Tips for Healthy Hair, Skin and Nails
Aging isn’t for the faint of heart. One day you look in the mirror and see plump skin, bouncy, shiny hair, and the next you see someone you barely recognize. Thinning hair, dry or sagging skin, brittle fingernails…. these are all things that can happen to us as our bodies produce less estrogen, collagen and elastin. But before you give up and chop off your hair or undergo a potentially painful cosmetic procedure, you should know that there are some things you can do to treat, slow, and even prevent a few of these very common aging issues.
Why is it that as women age, the hair on our heads falls out every time we brush, but those stubborn chin hairs are strong enough to survive the apocalypse? It’s a cruel trick of Mother Nature’s for sure, but don’t give up! First, get your hair trimmed on a regular basis. Nothing can make hair look scragglier than split ends. Get a cut that works with your hair’s changing texture and doesn’t require a lot of heat styling to make it look its best. Finally, even if you’ve never been a product junkie, now is a good time to start. Volumizing shampoos, thickening sprays and more can help create texture and some may even stimulate new growth.
You can tell a lot about a woman by her hands, and brittle, broken nails aren’t sending the best message. Getting manicures helps, but you still need to baby your hands in between those salon appointments. One of the best things you can do is moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Keep a rich hand lotion in your purse, at your desk, by your bed, in your car, and use it often throughout the day. Wear gloves for washing dishes and doing household chores, and keep your nails neatly trimmed and filed to avoid breakage.
If you have never developed a skincare routine—there’s no time like the present. Aging skin has special needs from sagging, to fine lines and wrinkles. Seek out products designed to address those issues with ingredients like hyaluronic acid (the holy grail of moisturizers) and retinoids (vitamin A). And don’t forget the sunscreen! A good sunscreen should be part of your daily skincare routine, period.
Aside from the above tips, there are plenty of other things you can do to help with the issue of aging skin, hair and nails. Hydration starts on the inside so drink plenty of water every day. Consider taking additional collagen supplements or using collagen creamer in your coffee. Make sure you are eating well and loading up on whole foods rich in vitamins and minerals rather than sugary or processed foods. Finally, remember, aging is unavoidable so don’t fight it. Instead, do what you can to take care of yourself, and embrace your beauty at every stage of life.