Eat Your Way To Healthy Skin

Surely you’ve heard the expression, “you are what you eat”. It might be hard to put the sweets down and not give into the greasy temptations, but think about your health. As good as it might taste it isn’t doing any good to your body. Being cautious of your intake today will save you from a breakout tomorrow.

Clinical nutritionist, Samantha Heller told WebMd, “The healthier the foods are that you consume, the better your skin will look.”

Heller goes on to explain that the foods you eat eventually become part of you. Knowing what to eat and what will benefit whatparts of your body is essential in living a healthy life. That being said, here are some of the foods you should keep around that will do your body some good:

Anything high in antioxidants and Vitamin A is great. It keeps your immune system strong and skin experts say that a daily intake of Vitamin A will do the skin wonders. Low-fat dairy products contain a good amount of Vitamin A. Try low-fat yogurt or any of these fruits:

  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Plums
  • Strawberries

Essential Fatty acids like the ones in canola oils and salmon will help keep your skin looking young, tight, and glowing. Also snacking whole grain breads, cereals and nuts like the following promotes stronger and healthier hair and nails (The protein from eggs is also good for your hair):

  • Walnuts
  • Cashews
  • Pecans
  • Almonds

When it comes to beverages green tea is a safe choice and an alternative to sodas and syrupy drinks. The tea contains anti-inflammatory properties and has proven to reduce the damage done from the sun’s harmful rays. Not only that, but it’s been tested to prevent and reduce skin cancer. While green tea is beneficial, water is the best way to stay hydrated. Drinking it flushes the toxins out of you and keeps your skin clear.

Start treating yourself to healthier skin. Incorporating these foods and making it a part of your lifestyle, not just a diet, will benefit your entire your body head to toe.

Detox Your Hair

Here’s a beauty quickie you can do at home. I don’t know about you, but I’ve got about 5 different bottles of shampoo in my bathroom right now. I’m always trying something new and I just don’t want to throw out a perfectly good bottle of shampoo. Add a teaspoon of vinegar to one of your shampoo bottles, shake it up and waah-laa! You now have your own homemade remedy shampoo that you can use once a week. Vinegar is good for removing build up and closing up hair cuticles, which is great for preventing split ends. The vinegar also helps remove scaly build up. If the scales on your hair cuticles lay flat, that gives your hair the chance to be shinier. Apple cider vinegar is a good choice for trying this out. You can also use plain white vinegar.

The Road to Healthy Hair

There are those great hair days. The days where your hair is extra shiny, soft and makes every outfit you try on look amazing. And then there are the bad hair days. No matter how you style it or how much product you put in it; nothing seems to work out. The importance of taking care of your health, applies to your hair. You don’t get a fit body by watching TV and eating chips. You get active. So get active with you hair too.

Maintenance
First things first; stop washing your hair everyday. Shampoos strip the hair of its natural oils that are actually good for it. Going a day or two without shampooing is healthy. In between washes brush it with a bristle brush. It helps distribute the natural oils evenly. Make dry shampoo your friend. They usually come in a light spray or powder form. Dry shampoo absorb the excess oils and give you an extra day of not having to wash your hair.

Trim & Protect
The occasional trim is very helpful. It maintains a healthy appearance and gets rid of split ends. Split ends cause fly aways and makes your hair more prone to frizziness. Heat damage from styling tools causes frizziness as well. There are many products that provide heat protection. Tressemme’s Heat Protectant Spray, protects hair from the damage blow dryers, flat irons and other hot tools cause.

Moisturize
Color treated hair needs extra attention. A weekly deep conditioning treatment will restore the damage chemicals in hair dyes cause. The chemicals dry it out and sometimes makes the hair stringy. Weekly treatments provide moisture and adds the much needed bounce.

A Step Towards Healthy Hair

I’ve been guilty of it for years. Not weeks, or months, but years. I’m one of those people who wash their hair everyday. It’s sort of like a Catch 22 for me. I want my hair to look shiny and healthy everyday; yet washing it constantly is doing the opposite. For those of us with fine hair, it can get pretty annoying when your hair gets dirty so quickly. Washing your hair everyday strips it of the naturals oils it creates and needs to moisturize your scalp. Some create the oils quicker than others.
I’ve always been skeptical of it, but there are dry shampoos you can use. Dry shampoo looks like a hair spray can usually, and you spray your roots. It’s supposed to help decrease the amount of oils, helping you keep a cleaner scalp longer. Different companies sell them. Bumble&Bumble has a popular one. Tresemme now offers dry shampoo and a mousse. The mouse if for thicker, curly hair. Since the spray form is more airy, it’s best for fine hair.
A quickie you can try at home is powder. Sprinkle a bit of powder on your scalp and massage it. The powder soaks up the oils. When you do wash your hair make sure you’re massaging the shampoo on your scalp, because that is what’s lifts the oils off the root. Conditioner should only be applied to your ends and the bottom half of your hair. When all else fails, ACCESSORIZE. Throw on a cute headband or pull your hair back with a fabulous clip.