After a long winter stuck indoors, many of us can’t wait to shed our coats, hats, gloves and boots for shorts and sandals. But a quick look at the condition of our hair, skin and nails is often enough to send many of us back indoors. Dry winter air can wreak havoc on the condition of our skin, nails and hair making them dull, dry and lifeless. With the following tips you can be ready for your spring debut and not break the bank along the way.
1. Consume some omega-3 fatty acids. A great source is salmon but if you don’t like fish, try adding some ground flaxseed into your diet. Omega-3’s are essential for maintaining scalp health and soft supple skin. When your diet is deficient in these it can reult in dry skin and lifeless looking hair.
2. Get adequate protein. Whether it’s chicken, turkey or eggs, high quality protein is essential for maintaining strong nails and hair. Eggs are especially good since they contain biotin, important for strong nails and vitamin B-12. A deficiency in vitamin B12 can lead to darkening of skin and nails and graying of hair.
3. Try getting a professional manicure/pedicure if you never had one before. Just remember to make sure the business is clean, licensed with qualified staff. Try to get the first appoinment in the morning since the footbaths are the cleanest and if possible tru to bring your own kit including: nail clippers, nail brushes, files. toe separators and any disposable items you’ll need. You can even bring your own nail base and polish.
4. Get your hair professionally cut and conditioned. For those who colour their hair, spring is time to look to lighter shades and highlights or even a completely new hairstyle. If you are more of a do-it-yourself kind of gal, try some of the great conditioners you can make at home with products you can find in your fridge like avacados. Simply mix up a ripe avacado, add, a few drops of wheat-germ oil and a teaspoon of jojoba oil. Apply to freshly washed hair and cover with a plastic cap or wrap. Leave on for 15-30 minutes and then rinse out.
5. Try a treatment mask for your face. Use a mask made from clay for a detoxifying and acne-clearing effect that leaves your skin clean and glowing. If you are after a moisture surge, some masks contain hyaluronic acid, honey or other moisturizing ingredients to sink into your skin. For a radiance boost to dull skin, try an exfoliating mask made from fruit acids.
We read all the time about how important it is to wear hats and sunscreen, and stay out of the sun as much as possible to protect our skin. But with gorgeous summer days coaxing us outside and yearning for a bit of a summer glow, many of us don’t protect our skin as much as we should. Here are a few quick and easy tips to repair your skin from summer damage so you can start fall with a healthy, natural glow.
Ditch the Damage: Strawberry Exfoliator
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tbsp. white sugar
2 tbsp. coconut oil
2 strawberries, mashed
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and stir until they’re blended
- Massage the paste over your face to gently get rid of your layers of sun-damaged skin
- Repeat this process twice a week for a consistently smooth face.
With the sun-never-goes-down late nights of summer, it’s hard to avoid developing a bit of puffiness around the eyes. Fortunately, taking care of this can be done with just two ingredients: an egg, and a few drops of witch hazel.
- Separate the egg whites from the egg.
- Beat the whites until they’re stiff, and then stir in a few drops of witch hazel.
- Apply the mixture to the puffiness around your eyes with a brush, and let it dry for 15 minutes. Rinse.
This simple combination of ingredients works quickly to reduce swelling around the eyes, and calm your skin.
Once you’ve exfoliated the damaged skin and reduced puffiness, you’re probably going to want to moisturize your healthier skin and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This can be done with the same thing you had for breakfast: yogurt and blueberries! The vitamins in blueberries help repair skin and fight off fine lines caused by sun exposure. The yogurt works with it to soften your skin.
- Mash 10 blueberries, and then mix them with plain yogurt.
- Apply this mask to your face, and leave it on for 10-15 minutes.
- Rinse with water, and moisturize.
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