Feeling and looking young is something that the majority of us strive for. There are millions of beauty products on the market that promote youthfulness and looking your best, but are they actually good for you inside and out? Instead of applying another expensive cream or paying for a manicure, we think it would be worth going back to the basics of hair, skin, and nail care.
Your skin is the largest organ in your body and plays a huge role in detoxing and, of course, protecting your bones, muscles, and vital organs. While it may seem complex to take care of your skin, it’s actually quite simple. We highly recommend the following:
- Make sure you avoid direct UV rays because they can change the texture and colour of your skin and also expose you to harmful radiation. It is recommended that you use a natural safe SPF of 30 or higher all year round. (1)
- It’s also important to make sure you are getting enough vitamin C and healthy fats as they brighten your skin, fade hyperpigmentation, promote elasticity, restore your skin barrier, and keep skin moisturized. (2)
- Cleanse your face twice a day to remove dirt, grime, and bad bacteria.
- Exfoliate at a minimum once a week to remove dead skin.
- Use a moisturizer daily to prevent dry or flaky skin and to restore your skin’s protective barrier. (3)
- Exercise daily to increase blood flow and stimulate the release of toxins from your skin.
Human hair is made from a protein called keratin which is also in teeth, skin, and nails. Taking care of your hair can be a challenge, but there are a few tricks that you can follow to make sure that your locks are luscious and healthy.
- Avoid washing your hair too often or with hot water. Water causes hair follicles to swell which can lead to breakage and frizz (4) and hot showers dry hair out. (5)
- Give your hair breaks from styling and heat tools as this can be harsh on your hair and your scalp.
- After styling, leave your hair alone. Playing with your hair or constant twirling and tugging (even in a ponytail) can lead to hair loss and can damage the hair follicles.
- Don’t forget to deep condition your hair every week for extra hydration! (6)
Maintaining healthy nails is much simpler than taking care of your hair and skin but shouldn’t be forgotten! Some simple tips follow:
- Make sure you moisturize regularly and don’t forget about your cuticles! Don’t cut your cuticles, even at a salon, because they provide a barrier from bacteria and fungus.
- Avoid using harsh nail polish with lots of chemicals as they will dry out your skin and inevitably be absorbed by the body. (7)
- As we all know, don’t bite your nails! Biting or picking at your nails can damage the nail bed allowing bacteria and fungus to grow and can lead to an infection. (8)
A Balanced Diet
One of the most important things that you can do to keep your skin, hair, and nails in great shape is to maintain a healthy and balanced diet. Health and vitality starts from within. No matter what tricks or potions you use, what you put in your body will inevitably affect what your outsides look and feel like.
- Get lots of sleep! Your body repairs and regenerates cells during your sleep.
- Make sure you drink plenty of water as it will hydrate your hair, skin, and nails and keep them soft and supple.
- Consume healthy fats! For example avocados; high in fatty acids, prevents damage, as well as calms dry and frizzy hair. (9)
- Eat strawberries - high in magnesium, Omega 3 fatty acids, folic acid, and B vitamins.
- Use coconut oil topically- moisturizes hair, fights bacteria on scalp, prevents hair breakage and splitting, as well as moisturizes and protects skin from bad bacteria or fungus.
- Use apple cider vinegar topically- A great antifungal solution, prevents dandruff, and promotes shine in hair.
Living Alchemy FOUNDATION
Despites these tips and diet suggestions, it can be hard to get all the nutrients you need to promote overall wellness, including hair, skin, and nail health. Living Alchemy formulated FOUNDATION as a daily fermented superfood, optimum gut ad immune support, as well as support for hair, skin, and nails. FOUNDATION is a nutrient rich blend of fermentation activated whole food and herbs, providing important foundational nutrients for daily health and especially for those lacking fermented foods in their diet. These foods are beneficial in the following ways:
- Chaga Mushroom - This mushroom is the second highest antioxidant rich food. It is anti-inflammatory, combats free radicals, prevents and reverses cellular damage, and promotes cellular regeneration. Chaga also contains melanin that combats radiation and tumours. (10)
- Baobab - High in vitamin C which is a power antioxidant. Contains potassium, calcium, magnesium, B vitamins, and protein - everything you need for healthy hair, skin, and nails! (11)
- Maca - This root boosts energy and endurance. It reduces damage from the sun and fights free radicals. (12)
- Beets - Contains vitamin B9, an important vitamin for tissue growth and cell function. It also contains manganese, potassium, iron, and vitamin C. (13)
- Spinach - Contains vitamin A, C, K1, and E. Also contains folic acid, iron, calcium, magnesium, lutein, and quercetin which helps fight infection and inflammation. (14)
- Turmeric - It is anti-inflammatory, a strong antioxidant, and turmeric helps boost the effect of antioxidants that are already in the body. (15)
To find out more about FOUNDATION and how it can help provide your daily antioxidants for strengthening immunity, as well as improve your hair, skin, and nails, check out our website!