HOW STRESS AFFECTS THE SKIN

Stress is present in our daily lives. The pressure at work, family problems, difficulties in studies, etc. are some stressors that can adversely affect your appearance and body as a whole. Stress negatively affects us everyday thanks to the frenetic pace of life and the high levels of self-imposed activities to which we are subjected. Thus, in times of increased workload, our skin might be dull, lifeless, have enlarged pores or even be quite red. Also, one of the worst consequences of stressed skin is the decrease of its protective barrier, so it becomes fragile and more sensitive to external aggressions.

How stress affects the skin

Stress can trigger a chemical reaction in the body to become more sensitive and reactive. Have you observed that when you’re stressed, you get more pimples? This is because the skin produces more cortisol and other hormones in your body, which tells the sebaceous glands to produce more fat, which causes acne and other conditions. Stress can worsen existing skin problems such as:

Psoriasis – a condition that occurs when cells grow too fast causing irritation
Rosacea – a condition that produces permanent redness, swelling, pimples, and visible veins
Eczema – a condition that causes redness, swelling, and itching. It is common for people with skin conditions to feel insecure and thereby experience more stress, making the problem worse.

Stress can also trigger an adverse effect on the barrier function of the skin, thereby causing water loss and reducing the skin’s ability to heal itself especially after an injury has occurred. This can be evident in people with pre-existing skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema, as it slows the entire healing process down. It also dries out the skin. Depending on your body’s reaction to the increased production of cortisol, your skin can end up becoming too dry. Cortisol can hinder the elasticity of the skin and water retention, thus dehydrating your dermis.

Remedies

Relax your mind. Many stressed people forget that they can embody a way of life that limits stress altogether. It is essential you take time every day to meditate or relax. Even taking a few deep breaths can help ease stress.

Nourish your body. Eat a healthy diet rich in whole grains and whole fruits and vegetables. Fish containing omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, mackerel and herring is especially suitable for your skin.

Exercise. Physical activity boosts circulation, which battles the effects that adrenaline can have on the skin. In other words, physical activity helps your complexion. When there is more blood flow to the skin, there are also fewer toxins, less cellulite and more healthy, radiant-looking skin.

Sleep. Sleep plays a vital role in limiting cortisol. During sleep, our skin repairs what has been damaged during the day. Make sure you get at least seven hours of sleep for healthy stress-free skin.

To Sum Things Up…

The correct way to minimize stress is to live healthily: sleep well, hydrate and have a fixed work routine that is pleasant as possible. Say goodbye to stress and give way to healthy skin full of life — hydrated and perfectly renewed!


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WHAT CAUSES YOUR HAIR TO GO GRAY

By Julia

Some of us have been there. We’ve stood in the mirror and tugged at those “invaders”. Those strands of hair that have betrayed our original color. We pluck them or cover them in denial. But no matter what we do, they’re just going to keep coming back.

The appearance of gray hair is a natural and biological process of our body. It symbolizes the passage of time. it is a sign of aging and a sign that our bodies experience vital changes. While many people accept it—gray hair symbolizes experience, wisdom, and respectability— others fight it.

But why does the hair turn gray over time? To understand why those “dreaded” gray hairs appear, you must first understand where the color comes from.

Every hair on our head consists of two parts:
– A stem – the region provided with a color that we see growing on our heads
– A root – the lower part of the hair strand, which anchors the hair to the scalp

The root is surrounded by a small tube of tissue under the skin called the hair follicle. Each follicle contains a certain amount of pigmented cells. These cells constantly produce a chemical called melanin, which gives each strand of hair its color, be it brown, blond, reddish or any other intermediate shade.

Melanin is also the substance that gives color to our skin, making it lighter or darker. It also helps determine if the person burns or tans when exposed to the sun. The clarity or darkness of a person’s hair color depends on the amount of melanin in their hair.

As we get older, the pigmented cells in our hair follicles die progressively. When there is a smaller amount of pigmented cells inside a hair follicle, the hair shaft loses the amount of melanin that it contained and acquires a transparent tone (be it gray, silver or white). As people get older, they will have fewer pigmented cells to produce melanin and, eventually, their hair will become completely gray.

People can get gray hair at any age. The age at which you get your first gray hair depends upon several things. One significant influence is genetics. If your parents’ hair turned gray at an early age, yours probably will too. Some people get gray hair very early, like during their teenage or college years. Others get them in their 30s, 40s or later.

Another thing that can cause your hair to turn gray early is your diet. If you eat a proper diet, it might be possible for you to stall the appearance of gray hair. The cells in your hair follicles that produce melanin need the proper nutrients to stay healthy and produce the required melanin for dark hair coloring. This includes nutrients like iron and Vitamin B. Therefore, if your diet is filled with low nutrient foods like junk foods, you may go gray much earlier than you need to.

So those are the basics about gray hair. Since it’s not going away, try to find a way to accept it and know that it doesn’t mean your life is over. Again, people can go gray at any age. As long as you’re healthy and happy, the color of your hair shouldn’t hold you back.


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Why gray is always on trend.

The negative association with gray hair is starting to become a thing of the past. Celebrities and people who are nowhere near the silver years are dyeing their gray or wearing gray wigs and extensions. Young women who are going gray prematurely are embracing the color and are even working to change society’s perception of it. And according to Allure Magazine, gray hair was predicted to be one of the biggest hair trends of 2018.

It’s a color that signifies wisdom. Some also believe it signifies an inability to commit. But if you ask me, it takes a pretty confident and committed person to pull off gray hair.

Have you been thinking about going gray? Get ready to turn heads. Lucky for you, you don’t have even have to bleach your hair to achieve that ideal gray. Thanks to CysterWigs, you can either ease into gray naturally or take the trend head on with styles and colors that are right for you.

Different tones of gray, interspersed subtly, offer new possibilities for wearing your hair. You can go for a platinum tone that teeters on blonde, you can go for black with hints of gray, you can try a brown peppered with gray or you can go for an ethereal white. And don’t forget about the alternative grays. If you prefer a funkier gray, try one with a fun mix of blue, silver and lilac tones.

There’s a gray out there that fits every mood or attitude. Don’t be afraid to have fun and play around with the different shades and tones. And experiment with different lengths, too. A silvery gray bob is a chic look for day or night. Or if you’re feeling wild and bold, go for a full mane of smoky locks. Whatever direction you go in, wear it with pride. Again, if you can pull this look off, you can pull just about anything off—and that opens the door to even more possibilities!


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Styling Habits That Ruin a Wig

By Julia

Have you ever looked at one of your wigs and wondered, “What the hell did I do to this thing?” Did it look frizzy, dull, dusty, dry and just fried? If your wigs look like this regularly, you can’t attribute the damage to age or wear and tear. Most likely, the culprit is how you’re styling or caring for your wigs.

The hair on a wig doesn’t grow out of your head, but that doesn’t mean that you can be rough with it or do whatever you want to it. With your bio hair, you know you can’t fry it with heat styling tools, brush it roughly, weigh it down with styling products or use products with damaging ingredients. The same goes for wigs. There are specific things that you should avoid when it comes to styling your wigs. It’s imperative to keep these things in mind so that you can enjoy your wigs for as long as you possibly can.

Here are some bad habits to avoid.

Brushing your wig from the roots

Despite what you may have heard — or have been doing your whole life — you should never brush your wig from the roots to the ends. This method can knot the wig and cause easy breakage. When brushing, carefully start from the ends, working your way up, as this avoids any unwanted knotting that leads to damage. This is one of the most straightforward tips around. Be sure to stick with it to see results.

Using Abrasive Hair Ties

You want to avoid super-tight holders as these will pull your hair and the tension can and will break the hair. It’s preferable to aim for hair ties that will be extra gentle on your delicate strands. These are freaking cute and don’t tug like most traditional hair ties tend to. You can even use a headband or a satin scarf to pull your hair back. Just make sure you avoid headbands with plastic teeth or if you opt for a scarf, don’t tie it too tight.

Brushing Your Wig When It’s Wet

If your hair mistakenly gets wet, brushing it might seem like the normal course of action. But doing so can cause significant damage if you’re not careful. Your wig is in its most fragile state when it’s wet. If you want to straighten things out, use a wide tooth comb to help detangle knots. Also, make sure to spritz on a detangling spray beforehand to help make the process easier.

Excessive Use Of Heat Styling Tools

Tools like flat irons, blow-dryers, and curling wands are undoubtedly good at what they do—but excessive heat styling your heat-friendly wigs can lead to damage. You don’t have to ditch your favorite heat tools altogether. Give them a rest from time to time.

Tying Hair Up Tightly

Sweeping your wig off your neck and into a tight updo may be convenient for sleeping or working out, but it can also cause stress on your mane. You can give your hair a break by opting for low ponytails and swapping out elastics for soft fabric hair ties. Be careful with hairpins, too. They can damage the wig cap if forced into the hair.

Using the Wrong Products on Your Wig

We’ve stressed this a number of times over the years. Don’t use your old styling products that you used on your bio hair on synthetic wigs. Use products that have been specifically formulated for synthetic hair. Products made for real hair may contain ingredients that are way too harsh for synthetic hair. So use shampoos, serums, conditioner and hair sprays that were made for synthetic hair or for human hair if you have human hair wigs.

IN CONCLUSION

When you know better, you do better. Now that you know what bad habits should be avoided, you can start on the path to preserving your wigs better. With extra care and a little prevention, you can protect your wig and make it last from the first hair toss to the very last.


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Refresh Your Look With A New Wig

By Julia

Our hair is our crowning glory–the epicenter of our natural beauty. But what do you do when your hair is looking less glorious than usual? It might be time to change things up. The perfect wig can not only help to cover hair loss, but it can also make you look and feel amazing. There’s no doubt that a fantastic hairstyle will improve your overall appearance from head to toe.

Why You Should Try A New Wig Style

Whether you realize it or not, you probably have the tendency to wear the same style or styles that are similar to it. You can’t help it. We’re creatures of habit. Try opening yourself up to new possibilities. You’ll never know what else could be completely flattering or fun if you don’t try. Don’t cheat yourself out of experiencing something delightfully different.

Kindle Creativity

If you ask any highly creative person how they continue to innovate and express themselves in new ways, they’ll tell you the key to their success is a commitment to trying new things. This inspires creativity, which eventually rubs off in other areas of your life.

Makes You More Marketable

Remember this- you’re the most important person in this equation. Your desire to try a new hairstyle can make you more marketable. Your colleagues will begin to see a new you, and your new look can bolster your confidence. And when you feel more confident, you’re up for taking on anything whether it be in your personal or professional life.

Overcome Fear

In most cases, fear remains the only thing that keeps us from trying new hairstyles. We’re afraid of the worst-case scenarios. “What if I don’t like it?” “What if others don’t like it?” Those are probably thoughts that creep in. Block all of that out and just give it a try. If you talk yourself out of it, you’ll never know how the style will work for you. Don’t let a minor mental speed bump stand between you and your new look.

How To Try Different Wig Styles

There are ways to refresh your hairstyle without going to extreme measures.

Subtle Color:

    When you try a wig with highlights or lowlights, you can instantly change your look without making a drastic color change.

Hair Pieces or Toppers:

    You can add instant length to your look with hair pieces if you feel comfortable doing so. You can play around and experiment with updo styles, or other long hair looks, too.

Accessories:

    With the right hair accessories, you can jazz up any style. Headbands, hair pins, clips, claws, barrettes, and more can be used with casual or formal styles to add sparkle, and color to your wig.

In Conclusion

Our hairstyles are a large part of our identity. When we change our hairstyle and color, we mentally take on a different persona not only to people who know us but, happily enough, we feel a change within ourselves. Today’s wigs are beautifully made, comfortable and natural-looking. With all of the wonderful options available at CysterWigs and WigCloseouts, you can refresh your look whenever you feel like it. Don’t be afraid to play around with different lengths, textures, colors and brands. Who knows what other sides of you are waiting to come out thanks to a new wig.


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