How to Get Healthy and Glowing Skin and Hair
Although there are some pretty advanced products out there these days, you can’t expect to get flawless skin and lustrous hair from a bottle. The same can be said for beauticians and treatments. Sure, there are some effective treatments you can have done to your skin, hair and nails which bring brilliant results. But in the long run, it’s your diet and lifestyle which play the biggest part.
When you start to become aware of your lifestyle and how it can affect your appearance, it’s not too difficult to realise what changes can be made. A lot of the actions you can take to ensure your hair, skin and nails are in optimum health can boost your overall mood, well-being and health too, so it’s worth taking an interest.
We won’t get too science heavy on you, but it’s worth bearing in mind that our skin and hair are all made up of similar cells and proteins. By having more awareness around what methods can improve all three, you’ll likely be able to work on all three.
Here’s four tips to keep in mind:
It’s all about your vitamin intake
Diet is the best place to start when it comes to looking after yourself and ensuring you have glowing skin and strong, shiny hair. A combination of Vitamins A, C, D and E are essential, as well as extras like Zinc, Copper, Biotin and Selenium.
Many of those listed are antioxidants, which play a part in protecting the skin against external damage and can help slow down the aging process.
A good place to start for finding foods rich in antioxidants include many fruits and plant-based foods, like spinach, berries, grapes, mangoes, garlic, leeks and onions. If you don’t consume enough fruit, sprinkling them onto cereal is a sneaky way to get them in.
Omega-3 fatty acids are also essential for protecting the skin, which includes your B vitamins, like B7 and Biotin. Biotin is also amazing for thickening and strengthening your hair, often nicknamed ‘the hair vitamin’.
Look to be consuming fatty fish, like salmon, leafy greens such as kale and spinach, eggs, which are biotin rich, and colourful fruits.
Hydration all day
We won’t lecture you about drinking 2 litres of water a day, we’ll just assume that you’ll already know by now that this is just a standard protocol for a healthy body. Experts have always said you should aim for around eight glasses a day, which can be hard work if you don’t enjoy drinking water.
Remember, you can add citrus fruits like lemons and limes to your water to taste it up. Green tea is another good way of up-ing your water consumption, or even adding mint and cucumber to your ice-cold glass.
Hide your face from the sun
Remember this: if you can see the sun, then the sun can see you. Exposure to the sun is one of the surefire ways to increase your skins ability to age, not to mention causing a whole load of conditions like melasma and hyperpigmentation.
Before you decide to hide away inside every time the sun comes out, it’s essential to get some Vitamin D. The main problem is exposing your skin to the sun unprotected, and for prolonged periods of time. This can lead to skin cell damage, which holds the risk of leading to skin cancer, and also encourages fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.
Make sure you wear a sunhat and a high SPF which protects from UVB and UVA every time you go out in the sun. The best advice is to wear SPF every day, even during the Winter months, to keep your skin as youthful as possible.
Reduce stress as much as possible
Stress is a killer for the ‘looks department’, mainly due to how quickly it can trigger a lot of nasty things. Inflammation, acne, hair loss, dark circles… the list goes on. If you suffer from chronic forms of stress, it can certainly contribute to accelerated aging skin and fast shedding of hair, too.
Stress isn’t so straightforward when it comes to managing and reducing. The first thing is to acknowledge if you are suffering from stress and plan out how to incorporate anything that can reduce it. Meditation, counselling, mindfulness activities, exercise, yoga, getting outdoors, seeing loved ones – these all may help to reduce stress a little in their own way.