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Vibrant hair, skin and nails

Do you know the best habits for vibrant hair, skin and nails?

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As different from each other as our hair, skin and nails may seem, they have very similar needs.  They are all made of collagen, an element that is easily affected by the degree of acidity in the body. To maintain its health, collagen requires not only to be properly moisturised but also a vast array of nutrients.  Here are key elements that can keep your skin, hair and nails healthy.

Dry brushing or massaging

  • Dry brushing is the best way to stimulate the deep layers of the skin.  It consists of brushing the skin with a dry brush before showering or bathing. Begin brushing starting your feet and hands and working your way up toward the chest.  Always brush toward your heart. Externally, it has the obvious benefits of exfoliating the skin and cleansing pores.  Within the deeper layers of the skin, it also helps activate blood flow. This promotes toxin elimination and activates the lymphatic circulation, both being instrumental in preventing cellulite.  Make sure to choose a brush made of soft natural bristles: with brushing, the skin may become slightly pink but it should never be red or sting.  
  • Massaging the nail cuticles and nail beds help stimulate blood supply into the nails to keep them strong and healthy.  
  • A circular massage of the scalp helps activate blood circulation and strengthen hair.  You could do this yourself or enjoy someone else’s fingers massaging your head. It may have the added benefit of reducing nervous tension and stress, which is quite valuable nowadays.  

Oil Treatments

  • There are two ways to use oils as treatment for very dry skin: as massage oil directly on the skin, or as bath oil.  Essential oils can be blended to massage base oils to enjoy both their aroma and therapeutic benefits. For example, essential oil of lavender can help inspire relaxation and soothe inflammation. When using bath oil, wait for the skin to absorb the oil for 5 to 10 minutes after draining the tub before drying off with a towel.
  • To give your nails an oily beauty bath, soak your fingertips in a little bowl of cold pressed olive oil for 5 to 10 minutes. Olive oil is rich in vitamins that help to condition nails and promote nail growth.  Finish the treatment by gently massaging your nail beds with your thumb.  
  • Argan oil and coconut oil are both excellent treatments for dry and brittle hair.  Massage the oil into the hair and leave it in for at least 30 minutes or even overnight before washing out with shampoo. These external treatments can be repeated weekly if necessary however, oils can work from the inside out as well. It is equally important to adopt a diet that includes good cold pressed oils or to take a good Omega 3 supplement on a regular basis. VegOmega-3 from A.Vogel is an excellent option that is easy on the digestion. Most Omega-3 oils undergo a decontamination process that renders them difficult to digest. VegOmega-3 is strictly made from oils that are guaranteed not to be contaminated.  

Proper hydration

Healthy looking hair, skin and nails require a lot of water. It helps flush out toxins and maintain a proper hydration.  We all need to drink a minimum of 2 litres of water a day.    

Nutrients

Our hair, skin and nails require a vast array of vitamins (A, B, C and E) and minerals (calcium, magnesium, silica, manganese, copper, zinc, selenium, iron, etc.) to maintain their integrity. 

  • A healthy diet that includes 6 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables per day can supply all the much-needed vitamins and minerals.  Fruits and vegetables bright in color have a higher concentration of nutrients.  To get a wide range of nutrients, you should eat a variety of fruits and vegetables. 
  • Every meal should include a good source of proteins (fish, poultry, eggs, beans, peas, lentils, nuts and seeds). 
  • Choose unrefined carbohydrates to eat in small quantities only.
  • Processed foods are void of the vitamins B and minerals that your hair skin and nail need and do not bring any benefit to your diet. 
  • Good fats are very important as explained above, but saturated fats are definitely not so beneficial and their part in the diet should be minimal. While it is impossible to eliminate saturated fats completely, it is quite simple to reduce your intake by including vegetarian meals to your diet as well as eating less meat and dairy products.  

Nature to the rescue

For those who fear their diet is lacking in specific elements, the product Hair, Skin & Nails from A.Vogel contains all that could be missing for their proper growth.

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