepting American Express credit cards as a method of service payment. As updates were needed within our financial system, we were made aware that we needed to change our bank institution in order to make necessary changes.

Due to some complications in the transition of changing our bank, we will no longer be able to use American Express in our daily transactions. We recommend bringing an alternative method of payment including VISA , MasterCard, cash, or check.

We are terribly sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause, and we wanted to publicly let you know as soon as possible in order to minimize any confusion.

Thank you so much for your loyalty and your business. We love you Durham!

Sincerely,

Team Posh

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Top 7 Grooming Tips for Men

We know that men can tend to get a little bashful when it comes to asking for “beauty tips.” That’s why I dubbed this post “Grooming Tips!” Men want to know how to pull off a masculine, rugged look while still looking like they value hygiene, but they don’t know who to ask or where to start. Most men know that women like a man who takes care of himself, and as a woman, I can say that’s absolutely true. We don’t enjoy having to be your mother, forcing you to get your hair cut or look prepped and ready for an event. And most men know that they should be handling these things on their own, but don’t have time to scroll through endless blogs about beauty potions, strict regimens, or skin/haircare.

We at Posh want to help start the conversation, and offer a little help. So much of our clientele is male, and we want to post #WeekendBeautyTips that apply to them too! So here are the Top 7 Grooming Tips for Men that won’t take too much of your internet time!

1. HANDLE THE EYEBROW SITUATION

As controversial as it may be, I’ll stand behind this statement: humans were made to have two eyebrows, not one! Maybe you have rugged eyebrows, and you don’t want to change that. Maybe you have thinner eyebrows, but they linger far above and below your natural brow line. Whatever your brow-shape, make sure your brows look appropriately separated, thus avoiding the unibrow. Most men don’t enjoy the time it takes to tweeze individual hair strands, not to mention the pain and discomfort. I’d suggest scheduling a quick brow wax. It feels like one or two bandaids coming off, and then voila, you’re done! No endless tweezing necessary! Your brows can be as “shaped up” or as “keep the ruggedness!” as you like. Our estheticians want you to feel like you by the end of your appointment, so they will make sure to separate your brows in the way that best represents your personal preferences.

2. ELIMINATE UNDESIRED HAIR GROWTH

As men age, they gain hair in unwanted places like their ears, back, and nose. We offer back waxes for those who want to remove the unwanted hair. As for the ears/nose areas, I’d recommend getting a really good pair of trimmers and making a point to trim up once a week, or at least bi-weekly.

3. MAKE HAIR-LOSS A THING OF THE PAST

Also as men (and women) age, we all experience some level of hair loss on their hairline and crown areas. Never fear! Redken just came out with an INCREDIBLE new hair-growing line, Cerafill, that has received amazing reviews. Stop by and grab the full line of shampoo, conditioner, and scalp treatment and wait till you see the results. It not only makes you feel like you have grown 9,000 hairs in one use, it can also regrow your hair, depending on the treatment you choose!

4. SHAPE UP THE BEARD/SCRUFF

Some women love a clean-shaved look, but other women love a little scruff on a man. Some like facial hair short and tidy, others like the full, modern-beard look. Regardless of the length, there’s still a one-size-fits-all rule for facial grooming: keep it maintained, no matter how long it is. Schedule an appointment with one of our amazing stylists for a beard or neck trim. If you are already an existing client, this service is FREE, so there’s no reason not to stop by!

5. GET A HAIRCUT

I know this is super-obvious, but it must be stated. Get your hair cut regularly. Women notice if you take care of your hair or not. If you’ve had the same style forever, try something that’s new and trendy. Even if you don’t like it, it can always grow back. You’ll kick yourself later for not at least putting some effort forth in keeping up with what’s appropriate for today’s times instead of maintaining your mullet from the 80′s.

6. SUPER-CHARGE YOUR SKIN

From the guy-friends I have, I can honestly make this assessment: most men have just as many insecurities about their skin as women. They just hide behind a tougher facade. Some have scars from their high-school acne issues, some have redness, some have peeling due to dryness, some are way to oily, and some have blemishes on their back. Regardless of your skin-type, it’s worth a visit to our skin therapists to see if your problem can be easily solved. Most men have an issue that isn’t very hard to resolve, it just takes courage to make the first appointment! We have a Gentleman’s Facial as well as a Back Facial that allows time for our skin therapists to evaluate your current skin-situation, and get you on the fast track to healthy skin. It’s worth it, trust me.

7. USE PRODUCTS THAT ACTUALLY HELP YOU

We’ve all been guilty of it: strolling through the drug-store aisles and just picking a product at random because it’s convenient or cheap. You have probably bought some type of hair-goo that seemed okay-looking on the label, but didn’t give you the “look” you were going for. Hair products have all sorts of ingredients, levels of control, and finishes that can create totally different styles on your hair. Instead of taking all the time you don’t have to read through all of that, simply stop by and ask your stylist which product is right for your style. You may think this is a gimmick to get you to come buy our products, and sure, I can admit it: your purchases help run our business, offer refreshments, and pay our overhead costs. But that’s not really why we signed up to sell products. We signed up to sell our products because they do one thing: they work. There’s nothing better than watching a guy get out of our salon chair and love his hair—and the reason he loves it is because of a mixture between the right shampoo, the right cut, and the right products for his particular hair-type.

I hope these 7 Grooming Tips were helpful to all my guys out there! The one common thread in all these tips is this: just have the courage to try. Most hair and skin issues that happen with men aren’t due to a horrible problem that cannot be solved, it’s merely an issue of just making the stupid appointment and showing up!

Merry Weekend to all the men, from your weekend web-gal,

Ashley:)

 

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