12 Do’s and Don’ts for better skin care!

Don’t take too many showers. Yes, it’s  almost  summertime and you’re working up a sweat, but taking multiple showers throughout the day can wreak havoc with your skin: Though you might think it’s hydrating, topically, water can have a drying effect on your epidermis. To avoid looking like a prune, douse in small doses and always moisturize immediately after showering.

Do drink plenty of water. While topically water can hinder your skin, drinking 64 ounces of water daily is essential for a healthy complexion because it flushes out toxins and keeps your insides running efficiently. Whether you drink bottled, filtered, or tap water doesn’t matter—getting your eight glasses in matters most. Remember that fruits and veggies are also good sources of H20

Don’t go overboard with rich moisturizers. While you want to keep your skin supple during spring/summer, you can afford to lighten up—especially since thick doesn’t necessarily equal better. Heavy creams can create a barrier on the surface of your face and keep your skin from absorbing moisture. And formulas that contain synthetic ingredients can trap dead cells and leave your complexion looking dull.

Do use a nighttime face lotion. There’s evidence that skin-cell regeneration is slightly faster at night than during the day, so take advantage of your skin’s receptiveness and don’t skimp on overnight hydration.

Don’t apply too many face products at once, no matter how eager you are to try them out. Using too many products can irritate the skin!

Do nourish your skin with a nutrient-packed moisturizer—in other words, rather than use a bunch of different formulas, find a multitasking hero product that takes care of your needs in one go. Look for one that contains vitamin C, to even skin tone and minimize blotchiness, and potent antiagers like retinoic acid and niacinamide.

Don’t drink too much coffee. While a cup a day—minus whipped cream, sugar substitutes, etc.—may be beneficial, too much Starbucks can be dehydrating. (Your skin needs all the hydration it can get!).

Do lavish your face and body with coffee topically. Numerous studies point to coffee-derived caffeine’s skin-tightening and redness-soothing properties, making it the perfect antidote to undereye pouches and rosacea. In addition to stocking your shelf with caffeine-laced eye and face serums, you might also consider investing in caffeinated anticellulite creams, as they’ve been shown to temporarily lessen the appearance of dimples.

Don’t sunbathe. A little sun can perk up your complexion, but even a slight tan represents injury to your largest organ (your skin). The incidental sun exposure you get while driving in the car or walking to lunch is enough to meet your daily vitamin D quota, so don’t neglect your skin sunscreen-slathering duties. Using a formula that’s SPF 15 or higher is essential, and it should be reapplied every couple of hours.

Do apply self-tanner. There’s nothing wrong with sporting a faux glow! And with today’s odor-blocking technology, avoiding that nasty smell is a cinch. For foolproof self-tanning, be sure to exfoliate skin the night before you apply product, and don’t forget to moisturize (dry skin is more prone to streaking).

Don’t use a harsh alcohol-based toner or toothpaste to tame blemishes. Stripping the skin of moisture will send oil glands into overdrive and may worsen your condition. Likewise, a dab of toothpaste on problem spots will do more harm than good: The menthol it contains can cause itching and inflammation, resulting in further acne flare-ups.

Do use an appropriate topical treatment on a blemish right away. One that contains lactic acid is best for cysts—hard, painful bumps that appear under the skin and can last for weeks—while a salicylic acid or benzyl peroxide formula is ideal for minor to moderate breakouts.

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Tips for making your hair grow!

Slow hair growth is a genuine concern for women and men of all ages, luckily there are helpful tips and tricks which promote faster hair growth, however remember this will take a commitment as it will not happen over night, especially if you are experiencing hair loss…
  • Your hair is the most vulnerable when it’s wet, so keep yourself from twisting hair or rubbing vigorously with a towel; instead, pat hair with a towel. You can also lean so that your hair is to one side, and then squeeze it with a towel to remove the moisture.
  • When you comb your hair after a shower or bath, use a large tooth comb or pick; begin at your ends, working your way up to the roots. Since wet hair is so fragile, you should avoid being rough with your hair. With that being said, you should avoid going to sleep with wet hair to keep it from breaking.
  • When you’re brushing your dry hair, use a boar bristle brush. Along with this, flip your hair upside down to brush; this stimulates your scalp and hair follicles, and moves the natural oils down your hair shaft.
  • Wash your hair less frequently so that the oils your body naturally produces can moisturize it. You should also use cool water to rinse your hair after both shampooing and conditioning. This helps to keep hair shiny for longer periods of time without the use of shine sprays. The average person should wash their hair every other day or less; also note that dry shampoos are a good alternative to washing daily.
  • Conditioners should always be used after each shampoo so that the nutrients can be replenished. Avoid applying conditioner to your scalp, and rinse the conditioner completely out of your hair. Leave conditioner on your hair for one or two minutes before rinsing.

Recipes to Make Your Hair Grow Faster

If over the counter treatments are out of your budget, homemade hair masks and rinses are often the best treatments for getting long hair fast . Simple and effective recipes you can make in your own kitchen are made with easy-to-find ingredients like eggs, bananas, olive oil and honey. Here are some recipes for you to try at home.

  • Gather an egg, banana, one teaspoon of honey, a teaspoon of milk, and five teaspoons of olive oil. If you’re not able to use olive oil, you can replace this with any oil you have on hand. Mix the ingredients up well, and then massage the mask onto your scalp and hair. Leave the mask on your hair for 25 minutes before you shampoo and condition.
  • For a conditioning mask that keeps your hair healthy, combine equal parts honey to olive oil, and then massage onto the hair and scalp. You will leave the mask on for about 25 minutes before shampooing and conditioning as usual.
  • Strawberries aren’t only good in pie! Blend an egg yolk, two tablespoons of olive oil, and one cup of strawberries together in a food processor. Apply it to your entire head of hair, and soak for 15 minutes before continuing your normal shampoo and conditioning routine.
  • Organic hair rinses like those made with equal parts water and apple cider vinegar will clear any residue left over from shampoos, conditioners or hair products. By using these, you will also remove dead skin, and promote hair growth by removing the debris around the hair follicles.

Cocktail & WIN

Our REBA girlies are entering the ASU/Perfect Match Gel Polish & Nail Lacquer competition and need YOUR help!

The aim of the game is simply mix  / layer or create a new colour by mixing up your Perfect Match Colours.

Once the new colours have been created and painted, they are then up loaded to Facebook to achieve as many ‘Likes’ as possible ( thats where you come in ) The nails with the most like will win… *simples*

The prizes include –

  •   1st place wins 10 colours worth €200
  •   2nd place wins 5 colours worth €100
  •   3rd place wins 3 colours worth €60

Once our girls come up with their fabulous creations will be calling on you all to lend a hand and ‘like’ our image… Thank you in advanced for your help REBALOVERS!!

Deflating puffy eyes!

If getting more sleep isn’t an option, we’ve found other ways to get rid of pesky under-eye bags.

It’s normal for your eyes to look a little swollen first thing in the morning. But drinking alcohol, eating salty foods, allergies, and watching The Notebook can produce bigger bags that stick around for a few hours. Here’s how to get rid of them fast.

Choose a Caffeinated Cream

Drinking a double espresso won’t help under-eye bags, but applying caffeine topically can. “Caffeine draws water away from the skin for a tighter appearance,”  You can place cool, moist black tea bags on your eyes for five minutes or just use an eye cream that contains caffeine. We recommend ‘Dermalogica Intensive Eye  Repair’ which is an ultra-rich cream of skin-replenishing phytonutrients, antioxidant vitamins and soothing botanicals to help diminish dry lines. Contains no artificial fragrance or color.

Slice Up a Cucumber
Believe it or not, your mother was right — chilled cucumber slices are a good remedy for bags. “They contain enzymes that reduce inflammation,” Also, since the veggie is 90 percent water, it has an instant cooling effect.

Give Yourself an Eye Massage
If you’ve ever had a professional facial, then you know how well rested you look afterward. That’s because most facials include what the pros call “manual lymphatic drainage,” which is a massage that helps push fluid out of the area. Using your ring fingers (they apply the least amount of pressure), start at the inner corners of your eyes and slowly massage in a slow, circular motion to the outer corners,then, move to your temples and down your jawline.

Buy Hemorrhoid Cream

Sounds disgusting, but the main ingredient — phenylephrine — constricts blood vessels and shrinks under-eye tissue. Apply just a bit of cream to the puffy area, being very careful not to get too close to your eye.

Get to know REBA husband and wife directors, John & Orla Deering…

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It is no doubt that REBA Hair & Beauty’s, unprecedented success is down to a winning combination of the finest of product range and its uber-talented, easy going team of hair and make up artists and beauticians and of course the genius of husband and wife directors, John and Orla Deering.

John and Orla met when they were teenagers, and where friends for four years before they began their relationship together. The couple celebrate their third year of married life together, next week.

Orla began her career in the Hair and Beauty industry, by taking up a PLC course in Hair and Beauty in Crumlin College, when she was seventeen! It was through this course that Orla went on to receive an apprenticeship in the (then) flagship branch of one of Ireland’s leading hairdressers, Peter Mark, St.Stephens Green. During her time as an apprentice here, Orla received 3rd place in the trainee cut and colour at the Irish Hair Federation competition.

In just three years she completed her apprenticeship with Peter Mark, gaining the title of senior colourist before moving out to Dun Loaghaire where she worked for a year and a half.

After her stint in Dun Loaghaire, Orla transferred to Peter Mark, Nutgrove. It was here where Orla received her place on the L’Oreal colour degree, which she graduated from with a merit.  Orla’s time in Peter Mark came to an end when she decided to transfer to a different salon who was managed by Sandra Fabian (then president of the IHF) whom she worked with up until the time came she decided to open up REBA.

John began his career in salon services when he was also seventeen, where he started off part-time as warehouse staff. He then worked his way up to warehouse manager through hard work and determination. John gave 10 years to his career as warehouse manager, and continued to work there, during the first year of REBA opening its door’s! Although John’s passion has always been in the wholesale industry…

It was a strike of luck that John and Orla’s career backgrounds where quite similar, and through this similarity they opened their first Salon – REBA Hair and Beauty – in Ongar village, in 2005 two weeks before the Christmas holidays, which went from a staff of three to a staff of eight in just 12 months!

REBA’s unprecedented success allowed the two to expand their salon business to Rathborne two years later in 2007 again two weeks before the Christmas holidays. They now had 26 members of staff among two of these 5 star salons.

John’s passion for wholesale paid off, when the couple decided to venture into the wholesale industry, opening a 4000sq ft wholesalers and hair and beauty education centre – Reba Hair and Beauty Supplies – Portlaoise, Co.Laois in 2009, once again two weeks before the Christmas holidays!  The pair broke this cycle when they opened their new wholesale business, February 2012, in Tullow Street, Co.Carlow. They now count a staff of over 50 between their salon and supply businesses.

As much as REBA might be their first baby together, John and Orla are devoted to their one and half year old – Bobby, who is the pride and joy of their lives.