How To: Find the Right Moisturizer


You’ve heard the routine: cleanse, tone, moisturize. Sometimes even exfoliate. But if you’re prone to acne, dryness or are worried about wrinkles and fine lines, there is more to consider than just the basics. Moisturizing is a very important step, and perhaps the most difficult for which to find the perfect product. Never fear; we’re here to help. Here are 3 things to consider when picking a moisturizer:

1. Choose based on your skin type

Perhaps you need an oil-free product like Skinceuticals B5 Gel if you have dry to normal skin. If you have normal to oily skin, perhaps you’re better with a Skinceuticals Daily Moisture. Not sure what your skin type is? Consult with a professional from Urban Nirvana who can give you good direction on which products would be the best for you. Most skin types should be able to mositurize every day after cleansing without clogging pores or breaking out. If the latter is happening, you might need to change your products.

2. Pay attention to the ingredients

The cosmetics industry isn’t always the most forthright. In fact, there is a lack of regulation about who can put “organic” or “natural” labels on their products. Though it’s not essential to go organic to find a good product, it is important to look at the first few ingredients on the bottle to give you an idea of what the product does. The more ingredients you can pronounce, the better.

3. Don’t skip the sunscreen

For Southerners and South Carolinians in particular, sun exposure is a way of life. We don’t think you should be avoiding it at all costs, but you need to protect yourself. If you know that you aren’t good about putting on sunscreen when you leave the house (yes, even in the winter), get a moisturizer with sunscreen. It’s not the ideal solution, but it’s a reasonable time-saver since moisturizing is a step that you do anyway. We recommend going with a 30 SPF at minimum. 

Don’t fret; there is a moisturizer out there for everyone to keep your skin balanced, hydrated and young looking. 


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Ammonia-Free Hair Color: The Scoop

Urban Nirvana’s newest salon in Downtown Charleston is ammonia-free. But to understand why this matters and is important for your hair health, we must first explain what ammonia is and what it does.

Ammonia is a chemical that effectively raises the pH of your hair and expands the cuticle. While this allows for permanent color to enter the cortex of your hair strands, it can also cause damage because of protein and moisture loss. But ammonia is not required for permanent hair color, which is why many brands are moving away from this outdated process. Instead, companies like L’Oreal created lines like INOA. INOA is a professional hair coloring system that does not utilize ammonia. This is the line we carry at our Downtown location and others.


Besides being ammonia-free, this line does not have the pungent odor commonly associated with other coloring systems (think about that awful box color you used that one time at a high school sleepover). You will also notice, as you’re sitting in the salon chair, that you aren’t experiencing that uncomfortable itchy scalp as the color sits. Additionally, it is proven to be better for gray coverage and helps your hair shine. In other words, INOA is a great line and a hair color of the future. So go on, give us a call and schedule your appointment today.

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Product Spotlight: Bumble & Bumble Dryspun Finishing Spray


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Product: Dryspun Finishing Spray

Brand: Bumble & Bumble

The Claim: Make hair look airy, effortless

The Real Deal: It’s no secret that dry shampoo is having a moment. It’s not great for your hair to wash it every day, so it’s great that we now have a product that we can use to add a little lift on the in-between days. Our stylists love and use this spray at Urban Nirvana salons because it does exactly what it’s supposed to. It was even featured in Allure magazine.

We sell a lot of it to women with all hair textures, though fine haired ladies really love the lift it provides since they are more prone to in-between day oil build-up. To use, we recommend holding the can about 8-10 inches away from your hair and going down the shaft of your hair in straight lines. The spray is translucent, not white like some other brands’ sprays. Then just wait a few seconds and then toss your hair around; you’ll love the new life it has.

If you’re looking for this product, you can find it at any of our Urban Nirvana Salon locations.

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5 TED Talks That Empower Women

At Urban Nirvana, we champion all people to be self-motivating, relaxed and more centered individuals. It’s why we specialize in massage, skin and haircare, and other services that make you look and feel like your best self. We know that doesn’t end with the external.

Therefore, in honor of Charmain Gooch, recent winner of $1 million dollar TED prize, we’d like to share the top five TED talks given by women that empower women. It’s not just about being female, of course, but championing females as well. Both men and women can do this, and we encourage all of you to watch the following TED talks and allow yourself to be moved, and to let your brain to expand. After all, “the miracle of your mind is to see the world as it isn’t.”

1. Sheryl Sandberg: Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders 

2. Leymah Gbowee: Unlock the Intelligence, Passion, Greatness of Girls 

Esther Perle: The Secret to Desire in a Long Term Relationship

Elizabeth Gilbert: Your Elusive Creative Genius, from the Author of Eat, Pray Love 

Anne-Marie Slaughter: Can We All “Have It All”? 


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Benefits of Regular Facials

Most people wait until a blemish or skin imperfection rears it’s ugly head to dash to the spa for a facial treatment. However, instead of scheduling an appointment when you’re scrambling to cover an unwanted blemish, you should consider the many benefits of regular facial appointments to avoid problems in the future. Aside from the relaxation you get from a facial treatment, there are countless reasons why you should make room on your calendar for facials every couple of months. We’ve put together our list of top 5 reasons why facials are a not-to-be-missed spa treatment that not only relaxes you, it does the body good!

 Top 5 Benefits of Regular Facials:

  1. Increase circulation of blood: this allows the skin to facilitate the renewal of skin cells that will leave you looking fresh and glowing.
  2. The fountain of youth: facials are highly effective at slowing down the aging process. Women, rejoice! The appearance of fine lines and age spots are significantly diminished, leaving your skin feeling firmer, more radiant and hydrated.
  3. Tone it down: regular facials can dramatically even out skin tones and lighten dark spots on the face, making for a more youthful look.
  4. Extractions: during the treatment, your professionally trained aesthetician will perform extractions to clean out your clogged pores. Extractions help stop acne formation, which is key to maintaining clear skin. You do not want to attempt this at home, as you run the risk of improperly extracting clogged pores and permanently scarring your face.
  5. Go deeper: At home exfoliation can only go so far. Facials provide deeper exfoliation that is safe for your skin, helping to unclog pores, deep penetration of moisturizers and serums, while smoothing out the skin.

 While we recommend getting a facial every 6 weeks, we understand it can be difficult to squeeze into your schedule. If you can aim to schedule a facial treatment at least every 8 weeks, you’ll be on the road to clearer, healthier, younger looking skin – we promise! Book an appointment today with our expertly trained aestheticians at Urban Nirvana, across South Carolina.

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