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Summer Survival Tips and Vitamins for Skin, Nails And Hair

Summer Survival Tips and Vitamins for Skin, Nails And Hair

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Now that the glorious summer that we Canadians long for all year is well underway it is time to ensure that we survive (and enjoy!)  the sun, heat, water, and the other elements.  I find that by mid-July, after a couple of weeks visiting friends at cottages on rocks and beaches my beauty regime can stand a bit of tweaking.  Our skin, nails and hair can all take a beating from our beautiful outdoor lifestyle that we are unaccustomed to – not that I am complaining one bit!

Here are a few tips that work well for me:

  1. Use a broad-spectrum, natural sunscreen at all times with an SPF of 30 or higher.  Don’t forget skin on your hands and feet that are exposed most often.
  2. Speaking of feet, many of us wear flip flops frequently and these can cause cracked heels and rough skin.  Use a good quality, paraben free moisturizer.  Certain vitamins can also help to maintain smooth skin (see below).
  3. Hydrate frequently – think of water as moisturizer from the inside out. Your skin will thank you!
  4. Make sure if you shave, wax, or laser hair that you do it several hours prior to sun exposure or else sensitive skin may get irritated.
  5. Bug bites can be more than annoying – my best natural tip is to use Tea Tree Oil.  Works like a charm and stops scratching!
  6. Hair can become very dry from the heat and sun.  Use a deep conditioner while IN the sun once a week then wash out after an hour or so.
  7. If you get a sunburn, apply aloe vera gel to soothe the skin and promote healing.
  8. Use a loofah or body scrub to gently remove dead cells from the top layer of skin. Follow with a good moisturizer.
  9. Eat lots of berries and foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as fish and chia seed.

When choosing vitamins for skin, nails and hair to stay looking their best and healthiest be certain these key ingredients are present in sufficient quantities.

  • Biotin  – research shows improvement in brittle nails and hair loss.  BONUS:  studies show improvement in blood sugar control
  • Silicon – very important mineral for strong bones and good connective tissue to have healthy skin and hair. BONUS:  Maybe useful for atherosclerosis
  • Vitamin B3 or Niacin – very important for maintenance of healthy skin and blood circulation.  BONUS:  can lower and control cholesterol levels
  • Vitamin B6 – essential for amino acid conversions (protein) to make them bioavailable.  BONUS:  VERY good for our nails, skin, and hair
  • Antioxidants such as Vitamin C, alpha-lipoic acid and selenium, protect the skin against free radical damage and aid in tissue repair.
  • Zinc has anti-inflammatory properties and facilitates skin healing

As always, I do my research and have found the femMED line of products to be of the highest quality and specific for OUR needs.  femMED’s Hair, Skin, and Nails formula has the key vitamins for skin, nails and hair I am looking for when choosing a supplement to improve my summer looks from the inside out!

Camille Lawson
Camille Lawson: Hormone, Sexuality & Nutrition Expert

Camille has been empowering clients as their trusted advisor in the healthcare profession for over 25 years. She is a Registered Nurse, a Hormone Educator and Consultant, Nutrition Expert, and is a private practice Educator specializing in sexuality and relationships. Camille is a committed life-long learner and in her journey has had the opportunity to work at The Regional Women’s Health Centre at the renowned Women’s College Hospital (Toronto) as a Sexuality Counsellor/RN. A highlight for her was training with Dr. John Gray (Men are from Mars, Women Are from Venus)! Camille learned about the integration of nutrition, brain chemistry, sexuality and romance; truly a holistic view. She has trained at the Graduate Intensive Sex therapy programs at University of Guelph as well for ongoing education after obtaining her MEd (Counseling Psych) at The University of Toronto.

Camille is on the medical advisory board for femMED/manMED and is an advocate for using nutrition, BHRT (when appropriate), and knowledge about hormonal balance to assist people in achieving lifelong optimal health. She sees private clients at The Institute for Hormonal Health and via Skype coaching.

Camille speaks professionally to a wide variety of groups with the overall goal of empowering people to be the best they can be! Camille is solution focused, compassionate, and provides clarity. She is passionate and committed to assisting women and men with life changing information in the area of Hormones, Health and Sexuality – these change lives physically, mentally and emotionally. She is also a published author and has appeared on radio and television. She is currently working on a book titled, “No Hot Mess”, with her business partner, Susan Sly. Camille understands the stresses and life changes many women and men go through from her own personal experience and as the loving and proud mother to 3 adult children.

Camille is committed to helping you be the outstanding YOU that is ready to be unleashed, complete with balanced hormones!

Camille is a:
Registered Nurse, Educator, Consultant, Counsellor, Mentor, Therapist, Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur and Mother
Camille teaches:
Sexuality, Romance, Relationships, Nutrition, Health and Holistic Wellness;
Camille does:
Empowers, Educates, and Enlightens
Camille is always:
Compassionate, Committed and Caring

Camille has studied at/with:
University of Colorado, York University (BA), University of Toronto (MEd), University of Guelph (Intensive Sexuality Grad Program)
St. Joseph’s Hospital (Emergency Dept.), Women’s College Hospital (Emergency Dept. & Regional Women’s Health Center)
Dr. John Grey (Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus)
Dr. Erika Schwartz (The Hormone Solution)
Contributed to:
TV, Radio, Internet, Newspapers

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