Winter is bitter cold and zaps the moisture out of your skin and hair. When you’re faced with sub-zero temperatures outdoors and artificial heat indoors, the repercussions often wreak havoc on your outer-glow. Low humidity levels dry out your skin and hair and are difficult to supplement in the long winter months. Though there are plenty of creams, miracle pills and diets on the market which claim to work, you don’t have to go broke to look and feel your best. (more…)
How to protect your skin with the change from summer to fall.
After a sweltering summer, the cool brisk fall season is welcomed with open arms. With the new season quickly approaching, it’s important to talk about the possible changes our skin can experience, and the changes you should be making to your skin care routines. (more…)
The products you use in your hair and how you wash it are very crucial toward maintaining smooth, silky, and fuller hair. An anti-aging regimen shouldn’t stop at your face and skin. Here are some tips to help keep hair healthy, strong, shiny, and bouncy.
Hair ages faster at the hairline and where it is parted due to sun exposure. The sun dries out the moisture from the scalp making the color faded and dull. Protecting the hairline and part will lock in moisture and preserve color. Use a sunscreen styling cream that absorbs and smoothes the hair.
Vitamins play a huge role for healthy skin and hair. Using shampoos, conditioners, and masks that contain vitamins A, B, C, E and minerals such as calcium and magnesium will repair damaged hair while locking in moisture. Products should not contain sulfates. Sulfates strip the hair of natural oils and can damage your hair.
Avoid too much gel and hairspray. Overdoing it with hairspray and gel can damage hair. For a softer, more natural look, do not spray directly onto hair but instead keep it at a distance when you’re spraying. Hair products such as gel and mousse should be lightweight to avoid a hard crunchy look and dandruff.
What you put inside your body will show on the outside including your hair. Foods containing good fats such as salmon and walnuts, which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, will improve the health of your hair and scalp. Also include in your diet dark green vegetables, lean meat, and low fat dairy products.
The health of your skin is largely effected by the overall healthiness of your lifestyle – especially your diet. There are a variety of vitamins that are especially good at promoting skin health and improving appearance. A good dietary rule to follow is to try to eat a large variety of colorful food including fruits and vegetables.
Widely accepted as the most important vitamin to skin health, vitamin A has been shown to be highly effective at treating problem skin. Vitamin A can help reduce acne with its ability to promote cell turnover. Deficiency of vitamin A can lead to rough, dry, and scaly skin. Foods that have a higher content of vitamin A include liver and cod liver oil as well as kidney, egg yolks from pastured chickens, and cream and butter from pastured cows.
Both vitamin C and vitamin E can help reduce the harmful effects on the skin of UV rays. Vitamin E is part of the skin’s antioxidant system of defense against skin damage. A combination of vitamin E and vitamin A has also been shown to dramatically reduce the chances of getting basal cell carcinoma. Tofu, spinach, nuts, fish, and avocados are all high in vitamin E.
Skin appearance can be improved and wrinkling reduced with an adequate intake of vitamin C. A diet high in vitamin C can also help reduce dry skin, reduce damage from UV rays, and improve wound healing. Foods that contain a high amount of vitamin C include dark leafy greens, broccoli, and citrus fruits. Since vitamin C is sensitive to heat it is better to eat these foods raw or only cook them lightly.
The structure of proteins and cell membranes in the skin is assisted by zinc. Additionally zinc has anti-inflammatory effects and can assist in wound healing. Zinc interacts with vitamin A in its transport through the blood and so the combination of both produces a greater reduction in acne. Animal sources of zinc like kidney and liver, red meat, and seafood are superior to plant sources like nuts.
WHEN CHANGING YOUR DIET ISN’T ENOUGH
While a healthy diet rich in pro-skin nutrients is essential for maintaining the appearance of your skin it may not always be enough. If your efforts at improving the appearance of your skin through your diet aren’t giving you the results you want then contacting an expert dermatologist may be the next step. Advanced Dermatology, P.C.’s board-certified dermatologists can help develop a treatment plan that fits your unique needs.
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