10 Little Changes That Will Give You Better Skin, Hair And Nails
Here is something that guys just don’t get: Girls face a constant daily fight to keep our skin, nails and hair looking good. Contrary to what men might believe, our skin, hair and nails don’t just stay healthy automatically – we have to work incredibly hard to keep them healthy.
And yes, it’s hard work.
Naturally, guys don’t notice our skin, hair or nails when they’re healthy. But as soon as we get one spot, they suddenly sit up and take notice.
“OMG you’ve got a spot!!”
Okay, great. Thanks for noticing us – finally!
If your current beauty regime is getting you down to the point where you just don’t look at your best anymore, we’ve got a few hacks that will change the way you look in no time at all. Let’s take a look at 10 little changes that will restore the health of your skin, hair and nails.
Blueberries are little blue miracles. Stuffed in powerful antioxidants, they protect your skin, nail and hair cells against damage by free radicals.
Free radicals are basically rogue molecules that are missing a neurone. Essentially, they have gone deranged and only want achieve one goal – to ruin your beauty!
Blueberries are a fantastic way to combat free radicals. And the best thing? They taste amazing!
Don’t Wash Your Face More Than Once Per Day
We live in an age that is obsessed with cleanliness. While this is certainly a good thing, we are sometimes guilty of taking things too far.
Yes, there is such a thing as being too clean. And according to dermatologists, the more times you wash your face in a day, the more damage you’ll actually be doing.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t actually need to wash your face any more than one time a day. Not unless you have acne or a similar skin condition anyway.
The best time to wash your face is at night before bed, which is when your make-up, toxins and various other pollutants have had time to build up.
As such, there is no need to wash again in the morning because all the pollutants have gone!
Eat Lots Of Protein
Did you know that your skin, nails and hair are made up mostly of protein? So it figures that when they’re looking a bit unhealthy the best way to revitalise them is by eating protein.
You can get plenty of protein from meat, fish and chicken, but you can also get it from eggs, milk and plant-based foods, too.
It doesn’t really matter how you get it. All that’s important here is that you get it.
Make Virgin Coconut Oil A Key Part Of Your Moisturising Regime
You’ve probably read all about celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Emma Stone using essential oils to hydrate their skin. And coconut oil is the best one.
Topical virgin coconut oil has been proven to limit the amount of water people suffering from atopic dermatitis lose.
But you don’t need to have a skin condition as extreme as dermatitis to apply coconut oil because it makes for a fab moisturiser. It’s also super affordable and is very effective when it comes to treating dry skin.
Consume More Iron
You might be lacking in iron right now. Indeed, iron deficiency could be the reason for your brittle nails or your itchy, pale skin.
And if you have cracks in the corners of your lips, that could also be because you’re low on iron.
Getting more iron via your diet is easy. Red meat is one source, and so is spinach, kale and whole grains.
Drink Less Coffee
You love your morning coffee, right? It wakes you up in the morning and prepares you for the day ahead.
But coffee is a diuretic that is bad for your skin, and can exacerbate complaints such as psoriasis.
In other words, it’s a big no-no right now.
Sleep On Your Back
You might be sceptical about this one. Is sleeping on your back really going to improve your physical wellbeing? It sure is!
If you sleep face down, you’re essentially buying your face into you pillow. Over time, this can lead to puffiness and dark circles around your eyes. Which is not pretty!
Sleeping face down constricts your blood vessels, which creates the beastly dark circles. And as you get older, these circles become harder to eliminate.
Sleep on your back as much as you can!
… And Sleep Lots!
How many hours of sleep do you get each night? If the answer is less than five, there is every chance that this is a major reason for your unhealthy-looking skin, hair and nails right now.
People who don’t get enough sleep are not only likely to wake up feeling exhausted, but they’re also likely to look exhausted, too.
Your skin is your largest organ, and one things start to go wrong it’s usually a good indicator that something is going wrong inside.
Give your body a break by getting more sleep. It will thank you for it. After all, it’s during sleep when your body repairs cells – including your skin cells.
Snack On Nuts
We are what we eat – and especially what we snack on.
Everyone likes to snack, even the health gurus. But the difference between a health guru and someone who doesn’t really pay much attention to their diet is that the guru will snack healthily.
If you want better skin, hair and nails, you need to snack the right way, too. And there is no more rewarding snack than nuts.
Nuts are nutritious. Stuff with essential fats and vitamins, they are perfect for restoring your beauty.
Stay Out Of The Sun
You don’t have to avoid the sun altogether (because who would want to do that?!), but UV damage from the sun is anti-good skin.
Basically, no one who has stayed out in the sun for too long has amazing skin. If you ever watch travel shows filmed in perpetually hot climates, such as the Mediterranean, you will have noticed how leather the natives’ skin is. That isn’t down to genetics or an illness – it’s down to spending too much time in the sun!