Don't you just love summer wear? Especially the sandals! I'm giddy about painted toes and the endless variety of strapping seasonal footwear. I just can't wear them all. Lord knows I've tried. Ok, so how many times have you seen women walking across a busy street, tip-toeing in pain to beat the light and get to the other side? Without admitting pain, stiletto heel wearers maintain posture and composure at all costs. I know their feet are killing them and they know their feet are killing them. Let's get real for a moment.
So, what's the real damage to feet if you constantly wear 4-6 inch heels, all day, everyday?
Medical experts say that drinking in stilettos can cause the most foot damage. Where coordination and balance are impaired after chugging down a few cocktails, lots of twisted ankles and fractures have been reported at major hospitals. The stunning stilettos contribute to knee and back pain as well. After all, you're cramming those little puppies into a narrow space. With cramped toes, how can you hold your balance? Huh??? Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, and it's twice as common in women. Experts also say that the use of heels is a likely reason.
I say just point your toes in your flats and call it a day. I deeply admire those that can stand tall and look sexy in those high heels. But, I think I'd rather have pretty toes than men whistling at me. (Well, not really).
For us beauty junkies, summer should be called the "lazy,hazy, crazy days of....frizzy hair". Love the carefree looks, but it takes a lot of "to-do" to get hair to behave in humidity. I've probably used more shampoos and conditioner over the past 4 weeks, then I do in a season. Tyra Banks, TypeF. beauty website has recommended Neero & Ana as a must-have for natural hair.
If you're struggling with style and care, these tips may help get you back on the right hair track:
TOP 5 TIPS FOR PROTECTING AND CARING FOR SUMMER HAIR
1. NO EXTRA HEAT
Using extra heat on drier summer hair is the last thing you want to do. Use flat irons, curling wands and heat rods sparingly. The extra concentrated heat will only make hair more brittle and prone to breakage.
2. TOP IT OFF
We all love the styles and accessories for summer....from hats to scarves and beyond. Protect hair from the extremes in temperature and humidity. Salt water from a day at the beach can add to hair stress. Choose a stylish straw brim, wide silk headband or bandana. You can find colorful, playful head gear at a lot of mall kiosks and spruce up a pair of shorts or any sundress.
3. MINIMIZE PRODUCTS
Using too many hair products at once will only create build-up. The added gook can attract dirt and even bugs. Who needs a nest of lively creatures in their hair? Plus, the combination of harsh chemicals in shampoos, styling gels and other stuff can interact with each other to harden strands and make hair less manageable.
4. DON'T WASH TOO OFTEN!
Naturally produced oils and moisture get stripped from too much washing. Sure, you want to get salt spray, chlorine and build-up out, just be careful about the types of hair cleaners you use. Try something from the organic shelf this summer.
5. OIL BASED HAIR LOTIONS
A little extra oil can condition and moisturize hair strands. The added protection will help between the sun showers and shampoos days. Try Moroccan Oil or my favorite - Sexy Hair Organics -Moisture Boost . You only need a pea size amount to massage through hair to do the trick.
Look for a few new sexy updo's while your at it. Summer hair should be fun, free and fabulous!
In this morning's shower, I realized I was at the end of my favorite supply of shower gel. If I forget to pick up more today, I'll be at the mercy of the stand-by bath soap. Not that bath soaps aren't good, just not my preference.
I stock up at Bath & Body Works semi-annual sales and look for great bargains on shower gels at the outlet stores or at places like Origins and L'Occitane. The smell of Verbena or anything citrus just drives me wild.
While I'm doin' the ole scratch & sniff test on the latest shower gel scents, everybody else is doing the same with bath soaps. And there are soooo many choices.
Bar soap lovers have to choose shapes: rounded corners, square bars, sheets, chunks, scented, unscented, clear, opaque. And for us body wash or shower gel folks, we've got to heavy Presidential-like burden of selecting the right scent, bottle shape, dispenser vs. squirt top...well, you get the picture.
The The Food and Drug Administration experts say that overall, soaps and body washes all contain basically the same ingredients: alkali salts of fatty acids and detergent properties.
The claims against bar soap: contain higher pH levels and tend to dry out skin; dry skin heals slower than hydrated skin; sharing soaps can lead to sharing bacteria; soap scum build-up.
The claims against liquid soaps: overuse and waste; strong smelling fragrances & perfumes; well, that's about it.
Using bar soaps vs. body washes is truly a personal preference. Every woman (and man) appreciates soft skin and, in my opinion, lives for a scrum-free world. I'm just sayin'.
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