Wednesday, January 21, 2015

2015 - Small Changes Can Add Up to a Healthier You

 Every year we do the same thing. We set big goals and have poor execution plans. This year let's all make smaller goals and take it step by step. We hope to be a healthier, happier version of which we already are year in and year out. In reality it is quite simple. Making small life changes helps us in the long run. Maybe switch to oats with cinnamon instead of cereal.

Make a switch from soda to water. Then make sure to drink plenty of water each day. The changes you make to the inside of your body shine through.

Drinking plenty of water each day helps your skin get a natural glow. But help it stay beautiful with proper skin care. Follow the typical steps of Cleanser, Toner, & Moisturizer and you're almost golden. At Alba we carry a brilliant skincare line which is Paraben Free, Vegan, Gluten Free, and Cruelty Free. It doesn't get much better than that, well, except for it does! It is also insanely cost efficient. You want to go with all three steps ideally. The cleanser cleans your face of all the dirt and toxins your skin comes in contact with throughout the day, and helps your skin keep a healthy complexion. The toner is often a skipped step, but personally I believe it is one of the more important ones. It adds moisture back into the skin and it balances out the pH in your skin. What balancing out the pH does is it lets the moisturizer penetrate the skin quicker and deeper. After a rough cleaning the skin is trying to find its normal balance and it can take up to five hours for it to regulate again, and while it's busy trying to regulate itself the moisturizer just sits there and can't do what it’s there to do, which you know is to keep you looking fresh, glowing, and beautiful.

When you feel better you naturally look better, but sometimes we want more. We have the beautiful face down, but now what do we do with our hair? Clearly stay away from box color, because that’s just scary! But we can take another baby step in the right direction, maybe this year another little goal can be to go out of our comfort zone. Try something a bit healthier for your hair. The first route we take at Alba is an ammonia free hair color. Our color line is the only permanent color line available with certified organically grown ingredients. It also functions as a reconstructor and helps the hair be healthy from the inside out rather than adding a layer of silicone on the top to make it appear shiny and healthy; this line actually does the deed. Ammonia can be responsible for destroying a protein in your hair called Tyrosine, which is responsible for your hairs natural pigment. Our color uses heat instead of ammonia to open the hair cuticle for the color processing. Using heat makes it easier for us to close the cuticle and bring it back to its normal pH which prevents unnecessary bleeding of color breakage, and dry feeling hair. To expand on the benefits of using ammonia free color over, well, ammonia color, it is simply a healthier option. Ammonia is extremely damaging to your hair and it usually contains such a high percentage of other chemicals which can be harmful to your health over a long period of time. I stumbled across this salon in Arizona who really knows their stuff on Ammonia color lines so if you're interested in more details about the difference between the two, check out their info ammonia-and-ammonia-free-hair-color 

Not only is our color healthy for your hair, but our styling products are also top notch being Sulphate Free, Paraben Free, and Cruelty Free. We carry a broad range of products each with individual benefits to target problem areas, or to finish off a perfect style! Our stylists each have their favorite products, and a vast knowledge on them all. So come visit us and learn a little more on how to be a little bit healthier this year.

BY: Becci Jahn  - Alba Organic Beauty Studio  /  Cincy Organic Stylebar Team Member