A guide to vacation-proofing your skincare routine

Many of us are heading off on our annual summer vacay in the coming weeks before (gasp!) school’s back in session. Our skincare expert has gathered her top tips for vacation-proofing your skincare routine (preview: don’t change a thing! Keeping it consistent with your day-to-day routine will ensure there are no disruptions).

Before you travel:

  • Exfoliate! Doing so will allow your skin a head start on your R&R time by clearing out any congestion that might’ve built up with your early-summer skin exposure.
  • Moisturize. Give your skin a healthy, radiant base by keeping it amply moisturized.
  • Plan ahead. Stock up on travel-size products. Not finding what you need? Purchase small travel-size containers that you can transfer your products into. Also notable when looking ahead? Pack enough SPF to cover reapplication between your morning walk, pool/beach time and dinner.
  • Lip balm. Easily forgotten, your lips are especially vulnerable to sunburn. Be sure that that product you bring has at least 20 SPF to keep your lips soft and hydrated.


Past the security check point:

  • Drink up, buttercup! Keeping yourself hydrated with plenty of water is critical.
  • Apply moisturizer (yes, again). Lock in the hydration so the dry, recycled air thousands of feet above ground doesn’t dry you out.


While you’re enjoying your umbrella-laden beverage poolside:

  • Keep your cleanse and moisturize routine, but forego intensive exfoliation.
  • SPF, SPF, SPF. On your face AND on your body. Then reapply. Then reapply again. Even with SPF on, you can get some good color. The most important thing, though, is that you’re not leaving yourself fully exposed to the sun’s harmful rays.
  • If you get a little too much exposure (surprise, surprise), treat yourself with a cooling masque from Dermalogica or some aloe vera to both give you some relief and kickstart the healing process.


If you need a little help along the way or some premiere products in travel sizes, stop in to Indulge Salon + Skin in Whitefish Bay. Safe travels, beauties!

How to talk to your stylist 101


We can’t count enough strands of hair on our heads for the number of times a client has walked through our doors, shuffled to our chairs and excitedly blurted out her/his dream hair style... #HairGoals if you will.  We want to help you get there. In order to do so, we’re offering you a short list of the do’s and don’ts when talking to your stylist.


·      DO your research. We’re visual people, so we LOVE photos. While we do our best at Indulge Salon + Skin to stay on top of all the latest hair trends, we may not be familiar with the one you’re going for.  The more information you can gather about a specific cut or color technique, the better!

·      DO: be flexible and realistic with your goals. If you walk in with black or very dark brown strands, you’re simply not leaving blonde in one sitting without completely traumatizing your hair (which we will not do). Similarly, if you bring a photo of Queen Bey as your hair-spiration but you have very fine, short hair, be patient. It’s going to take awhile to achieve that goal.

·      DO: be honest with yourself and with us about how much time you have to a) style your hair daily and b) maintain the cut/color. Celebs can have entire teams of stylists working on their look; for most of us, that’s just not possible. We can adapt the look you’re going for to be more low- to medium-maintenance.

·      DO ask questions. Clarify your vision. Collaborate with us. We’re your biggest advocates!

·      DO invest in the right products to help you maintain the ‘just left the salon’ look (yes; it’s possible!). There’s no better feeling than confidence! We want you to strut your stuff and love your look in the weeks and months between appointments.

·      DON’T say you want “x number of layers” unless you want your hair to look like a staircase.

·      DON’T use stylist lingo unless you fully understand what these terms mean. (See: “DO your research.”)


Ready to make your vision a reality? Schedule an appointment today at Indulge Salon + Skin in Whitefish Bay! Call us at (414) 431-3155 or book one online at www.indulgestudios.com


Back to basics: skincare

Between seaweed soaks, uber-pricey age ‘reversing’ products and yes, even placenta facial creams, there’s no question the skincare industry has become overcrowded and nearly impossible to navigate, leaving us all to wonder what’s actually necessary and helpful for our skin.

What we all want is pretty simple, right? Clear, smooth, glowing skin. So let’s break it down to the basics… a simple three-step regimen.

1.     Cleanse. This one is obvious. Use twice daily. Why, you ask? Your skin does most of its repair overnight, leaving dead skin cells at the surface. Similarly, after a long day of exposure to environmental pollutants, make-up and oil build up, pores can begin to clog and therein lies the issue. Wash once at the beginning of your day and once at the end.

2.     Moisturize. We live in Wisconsin, so our skin is constantly in a period of adjustment to our varying weather. Without it, skin can appear dull and exacerbate fine lines/wrinkles. And, like any dry skin, it’s uncomfortable and itchy.

3.     Exfoliate. Removing dead skin cells is also a no-brainer. Without even a gentle exfoliator, that dead skin just sits atop the surface. Exfoliation is also critical to healthy cell regeneration – the process of shedding dead skin and generating new cells.


Now for our list of favorites in each category!


·      All Skin Types: Our first suggestion adds a (half) step into your regimen, but it’s so worth it. Dermalogica’s Pre-Cleanse will remove/dissolve make up. It’s a light oil and water soluable, so it’ll take just an extra minute or two to work into your skin, setting it up for a deep cleanse.

·      All Skin Types: Special Cleansing Gel

·      For Oily or Acne-Prone Skin: Glo Purifying Gel Cleanser

·      For Dry & Mature Skin: Dermalogica Essential Cleansing Solution



You can do a lot with moisturizers. If you’re someone who doesn’t have a lot of time to spend on a skincare regimen, consider starting out with something simple. If you are experiencing a lot of dryness, consider incorporating a serum into the mix for a more targeted, deeper condition.

·      For Oily Skin: Dermalogica Active Moist. Light moisturizer and oil free.

·      All Skin Types: Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream. A medium-weight moisturizer designed to address light dehydration.

·      For Dry & Aging Skin: Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance. A rich moisturizer designed to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.


If you want to take moisturizing to the next level, add a serum.

·      For Dry & Aging Skin: Glo Cyto-Luxe Serum. Smooths the appearance of wrinkles by promoting collagen and softening expression lines.

·      For All Skin Types: Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster. Super concentrated hydrating serum.



·      For All Skin Types: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant. A rice-bran enzyme that lightly smooths and brightens

·      For Dry & Aging Skin: Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant. This highly-active resurfacer fights environmental triggers and leaves you with uber soft skin.

·      For Dry & Aging Skin: Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant. A heat-activated scrub mixes both physical and chemical exfoliants to refine skin texture and prevent skin aging.


Questions? Stop into Indulge Studios + Skin for a complimentary consultation with our Aesthetician for tips on an individualized regimen that will work to address your specific skin concerns. 

Keeping your hair hydrated all winter long

With record-high temperatures the past few days, it’s easy to overlook how dry our hair has gotten through the long winter months. At times we’re reminded to moisturize because of a flaky scalp, but our hair tends to show less overt signs of needing moisture.


 Here are a few tips to keep your hair looking and feeling great through a Wisconsin winter:


Wash less (or differently).

o   If you’re noticing dry hair, consider washing every other day and/or incorporating a shampoo that’s designed to help your dry hair replenish and lock in hydration. Product to try: Davines Momo shampoo.

o   Dry shampoos have come a long way in recent years to absorb product build-up and pull excess oils and dirt, leaving you with strong, soft hair and a healthy shine. Try Oribe’s Gold Lust Dry Shampoo; we’re big fans!


Deep condition more. Rich, deep-hydrating conditioners can be a game changer in locking in moisture. Our go-to product: Oribe Signature Moisture Masque


When you need to apply heat (think your blow dryer, flat iron and curling iron), protect your hair! We’re hopeful there are days where you can give it a break, but on days you  need to be at the top of your game, use an oil-rich product that protect and nourish even the most fragile strands. Must try: Oribe Balm d’Or Heat Styling Shield

o   As an alternative, stop into Indulge for a blowout. We’ll use the Oribe Imperial Blowout, which is designed to make the treatment last longer so you don’t have to use your heated products as frequently (and your hair will smell like heaven!).


Not sure what the best next steps are for you? Stop into Indulge Studios + Skin – we’ll consult with you on the best products and strategies for hydrating your hair!