Brittle nails, hair loss, and dehydrated skin – it happens to all of us. And sometimes, no matter how many creams or shampoos you use, it never seems to help. That’s because most of the time, what’s happening on the outside is really a reflection of what’s going on on the inside. So that’s where you’ve got to get to work.
Eating healthily and steering away from junk food is great, but it doesn’t always give your body exactly what it needs to be in top shape, so you need a little extra suttin’ suttin’. If you’re fretting over any of these common beauty concerns, here’s how to recognize the signs that you need to do a little more, and what that ‘more’ is. Don’t forget to look after your body, take your vitamins and make time for some self TLC. Although, if you do have serious concerns, remember to consult with a specialist!
Okay, we just HAVE to talk about this. Dry skin and dehydrated skin are two different things. Dry skin is usually the appearance of roughness or flakes on the skin and can be soothed at the surface of the skin with topical creams – it’s typically a hereditary skin type. Dry skin occurs when the skin has a lack of oil on its surface, whereas dehydrated skin occurs when it has a lack of water. Hydrated skin appears more plump and healthy, while dehydrated skin will increase the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. As we know, oil and water are two very different things, so trying to soothe dehydrated skin with oily creams is pretty much a lost cause.
A good way to tell if you’re dehydrated is by gently pinching the skin on the back of your hand, if it goes back into place instantly, you’re good, but if it takes a while, you’re dehydrated – you just did it didn’t you? The best way to hydrate your skin is by drinking a lot of water, but, you can get it from your food too. According to a study by The USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference strawberries, watermelon, lettuce, squash, and cantaloupe contain between 90-99% water, so these foods are ideal if you want to up your intake. Drinking caffeine and alochol can also cause dehydration, so try not to consume either in excess.
Brittle, soft, thin nails that are prone to splitting and tearing are not only super annoying but it’s also known as ‘onychoschizia.’ A new study in Andrews’ Diseases of the Skin: Clinical Dermatology found that this condition affects 20% of the population – so that’s a pretty huge number. This condition can be caused by a number of external factors including harsh nail polish removers, water damage, and excessive use of soaps, there are some internal factors too.
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One common internal reason for nail splitting is a lack of iron. Increasing the iron in your diet is super important because iron is needed in the body to make hemoglobin, the part of red blood cells that transports oxygen and carbon dioxide through your body. It sounds really sciencey, but don’t worry, it’s a pretty simple fix – eat them greens! Leafy greens are packed full of iron so adding more to your diet is an easy way to counteract an iron deficiency. Other great foods to eat are beans and cashews, and, for our vegans, tofu is great too! Of course, there’re always supplements, but getting your vitamins from foods is definitely the most effective option.
Experiencing hair loss can feel embarrassing, frustrating and even quite terrifying, so not many of us like to talk about it. But it’s okay to talk ladies, we’re all here, and experiencing hair loss at some point in your life is not uncommon! There are hundreds of topical treatments out there for hair loss but sometimes it can be hereditary. If you’re experiencing hair loss and there’s no link to the condition in your family, there are other things that could be the ‘root’ cause.
As well as medication side effects, stress or styling damage, if your hormones are off balance, this can also affect your hair. Many women experience hair loss after pregnancy due to the extreme hormones your body creates during this period. This causes your hormones to go out of sync and can cause a whole lotta issues! Unfortunately, in most cases, you just have to ride it out until your hormones balance themselves out, but doctors can also help with hormone replacement therapy and medication if necessary. If you’re concerned that you’re losing more hair than normal (100 hairs lost a day is normal!), then the best thing to do is to consult with a doctor. For more about hair loss, check out 7 reasons why you could be seeing hair loss, and how to improve it.
Greasy hair is the worst – we’ll never fully understand how Kim Kardashian can rock a wet hair look on the red carpet and look flawless. Anyway, there are a few things that we can come to terms with: greasy hair can’t always be washed away. Greasy hair occurs when your scalp produces an excessive amount of sebum from sebaceous glands, so, naturally, tackling the problem means combatting it from the inside.
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Zinc is naturally present in our bodies, it helps our immune system and works to reduce the amount of oil in our hair and scalp. By eating foods that are high in zinc content, you can increase the amount of zinc working towards slowing down your scalp’s secretion levels. Some foods that are high in zinc are red meats, shellfish, beans, nuts and seeds, dairy and (our favorite) dark chocolate. You can also take Zinc Picolinate supplements (50mg), daily.
The term ‘sallow skin’ is used quite a lot in the beauty industry but not many of us know what it really means. Sallow skin basically refers to skin that has lost its natural tone. It can refer to a dull complexion, discoloration, pigmentation or just anything that makes your skin look like it’s lost its glow.
Sallow skin affects a lot of people in many different ways, so it’s natural that there could be a number of different remedies. The most common issue, however, is vitamin deficiencies. Vitamins A, B-12, C, E, and K could all be impacting the way your skin looks, but it’s easy to get it back on track and looking gorgeous. Vitamin A is found in orange fruits and vegetables such as carrots, squash, and capsicum. Vitamin B-12 is found in meats, while vitamin C is probably the most well known, as it is found in citrus fruits. Vitamin E is found in nuts, while vitamin K is found in berries and those leafy greens! To sum up, make sure you’re having a healthy and well-balanced diet and taking those multivitamins!
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