Being beautiful: Soak it up

May 18, 2013 1:45:16 PM

David Creel -


As I write this, it's been raining so much the past few days. Of course, my ferns are joyfully soaking up every raindrop.  


We must be reminded that our beauty routines love moisture as well. I try to drink the recommended eight glasses of water a day, but often give up around lunchtime. Recently I learned that when we are thirsty, it could be our body telling us we are already dehydrated. It's a fact our body must have water. Oh, how I wish soaking in the bathtub counted. 


The things we can do to replenish moisture into our daily lives are pretty simple. Whether you bathe in the morning or evening, instead of grabbing that plush towel immediately, apply your favorite body moisturizer while the skin is wet to seal in added moisture. The elbows, knees and bottoms of the feet need extra attention, so slough off all that dead skin with a weekly exfoliating scrub just before adding some old-fashioned Vaseline (just a "dab" will do you) and then follow with lotion. 


One of my little tricks learned from my time with Estee Lauder is to layer scented body creams and moisturizers underneath your favorite eau de parfum in the same fragrance. Mother's Day is the perfect time to shop in department stores for packaged gift boxes which often include shower gel, body lotion and perfume at unbelievable savings. 


The hair loves moisture, too, and I'm in love with all the new styling products which include oils. Almost every line now has a spray-on, leave-in, or massage-into oil potion that replenishes dry hair instantly, and I have a list of my favorites on Facebook. Nobody loves a blonde more than I do, but remember that lightening the hair robs each strand of its natural oils and leaves the hair dry and compromised. If you are destined to be a blonde who has more fun, simply consult your colorist about moisturizing home care.  


When going more than two shades lighter than a client's own natural hue, I always use the most gentle professional products available with nourishing ingredients such as macadamia nut oil and other healing additives. Then I suggest following with a luxuriously rich penetrating treatment to deliver moisture back into those strands. The integrity of the hair is always key, so speak to your mane man or woman about what's going on backstage in the salon.  


And remember to bring your ferns in out of the rain before the sun comes out!

Former Columbus resident David Creel owns Beautiful With David salon in Jackson and has 20 years experience in the beauty industry. Contact him at [email protected]