Sometimes it may seem like your skin is impossible to manage, your hair isn’t the right way it should be or that nail isn’t sparkling as you would want it. All that your body needs is a bit of time, attention and faith that they will be working exactly as they should. Check out these tips and see how you can sparkle:
The most important of all tips is to keep it natural. When choosing products for your skin, hair and nails try to go with organic ingredients, ensure you work on the inside by drinking lots of water, taking vitamins, supplements and fresh herbs while eating a balanced, healthy diet for a complete package.
1. Protect yourself from the sun
One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems — as well as increase the risk of skin cancer.
For the most complete sun protection:
a. Use sunscreen. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. When you're outdoors, reapply sunscreen every two hours — or more often if you're swimming or perspiring
b. Seek shade. Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun's rays are strongest.
c. Wear protective clothing. Cover your skin with tightly woven long-sleeved shirts, long pants and wide-brimmed hats. Also consider laundry additives, which give clothing an additional layer of ultraviolet protection for a certain number of washings, or special sun-protective clothing — which is specifically designed to block ultraviolet rays.
2. Don't smoke
Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow. This depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health. Smoking also damages collagen and elastin: the fibres that give your skin its strength and elasticity. In addition, the repetitive facial expressions you make when smoking; such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke; can contribute to wrinkles.
3. Treat your skin gently
Daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll on your skin. To keep it gentle:
a. Limit bath time. Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin. Limit your bath or shower time, and use warm — rather than hot — water.
b. Avoid strong soaps. Strong soaps and detergents can strip oil from your skin. Instead, choose mild cleansers.
c. Shave carefully. To protect and lubricate your skin, apply shaving cream, lotion or gel before shaving. For the closest shave, use a clean, sharp razor. Shave in the direction the hair grows, not against it.
d. Pat dry. After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on your skin.
e. Moisturize dry skin. If your skin is dry, use a moisturizer that fits your skin type. For daily use, consider a moisturizer that contains SPF.
4. Eat a healthy diet
A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. The association between diet and acne isn't clear — but some research suggests that a diet rich in vitamin C and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates might promote younger looking skin. Drink Green Tea!
5. Manage stress
Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin — and a healthy state of mind — take steps to manage your stress. Set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. The results might be more dramatic than you expect.
1. Cut Your Nails after Your Shower or Bath
2. Push Back Cuticles
3. Wear Clear Polish
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5. Moisturize Your Nails
Shampoo for the roots, conditioner for the ends.
Shampoo can dry out your hair so make sure to stick to your scalp when washing your hair. Use a small amount and work it into lather. You want to remove the oil that has built up on your scalp. For conditioner, make sure to apply it on the ends of your hair and rinse with a blast of cold water to seal in moisture.
Use an absorbent towel to dry off your hair.
Don't rub your hair with your towel. This can damage it! Carefully press your towel against your head to absorb the excess water.
Detangle with a wide-toothed comb.
After getting out of the shower, run a wide-toothed comb from the roots to the tips of your hair. Then let your hair air-dry or use a blow-dryer to speed up the process.
Use a heat protectant spray when styling your hair.
If it's not necessary, we suggest staying away from heating tools for styling your hair. But if you really have to, invest in a good heat protectant spray that you can mist all over your hair. This will help in preventing your hair from burning!
Look for hair products that are specific for your hair type.
Read the labels and find one that's suited to your hair concerns: dull and lifeless; dry, broken, and damaged; frizzy, unruly, and unmanageable; fine, flyaway; dry with dandruff; or difficult to style.