Foods to Nourish Your Body: Skin, Hair and Nail Care
10 Beauty Tips and Tricks for Glowing Skin and Healthy Hair
First, boost your immunity with green tea and vitamin C!
Prepare yourself from the inside out by supporting your immune system. Not only should you increase your vitamin C intake but you can also warm up with a potent cup of green tea. Citrus juices and berries are a tasty way to include vitamin C in your daily diet. Vitamin C helps keep your skin radiant and tissues nourished.
Perk up that warm cup of tea with a twist of lime or lemon. Speaking of tea, green tea is an excellent source of flu slamming antioxidants. Green tea helps support a healthy respiratory system and helps keep you virus and cancer free. If you are looking for an extra powerful green tea, you can give matcha a try. One cup of matcha is equivalent to 10 cups of regular green tea. Matcha is so potent; one study even found it to actually halt the H1N1 virus. Pretty impressive eh?
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Avoid Dry Skin
Second, foods to nourish dry skin with the right nutrients. Try natural sources of B and A vitamins.
B vitamins such as niacin and riboflavin help prevent skin rashes and dryness. Eggs, milk and a variety of cereals are great sources of niacin and riboflavin. How about a steaming bowl of legumes? Or warm whole grain cereals, rice or pastas?
Vitamin A helps the skin reproduce and keeps your skin fresh. Sweet potatoes and carrots are a great source of Vitamin A. Accompany your potato with a green leafy salad, add carrots and tomatoes for a nice assortment of skin nourishing B, C and A vitamins.
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Third, treat and prevent dry hair with moisturizing nutrients.
Did you know broccoli has hair taming emollients? Not only is broccoli great for your locks but it is also low in calories and heart healthy too! Keep skin and hair moist by eating foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. How about a nice serving of broiled salmon with a side of freshly steamed broccoli? Your heart and locks will thank you for it. Want more info on keeping your ticker happy? Read about Fish Oil Health Benefits.
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Avoid dry hands and brittle nails
Fourth, is the cold season and cabin fever driving you a little nuts? Eat them instead!
The hardships and stress of the winter season may have you biting your cold brittle nails. Stop! Protect your nails instead by nourishing them with biotin, this B vitamin is great for maintaining healthy nails and hair.
Walnuts are a natural source of biotin. Grab a handful of walnuts and add them to cereals, yogurt or salads for a nourishing boost. Not only will the brittleness subside, you may see additional growth and sheen too!
By the way, nails are also made with keratin, you can boost this nutrient by having protein rich foods and dairy products. Vegan or vegetarian? Don't fret, check out Protein Rich Foods for Vegetarians.
Strengthen bones with Vitamin D
Fifth, beat the bone chilling months with stronger bones, add some vitamin D!
It can be hard to warm up with a blast of bone chilling winds beating at you, but your bones need to stay healthy too. Vitamin D is vital to bone health. Organ meats, dairy and mushrooms are and excellent source of vitamin D, so are whole grains and orange juice. Did you know sunlight is also a great way to boost up vitamin D? It is! Find a nice big window or sunroom and absorb some natural light. Be sure to keep the room warm as you'll need to expose some skin for the body to naturally absorb the rays.
Sixth, naturally radiant and rosy cheeks with iron rich foods.
A healthy diet can help you light up the room with naturally rosy cheeks. Iron helps keep your blood healthy and your skin glowing with natural color. Dark leafy vegetables and seafood are a great source of iron. Add a few slices of citrus too! Aside from the vitamin C, citrus helps the body absorb iron.
Not only are oranges helpful, so are orange foods. Add some orange veggies to a mix of green leafy vegetables. Carrots, pumpkin and sweet potatoes can help keep dull pasty skin away. Plus, the zinc and beta-carotine in orange foods can add a naturally light tint to fair skin, from the inside out. Shine on gorgeous!
Pumpkin Health Benefits
- High in Vitamin A
- High in Fiber
- Low in Fat
- Rich in Beta-carotine
Seventh, boost your immunity and sense of well being with chocolate!!
Chocolate is a natural antioxidant and can help boost your immunity. Not only that, snuggling up to a warm cup of cocoa keeps those 'feel good' serotonin levels happy. So, keep those winter blues away, tickle your taste buds and warm your heart with a frothing cup of decadent chocolate...mmmm.
Eighth, Natural oils work wonders on dry skin
The following oils can come in handy during the harsh winter months. Just a drop goes a long way in softening skin and keeping it supple. Here are a few favorites many have used for years:
- Almond Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Sesame Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Jojoba Oil
Tip: I have used a drop of avocado oil and almond oil around my eyes and mouth for years. The skin soaks it right up and fine lines do tend to disappear. You can also warm a couple of drops in your palms and lightly massage into the ends of your hair. Don't forget your hands, these oils are great for massaging into nail beds and hands.
Coconut Oil: this appears solid in the jar and almost instantly liquifies when it comes in contact with skin. A little bit goes a long way and perfect for dry patches, elbows and knees. Great as a night cream or make-up remover.
Ninth, One mayo hair mask please!
Yes, mayonnaise makes a great hair mask and deep conditioning treatment. It will leave your hair soft and luminous.
- Brush all tangles out of your hair.
- Loosen any flakes and particles on the scalp with your hair brush.
- Shampoo as usual and rinse.
- Add 1/2 a cup to 1 cup of mayonnaise to full length of hair, massage in and cover with a disposable plastic shower cap. (you can warm up the mayonnaise in the microwave in about 30 seconds. Use a glass bowl and don't overheat. Be careful with the bowl in the shower, it can get slippery.)
- Leave the mayo in your hair for at least 30 minutes.
- For an added benefit you can wrap your hair (shower cap) in a hot towel, warm with a hand blow dryer, or if you are lucky, cover with a bouffant hair dryer for about 15 minutes. (reminder, do NOT do this in the shower or tub!)
- Rinse, give your hair a light shampoo and follow with a light conditioning. Style as usual and enjoy the softness and sheen.
Tenth, keep your lips kissable and fresh!
Who said your toothbrush is just for your teeth? After you have brushed your teeth and rinsed it isn't a bad idea to give your lips a light brushing with just a bit of lukewarm water. This will help remove any dry skin and leave them ready for your favorite lip balm or natural oil. Pucker up!
Warning: don't brush your lips if they are severely dry or cracked.
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Winter Beauty Tips
- Avoid Hot Showers: Although a hot shower or soak sounds heavenly on a bone chilling day it can strip your skin of natural oils and dry you out. If you simply can't resist be sure to follow with a light drying by patting your skin with your towel and adding a nice thin layer of moisturizer or natural oil to your skin. Don't forget those pesky knees, elbows and ankles.
- Don't forget the sunscreen: The winter sun carries the same harmful UV rays as the summer sun. Don't let the dreary skies fool you, make sure to add sunscreen. Tip: Add one drop of sunscreen to one drop of foundation and blend it in your palms before applying. It is a great habit to keep if you wear make-up on a daily basis.
- Avoid biting your lips in the cold: Biting your lips can lead to dry chapped lips. Consider purchasing a lip balm just for use with your favorite shade of lipstick. Put your lipstick on first and follow with a swipe of your balm for added moisture and sheen.
- Heading out into cold wind? Cover up! Invest in a good scarf and keep those fresh rosy cheeks covered. There is nothing worse than dry skin patches or windburn - ouch! Also, keep those sunglasses on! The UV rays can bounce off of the snow or sidewalk and reflect into your precious eyes. Common Eye Problems in Adults
- Is static messing with your mane? Static dryer sheets work wonders on rebellious fly away hair. Simply swipe the dryer sheet over your hair and the static should clear. Great on hosiery if your skirts or slacks are sticking to tights and socks.
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© 2013 Marisa Hammond Olivares
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