Get Ready For Summer With Minerals & Vitamins For Hair Nails And Skin

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Summertime fun can wreak havoc on our hair, skin and nails. From lifeless, limp locks to dry sunburned skin and brittle, chipped nails, our body’s most important assets take a beating because of summer’s activities. Swimming in chlorine pools, sitting in the sun, gardening, playing on the beach – all do damage, which is why every woman should know about important après-summer beauty strategies.

According to Sherry Torkos, pharmacist, fitness instructor and author of The Canadian Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, “certain supplements can provide the body with the essential minerals & vitamins for hair nails and skin to help repair some of this damage.” Torkos recommends looking for a comprehensive formula with the following key ingredients:

• Hyaluronic acid supports the connective tissue of the skin.

• Antioxidants such as Vitamin C, alpha-lipoic acid and selenium, protect the skin against free radical damage and aid in tissue repair.

• Amino acids L Isoleucine, L-leucine, and L-valine benefit hair health.

• Calcium and biotin support nail health.

• Silicon can improve brittle hair and nails.

• Vitamins A and D are essential for healthy skin.

• Zinc has anti-inflammatory properties and facilitates skin healing

There is no quick fix, but taken over time these key minerals & vitamins for hair nails and skin can support the biosynthesis of collagen and provide antioxidant protection from UV light, both of which encourage healthy, long-term growth of hair and nails and increase the skin’s ability to protect itself from environmental dangers, like the sun, smog and wind. Here are some other tips to prevent and repair summertime hair, skin and nail damage:

  • Wear a broad spectrum sunscreen, even on cloudy days and use a lip balm with SPF.
  • Wear a wide brim hat to shield your face and neck (common areas where skin cancer strikes).
  • If you get a sunburn, apply aloe vera gel to soothe the skin and promote healing
  • Use a loofah or body scrub to gently remove dead cells from the top layer of skin. Follow with a good moisturizer.
  • Eat lots of berries and foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as fish and chia seed.