As if the cold weather, harsh winds and drizzly rain weren’t bad enough, being inside during the winter months can have just as much of a negative effect on our skin.
Shops, offices, restaurants – and salons – turn the heating on full blast to try and accommodate cold customers and clients, but, believe it or not, this is not the answer. The dry indoor air is as much of a culprit by sucking the moisture out of our skin.
Due to the lack of sebaceous oil glands in the face, arms and legs, these are the areas most affected by the colder weather. So, here at Salon Gold, we have scoured the web and found some top tips to keep your clients (and their skin) happy and hydrated:
Use essential oils
Before doing a client’s make up or facial, use warm water with a few drops of essential oils to cleanse their skin. Different skin types are suited to different oils, so be sure to ask your client about their problem areas. Oils include jasmine, chamomile, neroli, lemon, geranium, rosemary, peppermint and clary sage.
Use pure cocoa butter
Cocoa butter is a natural alternative to petroleum-based moisturisers. Apply directly to your client’s slightly damp skin so the moisture becomes trapped, rather than evaporating into the air.
Use a heavier moisturiser during the winter months as it provides a better barrier between the skin and the harsh elements.
Brighten up a client’s dry skin with a gentle facial or body scrub. Try making your own by grinding half a cup of pine nuts in a blender and mixing it with two tablespoons of light oil. Rub the mixture on the skin in gentle circular motions and rinse off. This is an easy and affordable method that you can sell as being 100% natural.
Check your labels
Every now and then, check the ingredients label on each skincare, makeup and beauty product that you use on your clients. Try to avoid toners and other product types that contain alcohol, which can dry out the skin. Instead, opt for those which contain ingredients such as witch hazel.
Use a humidifier
Invest in a humidifier to keep the moisture within your salon, and therefore the skin of your clients and staff fully hydrated. A good alternative is keeping a bowl of water near the radiators to add moisture to the air. The higher the heat indoors, the less humidity there will be.
Tips for lips
Our lips are one of the most sensitive parts of the body. To keep your clients’ lips soft and supple, use an exfoliating treatment, or simply brush them with a dry toothbrush to get rid of any dead skin. Apply vitamin E oil to finish. Avoid scented products or lip stains as these can dry out the lips even more.
The skin on our hands is thinner than on the rest of our body, so it needs extra protection and care. At the end of a client’s manicure, use a hand moisturiser containing ingredients such as monoi oil, soy milk and vitamin E for that finishing touch.
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