Using natural beauty products for your skin and hair is a smart option. Not only are you guarding your body against the potential damage of chemicals or synthetic ingredients, you are also being kind to the environment. But what if you took it a step further and looked at your daily nutrition? What goes in your body has everything to do with what you see on the outside. If you succumb to a junk food diet for even one week, you’ll notice a difference in your skin and hair.
Eating the right foods with the right vitamins and minerals will make your skin glow and your hair shine. It’s a fact that drinking eight glasses of water a day is good for your skin. It keeps you hydrated and your body free of toxins. Those superfoods you hear about regularly? They’re also on the list for great hair and skin. They include essential fatty acids like omega-6 and omega-3. Vitamin C and Vitamin D are necessary for good skin health, as well. Vitamin C helps your body to make collagen, a protein for skin’s structure. Vitamin D helps prevent against sun damage. Zinc supports healthy skin, and a deficiency can lead to hair loss and abnormal skin pigmentation. A diet rich in fruit and vegetables and a plate that’s colorful with deep oranges, greens and purples is the way to a healthy body inside and a healthy body and appearance outside.
For hair, the fatty acids are necessary. Salmon is full of protein, vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids that make up about three percent of the hair shaft. Also found in cell membranes on your scalp and the natural oils that keep your scalp and hair hydrated, omega-3 fatty acids are the “good-for-you” fats. Other foods rich in these nutrients are avocado, pumpkin seeds and walnuts. More superfoods: oysters (zinc), sweet potatoes (and any orange fruit or vegetable), eggs, spinach, lentils, Greek yogurt, blueberries and chicken. They don’t call them superfoods for nothing. They’ll make your hair and skin beautiful from the inside out.