By Frances Largeman-Roth, RDN, nutrition expert, author and AVON Wellness Ambassador
Many of us will experience a period of time when we just don’t look our best. Our hair may become thin, our nails might start cracking or peeling, and our skin looks dull and lackluster. Changes in our hair, skin and nails can be due to many things, including hormonal changes post pregnancy, an illness, significant weight loss, or prolonged periods of stress.
If you’re experiencing changes to your hair, skin and nails, it’s smart to check in with your doctor to rule out an underlying issue, like hypothyroidism. While changes to your looks can be distressing, they are also reversible. Here are some ways you can help promote strong and healthy hair, skin and nails.
1. Eat a Balanced Diet:
Beauty really starts from within! A healthy, balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, protein, whole grains, dairy, nuts and seeds should provide ample nutrients for glossy hair, strong nails and glowing skin. But when we cut out an entire food group, as some diets recommend, we may be missing key nutrients to support our health. Before trying a fad diet, check with your doctor or a registered dietitian to make sure that you will still be getting enough nutrients and calories in your diet.
2. Manage Stress:
Stress affects all of us at some point. Work, kids and finances can all create stress in our lives. The important thing is to know what to do to deal with stress so that it doesn’t consume us. Getting moderate exercise on most days is beneficial for both physical and mental health. Meditation, journaling, breath work and spending time with loved ones can all help to manage stress and keep us focused on living our best lives.
3. Avoid Damage:
There are lots of beauty treatments that give us fabulous short-term results but create havoc long-term. These include coloring and straightening hair, using acrylic nails and spending too much time in the sun. It’s important to think long-term when we make decisions about what we put on and in our bodies. Make sure to research hair and nail treatments to fully understand what they’ll do in the long-term.
4. Repair from Within:
It takes time, but you can reverse the effects of damage to your hair, skin and nails. In addition to taking the steps above, certain supplements can help restore life to your hair and nails and bring radiance back to the skin.
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