Eggs and Easter go hand-in-hand, just like eggs and protein do. We all know protein is essential for rebuilding muscle and staying strong, so you won't be surprised to learn that your hair and skin crave protein, too!
This time of year is all about rejuvenation, rebirth and — nowadays, at least — indulgence. So why not use this opportunity to look at how you can use protein (and chocolate!) to repair your skin and hair over the long weekend? Here are some of our favourite ways to get that protein kick!
Why use topical proteins for hair and skin?
The human body is made up of protein. In your hair and skin, it takes the form of keratin. It can be damaged by everyday stressors like heat styling and over-styling. The ageing process can also erode the health of the keratin in your body, so you'll need to pay special attention to topping it up as you age.
Your body needs protein to rejuvenate and repair itself, so it's vital to add it back in with regular top-ups. Hair and skincare products have harnessed protein specifically because it mimics the body's own keratin (protein) and can be used to keep your assets looking strong and healthy.
Hair protein treatment: instant strength for severe damage
Prepare to meet our finest hair protein treatment: the Ultimate Protein Rejuvenate (or UPR for short!). If you suffer from breakage caused by heat exposure or over-processing, this is your ticket to better strength.
The formula is based on hydrolysed protein, a combination of peptides and protein amino acids that help bond to the hair in the short term. As a result, your hair is strong enough to be styled and secured.
We recommend the UPR hair protein treatment fortnightly for anyone with severely damaged hair. Regular treatments help keep breakage to a minimum while your new hair grows through. Give it an extra boost by using it alongside a keratin treatment and other specialist treatments from our experts.
Restore lost protein at home with a lipid hair masque
Want regular protein treatments to keep your hair healthy at home? A homecare masque can give you a boost of bonds and strength (and this long weekend is the perfect opportunity to indulge!)
Our experts recommend the Shu Uemura Ultimate Reset Masque. It's scientifically formulated to repair very damaged hair by restoring lost proteins in the form of lipids derived from Japanese rice extract.
Ultimate Reset is packed with antioxidants, as well as vitamins B and E to add shine and smoothness to hair. Apply to clean, damp hair and leave for five to ten minutes before rinsing thoroughly.
If you want to add extra lustre and UV protection to your hair, add a few drops of Shu Uemura Essence Absolue multi-use hair oil to the ritual. You won't regret it!
Protein for skin: how to restore lost lipids and moisture
Your skin is made of keratin cells, but the movement of all the good stuff occurs through lipid transfer. Tiny proteins carry cholesterol and fatty acids that help bind and keep the skin's internal structure together like a well-oiled machine. If you want to keep your skin looking youthful as you age, you'll need to mimic this structure to replace the lipids you lose.
Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 copies the exact mix of ingredients your skin uses to rejuvenate itself. It's basically a super cocktail of protein for skin! Using it topically reduces the appearance of fine lines and boosts the skin's ability to retain hydration.
You can supercharge your skin's lipid stores by using Triple Lipid Restore alongside hyaluronic acid or retinol. Our favourites are SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier, Retinol 0.3, Phyto Corrective serum, and the new Phyto A+ Brightening Treatment.
Easter treats: chocolate treatment for hands and feet
This Easter-themed blog post wouldn't feel right without giving chocolate an honourable mention! Cocoa is loaded with antioxidants, so it can help to reduce oxidative stress that causes the visible signs of ageing.
We use Eminence Organics Chocolate Mousse Hydration Masque for this decadent hand and foot treatment. Not only does it smell incredible, but macadamia, jojoba and almond oils give it a wonderfully silky, rich texture that feels utterly divine on the skin.
Eminence Organics has formulated their masque using organic, sustainable ingredients and will plant a tree for every product sold. Ask for it as part of your manicure or pedicure service and enjoy an extra chocolate treat this Easter.