Urban Veda – Ayurveda, Skincare and the Soul

Urban Veda – Ayurveda, Skincare and the Soul

5,000 years ago in India the health and well being system called Ayurveda was developed which established a connection between the mind and body. Today, Ayurveda is still considered one of the world’s most sophisticated natural medicinal systems alongside the likes of Chinese medicine. Ayurveda’s core remedy for maintaining good health and wellbeing is achieving balance of the mind, body and spirit. The Urban Veda ranges are built to work for each dosha types.

5,000 years ago in India the health and well being system called Ayurveda was developed which established a connection between the mind and body. Today, Ayurveda is still considered one of the world’s most sophisticated natural medicinal systems alongside the likes of Chinese medicine. Ayurveda’s core remedy for maintaining good health and wellbeing is achieving balance of the mind, body and spirit.

Vata types are ruled by the Air and Ether elements. This abundance of air creates a very fast paced life and Vatas talk and think very quickly. Naturally creative, energetic and passionate, this dosha can often be described as being ‘airy fairy’ or having their ‘head in the clouds’. Vatas can always feel the cold so when they are out of balance, this gets heightened. Their skin also increases in dryness and dullness and becomes more dehydrated. Our Radiance range is specially formulated for the Vata dosha by drawing on ingredients that naturally brighten the skin. Turmeric for example, has been used in India for thousands of years to do exactly that. It features as the key ingredient, alongside Papaya which is also an excellent skin enhancer, Liquorice to restore the skins’ elasticity and Aloe Vera which thoroughly hydrates the skin.

Pitta types are usually very fair with pale skin. Ruled by the Fire and Earth elements, this dosha has a fire that burns within them and it is this fire than makes them very driven and ambitious characters. They are head strong and ‘fiery’ and will often be in CEO and entrepreneurial type roles in the workplace. Pittas also typically have sensitive skin, which can be easily aggravated when out of balance. Our Soothing range contains a variety of ingredients chosen to cool and calm any aggravation on the skin that may have occurred. Sandalwood is known for its soothing properties and gently prevents the internal fire from increasing and becoming unbalanced. Lavender and Aloe Vera are also used to provide gentle yet effective hydration.

The Kapha dosha is comprised of the Earth and Water elements. Anyone who is a Kapha will be extremely grounded, humble and level headed. They love living life to the full and are compassionate and loving. Kaphas have naturally oily skin so when out of balance, the skin can become blemished and acne prone. To control the excess sebum, our Purifying range draws on the powerful properties of Neem, an ingredient known as the ‘Village Pharmacy’ in India. It is used in many ways as it is highly antiseptic and when combined with Tea Tree and Witch Hazel, the face is cleansed from bacteria and completely mattified.

Hair Care During Pregnancy

Hair Care During Pregnancy

The body goes through many changes during pregnancy, and we all know that it’s safe to take a little extra care when it comes to the food we eat, what we drink and the supplements we take.

Expectant mothers also need to be more careful when it comes to chemicals and harmful substances they come into contact with, so many women worry about colouring their hair during pregnancy due to the substances which are found in hair dyes.

However, according to the NHS, research has shown that it’s totally safe to colour your hair while pregnant.

Very high doses of the chemicals found in hair dye can cause harm – but these doses more than exceed the amount you’re exposed to when dying your hair. However, for those who want to err on the side of caution, there are some steps you can take to make sure you’re being as safe as possible when changing your look.

Dying your Hair When Pregnant

Even though the risks are low, we recommend that anyone choosing to dye their hair while pregnant should wait until they are past the 12-week mark, when the risk of chemical substances harming the baby is much lower.

If you decide to use a home hair dye kit, there are ways you can reduce potential risks.
● Always wear gloves to minimise the risk of dye getting on your skin
● Wash all dye out after the minimum recommended time
● Apply the dye in a well-ventilated room
● Wash your scalp once the dye has been washed out
● Always do a strand test 24-hours before you plan to apply the dye
● Choose “pregnancy safe” hair dye kit, such as Revlon Professional Nutri Color Creme
● Consider using a root touch up such as Derma V10 Root Concealer Spray or Color WOW Root Cover Up if you’re only worried about your roots showing

If you choose to get your hair dyed professionally at the salon, always make sure you:
● Choose a hairdresser with reviews from other pregnant women – your hair will change during pregnancy, and it’s important to have a hairdresser who will take this into consideration
● Advise your hairdresser that you’re pregnant before your appointment so they can let you know your options
● Ensure sure the salon you go to has good hygiene reviews and is well ventilated
● Get a patch test 24-hours before
● Consider getting highlights, ombre or balayage instead of dying all your hair – this way, the dye will only be painted onto your hair instead of applied to your scalp

Is it safe to dye your hair while breastfeeding?

Again, the NHS advises that it is safe to dye your hair while breastfeeding, as very few chemicals used in hair dye enter your bloodstream, so they won’t be passed on to your baby. However, if you still feel concerned, you can instead opt for highlights or lowlights to change your look, instead of going for a full head of hair dye, as no colour will actually come into contact with your skin.

Hair Changes and Hair Care During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, the texture of your hair can change completely. It can go from curly and bouncy to lifeless and limp, or from poker straight to a frizz of curls. Although this doesn’t happen to every woman, it’s worth taking note of the changes in your hair so you can adapt your haircare routine.

If you notice your hair getting frizzy, make sure you use an intensive hair mask like Osmo Colour Save Radiance Mask. If you notice your hair becoming limp, try Tigi Bed Head Fully Loaded Massive Volume Duo to get back your full, luscious locks.

Often, your hair can become much thicker in your second trimester but then can fall out in clumps after your little one is born. If this happens to you, don’t panic! This is an entirely normal consequence of hormonal changes. Your hair will return back to normal soon, and in the meantime you can invest in hair repair products to speed up the process.

If you look after your hair during pregnancy, you’ll have nothing to worry about, and with a bit of TLC, it will revert back to its normal condition after about six to eight months.

For more info on hair care, check out the best oils you can use to help get your hair back to tip-top condition or take a look at the best heat-free hairstyles you can use to create a fuss-free, stylish look quickly.

How Often Should I Wash My Hair?

How Often Should I Wash My Hair?

Lather, rinse, repeat. When it comes to washing our hair, this is the mantra that we all know and most of us follow it religiously. But, is it really the best method for our hair?

Ask how often should I wash my hair? and you’re likely to get a different answer from everyone. There are those that swear by washing it once a day, to these people it’s a no-brainer – as necessary as brushing their teeth! At the other end of the hair-washing spectrum, there are some who have given up shampoo altogether, usually claiming that their hair washes itself.

So, what’s right? Just like skincare, your haircare routine should be suited to you and only you!

So, how often should I wash my hair?

Hair care expert Paul Edmonds says that there is no definitive answer to this question, telling Marie Claire that

“lifestyle choice and environment has a big part to play, if you go to the gym a lot, swim, live in a highly polluted environment, colour your hair, use heat styling tools… these things all contribute.”

As well as all this, the type of hair you have has a big impact. Curly, Afro Caribbean or very dry hair can go for weeks without being washed while still looking great, and many of these people avoid washing their hair with shampoo altogether. While those with fine, straight hair may find that they need to wash it more often.

One of the most important things to consider is the type of shampoo you use. We’ve listed some of the best types of shampoo for your hair-type below.

• Dry hair (hair that doesn’t produce enough oil) – Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Shampoo
This shampoo will ensure curly or dry hair gets the moisture it needs to look amazing, and keeps it feeling clean and fresh with natural ingredients.

• Normal hair (hair that is shiny but not oily, and fairly easy to manage) – Tresemme Botanique Nourish & Replenish Shampoo
With a blend of coconut milk and aloe vera, this shampoo nourishes and replenishes hair that’s not too dry and not too oily.

• Oily hair (hair that produces excess oil) – Daily Defense Coconut Oil Shampoo
This shampoo is delicate enough to be used every day, great for oily hair that gets greasy quickly.

Is it bad to wash hair every day?

The easy answer – yes.

How often you wash your hair is a balancing act, and depends completely on your hair-type, though over-washing can be counter-productive. Washing your hair too often can strip it of its natural oils and cause it to produce more, which can contribute to greasier hair.

Those with fine hair who worry about oiliness should try to wash their hair every other day, so not strip it.

Those with thick and curly hair should wait for as long as possible before they wash it with shampoo because, this hair-type needs its natural oils to stay healthy – over washing can leave it looking brittle and lifeless. If you have thick, curly hair, you can refresh between washes using a little water and conditioner, or an oil mist like Label M Therapy Rejuvenating Oil Mist.

If you think your hair is getting too oily, try using dry shampoo on your roots to help absorb any excess oil.

How should I wash my hair?

Sometimes it’s best to review the basics before you move forward, so let’s brush up the best way to wash your hair.

1) Shampoo (less is more) – Don’t use too much shampoo, as this can leave your hair covered in a film that will take away its shine. Instead, try shampooing twice; first to remove excess dirt and grime, second to leave it looking squeaky clean and shiny. This is where lather, rinse, repeat comes into play!

2) Condition – If you have very fine hair, you might not need to use a conditioner at all. Instead, grab a detangling hairbrush and smooth it out that way.

If your hair is dry or coarse, use lots of conditioner to help nourish – leave in conditioner can work wonders for thick hair!

3) Be gentle! – Don’t over scrub your hair in the shower, and never towel it dry, as both can lead to breakage and cause split ends. Instead, try squeezing any excess moisture out of it and letting it air dry, or use a hairdryer to finish it off.

4) Avoid over-styling – If you can’t avoid using heat on your hair when drying it, always make sure you use a heat protection spray or cream before applying any heat at all.

For more help and haircare guidance, check out our blog on the best oils to use for hair, or take a look at some of the best heat free hairstyles.

How To Clean Makeup Brushes and Sponges

How To Clean Makeup Brushes and Sponges

Ask any makeup artist or beauty blogger how to keep your makeup looking great – if they know their stuff, they’ll tell you that the simplest way to achieve a professional finish is to ensure your brushes, sponges and beauty blenders are always clean.

Now, this might seem pretty obvious, but a 2015 study found that 39% of women clean their makeup brushes less than once a month, and a massive 22% have never cleaned them at all! If you’re a member of this guilty party, you should be aware that the buildup of dirt and oil on your tools can lead to breakouts, rashes, and even dermatitis.

To help you out, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide detailing the best ways to clean your makeup brushes, sponges and beauty blenders, along with some top products you can use to help ensure they’re always performing at their best.

How often should you clean your makeup brushes, sponges or beauty blender?

If you’re only using your makeup brushes on yourself, but you use them once a day, you should follow this guide:

• Concealer and foundation brushes: wash twice a week to prevent a buildup of product, dirt and oil.
• Makeup sponges and beauty blenders: clean after every use to avoid bacteria buildup (as they are left wet with product, bacteria can spread more quickly than with standard brushes).
• Blusher brushes: clean once a week, or each time you use a different colour.
• Eye makeup brushes: wash once a week, or spot wash if you are changing colour during application.
• Eyeliner brushes: clean each time you use them to ensure you get a perfect, precise line each time.
• Lip brushes: clean after each use to prevent a build-up of product, especially if you’re changing colours.

What’s the best way to clean your makeup brushes?

Here’s our fail-safe, step-by-step guide to washing makeup brushes:

1. Add makeup brush cleaner, like Derma V10 Makeup Brush Cleaner to a glass of warm water.
2. Swirl your brush in the water and gently rub the bristles together to remove any excess product.
3. Rub the brush on a Brush Works Brush Cleaner Tray or a similar rough surface to remove any oil and dirt.
4. Leave your brushes to air dry on the cleaner tray.

Pro tip: for day-to-day cleaning, a brush cleaner like Brush Works Small Brush Cleaner is the quickest and easiest solution. You can use this cleaner simply by wetting your brush and running it along the bristles. Its textured surface effectively removes dirt, impurities and product.

What’s the best way to clean your beauty blender or makeup sponge?

Cleaning your beauty blender or makeup sponge is a slightly different process than cleaning your brushes, follow our guide for great results every time:

1. Wet the beauty blender or makeup sponge in a bowl of lukewarm water.
2. Swirl some Derma V10 Makeup Brush Cleaner onto the sponge.
3. Allow the cleaner to soak into the sponge and squeeze it delicately until it lathers.
4. Rinse the sponge in cold water until there’s no cleaner left.
5. Squeeze out any excess water and dry in a well-ventilated area.

When should you replace your makeup brushes?

If you clean your makeup brushes regularly, they should last longer and be safe to use until you notice wear and tear.

If your brushes start to shed, smell or discolour, you should replace them as soon as possible. Also, if they begin to lose their shape or still don’t feel quite clean after you wash them, you’re due a new set!

Take a look at the LaRoc 10pc Kabuki Brush Set for an all-in-one brush set that offers quality application without breaking the bank. If you’re looking to splash out a bit more on your kit, the Joan Collins Good To Go Brush Caddy Complete Collection is a set of luxury makeup brushes that will have you creating professional looks with minimal effort.

Due to their nature, beauty blenders and sponges need to be replaced every two-to-three months, no matter what state they’re in. Try Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge & Travel Case if you’re in need of a replacement.

Now that you’ve got your makeup brushes sorted, why not take a look at our top beauty hacks that will save you both time and money? Or, if you’re looking to try something new, take a look at our makeup brush guide and discover your new go-to.

Best Of The Winter Sale

Best Of The Winter Sale

As we head into 2019 it is only right, we start off with the January sales. This is a chance to pick up anything you wanted, and your partner didn’t quite get the hint. The good thing is it will now be massively discounted compared to when it first caught your eye so there’s no guilt factor. This year there has been a few favourites in the sale so here is a list of a few we have picked out for you to have a look through.

One brand you can never go wrong with is Elizabeth Arden and the Visible Difference Moisture Cream is now heavily discounted. This cream, if you haven’t tried it before, is a rich emollient moisturizing cream that penetrates deep into the skin. This product is ideal for dry skins and will reduce the appearance of fine lines dramatically improving your appearance.

The TIGI Catwalk Oatmeal and Honey Twin Set is one to try while the weather is still harsh on our hair. This formula with acacia honey, wheat protein and vitamin E, helps to smooth dry hair acting as a comfort food leaving your hair soft and silky. Perfect for restoring some health after all the heat styling over the festive period.

For men the American Crew hair products are one of the best, they have a shampoo and conditioner which would balance hair leaving it soft while washing away any excess build-up of any styling products from the day.

The Max Factor Miracle Foundation is a steal in this year’s sale transforming your skin with the perfect shade match giving you a healthy-looking finish, imperfection coverage and leaving you with a dewy complexion. A great opportunity to try something new.

If you are looking at gift sets for gents, the Prada Luna Black Rossa Black Gift Set including a spray and shower gel is the latest in the in the line of sophisticated fragrances. This Eau De Parfum is the combination of raw and refined, with top notes of bergamot and base notes of amber, musk, coumarin.

The Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal Gift Set is fabulous for a lady. It is a feminine, intimate scent with heart notes of honey and gardenia and with its unique bottle and packaging it makes this set extremely desirable.

If you are thinking of spring and inspiration for your 2019 spring summer look there are some great lipsticks in the sale such as the Revlon Super Lustrous Colour Change Lipstick or the Lustrous Matter version both formulated with microfine pigments for long lasting high colour impact.

One last favourite would be the Marc Jacobs Daisy limited edition Eau De Toilette 100ml this classic pure fragrance is signature Marc Jacobs and charmingly simple. The top notes are infused with succulent wild berries and soft violets leaving you with a fresh and radiant scent on the skin. This is one not to be missed.

January can be a hard month post-Christmas but that is why we have put together some of the best reductions that won’t break the bank.

How To Look After Your Scalp

How To Look After Your Scalp

Do you suffer from an itchy scalp? Constantly worrying about whether people can see any dandruff? Well you are not the only one…

Your scalp is very sensitive and needs as much care as our skin on your body or face. However, many of us do not prioritise our scalp and don’t give it much thought as it is hidden under our hair. And with everyone increasingly relying on styling products, dry shampoo’s and texturizing products our scalps can get neglected. To give you some understanding, the lower layers are the healthiest, while the outer layers are the dead cells ready to shed and be replaced.

A healthy scalp requires regular cleansing and exfoliating to remove all bacteria, sweat, oil and dead cells from the surface. So here are some easy tips for you to think about.

#1 Exfoliating is key – The answer to speeding up the skin cell turnover process is to exfoliate regularly. If you feel you suffer with psoriasis then try and exfoliate every time you wash your hair if you feel you have a healthy head of hair, we recommend exfoliating once a week.

#2 Get those Cells Going – Beneath your skin is a network of blood cells that carry oxygen and vital nutrients. Keeping the circulation going by regular messaging will benefit the condition of your scalp no end. Massage in small circular motions with slight pressure to really get those cells moving. This in turn will encourage increased hair growth to help you get those long, glossy locks!

#3 Cutting Chemicals – We are all up for improving our appearance, but we do know that curling, dying and perming our hair constantly damages it because it dries it out. Using chemicals is also bad for your scalp too, strong chemicals can irritate the delicate skin on your head so it’s even more reason to be conscientious and try to cut down if you can. Even if it is the small things such as using your straighteners twice a week instead of everyday it all helps towards keep your hair and scalp in top condition.

We’ve pulled together a list of great products that will help keep your hair looking great but also protect and nourish your scalp too!

#1 You must shampoo regularly to get rid of all dead cells and cleanse your scalp. Have a look for products that contain natural ingredients that are less likely to irritate the skin. We recommend Daily Defense Argan Oil Shampoo. This brand uses natural ingredients and botanical extracts and aims to still give you a fresh, clean look.

#2 If you are a man, really struggling with your scalp we have a comb through oil that utilizes the benefits of tea tree to ensure your scalp is healthy. The ORS Tea Tree Oil Soothing Hair and Scalp Oil works to get give you the best scalp care at great price!

#3 Foltene Hair and Scalp Treatment for women is a new formula that is biomineral complex to improvement the health of your hair and scalp. It does this by improving the biological function of the scalp by feeding the follicle with amino acids, viatmins A, B5, C E and P, effectively improving conditions such as dandruff.

#4 If you suffer predominately from dandruff or an irritated scalp then this shampoo can help remove the dead skin cells, so they are not sitting in your hair. American Crew Daily Shampoo breaks down excess oil in the hair allowing it to be gently rinsed away. The safe leaf and chamomile extracts provide shine but more importantly reduce bacteria.

#5 Sometimes conditioners can worsen the problem. With long hair conditioners are used to keep the ends nourished so they don’t become dry and brittle, this helps with overall appearance and tangles. However, some conditions can cling to the roots and feel as if it has not been washed out of the hair properly. This conditioner is great as it leaves your hair clean as well as not irritating a sensitive scalp. Since using this my scalp is less itchy and the texture of my hair feels less greasy.

Remember through these winter months our skin needs a little more looking after than usual so don’t forget your scalp! A happy head means happy hair.