Are you tending to spend large sums of money to beauty care products for your skin, hair and nails? And if you select a wrong treatment, you may have an even bigger problem and keep on spending even more money.
Skin, hair and nails: the mirror of your health
Having a skin, sometimes nails or hair in poor condition can show certain disorders in the body. Most of the time in order to repair these small damages, we buy products, creams or capsules to improve the texture or shine but their effects are quite limited. Rather than spend (unnecessarily) lots of money, you must initially balance your diet and promote the action of keratin, a fundamental constituent of hair, nails and skin.
The skin plays a protective role (of bones, organs) and regulates the body temperature. So the skin is the direct witness of a poor diet or a health problem.
For example, you have skin that is aging with drooping cheeks, may mean a deficiency of vitamins C, D and zinc, essential for the production of collagen and skin elasticity.
Dry skin often results from lack of omega-6 fatty acids or beta carotene.
A pale complexion may be a result of iron deficiency (anemia) due to insufficient production of red blood cells.
Although acne can be caused by lack of zinc and vitamin A, according to scientific studies, a link was established between acne and consumption of processed foods because of their glycemic index which increases the rate of blood sugar, promoting increased insulin levels (which is linked to acne).
Hair loss: what is it?
Hair, nails and teeth are appendages, which are defined by intense keratinization. Keratin is an essential component of the surface layer of the skin.
Every day, we lose hair but it grows back again because the cycle is renewed each time. Nevertheless, it is not normal to lose more than 100 hairs a day.
What are the most common causes related to hair loss?
During pregnancy, a woman produces a large amount of estrogen giving her beautiful and thick hair. After delivery, things get complicated because of the imbalance of hormones which can lead to loss (sometimes massive) of your hair.
During menopause, hormonal disorders (increased testosterone) have a direct impact on the hair (thinner, slower growth, etc.)
According to numerous studies, poor nutrition has a direct impact on the health of the hair (accelerated loss or causes dandruff) when it does not provide an adequate intake of iron, zinc and vitamins B, C and D.
Just like acne on the face, oily hair is related to an excess of sebum that causes growth of bacteria and fungi which will cause dandruff (scaling of the scalp).
At each change of season, the body adapts to the changes (temperature, less exposure to sunshine) that cause hormonal disturbances. As a result, the hair falls massively for a few weeks.
To promote re-growth, you should focus on foods that favor the follicles and stimulate blood flow.
Nails: valuable indicators of good health
Iron, magnesium and vitamins A and B deficiency will cause streaks, duplication, yellowing, etc. As a result, the nails are splitting and breaking.
What foods to consume to promote production of keratin?
Fruits poor in sugar such as berries (blueberries, etc.), vegetables (carrot, tomato, cucumber, etc.), poultry and fish will bring you all the nutrients your body needs to regenerate the hair, skin and nails together with the help of vitamins A and B, zinc, silicon and amino acids that these foods contain.
If a better, more balanced diet does not bring results (in case of severe hormonal problems, for example), supplementation is needed to address the nutritional deficiencies you may have and to better regenerate the appendages.
What supplements to take?
Keratin is the main constituent of the skin, nails and hair, a protein that gives their strength.
Numerous scientific studies conducted among women living in the United States have demonstrated the effectiveness of keratin supplements in case of hair problems.
- Reduces hair loss
- Increases gloss
- Better resistance
- Better resistance
- Healthy and hydrated nails
- Reduction of wrinkles
- Increases skin elasticity
- Healthy skin, better hydrated
- Decreased redness (in case of inflammation of the skin)
- Brighter complexion
Prefer products available in organic shops (rich in vitamins and trace elements).
What other supplements are good for healthy hair, nails and skin?
Vitamins and trace elements that promote the beauty of the skin appendages are: zinc, selenium, vitamins A and B but also sulfur-containing amino acids that play a role in the synthesis of keratin and oxygenation of follicles. In fact, sulfur is essential for our body, it is present in the diet through two amino acids: methionine (important) and cysteine. Apart from nutritional supplements, sulfur-containing amino acids are mostly found in lentils and egg yolk.