Healthy hair, skin & nails

Hair - Get help from Mother Nature
The key to healthy, shiny hair is to nourish the hair and scalp with nutrients essential for strengthening and moisturising the hair follicle and shaft. Avoid products containing Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS), Petrochemicals, Parabens, Artificial Colours and Artificial Fragrances. Plant derived ingredients help feed your hair with nutrients, improve the health of your scalp and add shine and gloss for naturally beautiful hair. Healthy hair requires plenty of keratin, the protein that strengthens and protects the hair from damage, and for this it must have sufficient access to amino acids. Wheat protein is an excellent non-animal protein derived from wheatgerm. It penetrates the hair shaft and follicle fortifying hair cells with proteins, strengthens and moisturises and increases its ability to attract and retain moisture.

Argan oil is extracted from the fruit kernels of the Moroccan Argan tree. Often dubbed ‘liquid gold’ for its amazing properties. It helps reverse damage done to hair through the use of chemical treatments and dyes. You can apply Argan oil before or after washing your hair. For an intensive treatment, massage Argan oil over dry scalp and hair and leave for 30 minutes before washing. Try a few drops of Argan oil to the ends of your hair after washing to combat dryness, treat split ends and improve softness and shine.

Skin - Simple ways to nourish and comfort skin
Healthy skin needs Vitamin D and essential Omega 3 fatty acids - With less daylight hours and long commutes, winter can mean less Vitamin D from sun exposure. Oily fish like salmon, mackerel and sardines are good sources of vitamin D, important for skin healing. They are also an excellent source of Omega 3 fatty acids, considered essential because our bodies can’t produce them. Eating oily fish twice a week, along with leafy vegetables, nuts, flax seeds and vegetable oils supply us with Omega 3 fatty acids. These help keep the top outer layer of our skin strong and whole, which then acts as a barrier against external toxins and pollutants. Low levels of Omega 3 fatty acids can result in dry, irritated and acne prone skin.

Dry skin can lead to cell damage, inflammation, and infections, a cycle that is particularly hard to break during winter. While warm nutritious food keeps us healthy on the inside, you can nourish your skin from the outside with natural oils.

Rosehip oil is pressed from the hip of the rose. It’s the brown fruit left once the rose has bloomed and lost its petals. Known for protecting and moisturising skin it contains powerful antioxidants and Omega 3, 6 and 9 essential fatty acids. It’s also very high in vitamin A.

Nails - What nails reveal about your health
Nails are made from a protein called keratin. This is the same protein that makes up skin and hair. Nails grow from cells that multiply within the base of the nail, then layer on top of each other and harden. The strength, thickness and growth rate of nails are characteristics that we inherit from our parents.

Nails support and protect the sensitive tips of our fingers and toes. Fingernails grow about three times faster than toenails. Nail problems affect people of all ages from time to time. Nails often reflect our general state of health too so if you notice changes in the nail, such as discoloration or thickening, professional treatment from either a doctor or a dermatologist is best advised. Even the growth rate of your nails may give clues about your underlying health. Healthy nails grow, on average 3.5 millimetres (mm) a month, but this is influenced by your nutritional status, medications, trauma, chronic disease, and the ageing process itself. If you notice any significant changes in your nails, including swelling, discolorations, or changes in shape or thickness, see a dermatologist. It could be nothing, or it could be due to an underlying condition.