Ask the Expert: How Can I Improve the Health of My Hair, Skin, and Nails?

Many of us will experience a period of time when we just don’t look our best. Our hair may become thin, our nails might start cracking or peeling, and our skin looks dull and lackluster.

Improving health is a process that starts with the skin. The skin is the largest organ in the human body and it also has one of the largest surface areas. Your skin should be cared for properly to keep it healthy and to avoid any problems such as acne, eczema, or rosacea.

Hair and nails are also important parts of the body that need to be taken care of in order for them to grow strong and healthy. These two parts are made up of protein, which can be difficult for some people to get enough of in their diet. It is important to make sure that hair and nails are getting enough protein from food sources or supplements so they can continue growing long and strong.

“While changes to your looks can be distressing, they are also reversible.”

By Frances Largeman-Roth, RDN, nutrition expert, author, and AVON Wellness Ambassador

Changes in our hair, skin, and nails can be due to many things, including hormonal changes post-pregnancy, an illness, significant weight loss, or prolonged periods of stress. If you’re experiencing changes to your hair, skin, and nails, it’s smart to check in with your doctor to rule out an underlying issue, like hypothyroidism. While changes to your looks can be distressing, they are also reversible. Here are some ways you can help promote strong and healthy hair, skin, and nails.

1. Eat a Balanced Diet:
Beauty really starts from within! A healthy, balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, protein, whole grains, dairy, nuts, and seeds should provide ample nutrients for glossy hair, strong nails, and glowing skin. But when we cut out an entire food group, as some diets recommend, we may be missing key nutrients to support our health. Before trying a fad diet, check with your doctor or a registered dietitian to make sure that you will still be getting enough nutrients and calories in your diet.

2. Manage Stress:
Stress affects all of us at some point. Work, kids, and finances can all create stress in our lives. The important thing is to know what to do to deal with stress so that it doesn’t consume us. Getting moderate exercise on most days is beneficial for both physical and mental health. Meditation, journaling, breathwork, and spending time with loved ones can all help to manage stress and keep us focused on living our best lives.

3. Avoid Damage:
There are lots of beauty treatments that give us fabulous short-term results but create havoc long-term. These include coloring and straightening hair, using acrylic nails, and spending too much time in the sun. It’s important to think long-term when we make decisions about what we put on and in our bodies. Make sure to research hair and nail treatments to fully understand what they’ll do in the long-term.

4. Repair from Within:
It takes time, but you can reverse the effects of damage to your hair, skin, and nails. In addition to taking the steps above, certain supplements can help restore life to your hair and nails and bring radiance back to the skin.

Collagen is a protein that makes up our skin, tendons, cartilage, and connective tissue. It’s literally what holds us together. And it’s also the stuff that makes our skin appear plump and youthful.

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Avon’s re:tune Collagen Booster is special because it’s clinically proven to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet and wrinkles and improve skin’s elasticity; after 12 weeks, skin appeared to be firmer and brighter.  

Re:tune Hair, Skin & Nail Health supplement delivers nutrients to help protect skin and build healthier hair and nails. One of the ingredients in Hair, Skin & Nail Health was clinically shown,  to enhance skin firmness and luminance, and visibly reduce skin redness after UV exposure.

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Additionally, biotin—also known as vitamin B7—is known to help support strong hair and prevent strands from looking brittle and dull.

How do you keep your skin, nails, and hair healthy?

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