HEALTHY HAIR AND SKIN ARE ESSENTIAL TO ALL MEN AND WOMEN. LOOK RADIANT WITH THESE TIPS TO HYDRATE AND NOURISH YOUR HAIR AND SKIN.
With the right products and little extra care, you can keep your hair and skin looking and feeling beautiful. These 10 tips will show you the way to reduce any damage and make sure your hair and skin are always hydrated, nourished and healthy.
Establish a daily skincare routine
It’s important to establish a skincare regimen — and to stick to it. Every morning and night, wash your face with a gentle cleanser and hydrate with a moisturizer to nourish your skin. Women should always remove their makeup before going to bed, each and every night without fail.
Consider anti-aging products
Both men and women over 35 should consider using an anti-aging serum or special cream around the eyes and mouth to help prevent fine lines and wrinkles. Look for products containing antioxidants, botanicals and natural ingredients to nourish and fortify your skin.
Exfoliate from head to toe
To keep your skin looking its best, you’ll need to exfoliate regularly to slough away the dead skin cells, improve blood flow and stimulate collagen production. Exfoliate your face and body weekly in the shower. Face and body scrubs are designed to gently exfoliate to reveal radiant, new skin underneath. Don’t scrub too hard or exfoliate too often or you’ll be left with red, irritated skin.
Use sunscreen with SPF 15
Protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays by avoiding going outside without first applying sunscreen. Sunscreen with SPF 15 or above should be applied everywhere on your body that is exposed to the sun. Don’t forget places such as your lips, the backs of your ears and, especially for those who are balding, your scalp.
Condition your hair daily
You don’t need to wash your hair every single day, but you should condition it. Unless your hair is extremely oily, hydrate and nourish it with a daily conditioner. If your hair is dry or damaged, use a deep conditioning treatment once a week to restore its shine and luster.
Eat right to nourish your hair & skin
Without enough protein, your hair will be weak and may even grow slower. Be sure to include plenty of protein in your diet to keep your hair strong and beautiful. Omega-3 essential fatty acids are necessary to your hair and skin as well. Omega-3 nourishes and moisturizes dry hair, can improve skin problems such as eczema and may relieve an itchy, flaky scalp. Fatty fish such as mackerel, salmon and tuna are great sources of omega-3. Flaxseed, walnuts and soybeans are other good options. Antioxidants are also vital to combat free radicals, nourish your hair and skin, and help reverse the signs of aging. Your best bet is to eat a balanced diet containing fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and good fats.
Drink plenty of water
One of the best things for your body is water. Dehydration can damage the cells in your body, as well as lead to dry skin, hair and scalp. Try to drink at least eight glasses of water every day. Also keep in mind that caffeine can dehydrate you. Therefore for every cup of caffeinated coffee or soda that you drink, you should drink another cup of water.
Get enough iron to nourish your hair & skin
Iron plays an integral part in oxygen delivery to all your cells — including those in your hair. If you don’t have enough iron in your diet, you could become anemic. Anemia can lead to hair loss. Combine iron-rich foods (liver, lean meat, lentils and beans) with vitamin C-rich foods to promote iron absorption. Zinc is another mineral that is important for hair health. Zinc allows for the growth and repair of tissues throughout the body. Therefore, a zinc deficiency could lead to a reduction in hair growth and even hair loss. Zinc is found in animal protein, shellfish, chickpeas and several other foods.
Nourish your hair & skin with honey
Honey isn’t just a sweetener; it’s also a great beauty product to nourish your hair and skin. Although it might seem too sticky at first, the benefits of honey outweigh the mess. Apply honey as a mask to your face to get rid of toxins and impurities. It will also moisturize your skin with its natural emollients. You can apply straight honey (or honey mixed with plain yogurt) to your hair as well. Leave it on for at least 20 minutes; then rinse with warm water and shampoo. Honey can revitalize and nourish dry, damaged, over-processed hair.
Treat your hair with care
When styling your hair, treat it with great care. If you are balding or have thinning hair, try to avoid heated styling tools whenever possible. The heat can zap the life out of your hair. Blot the excess water from your hair with a fluffy towel and allow your hair to dry naturally. To reduce breakage, don’t rub your hair vigorously with the towel or use a brush on wet hair. Be gentle and use a wide-tooth comb instead.
We all want our hair and skin to look great and feel great. By following these 10 simple tips, you can keep your hair and skin healthy, hydrated and nourished.