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!
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.
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
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 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:
Things that affect your skin
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!
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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