Top Tips for Hair, Skin & Nails

16 November, 2018

We have had the most glorious summer but now we are preparing for winter. Our hair, skin and nails may need some help. There may be some damage recovery work to do but we will also talk about preventative measures too.

Our skin is the biggest organ in the body and it is the one we are most aware of. We and everyone else sees our skin – well at least some of it!

Skin Types

There are different skin types and it helps to know your skin so you can choose the best products for you. Supplements are a big help as we often don’t get our diet right or miss out on key nutrients. Please see our selection of hair, skin and nail formulas.

Dry Skin

The sun can be very drying and have an ageing effect. Our excitement at the fabulous summer may have made us careless with our basic skin care.

Is your skin dry and chapped? Does it feel rough? Is it flaky? These are all signs of dry and dehydrated skin.

How to help dry skin

  • Hydration is essential. Are you drinking enough water? If not, gradually increase the amount you drink daily by once cup. After a week go to two cups and so on until you reach about 1.5–2 litres a day.
  • Do you eat oily fish regularly? Are you getting enough omega oils? Consider taking an Omega supplement.
  • This is so important – eat a healthy diet packed with organic fruit and vegetables.
  • Coconut oil is good for us in so many ways, it is a tasty healthy oil to cook with and it is a fabulous moisturiser too.
  • Antioxidants are important to counteract oxidative stress and reduce the impact of ageing so make sure you are getting enough. You can also use Rosehip Oil or supplements which are packed with antioxidants. There are some great antioxidant supplement formulas available.
  • Avoid long hot baths as they are very drying for the skin. If you have a bath pop some almond oil in and your skin will feel softer and more moisturised when you get out.
  • Give your skin extra protection if you have to be in drying environments such as:
    • Aeroplanes
    • Windy places
    • Centrally heated offices and homes
    • Air conditioned buildings
  • The richer creams such as shea butter are a treat and make you feel pampered but they also nourish your skin. They would make a nice Christmas present.
  • Smoking or being in polluted environments is not good for your skin. You need extra antioxidants to counteract those destroyed by the smoke.
  • Aloe Vera is amazing for sun damaged skin, it soothes sunburn and cold your skin but it does a lot of repair work too.

Mature Skin

There is no stopping the changes that will occur in our skin but we can help it as much as possible. Good hydration, diet and antioxidants are essential to good skin.

Much of what is useful to dry skin also applies to mature skin. Our challenge is that we tend to lose moisture as we age and that creates a dry and wrinkled effect if we do not take care. Use hyaluronic acid to counteract the loss of moisture from your skin.

Loss of elasticity is a challenge our skin starts to sag. There is help at hand however! Collagen is widely recognised for its ability to maintain skin elasticity. The further advantage to collagen is that it now appears to be useful for bone health too.

Oily Skin

Oily skin can be a blessing because you have a lot of natural protection. However, if your skin balance is disrupted you can quickly have skin that is overproducing sebum – the oil excreted by the sebaceous glands.

Excess oil can lead to blocked pores and acne. The best ways to manage oily skin are:

  • A good diet
  • Hydration is still as important
  • It may be tempting to go for highly astringent products but you may end up getting your skin even further out of balance
  • Use gentle soaps and water twice a day
  • Avoid masking the oil with lots of cosmetics, this will simply clog up your pores
  • Oatmeal masks are easy to make and great as they absorb excess moisture and help to soothe inflammation
  • Aloe Vera is a skin saviour but those with sensitive skin may react to it so place it on a small area of skin before going for your whole face.
  • Raw honey draws out moisture from the skin. Use a light coating on your skin and wash off after ten minutes.
  • Apple cider vinegar diluted 3:1 with water helps to prevent clogged pores. Please ensure it is raw organic and unfiltered apple cider vinegar you use. Just ask we have some great products in store!
  • If acne is your problem I have seen Zinc supplements do the most amazing work. A lady I knew went from being a recluse because of her acne to a social butterfly within 3 months. She had severe acne and had tried every solution that had been suggested to her. Using a Zinc supplement regularly for 3 months did the trick.

Things that affect your skin

  • Stress can have a significant impact on the skin
  • Lack of sleep leaves us unrefreshed and drawn
  • Medication can disrupt your natural balance
  • Hormones can change during the month leaving you with different skin according to the time of the month
  • Diet – but you know that
  • Hydration – a well hydrated skin is a healthy one
  • Pollution and general environment

Healthy Nails and Hair

All of the above also applies to healthy nails and hair. There are some specifics we want to draw your attention to:

Sun damaged/highly treated hair

If this is your hair, pamper yourself. Use coconut oil or almond oil and massage it into your hair. Leave it overnight and then wash out. Your hair will feel softer and look healthy and shiny.

Rosemary and peppermint essential oils can help stimulate hair growth. In this case, it might be worth getting a haircut to remove the dead ends and then use one of the oils to stimulate new growth.

Rosemary also helps if you have a dry and itch scalp, dandruff or if you would like to prevent premature greying of your hair.

Consider your hair regimes; are you washing your hair too often? Could you wash it less regularly? Could you use natural hair dyes rather than chemical ones or could you just rock the grey? When you style your hair are you using a hairdryer and other heated tools? If you are, do you need to use them every day?

Check out our other blog on Healthy Natural Hair Care for more advice!

Brittle Nails

Zinc is your best friend if you have brittle nails. Bear in mind you may not see progress for several months. Both hair and nails have growing cycles and they slowdown in the winter.

Silicea is another support for your fragile nails. Like zinc, it goes beyond your hair and helps you maintain strong bones as well as healthy hair and skin.

The B complex vitamins with extra Biotin are a useful addition to your hair skin and nails regime. Biotin is recognised as contributing to the maintenance of normal hair.

Are your hands constantly in water? This won’t help your nails nor will using harsh chemicals. We have a terrific selection of natural cleaning products and skin/haircare because yes even your shampoo ingredients can impact fragile nails.

I have very strong nails and yet before I discovered acetone free polish and remover my nails were always weaker by the end of the summer.

We hope you have enjoyed this blog and look forward to hearing your comments.

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