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Skin Actives Double Action Hair Serum was formulated by a female scientist to help with hair thinning and graying. Its key ingredients Keratinocyte Growth Factor (KGF), Methionine Sulfoxide Reductase (MSR), and nourishing actives work to create thicker, stronger, and healthier looking hair while helping preserve hair’s natural color.
A key ingredient is the Keratinocyte Growth Factor (KGF) (INCI: sh-Polypeptide-3). The antioxidative naturally produced substance is meant to boost the production of new hair cells and can be used to increase the efficacy of existing formulas. Hair formulations with this ingredient are used on thinning or damaged areas. Although dead hair follicles cannot reactivate, the ingredient reportedly can aid unhealthy follicles. One customer review suggests the serum also has the potential to boost hair regrowth for someone post-chemotherapy.
Skin Actives has also developed a series of antioxidative, bio-identical proteins, which are meant to supplement the body's defenses against oxidative stress that contributes to the effects of aging. These proteins include:
Glutaredoxin (INCI: sh-Polypeptide-77 (and) Oxido Reductase), an enzyme that protects against oxidative stress;
Thioredoxin (INCI: sh-Polypeptide-2 (and) Oxido Reductase), a protein found in nearly all known organisms that acts as an antioxidant by facilitating the reduction of other proteins.
Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) (INCI: Superoxide Dismutase) works to eliminate free radicals and prevent chain reactions that can reach deep into the skin.
These proteins and KGF were used to create a product line that protects skin and hair from the effects of pollution. One such product is the brand's Double Action Hair Serum, which is meant to help create thicker, stronger hair with fewer grays.
There are a few options for optimal use; one is to use nightly by applying directly to the scalp area using the product's pointed applicator. Gently massage onto a damp scalp nightly then rinse or cleanse in the morning. Another option is to add to wet hair in the morning and style. Due to its oil base, using a small amount will add volume, body, and shine. The manufacturer suggests consistent use for two to six months for best results.
This perfectly prickly fade blends seamlessly into swept-forward movement with a dose of color spattering through the high tones. It’s where texture and color collide like a moment frozen in time. With this tactile quill-like creation by Thomas White – it’s easy to see why this standalone statement is the 2019 Hair Expo winner for Men's Hairdresser / Barber of the Year. So gritty, so conflicted, so masculine…and yes, an image of perfection!
Credits: Hair Artist | Thomas White
Makeup | Sarah McFadden Wardrobe | Leroy Lorenzo Photographer | Bernard Gueit Assistant | Nikki Porter
Winner of the 2019 Australian Hair Expo Awards Men's Hairdresser | Barber of the Year
Anna De La Cruz, licensed Skin Therapist, Massage Practitioner, and Director of Brand Development for Glo Skin Beauty brings a rounded industry portfolio that includes treatment room experience, marketing, education, and product development. She loves sharing her passion and knowledge and strives to find ways to make technical information more relatable and practical for all audiences. We recently caught up with this skincare guru to find out all about proper care for women of all ages. Here is some of the best skin care advice around:
What are some of the common misconceptions about proper skin care? Anna: It can be easy to assume it costs a lot, requires a ton of products, and takes a significant time commitment every day, which absolutely does not have to be the case. Seek out a product line that is designed to be personalized and speak to a skincare expert that can help you choose the right products that: cater to your skin type, budget, lifestyle and, most importantly, your skincare goals.
To a younger woman in her 20s, what’s your best general skin care advice? Anna: Wear sunscreen daily; you will thank yourself down the road. Also, don't stop skincare product application (especially moisturizer and sunscreen) at the jawline. Get in the habit of bringing products down your neck and onto your décolletage, think of these two areas as an extension of your face, and it's another you-will-thank-yourself-later type of thing. Last, just because your (insert: best friend or sister or coworker, etc.) loves a product, it does not automatically mean it is right for you - skin types vary, and considerations like sensitivity level and oil production will play a huge role in what works for each individual.
How would that advice change for a woman as she approaches 40? 60? Anna: Keep wearing sunscreen daily! But also, make sure to include products that will target and treat signs of aging- in my book Retinol is a must for smoothing as well as firming and reparative actives, there is so much available in the ranges of plant stem cells, growth factors, and peptides you should have no problem finding options in product lines you love.
How often should a person exfoliate? Anna: The goal is to avoid over-exfoliating, over time, this will lead to sensitized, reactive skin, and potentially even skin aging. There are numerous types of exfoliants on the market. You can still find traditional "scrubs" that focus on mechanical or physical exfoliation by buffing the surface of the skin, combination exfoliants that include mechanical and chemical smoothing action all in one and liquid or gel exfoliators that can be kept on the skin or rinsed off like a mask. Check with the product itself, some modern-day exfoliants are gentle enough and designed to be used up to five times per week. A general usage recommendation is one to three times per week. Make sure that you check with the product and then gauge your skin's sensitivity level; it's not a bad thing to err on the side of caution.
What are some of the new developments in skin care that women should know about? Anna: This industry is all about technology and ingredient innovation; we see new ingredients so frequently, it's almost too hard to keep up. Firming, smoothing, and brightening ingredient categories always seem to reign supreme, but as far as new ingredients, we have seen a big focus on repair and prevention. Repair focus includes strengthening and soothing aspects (as over time, even low levels of frequent inflammation can lead to prematurely aging skin) and prevention includes protectants like antioxidants and anti-pollutants, many derived from plant actives.
How does stress play on one’s skin? Anna: Stress is the worst. It can lead to inflammation, increased oil production, and, you probably guessed it, breakouts. In fact, stress and hormones are thought to be the major players in adult acne. Those pesky inflamed breakouts that tend to be deep and show up in the lower portion of the face and neck are usually indicative of stress. So, stress causes breakouts, which makes you stress out more, which can cause more breakouts. Talk about a brutal cycle. Top recommendations: find a good spot treatment, skin therapist, and resist the urge to pick.
How is skin care different around the eyes? Anna: Think about what makes the skin around the eyes different from the rest of your face: it's thinner, more delicate, lacks oil production and can be prone to discoloration and fluid buildup that leads to puffiness. Be mindful not only of the specialized products you are using, making sure they are designed for use in the eye area, but also the pressure of your fingers in regard to product application and removal for both skincare and makeup - we can do a lot of rubbing, tugging, stretching and pulling at this delicate skin. Try to be kind and lighten up (literally).
What about for lips? The décolletage? Anna: Ah, how much time do I have?! Please note, lips do not just dry out in the winter months! There are two main reasons why we can experience dry lips all year long; for starters, they do not have the natural protection like other areas of our skin because they lack sebaceous (oil) glands. Sebum is a natural conditioner and protectant; without it on our lips, they are more prone to drying out. And second, we are probably guilty of contributing to dryness by licking our lips. Saliva contains natural enzymes and salts that help in the digestive process by breaking down the foods we eat. When it comes into contact with our lips, it evaporates moisture and leads to dryness. Try not to lick your lips and find a great conditioning balm to provide additional moisture and protection. For the décolletage, this is an often overlooked area. Bring your skincare products down and treat this area like an extension of your face. If years of exposure and lack of product application have resulted in visible hyperpigmentation or a rough, uneven texture, you may want to find a stronger product to treat this area that what you are using on your face.
What should a woman know or alter with their skin care regimen just before waxing facial hair? Anna: Make sure that you shelf your Retinols prior to waxing. We may know the benefits we love from Retinol-derived ingredients, including smoothing the skin and reducing fine lines. But we may not be aware that this comes at the cost of thinning the skin. Using Retinol products consistently right before a waxing appoint may result in additional dryness, irritation and lifting or tearing the skin. As a general rule, you should discontinue the use of a Retinol product for seven days prior to your waxing appointment.
What’s the best way to ensure that makeup goes on skin smoothly? Anna: Your makeup will look best when you prep with skincare. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.
What are some of your favorite go-to products for your own skin, and why are they perfect for you? Anna: I am obsessed with Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid. Because of that, I adore our Daily Power C+ and Daily Hydration+ products because they instantly absorb into my skin, which I love since I am oily, while making me feel refreshed and looking radiant. Daily Power C+ contains a Vitamin C trio for powerful antioxidant protection and Daily Hydration+ contains not only traditional Hyaluronic Acid (HA), which is a surface hydrator, but also a new small molecule size HA, called Dermatein HyaMini. It feels like water, and its results are visible. It is magic. I also usually have a Retinol product in my nighttime rotation mix, either Renew Serum or Retinol Smoothing Serum. And a tinted moisturizer with SPF is the ultimate multi-tasker for me and a total must. My go-to is Moisturizing Tint SPF 30+.
This perfectly prickly fade blends seamlessly into swept-forward movement with a dose of color spattering through the high tones. It’s where texture and color collide like a moment frozen in time. With this tactile quill-like creation by Thomas White – it’s easy to see why this standalone statement is a 2019 Hair Expo nominee for Men's Hairdresser / Barber of the Year. So gritty, so conflicted, so masculine…and yes, an image of perfection!
At that exact spot, pure beauty arises, fresh and colorful shades balance perfectly with texture and shape. An ode to daring femininity, these looks offer a polished touch with seamless transitions of opal-inspired fashion color.
Manou, one of the top hairstylists from Dutch brand and salons Team Twins, created a collection where color and shapes come together. She’s a familiar face backstage at Fashion Week Amsterdam, and she travels the world to join different competitions. You might have seen her on the international stage of ColorZoom as well.
About Team Twins Team Twins is a young and enthusiastic team of hairstylists in The Netherlands. They are worldwide well-known for their hair color techniques. Individual members of the team often travel the world to teach other colleagues the finest techniques in our field.
Credits - Hairstylist: Manou Grijsen - Team Twins, The Netherlands • Photography: Petra Holland • Makeup: Darien Touma • Styling: Annet Veerbeek
At that exact spot, pure beauty arises, fresh and colorful shades balance perfectly with texture and shape. An ode to daring femininity, these looks offer a classy, polished touch with seamless transitions of opal-inspired fashion color.
Over 850 dedicated hair professionals recently gathered to witness the announcement of the winners of the Hair Expo Awards ceremony at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Sydney's Darling Harbour. For the 2019 edition, 115 finalists across 19 creative and business categories were selected by a judging panel of 11 international and 10 local judges. The business categories were judged by five additional panel members of business esteem. The judging panel represents some of the most acclaimed industry veterans from across the globe. Two additional awards were presented by Hair Expo – the Hall of Fame Award and the Editor's Choice Award.
Over 850 dedicated hair professionals recently gathered to witness the announcement of the winners of the Hair Expo Awards ceremony at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Sydney’s Darling Harbour. For the 2019 edition, 115 finalists across 19 creative and business categories were selected by a judging panel of 11 international and 10 local judges. The business categories were judged by five additional panel members of business esteem. The judging panel represents some of the most acclaimed industry veterans from across the globe. Two additional awards were presented by Hair Expo – the Hall of Fame Award and the Editor’s Choice Award. Here are the 2019 Australian Hair Expo Award winners:
AUSTRALIAN HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR Dee Parker Attwood – Wieselmann Salon
NEW ZEALAND HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR Danny Pato – D&M Hair Design
MASTER CUTTER OF THE YEAR Dmitri Papas - Papas and Pace
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE Sharon Blain
COLOUR TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR Justin Pace - Papas and Pace
MEN’S HAIRDRESSER / BARBER OF THE YEAR Tom White – Rubi Hair
CREATIVE FORCE OF THE YEAR Elle Schoemaker - Stelios Papas Toowong
APPRENTICE / STUDENT OF THE YEAR Bridie Meehan - Joey Scandizzo Salon
SALON TEAM OF THE YEAR Papas and Pace
SESSION STYLIST OF THE YEAR Richard Kavanagh – DLM
EDITOR’S CHOICE Sam James – SJ Establishment
BEST SALON DESIGN Kinky Curly Straight
EDUCATION BUSINESS OF THE YEAR Barbery the Craft of a Barber
EDUCATOR OF THE Jules Tognini
INDUSTRY BUSINESS PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR EcoHeads
SALON BUSINESS OF THE YEAR Circles of Hair
NSW-ACT HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR Nathan Cherrington - Salon Zephyr
SA-TAS HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR Sam James – SJ Establishment
VIC HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR Lyndal Salmon – BIBA
WA-NT HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR Hayley Keep – Earth Wind Fire Hair
QLD HAIRDRESSER OF THE YEAR Elle Schoemaker – Stelios Papas Toowong
What do you get when you mix 2019’s color of the year with a playful pixie? Spunky Coral! Marilyn Guarino of Biba created this impish look using a coppery peach to blond fusion of color and disconnected, swept-forward length on top of an ultra-short cut. Clean lines around the hairline add precision while longer layers on top invoke movement and end with bitten, dagger-like pieciness through the fringe area. It’s fun, edgy, and creative all in one wearable hairstyle.