We go to salons to get our dream hair colour, the perfect texture, and flawless skin. However, during midlife, skin ages and becomes wrinkly. Hairfall could be persistent. But did you know that skin and hair care surprisingly depend on elementary lifestyle changes?
We all desire clear, smooth and supple skin. Lustrous and dense hair is every woman’s dream. But let’s understand that the results we so often desire do not happen overnight. Consistent and long-term lifestyle changes are key.
In an attempt to get speedy results, we often complicate our routines and purchase skin products, which we may not use as often as we thought we would. In addition to this, we use many cosmetic products and chemicals on the skin and hair without being aware of their long-term effects.
Women also go to salons for flawless skin and hair. It is excellent to indulge in some self-care and the occasional pampering for an upcoming event. However, specific skin and hair care routines are best incorporated at home, by keeping it natural.
Caring for your skin and hair surprisingly depends on some elementary lifestyle changes, which we often overlook.
What are they? Let's have a look!
Stick to a Balanced Diet
"You are what you eat"
A balanced diet with proteins, vitamins, minerals, carbs and fats goes a long way in maintaining healthy hair.
Here are some diet tips:
Eat healthy, home-cooked meals. Avoid junk food and binge eating. Try using honey or natural sugar instead of processed sugar.
If you’d like a personalized diet plan, our nutritionists at Elda can help you with one.
Drink an adequate amount of water
“Water- the elixir of life”
We’ve all heard it. Staying hydrated is vital. Water accounts for 70% of our body weight. Water in the body is lost through our secretions, sweat and our daily bodily functions. When your body loses a lot of water, it needs replenishment.
"How much water does our body need?"
2.3 litres to 3 litres of water per day is usually said to be enough. But it ideally should be higher as you tend to let out more water content when you sweat after a workout or during the months of summer. Dehydration makes the skin look drawn, haggard, and aged. An adequate amount of water does the trick!
Here’s something interesting!
Every time you pee, check the colour of your urine as an indicator. If it is yellow or darker in colour, you aren’t drinking enough water. And if your urine is clear-coloured, you're doing good.
Work it out
"Sweating it out has its benefits"
While physical exercise and fitness are vital to be fit, your skin and hair are benefitted too. You can opt for any form of workout regime according to your needs.
What do we recommend? Something you like! Because that is one way to ensure that you stick to your routine.
Beware of excessive sunlight exposure
Exposure to the sun is the best-recommended source of Vitamin D. And it continues to be.
However, do you know what photoaging is? Photoaging is premature ageing of the skin caused by repeated exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV), primarily from the sun but also from artificial UV sources. Photoaging causes skin damage which can make one look aged
As you grow older, your skin ages. It becomes wrinkly and starts sagging. It is called the chronological ageing of the skin.
Can you help change this? Probably not.
But you can help slow down the process. After all, ageing gracefully is what we should be looking at!
Try using sunshades, dermatologically-recommended sunscreens, or you could plan your day and stay indoors. The idea isn’t to avoid sun exposure altogether but to ensure you don’t do it in excess.
Less stress, more sleep
Extensive stress can cause the loss of sleep and vice versa is true as well. This surprisingly has an impact on your skin, nails and hair.
Stress can cause your skin to look puffy, dull or pale. Stress exacerbates certain skin conditions like psoriasis or eczema. Stress also releases cortisol in the body. This increases the oil or sebum secretion on the skin, leading to skin issues such as breakouts.
While we understand that it may not be possible to eliminate stress from your life, we suggest that you could try to deal with it better. Methods like breathing exercises, yoga and meditation are known to alleviate anxiety.
Another way to combat stress is by giving yourself an adequate amount of sleep. Your body works as you sleep. It helps unwind and destress. A minimum of 7-8 hours of sleep is recommended.
Remember that sleep deprivation doesn't just make you sleepy and foggy the next day, but it also affects your skin. So make sure you get that beauty sleep!
So be wary of those chemicals, and follow these simple lifestyle tips on your journey to healthy skin and hair.
Feel free to drop a query or comment below and we would be happy to help.