This post is sponsored by Nature Made, all opinions are my own!
Happy Monday 🙂 I hope you had the best Mothers Day weekend. My mom came in town on Saturday so we had the best day celebrating with her, Neal’s mom, Julie, and Neal’s sister Maura! (Has dad and brother were out of town, so it was just the girls plus Neal ?) My mom will be in town until Wednesday and I’m so excited to have some quality girl time this week!
Anyway, I’m excited for today’s post because it’s another one that I get asked about quite often–how do you make your hair long and shiny? Keep your nails from breaking? Get glowing skin? Today, I’m sharing my tips on how to achieve all of the above! Let’s go!
5 Tips for Healthy Hair, Skin, and Nails
Follow the rule of Less is More:
Good things do not happen to your hair, skin, and nails when you over-expose them to too many damaging things at once. Some of the most everyday activities can be the worst offenders:
This sounds crazy, because you’d think washing your hair and face a lot would be GOOD for you, right? In actuality, washing your face, body, and hair too much contributes to dryness. Also, make sure you’re washing with lukewarm water (not scalding hot water!) Hot water further strips your skin of moisture and can cause irritation and flaking.
I can usually get away with washing my hair every three days, and there are a few things that REALLY help extend it in between washes:
1. A good shower cap–I’m obsessed with this one! It really keeps your hair insanely dry and is actually cute!
2. I swear by this dry shampoo–it’s the only one that really gets your hair clean rather than just masking oil and residue. It makes it smell amazing as well!
Stay away from sulfates:
Sulfates are a common ingredient in most cleansers (it’s what creates lot’s of foam!) It’s also what’s used in dishwasher and laundry detergent–we don’t want that on our bodies! Not only does it dry and strip hair and skin, but it’s thought to be toxic, too!
Instead, look for a cleanser that is free of sulfates as well as dyes. I just started using this gentle soy cleanser and it makes my skin so soft! Same goes for shampoo–I’ve been using this shampoo and conditioner for the last year or so–it’s a great gentle formula that won’t break the bank!
Air dry your hair whenever possible:
Heat=damage, so the less heat you can expose your hair to, the better! I air dry my hair as much as I possibly can, and really only curl it when I’m going out at night or doing shoots (so, a couple times per week!) If you’re saying, “I don’t have enough time to air dry my hair in the morning!” consider washing your hair in the evening instead!
For perfectly undone air-dried waves, I usually put a dab of hair cream (I love this one!) or oil (I love this one!) into wet hair and secure it in a loose french braid before bed. (Make sure to pull your hair all the way back so there isn’t a part, this helps prevent the hair around your face from getting wonky ?)
When I wake up, it’s still mostly dry but the ends are slightly damp, so I’ll unbraid it, let it finish drying (it will be come less kinked) and then finish it with Texture Spray! Voila! To see my full air-drying tutorial, head over to this post!
Deep condition + Moisturize:
Always make sure to do a daily moisturizer–one of my favorites is this moisturizer, which hydrates and preps your skin for makeup all at the same time!
Once a week, do a deep-conditioning treatment–For your face, consider a detoxifying mask, like this charcoal one that has been a go-to of mine for years! For hair, heat up some coconut oil (so it melts into oil form) and slather it on your hair. Cover with a shower cap or plastic bag and leave as long as possible! For dry cuticles, slather on some cuticle oil (or even coconut oil, again!)
Moisturize + Protect:
Make sure you’re protecting your skin with a good SPF–I did an entire blog post reviewing my favorite one, called Unseen, here! If you’re like me and have never been able to find a daily SPF that lived up to your standards, you’re going to LOVE this one. It’s clear (so there’s no white residue) and it also doubles as a primer! It goes on so smooth, you can’t feel it at all.
Do more at-home manicures:
If you’re someone who gets frequent no-chip or dip manicures, you know they can wreak havoc on your nails–making them thin, rough and brittle. Try giving them a breather every once in awhile by doing your own DIY manicure at home! I just use a nail buffer, cuticle remover oil, and follow with my favorite polish–I love Essie’s no-chip polish and top-coat–which stays on far longer than regular polish! It doesn’t last like the salon, but it’s so much easier on your nails! “Rock the Runway” is the color on my nails 99% of the time! (And yes, it’s what I’m wearing in these photos!)
Treat Your Body with Respect
Easier said than done, right?
When it boils down to it though, there are two main ways that always work when it comes to reducing stress levels: sleep, and exercise. When I cut either of these out, my body pays a major toll–and it shows in my skin. You might not think it, but when your stressed, this throws ALL your hormones out of whack. Which is a common cause of breakouts!
Set an alarm to remind you to start winding down for bed. Make a point of turning off the TV early and opt for a book instead. This allows your brain to slow down. Also, as tempting as it is to skip, make time to work out at least a few times per week.
I am also a huge proponent of acupuncture–I’ll be writing a whole separate post on it soon. It has truly transformed my skin and changed the way I view and understand how the human body functions! It’s even helped things like my icy cold feet! For more info you can see the “acupuncture” highlight on my instagram stories!
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it a thousand times–while issues with our hair, skin and nails may seem cosmetic, everything in your body is linked–if you’re fueling it with garbage, your outside appearance isn’t going to look it’s best!
A healthy diet with lot’s of veggies and fruits is essential! If your body is pretty on the inside, it will be pretty on the outside! If you eat healthy but are still having issues, try cutting back on dairy and gluten–I definitely find that when I’m eating a lot of these two, I’m more prone to breakouts!
If you feel very “in the dark” when it comes to which vitamins to take, or how you should even approach them, don’t worry. (Me too!)
I recently made a new friend, May, who is a dietician, and I asked her expertise on the subject of vitamins and supplements. I loved her answer, because it was so simple and to the point: vitamins and supplements are like insurance–they ensure that we get all the nutrients that we need in the event that we aren’t getting enough through the foods that we eat.
If you’re like me, you do the best you can to eat a healthy diet, but really–who can check off a list of every single food they’re supposed to eat each day to ensure they’re getting every essential vitamin and nutrient out there? This is why we take vitamins!
When it comes to vitamins, I really love Nature Made vitamins and supplements.
I’ve been using their products for years–they’re independently verified to ensure purity and potency, so you know their product is high quality. I really like their gummy vitamins and the fact that I can ACTUALLY take them every day. I am such a baby when it comes to taking pills. It seems like every vitamin out there is a giant horse pill! Their gummy vitamins actually taste like candy and they are the only one’s I actually REMEMBER to take every day (because they actually taste good! ?) I also like that they’re easy to find–they always stock them at the drugstore and you can find them easily online, too!
What do hair skin and nails supplements do exactly? They contain 2500 mcg of biotin, which supports healthy hair, skin and nails to those deficient in biotin* as well as Vitamin C, which provides antioxidant support to help neutralize free radicals in the body, and also supports collagen synthesis (aka the production of collagen)*. Make sure you consult your doctor before adding any new supplements to your routine to ensure they’re the best fit for your body and won’t affect any medications you’re currently taking!
And, a Giveaway!
I’m giving away a prize pack that contains my favorite Hair Skin and Nails Gummies, Biotin Gummies, and ALL the products you see listed above–the Oribe Texture Spray, Living Proof Dry Shampoo, Essie Nail Polish, Glossier Priming Moisturizer and my favorite Shower Cap! Look for my Nature Made Instagram post today to enter, or head over here and enter your email address.
Do you have any healthy hair, skin, and nails tips? What has worked best for you?
Thanks to Nature Made for sponsoring this post as part of their Healthy Together campaign. Opinions are 100% my own. **These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.