All the Details on Healthy Hair, Skin and Nails
Spring. That moment you realise there’s more to emerging from winter hibernation than just shaving your legs. Here's your natural beauty primer for a panic-free approach to spring.
Tough as nails
Whether you're eating dinner, cleaning the kitchen, typing an email or texting your best mate, your hands (and nails) get quite the daily workout. You've got your hand cream routine down, but do your nails get the same special treatment? Brittle, weak nails can be due to nutrient deficiencies and auto-immune issues (you might want to consult your healthcare practitioner), but also lack of moisture, or the constant rotation of nail and gel polishes and acrylics. Make a habit of moisturising your nails every time you moisturise your hands. Nailed it.
Laters bad hair days
Split ends, frizz and breakages are challenges no one likes to deal with. Good news: there are ways to end those bad hair days, pronto. Repeat after me: put the hair dryer away down. Towel-dry instead. Yes, your heat styling addiction is one of the major causes of dulls-ville hair. Show your locks some TLC, especially when brushing when wet, as this is when the strands are most sensitive to breakages. As temps rise, sweat does too, but over-washing is also a no-no. This strips all the natural oils from your scalp which can actually cause an over-production of grease, resulting in exactly what you don't want - oil-slick hair.
Time to grin about your skin
Cold weather = dry skin, so drinking lots of water is essential to setting your skin up to bounce back in spring. The best anti-wrinkle formula? Keeping your skin protected from direct sun by wearing a hat and covering up with clothing. You've heard it before, but here's a reminder: make-up left on your face can clog up pores causing acne, blackheads and other imperfections so remember to remove all traces of the war paint every night and to exfoliate at least once a week. Regular sweat sessions can also improve blood flow, helping remove toxins.
Go on a nutrition mission
What you eat has a big old impact on your hair, skin and nails. Since they're made up of mainly protein, you want to be getting your fair share through protein-rich foods like lean red meats, chicken, fish, eggs and legumes. Once you've got that solid foundation, consider beautifying yourself from the inside out. Here's the vitamins and minerals to look out for...
Provides free-radical-damaging antioxidant support. A serious cell protector, you'll find vitamin C in foods like kiwi fruit, oranges, strawberries, lemon and pineapple. Pass the fruit bowl thanks.
This leading lady plays a starring role in collagen-production, essential for the maintenance of your hair, skin and nails. You'll find it in foods including banana, oats, wholegrain bread, spinach and mangoes. Silica smoothie, anyone?
AKA vitamin B7/vitamin H, is a nutritional backup you need for strong hair, skin and nails that maintains it's integrity. Biotin is found in foods like eggs, nuts, whole grains and milk.
Yours truly for a healthy immune system, this mineral also supports minor wound healing. You'll find zinc in beef, oysters, spinach, avocado and pomegranate (all those exxy eats Millennials are brunching on).