There are lots of different things you can do to beautify yourself these days. Whether that’s simply getting a good foundation or going in for six rounds of Botox, measures range from the pretty innocuous to the more extreme. When it comes to beauty however, sometimes the basic approaches are best. If you want to look good, making sure the fundamentals of healthy hair, skin and nails are covered can make all the difference to your look. More than any fancy shampoo or body moisturizers, eating the correct nutrients, avoiding sun damage and doing other things to protect your health is a top priority. To help you make sure the basics are covered here’s our top guide to achieving healthy hair, skin and nails.
How much styling can you get away with?
Everyone loves to use different tools and techniques to look their best. Whether that’s learning how to use a curling wand or going to the nail salon for some fancy nail art, there are lots of different options. Of course we know some of these processes can affect the health of hair, skin and nails, so the question is how much of these interventions are OK and when will doing them affect the health of your hair, skin and nails. In essence, styling your hair or painting your nails is not going to affect your hair and nail health unless you’re doing it too much. Moderation here is key. It’s also important to make sure you are doing these things in healthy ways, such as knowing the right technique for curling hair (have a look at handy online articles about how to use a curling wand if you are not sure) and always using products which are enriching and supportive of your natural health. This will mean any beauty intervention is nourishing and can even leave your skin, hair and nails in better condition than when you started!
What nutrients should I eat?
One absolutely vital factor when it comes to looking good naturally is food and fluids. Eating the right things and making sure you get enough fluids in your diet can have a huge impact on how you look. For healthy hair, skin and nails it’s important to ensure you are eating sufficient protein. Make sure to include at least one form of protein with every meal such as lentils, nuts, fish, tofu or white meat. Vitamins are also vital and these aid with gloss and shine. Eating a healthy diet should mean you get sufficient amounts of these in your food. Make sure to eat at least five portions of vegetables every day and include some wholegrains like brown rice, oats, quinoa or pearl barley often.
Protecting yourself from the elements
One last thing: whatever you eat and whatever styling you do, make sure to protect your hair, skin and nails from the sun, wind and cold. Natural elements can really affect your body. During the summer, make sure to wear a high factor sunscreen whenever you are out and about. Even one major sunburn can really zap then moisturize from your skin. During winter it’s important to protect yourself from the cold as this can cause frizz and hair breakage as well as chaffed skin. Use a deep conditioner on your hair at least once a week and moisturize liberally before and after being out in the cold.
Those are our top tips for looking healthy the natural way. Remember whatever else you do as part of your beauty regime these top tips will help you glow from the inside out!