We may binge on chocolate and margaritas occasionally, but too much of some good things can indeed be too much of a good thing. It’s tough to beat a sugar rush, but just by adding or subtracting a few items from your daily diet, your skin can glow, your nails can grow, and your hair can shine.
Problem: Split ends and weak, breaking nails.
Solution 1: Biotin(aka Vitamin H)
In it’s most extreme form, lack of Biotin can actually cause your hair to fall out! Luckily, you’re probably already eating some helpful food. Stock up on bananas, beans, eggs, peanuts, and salmon.
Solution 2: Protein
Did you know your hair and nails are both protein fibers? Since protein is what they’re made of, it makes sense that more protein will help strengthen both! Fish and eggs have both biotin and protein, so add them to the list with a double underline. Red meat is also a good choice, especially since it also has iron, further bolstering your nail strength.
Problem: Discolored Nails
Simple, yet effective. Water keeps you hydrated and flushes out any lingering toxins. Those toxins, if left to fester, can build up in the nails and cause a yellowing color. Keep your nails colorless and ready for pristine polish by drinking at least 8 glasses a day.
Problem: Dull Skin
Solution 1: Antioxidants
While regular facials are a great resource for glowing skin, you can eat your way to better skin every day. Your skin is regularly damaged by the sun, pollution, and smoking, so protect it by eating foods rich in antioxidants. Five servings of fruit a day are a great start.
Solution 2: Carotenoids
While carotenoids won’t directly help your skin, they do help your body absorb more antioxidants. That means if you’re not willing to up your fruit intake, eat tomatoes, carrots and bell peppers to make the antioxidants you’re already eating more efficient.
Problem: Dull Hair
Solution 1: Omega-3
Eggs, fish, and fish oil all have large amounts of omega-3 fatty acid. More omega-3 helps your outer layer of skin retain water, strengthening it and giving it more shine. So why is omega-3 in the category of fixing dull hair? Because hair grows from the scalp, getting many of its nutrients from its roots. The stronger and healthier your scalp is, the stronger and shinier your hair will be.
Solution 2: Vitamin A
Vitamin A has the same scalp conditioning properties as omega-3, but can be found in sweeter foods. Apricots, cantaloupe, carrots, mangoes, and sweet potatoes are all rich in Vitamin A, giving your hair the boost it needs.
If you eat a balanced diet, many of these nutrients should already be part of your daily routine. Add a little more to add some shine and strength to your look with minimal extra effort. Ask your stylist for more ideas on how to bring out your very best you.