Sometimes, when we are having breakouts or a bad hair day, we feel as though we will never achieve that goal of healthy-looking skin and hair. We all tend to look at other people for what we would like to look like and aimlessly scrolling through Instagram is a sure-fire way to feel worse about yourself on those days! But what can we actually do to gain healthier hair and skin? I’ve done a bit of research into some simple steps that we can all take and outlined them below for us.
The biggie. The one that we all know but never do enough of. Drinking water. Your skin is an organ that is 64% water! But how much is the right amount and what are the impacts upon our skin? Experts suggest 1.5 to 2 litres of water for a ‘normally’ active adult and more on a hot day or to replace lost fluids if we exercise. However, if you have a skin condition such as psoriasis or eczema then you may need additional help. I have very dry skin at the moment and I have found out that water is better absorbed into your body if it is taken with salts, potassium and glucose. There are various ways to create your own rehydration drink but I am looking into these tabs at the moment.
So, the great thing about water is that it flushes out toxins from the body! Research is iffy about the exact benefits on skin, but without adequate water intake, skin appears duller, and wrinkles and pores more prominent. Beware though – Drinking too much water can upset the bodies sodium balance and be quite dangerous. But it would be quiet an effort to drink that much!! Nevertheless, be sensible.
One food type that is amazing for the skin is healthy fats. So many people are put off by the word fat but the truth is that your body uses healthy fats as an energy source, as protection for your organs, skeletal system and to lubricate joints and connective tissue. Our subcutaneous fat layer in our skin thins with age and good fats help to strengthen these cells.
Antioxidants, like beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, and B vitamins, function as bodyguards to your skin cells, helping protect them from damage. A quick google pops the following food items into your ‘good food’ list:
Avocado, walnuts, sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, soy, dark chocolate, green tea and red grapes.
There are a range of supplements that you can take to improve your skin but look into what each one does before your purchase so that you are getting the best outcome for you. These include Vitamin A, C, D and E, Collagen, Magnesium, Zinc and Omega 3.
What do I take daily? At the moment I take a vegan multivitamin as the variety in my diet is quite poor at the moment, but I am working on adding in a variety of fruits and veggies daily. I also take an omega 3 supplement as this helps with my skincare but also reduces endometriosis inflammation.
Tonics! – We will go into more detail about my own skincare saviours very soon but most people will tell you to have your ‘a, b’s and c’s’. Meaning, apply a vitamin A (retinol), and vitamin B and a vitamin C to your skin topically. I like to use these in my skincare alongside a hyaluronic acid to mix the vitamin C powder. Hyaluronic acid is naturally present in your skin and its main function is to keep your skin hydrated!
Keep to your own dietary requirements and remember that I am not a dietician or medical professional, but hopefully, some of my research has been helpful! Have you tried any of these tips or have any of your own?