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5 Tips For Healthy Hair

Wondering what you can do for your hair to make it look healthier? Or maybe you’re not sure how you can care for your hair in order to keep it looking healthy and beautiful?

The good news is that it’s possible! The bad news is that it’s not always easy. Healthy hair takes time and effort and a whole lot of commitment.

Below are 5 tips to keep your looking healthy.

Stay Hydrated

Seriously, this one is a must! When your hair is nourished and hydrated, it can grow to be healthier and stronger. Hydration will also make your hair appear shinier and have a more defined look.

You can easily stay hydrated by drinking 2-3 litres of water every day.

This rule is especially important for women. In fact, it’s even more important for women than it is for men. Why? Because women’s hair is more prone to breakage. When you’re not drinking enough water, your hair becomes more brittle and prone to breakage.

Eat A Well-Rounded Diet

Just because you’re eating healthy doesn’t mean you should only eat vegetables and fruits. When it comes to nutrition, variety is key. Yes, fruits and vegetables are important, but you should also be eating a variety of whole grains, nuts, and legumes.

This will ensure that you’re getting the nutrients your hair needs to be healthy and strong. A healthy diet will contain a balance of everything your hair needs, from protein and essential fatty acids to essential vitamins and minerals.

If you’re eating a diet that is too low in certain nutrients, you may cause deficiencies in your hair.

Exfoliate Your Scalp

Exfoliating your scalp can help to eliminate build-up and make your hair feel softer. Exfoliating your scalp can also help to eliminate dandruff and promote healthy hair growth. You can use a washcloth or a brush. Make sure that you’re wearing gloves when you’re exfoliating your scalp.

Washing your hair frequently is good for the health of your scalp and hair, as a build-up of dirt and excess oil can damage and dry out your hair.

 You can wash your hair with a gentle shampoo that doesn’t contain sulfates.

Sulfates are harsh chemicals that strip away the natural oils of the scalp, making your hair drier and frizzier.

Don’t Forget The Roots!

It’s easy to just wash your hair and assume that’s all your hair needs. But if you don’t condition your hair, it won’t be happy.

Conditioning your hair is essential for healthy hair. You can use a deep nourishing conditioner, or you can apply conditioner to your scalp and hair. Remember, when you’re conditioning your hair, it should also be evenly distributed on your scalp as well.

Moisturize & Protect

You can moisturize your hair using a wide variety of products. One of the best products to use for moisturizing your hair is coconut oil. Coconut oil can be used as a deep conditioner for your hair, as a leave-in conditioner for your hair, and as a detangler for your hair.

Be sure to apply a deep conditioner to your hair after you towel dry it. This will help to deep condition your hair and make it stronger.

Healthy Hair Is A Process!

Healthy hair is hard to keep up with, but with these five tips, you can make sure you’re taking care of your hair.

It’s important to remember that healthy hair is a process and it can take time for you to see results but it is definitely worth it!

Be patient with yourself and your hair and be consistent with your routine.

There are many options available, and everyone’s hair is different, so it’s important to find what works best for you.

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The Ultimate 4 Step Skincare Routine to Get Radiant Skin.

To look your best and feel your most radiant, you need to take care of your skin. Some people are genetically blessed with the ability to have flawless, perfect skin. Unfortunately, not all of us can have that luxury. Despite this reality, having a solid skincare routine can help to reveal your most radiant skin.

Exfoliating

Exfoliating is the first and most important step to getting radiant skin. It’s a good idea to exfoliate once or twice a week, depending on how often you wash your face. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells that clog pores and prevent natural oils from coming out of the pores, which can lead to dryness and breakouts. In addition, exfoliating helps your body produce new cells more efficiently.

**TIP** If you want to exfoliate more than once a week, it’s best to use an at-home scrub. These are easy to find and are less harsh than store-bought scrubs.

Toners

Toners are important to maintain skin’s natural pH balance. Toners are not just for the face. In fact, you should try using toner on your hands and feet as well. It is important to exfoliate two or three times a week to remove dead skin cells and prevent clogged pores. This will leave your skin feeling better, cleaner, and more radiant than before. A toner is an excellent choice for those with oily skin or acne prone skin in order to cleanse away excess oil and unclog pores.

Serums

Serums are a vital component to a radiant skin care routine. Serums offer a number of benefits, such as repairing and restoring the skin, adding radiance, improving elasticity and creating an even skin tone. Serums can also be used treatment treatments like acne scarring or pigmentation issues.

As with any other skincare product, serums should be applied sparingly to avoid over-exfoliating your skin. Use just enough serum to cover your entire face and neck area, focusing on the problem areas first. This will help you avoid over-exfoliation which can lead to irritation and breakouts.

Moisturizers

Moistursizers are a crucial part of your daily regimen. They hydrate and tone skin while they also help maintain the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Moisturizers can provide an instant relief from dry, rough, or acne-prone skin.

A moisturizer is designed to be applied after removing makeup but before any other skincare products. It also helps to prep and prime the skin for future treatments like masks, serums, or creams. This is why it’s important that you use a good moisturizer every day and every night to ensure that you get the most out of your skincare routine.

There’s more to skincare….

Taking care of your skin is very important, for those of us who want to reveal radiant skin, there are a few things we can do to make sure we are getting the most out of our skincare routine.

It’s easy to start with daily routines like washing, toning and exfoliating. But if you want the best results, you need to change your lifestyle in order to make the most of your skincare routine.

This includes eating healthy and not smoking, which can help to improve your skin’s health.

Good luck on your skincare journey!

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5 Reasons Why Sunscreen Will Become Your New Best Friend

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Did You Know? 90% of skin ageing is caused by the sun! The significance of sunscreen cannot be underestimated!

Below are some common sunscreen misconceptions:

• Sunscreen is not always necessary.

• Sunscreen will prevent the body from absorbing vitamin D.

• People with darker skin tones do not need sunscreen.

• One application of sunscreen lasts all day.

We will bust these myths in this blog.

Long live sunscreen!

UV Exposure is a major cause of hyperpigmentation

Exposure to the sun is the number 1 cause of hyperpigmentation! Yes, that’s right Number 1!

This common problem also known as sunspots or age spots is more prevalent for individuals with darker skin tones.

Although hyperpigmentation is widespread, this issue can be prevented by wearing sunscreen daily. We told you sunscreen would be your new best friend right?

Hyperpigmentation occurs when there is an increase in the production of melanin. Melanin is responsible for giving colour to our eyes, skin and hair. UV exposure is one of the main causes of increased melanin production.

We love the sun at Ikran’s Cosmetics, but skincare is essential, so make sure to top up on your sunscreen everyone!

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Lowers the risk of skin cancer

Arguably one of the main reasons to regularly use sunscreen is that it can help reduce the risk of skin cancer.

Research into skin cancer has shown that sunburns are the leading factor in an individual getting skin cancer and sunscreen does what? Helps prevent sunburns.

Now you have 2 important reasons to keep your sunscreen handy!

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Protects against premature ageing

Here is another sunscreen stat for you. We promise this is the last one!

People who use sunscreen everyday encounter 24% less skin ageing than individuals who use sunscreen sporadically.

So, if you want to age like Pharrell, keep the sunscreen portable 😉.

Research that was conducted in Australia revealed that signs of ageing such as wrinkling and coarser skin were less visible for people who topped up with sunscreen daily.

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It Protects You Even When It’s Not Sunny

If you have ever checked the weather forecast and it said cloudy and you proceeded to not apply sunscreen, then we have got some news for you!

It is important to use sunscreen even when the weather takes a turn for the worst as the clouds and rain do not stop damaging UVA and UVB rays from penetrating the skin.

Sunscreen should be on duty 365 days a year. Talk about a hard worker!

And if you thought you were safe in the shade, you’re not.

UV rays can bounce off water, sand and concrete to reach your skin. There are no stopping UV rays, so keep your sunscreen close!

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Contributes to good health

If you want your skin glowing and looking radiant then sunscreen is the way to go.

Wearing sunscreen helps to promote healthy skin as it protects skin proteins such as keratin, they help to keep the skin nice and smooth. Healthy skin is key as it makes up 16% of a person’s body weight!

I know we said no more stats but we couldn’t resist this one, ‘insert laughing face’.

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There you have it, 5 solid reasons why sunscreen will become your new best friend.

If you are not a regular sunscreen user we hope we have converted you in the ways of sunscreen!

It has so many benefits and these are just a few of them. Thank you for reading this and if you haven’t already, check out our sunscreen products.

We will have some new ones in stock very soon, head over to our social media pages for updates. See ya!

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Don’t Be Fooled by Cosmetics Counterfeits!

We at Ikran’s Cosmetics know sometimes it can be hard to spot counterfeit products whether cosmetic or in any other aspect of life. That feeling that you have been tricked is not a nice one! And what is more, the product that you have purchased can have damaging effects on your health, talk about a kick in the teeth! This is why we have created this blog to warn customers about the dangers of counterfeit products, how you can spot them and the benefits of investing in good skincare products.

In 2018 Kenya imported around 15 million kilograms of cosmetics and if you add the sophistication of counterfeiters and the sheer number of products it can be hard to stop all counterfeit skincare products from reaching consumers.

Counterfeit beauty products are becoming increasingly common and according to statistics by Incopro, it is easy to see why individuals want to cash in on the cosmetics industry. By 2024 the market is expected to be worth $863 billion and with skincare products making up 36% of the market, counterfeit skincare products are a big business!

We do not want you to suffer the consequences of faulty skincare products.

The dangerous chemicals used to make counterfeit skincare products and what that can do to your body.

Lead is a very common ingredient in the production of counterfeit skincare products, in certain cases, it can be 19 times over the legal limit, this insane level of lead in your body can cause anaemia, reproductive issues, weakness, kidney and brain damage and even death, which no one wants.

Arsenic, also a common feature in fake skincare products is very deadly too and long-term exposure can result in thickening of the skin, darker skin, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, heart disease, numbness, and cancer, which is enough to steer someone away from counterfeit skincare products for good!

Mercury another dangerous chemical can cause issues with the nervous, digestive and immune systems, lungs and kidneys, and can be fatal, and if you thought it couldn’t get any more dangerous you are in for a shock, if you are pregnant it can cause complications with the development of the baby.

Other chemicals and dangerous items that can be found in counterfeit cosmetic products include copper, beryllium, cadmium, aluminium, cyanide, paint stripper, animal faeces, urine and bacteria. These unwanted items can have side effects ranging from swelling of the eye to skin irritations.

Another concerning aspect of counterfeit skincare products are where they are produced, the knock off cosmetics products are created in unsanitary and dirty warehouses which have no regard for health and safety and consumer care. These products are being created with the intention of making them as quickly as possible and getting them onto the market. This carelessness can create a host of problems when consumers apply counterfeit products to their bodies.

How to spot fake cosmetics products

One way to spot fake cosmetics is by checking the pricing, if you find the skincare product you love and think it is the bargain of the century there is a chance it could be counterfeit. Brand names have similar prices no matter where you shop therefore if the price is too low think again.

Another way to unearth a counterfeit is to check the labels on products. Fake cosmetics will have words that are misspelt, missing ingredients list, patterns that do not match and uneven fonts.

Products that come in poor quality packaging are a big red flag. Counterfeit products might also not fit in the box like they are supposed to and might contain mirrors and other items that do not fit either.

Lastly, fake cosmetics will normally have a chalky or thin consistency compared to their real counterparts due to cheap production. Also, cosmetics that smell overly chemical can be a sign that they are counterfeit.

Although buying counterfeit cosmetic products can be a cheaper alternative and can save you some money it is not worth the risks, the dangerous items that were outlined above can cause serious damage to your body, in some cases cannot be reversed and in severe cases can lead to death.

Therefore, I urge all the individuals reading this to be on the lookout for fake cosmetics, follow the tips on how to spot counterfeits and remember that when you buy authentic cosmetic products you are not only investing in your outer appearance but you are also protecting your health and your future!

If you have found this blog informative, why not share it with family or friends to help protect them too.

Take Care!

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