If you’re not pampering your skin and hair from the inside, there is no way it will look as good as it can, and you’re quite possible undoing the helpful effects of any beauty products you do buy!
Let’s start by looking at some…
Fun skin and hair facts
Your skin accounts for about 7 percent of your body-weight and varies in thickness from about 4/100 to 16/100 of an inch.
If you were to "slip out of it" and lay it flat on the ground, it would cover about 21 square feet--the size of a twin bed mattress!
Even though it's thin, your skin is made up of three layers.
The top one is the epidermis, which is your main protective shield. Your nails are also part of your epidermis, so when we’re talking about skin health, that also includes your nails!
The next layer down is the dermis. New skin cells are born in the dermis and migrate up to the epidermis, plus your oil and sweat glands live in the dermis too.
The boundaries between the epidermis and dermis are not always smooth. For example, in your fingertips these boundaries are studded with bumps and ridges--this is how your fingerprints are created.
Your innermost skin layer--the subcutaneous layer--is below the dermis and binds your skin to your tissues and bone. It’s also where your fat cells reside.
The average full adult head of hair has about 100,000 hairs on the scalp, and each hair lives about 4 years before it falls out.
The roots of your hair lie in the dermis (middle) layer of the skin, but the pits from where your hair grows (the follicles) are in the epidermis (outer layer).
The visible part of your hair is called the shaft, and shafts come in 3 styles:
- Round shafts produce straight hair.
- Oval shafts produce wavy hair.
- Shafts that are flat like ribbons produce tight, curly hair.
Your hair color comes from color-producing cells called melanocytes at the base of the hair follicles. These melanocytes secrete a blend of colors (yellow, red, brown and black) which becomes your hair color.
Alas, these melanocytes die off as we age...and without them, our hair turns gray or white.
Makes yours shine and glow!
Here are some very effective ways you can help create smooth, soft skin and shiny, lustrous hair from within:
Having a healthy diet of nutritious foods is step one. If you put trash inside of you, trust me, the outside of you will look like garbage too.
Although all vitamins and minerals are important in their own way, the superstars for healthy skin and hair are:
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
Get enough Omega-3 essential fatty acids
You need good levels of Omega-3 essential fatty acids to maintain healthy cell membranes--and that includes hair and skin cells!
In addition to eating more fatty fish (like wild salmon) VitalMega-3 fish oil formula can help support your body’s Omega-3 EFA needs.
Drink enough water
Water provides natural moisture and carries needed nutrients to your skin and hair, and it sweeps away waste products, both of which in turn help keep your skin smooth and clear.
A good place to start is to drink at least eight 8-oz. glasses of water a day, preferably filtered.
An easy way to tell if you're drinking enough water is to look in the toilet bowl. Your urine should be relatively clear and very light yellow. If it's opaque and dark yellow (at any time other than first thing in the morning), chances are excellent you need more water.
Get your thyroid tested
Dry skin, hair loss and brittle nails are all signs of low-functioning thyroid (hypothyroidism). See your doctor if you suspect this is an issue for you.
This should be obvious—if you smoke, QUIT.
Nothing will destroy your skin and hair (as well as age you) faster than smoking.
If you want your hair and skin to look their very best, in addition to taking care of them on the outside, take care of them from the inside too!
I bet you’ll see a difference very soon.