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6 Simple Tips To Get Healthy Skin

Guest writer for Dr. Kwang by Mounika Raghavan

Your personality is the wholistic representation of who you are in another persons eyes. And hence, your skin plays a very important role in how you are perceived. Beautiful and healthy skin, it will add to your personality by simply saying that i care enough about myself to care about everything around me as i am a part of my surroundings. That is why we spend thousands of bucks on cosmetics and in beauty parlors for skin care treatments. As much as those work for the last minute touch up, there are many things you can do on a daily basis to keep your skin healthy.

Causes For Skin Damage:

But before we give out the healthy skin tips, we have to make a mention of what is it that causes so much damage to your skin. Below mentioned are the reasons.

1. Lack of hydration:

Just as you need to hydrated to avoid feeling the sensation of an extremely dry throat, it is essential to hydrate to keep away the dry and stretchy feeling from your skin. The skin cells are also made of water and need to be replenished for the skin to stay hydrated. Drinking a lot of water is the only way to go about this because water is claimed to be the best food for skin.

2. Smoking:

Whatever the reasons you started, by now you must have realized that it does nothing to reduce your stress levels. The only thing it does manage to do apart from making you prone to various respiratory and heart troubles is dry your skin out and make you look like a cracked board. So quit!

3. Sun damage:

How amazing those few hours of fun in the sun make you feel! But then when you look at yourself in the mirror, you face falls. Literally. For the damage your skin has suffered due to exposure to the UV rays is apparent. You cant avoid the sun but you can use sun protection. Never forget it.

4. Lack of exercise:

It makes you fat of course and that introduces very many more health problems but it also plays a role in the lack of luster in your skin. There isn’t enough flow of blood which is essential for the oxygen to travel across the body to each cell including the skin cells.

5. Bad eating habits:

The skin needs different nutrients and those fast food joints you love are not where you will find it! Feed your skin the right food and it will respond with that lovely look you want. Tit for tat!

Now that you know what you need to stop doing. Here are the tips for healthy skin.

How to get healthy skin:

Tip 1: Minimal makeup

Ladies, can you please minimize makeup usage? It is really not necessary to always use a blush, concealer, foundation, mousse or whatever it is. It may add a fine coating to your skin making it glowing skin, but what about your real skin? Is it really glowing? No matter how expensive the brand is, it damages your skin to a large extent. We are not asking you to throw them off your shelf; keep those away for special days. The rest of the days, tone and moisturize your skin, use sunscreen. Let your skin breathe.

Tip 2: Face cleansing

This has been told by all beauty experts umpteen times when asked how to maintain healthy skin. Even if you are too tired after a long party, cleanse all dirt and makeup from your skin. Your face needs to be cleared of all the chemicals in makeup. The makeup acts as a tight mask on your face keeping your facial pores clogged. If you go to bed with all these makeup on, you’ll wake up the next morning with a huge embarrassing pimple.

Tip 3: Slather on sunscreen

Sunscreen is a must for your skin. The rays of the sun are harmful beyond thoughts. Skin cancer, premature aging, skin rashes all of these are caused when your skin gets too much exposure to the sun without any protection.

Use a big dollop of sunscreen with SPF on your face whenever you are going out to protect your skin of all the anomalies caused to your skin by the harmful sun rays. Do not care for the season or whether the sun is out today or it’s cloudy. Use sunscreen always. Beauty experts also advise using sunscreens even if you are at home or inside a car or even if you on a flight. Celebs swear by SPF measured sunscreen to keep skin healthy and free from any diseases or ugly tanning.

Tip 4: Exfoliating face

All the healthy skin tips for women say that you should exfoliate your face at least twice a week. Scrubbing your face will rid your facial skin of all the dead cells that might have clogged your pored leading to acne breakouts, blackheads and whiteheads. Scrubbing your face will also improve your complexion, adds a glow to your skin and also clears your skin of all toxins. Don’t keep your skin scrubbing daily, it will make your skin look even drier.

Tip 5: Moisturize

Yes, other than keeping yourself internally hydrated, also use a good moisturizer to feed your skin. Moisturizers do not add a great deal of moisture by themselves but they lock in the present moisture and are hence essential to keep your skin hydrated. After a bath, make it a routine to moisturize your face daily to keep it hydrated. Before bedtime, place a towel soaked in warm water on your face and keep for some time. This way the pores of your face will open allowing the moisturizer to soak into your skin.

Tip 6: Eat proper food to get healthy skin

Food provides life to your skin. Everything you eat in your everyday life contributes to a healthy skin. Only that you have to cut out on some and add some more.

a. Vitamin C rich foods:

Have fruits and veggies rich in Vitamin C. Vitamin C manufactures collagen that is responsible for the firmness of your skin. So you quite well understand that lack of vitamin C in your diet will lead to the formation of wrinkles at an early age. Vitamin C is also an anti-oxidant that prevents collagen damage. With Vitamin C rich foods in your diet, your skin will not suffer from dryness, wrinkles and fine lines around eyes or lips. Have all citrus fruits, strawberries, broccoli and red peppers to tone up the younger look skin.

b. Vitamin A:

Who doesn’t want a smooth complexion? We all do, but for that we don’t need to spend thousands of bucks when we have the solution in our refrigerator. All red, orange and green leafy veggies are rich sources of beta-carotene (a form of Vitamin A). It is necessary for cell formation and therefore your skin surface stays smooth and touchable. Carotenoids also protect skin from sun. Turnips, sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, squash all of these are rich sources of Vit A.

c. Healthy fats:

Nuts are fatty and are not good for health; that is a misconception. Of course nuts are fatty, but they are filled with healthy omega-3 fatty acids. This falls under that healthy category of fats that is essential for us. Have a handful of almonds and walnuts daily for a supple looking clear skin. Flax seeds are another good option to consume omega-3 fats. If you are a non-vegetarian, have salmon atleast twice a week. This fish is also rich in omega-3 fats.

The oil you cook your food in should also be taken care of. Switch over to olive oil which is a rich source of mono-unsaturated fats. It will bring a radiant glow to your skin.

d. Tomatoes:

Tomatoes doesn’t need a very special mention when it comes to healthy facial skin. They contain a magical ingredient called lypocene which is an anti-oxidant that helps fight old age. It can keep your skin at bay from all old age signs like wrinkles, dark spots and patches or saggy skin.

e. Zinc and iron:

Eggs, lean meat, oysters and cereals supply a good mount of zinc and iron to your body that imparts that much wanted celeb like glow. Zinc helps in cell production and natural weariness of dead cells giving your face a fresh look. Iron is needed to carry oxygen through the body that gives a blushy glow to your face.

f. Fibers:

If you are the one suffering from acne often, its time you think of including fiber-rich foods in your diet. One of the reasons for acne breakouts is indigestion. And the best solution discovered so far to improve your digestive system is having foods rich in fiber. Having whole-grain breads, brown rice, apples, bananas, oatmeal are proved solution to minimize acne.

g. Water:

Drink enough water throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated. Do not allow your skin to feel thirsty. For a soft, supple and dewy look, water is a must. Follow this diet regime for a healthy skin and cut down on all fried and unhealthy fatty foods.

Your skin will thank you!

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Great skin year after year

Your skin can reveal the stories of your life, from the fabled glow of pregnancy to the less-welcome spots that surface from sun damage. You hear a lot about how to protect your skin from the sun’s rays, but there are many other simple health moves that can keep your exterior in fabulous shape, decade after decade.

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Your 30s: Beat acne bumps

Hormone-related skin problems aren’t just for teens. Surging progesterone and testosterone levels before your period can cause adult acne to erupt around the mouth, chin, and nose. And hormonal stress can exacerbate eczema—dry, irritated skin, often on the face and hands.

To treat adult acne, which tends to flare up in the 30s and is more inflammatory than teen blackheads and whiteheads, derms often prescribe benzoyl peroxide and retinol or Retin-A, says Gary Goldenberg, MD, an assistant professor of dermatology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, in New York City. Soothe eczema by using gentle, fragrance-free cleansers; if the problem persists, you may need a prescription for a topical corticosteroid.

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Your 30s: Baby your skin

Ready to start a family? Your skin may be clearer than ever while you’re pregnant, thanks to abundant estrogen. But the hormonal flux of pregnancy can create a host of skin issues, such as melasma (dark discolored splotches on the face), which should fade after delivery.

If it bothers you, your doc may prescribe a cream with lightening agents to fade the spots. Also common: an itchy rash called PUPPP (pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy), which may show up in the third trimester. If cool baths and moisturizers don’t relive itching, you may need a steroid cream or oral antihistamine.

In middle age, damage done to your skin decades earlier starts to show up. This can include the first signs of skin cancer.

The good news: when caught early, it’s 99 percent treatable. So monthly self-checks for moles or anything suspect are smart. “In front of a mirror, examine your entire body, from your scalp (use a handheld mirror) to the soles of your feet,” advises Jennifer Linder, MD, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco.

Consider a prescription for a retinoid like tretinoin to minimize signs of aging such as uneven skin tone, wrinkles, and age spots, says Bobby Buka, MD, a New York City dermatologist. Dr. Buka also suggests skin-care products with botanicals such as feverfew or licorice root: “They have antioxidant activity to

Your 40s: Erase redness

If you’re plagued by redness, spider-like blood vessels, and small bumps on your face, your derm may diagnose rosacea, a common skin condition often triggered by sun exposure, stress, alcohol, spicy foods, and hot weather. It’s more likely to develop with age, says Laura E. Skellchock, MD, a dermatologist in Boca Raton, Florida.

Experts recommend sensitive-skin products if you’re prone to flare-ups, green-tinted makeup to camouflage redness, and over-the-counter antiredness serums with caffeine, such as First Aid Beauty Anti-Redness Serum ($34; Sephora.com).

Your 40s: Banish problem spots

It’s not uncommon for 40-something women to develop actinic keratosis—dry, red, flaky spots, often on the forehead, cheeks, or nose, Dr. Goldenberg says. Another result of sun damage, they can become cancerous if not removed, so see your doc ASAP if you think you may have one.

Two other common (and often similar-looking) problem spots: seborrheic keratosis (warty, yellow-brown growths, usually on the back and chest) and skin tags (often on the eyelids, underarms, neck, or groin). These two may look unpleasant, but they’re benign and can also be removed in the doctor’s office.

Your 50s+: Quench the thirst

As your estrogen level drops and oil production decreases, skin can get thinner, drier, and often itchier. Bathing too often, with water that’s too hot, or with harsh or excess soap, can make things worse. Hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid gland), which becomes more common over age 50, can also cause overly dry, itchy skin, so see your doc to rule it out if you have other common symptoms such as fatigue, depression, unexplained weight gain, or muscle aches.

Your 50s+: Love your legs

Roughly half of all women over 50 have a few varicose or spider veins (enlarged blood vessels visible on the skin), usually on the legs. Gravity, aging, and genetics all play a role, but women who are on their feet a lot are at greater risk. Fixes include sclerotherapy (sealing off the veins) and laser treatments.

Varicose or spider veins very rarely indicate a circulatory problem, but if one becomes swollen, warm, red, or tender, or if a rash or sore develops near it, see a doctor to rule out a dangerous blood clot. To help keep spider and varicose veins at bay, avoid sitting with legs crossed for long periods of time, exercise regularly, and maintain a healthy weight.

Five life hacks for healthy skin

Guest writer for Dr. Kwang: By Hannah Nichols

Skin is the body's largest organ. When healthy, its layers work hard to protect us. But when it's compromised, the skin's ability to work as an effective barrier is impaired. We have therefore found the best ways to improve skin health to support it in maintaining its protective role.

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With a few simple alterations to your skincare routine, you could have radiant-looking skin in no time.

Your skin is the window to your body that reveals the stories of your life. From acne breakouts during your teenage years to the radiant glow of pregnancy and the sunspots of aging, both your age and your health are reflected in your skin.

Skin has many functions, making it the ultimate multitasker of the human body. Its most important role is being the first line of defense between our bodies and the outside world, protecting us from bacteria, viruses, and pollution and chemical substances that we encounter in the workplace and at home.

Skin regulates body temperature, maintains fluid balance, and controls moisture loss. It also acts as a barrier and shock absorber, recognizes pain sensations to alert us to danger, and protects us against the sun's harmful ultaviolet (UV) rays.

Many factors impact your skin. Genetics, aging, hormones, and conditions such as diabetes are internal factors that affect the skin. Some of these you cannot influence, but there are many external factors that you can.

External influencers such as unprotected sun exposure and washing too frequently or with water that is too hot can damage skin. An unhealthful diet, stress, a lack of sleep, not enough exercise, dehydration, smoking, and particular medications can all impact the skin's ability to operate as an effective protective barrier.

Here are Medical News Today's skin health tips to help you banish wrinkles, get a radiant glow, and keep your skin supple and soft all year around.

1. Eat a healthful diet

There is a multibillion-dollar industry dedicated to products that keep your skin looking its best, and which claim to fight signs of aging. But moisturizers only go skin deep, and aging develops at a deeper, cellular level.

What you eat is as important as the products that you put on your skin. Your diet could improve your skin health from the inside out, so a clear complexion begins with eating a healthful diet.

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Here are some foods that have been acknowledged by research as being skin-healthy.

Mangoes contain compounds with antioxidant properties. These compounds help to protect components of the skin, such as collagen.

Tomatoes have skin cancer-prevention benefits. One study in mice revealed that daily tomato consumption decreased the development of skin cancer tumors by 50 percent after UV light exposure.

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Consuming tomatoes on a daily basis may help to protect against skin cancer.

Research has shown that incorporating tomato paste into your meals may help to protect against sunburn. After 10 weeks, people who consumed 40 grams of tomato paste per day had 40 percent less sunburn than the control group.

Lycopene, the pigment responsible for giving tomatoes their deep red color, is thought to play a role in the protective effect of tomatoes against UV damage.

Olive oil is associated with a lower risk of severe facial photoaging — that is, cumulative damage to the skin that includes wrinkles, dark spots, and discoloration, which result from long-term sunlight exposure.

Cocoa flavanols found in dark chocolate may improve the structure and function of skin. Scientists discovered that cocoa flavanols decreased roughness and scaling on skin, increased skin hydration, and helped to support the skin's defenses against damage from UV rays.

Green tea has been tied to many skin benefits. Compounds found in green tea called polyphenols rejuvenate dying skin cells, which suggests that they may be useful for healing wounds or certain skin conditions.

It has shown promising results as a potential treatment for skin conditions such as psoriasis and dandruff. Patches of dry, flaky, and red skin often feature in these conditions — usually as a result of inflammation and the overproduction of skin cells. Green tea may slow down the production of skin cells and suppress inflammation.

White tea has anti-cancer and anti-aging properties. One study indicates that some ingredients in white tea may protect the skin from oxidative stress and immune cell damage.

Kale is one of the best sources of lutein and zeaxanthin. Lutein and zeaxanthin may protect against light-induced skin damage, especially from UV rays.

Omega-3 found in oily fish, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds or oils such as linseed oil and corn oil may prevent dryness and scaling of the skin.

Soy may help to improve crow's feet skin wrinkles that appear at the outer corner of the eyes in menopausal women.

Never rely on foods to protect you from the sun. To protect yourself from sun exposure, always use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, seek shade between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and wear clothing that covers your skin and a wide-brimmed hat.

Calorie restriction diet

Research has demonstrated in mice that reducing calorie intake slows down the cellular aging process. This finding could prove to be an anti-aging strategy to test in humans in the future.

Scientists found that reducing the number of calories consumed by 35 percent had an impact on aging inside a cell. Cutting calories caused the cell's protein makers, called ribosomes, to slow down, and the aging process also to decelerate.

This decreased speed not only lowered the production of ribosomes, but it also gave them time to repair themselves and keep the entire body functioning well.

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Other early research has shown that allantoin — a compound found in many anti-aging face creams — mimics the effect of calorie restriction diets and increases lifespan by more than 20 percent. The elixir of life could be hiding in your bathroom cabinet.

Unfortunately, this research has so far only been conducted in worms. It may, however, eventually pave the way for new longevity pathways to explore in humans.

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Cutting your intake of alcohol could lower your risk of developing non-melanoma skin cancers. Research uncovered that higher alcohol intake was associated with a higher risk of developing basal cell carcinoma and cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma.

Researchers discovered that for each 10-gram increase in consumption of alcohol per day, the risk of basal cell carcinoma rose by 7 percent and the risk of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma rose by 11 percent.

2. Keep stress in check

Have you ever noticed that right before an important event, an unsightly pimple appears on your face? Well, scientists have identified some links between stress levels and skin problems.

In a study of college students, those who experienced high stress levels were more likely to experience skin issues such as:

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Using stress reduction techniques could help to keep your skin looking fresh and clear.

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flaky, oily, or waxy patches on the scalp

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Other research showed that teenagers who reported high stress levels were 23 percent more likely to have severe acne.

The researchers suspect that stress increases the quantity of sebum, which is the oily substance that blocks pores. This, in turn, leads to greater acne severity.

Reducing your stress levels may lead to clearer skin. If you think that stress is having an impact on your skin, try stress reduction techniques such as tai chi, yoga, or meditation.

3. Keep moisture in the skin

Skin moisturizers keep the top layer of skin cells hydrated and seal in moisture. Moisturizers often contain humectants to attract moisture, occlusive agents to retain moisture in the skin, and emollients to smooth the spaces between skin cells.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends the following ways to keep moisture in and prevent dry, red, and itchy skin:

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Moisturize your skin immediately after getting out of the shower to lock in moisture.

Take one 5- to 10-minute shower or bath per day. Excessive washing can strip away the oily layer of the skin and dry it out.

Use warm water instead of hot water.

Minimize the use of harsh soaps. Use a gentle and fragrance-free cleanser.

Stay away from abrasive scrub brushes, bath sponges, and washcloths that can damage the skin's surface.

Pat skin gently dry with a towel.

Moisturize immediately after washing. To trap in moisture, ointments, lotions, and creams need to be applied within minutes of drying off.

Use ointments or creams rather than lotions in order to minimize irritation.

Never scratch the skin. Cold compresses and moisturizers should help to control itching.

Wear non-irritating clothes. When wearing clothing made from wool or other rough materials, wear silk or cotton underneath.

Use hypoallergenic laundry detergent.

Avoid getting too close to fireplaces and other heat sources that can dry out skin.

Switch on a humidifier in the winter to replenish moisture in the skin's top layer.

Contact your dermatologist if these simple changes do not bring relief from dry skin. They can provide targeted treatment for your specific skin complaint.

4. Quit smoking

Smoking ages facial skin and skin located in other body areas. Smoking narrows the blood vessels found in the outer layer of the skin, which reduces blood flow and exhausts the skin of the nutrients and oxygen it needs to remain healthy.

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Qutting smoking can improve your skin health and prevent smoking-related wrinkles from forming.

Collagen and elastin give the skin its strength and elasticity. Smoking may reduce the natural elasticity of the skin by causing the breakdown of collagen and reduction of collagen production.

Furthermore, the repetitive expressions that are made when smoking — such as pursing the lips — can contribute to wrinkles on the face.

If you currently smoke, the best thing that you can do for your skin health is quit. You can visit Smokefree.gov, an initiative from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), for information about quitting smoking.

5. Get your beauty sleep

Getting your beauty sleep will banish those dark circles around your eyes and improve your skin tone, and, best of all, it is free.

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Getting the recommended hours of sleep could do wonders for your complexion.

The National Sleep Foundation recommend that adults sleep for between 7 and 9 hours every day. Sleeping for under that amount of time could be detrimental to your health — and your skin, in particular.

Chronic sleep deprivation is known to be linked with obesity, immune deficiency, diabetes, and cancer, but research has shown that sleep quality may also have a significant impact on skin function and aging.

People classed as poor sleepers had increased signs of premature skin aging and a decreased ability for their skin to repair itself at night from environmental stressors such as sun exposure.

During deep sleep, your body enters repair mode and regenerates skin, muscles, and blood and brain cells. Without adequate sleep, your body is unable to produce new collagen. Collagen prevents your skin from sagging.

Try to get an early night and sleep for a full 7 hours to look your best.

Keeping your skin healthy and young does not necessarily mean breaking the bank by purchasing expensive creams and lotions; by following these simple steps, you can make dull and lifeless skin glow.

Signs of Healthy (And Unhealthy) Skin

Most of the time, we go about our skin care routines never dealing with much more than an errant zit or dry patch. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it, right? But because not all ailments are always vividly visible to the naked eye, your skin may not be as healthy as you presume it is. Your skin is your largest organ, and the one that reflects your overall well-being. Here are the vital signs to check if you feel your skin may be crying SOS—or you just want to know where you stand!

Consistent Color.

The consistency of color in your skin is more of a tell-tale sign than the color itself. Any blotchy spots, light-colored, dark, or red spots, and any dark circles under your eyes are signs that your skin is a little worse for the wear. Lots of things can be the culprit—probably most notably, hyper-pigmentation. Blotchiness can be brought on by a slew of things, most frequently a bad reaction to an allergen or cosmetic ingredient. However, even your mood can cause skin blotches. Consider it the SOS of blushing—anxiety can manifest on your skin in hives or blotches. Considering your skin does most of its express regeneration while you’re sleeping, getting more of that will definitely do your skin some good.

Smooth Texture.

Closely related to consistency of color, the texture of healthy skin should be mostly smooth to the touch. If you have things like acne, white/blackheads, or tiny bumps called millia, your skin is probably really congested. Try to include a form of chemical exfoliation like using a toner with AHAs in it after cleansing to slowly melt the gunk clogging your pores. Since your skin absorbs whatever you put on it, you want to make sure those pathways are nice and clean.

General dullness in your skin’s texture and lack of “glow” could also be attributed to diet (and sleep). Your gut is a huge part of skin care, so whatever you eat generally feeds your skin—so feed it good stuff!

Hydration Levels.

We go through it every winter—the tightness and dry, flaky patches. If you battle those every season, however, it could mean that your skin is super thirsty. Despite popular belief, drinking lots of water doesn’t really benefit your skin that much, since water goes mostly to your inner organs first before reaching your skin. What you should do is opt for a smart moisturizer–doesn’t have to be heavy, just full of hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid.

Alternatively, your skin care products could also be contributing the dryness. Try making a scrunchy face after cleansing and drying your face. If it immediately feels tight, you’re probably using too much cleanser.

Weird Sensations.

Healthy skin feels like you’re wearing nothing at all. It’s just there, sitting on your face. If you become aware of your skin because it itches, pulls, stings, or burns, that’s a surefire sign that something is up. First assumption is usually that something you’re putting on your face is the cause of those weird sensations. If you haven’t introduced anything new into your skin care, the next culprit could be the environment–windburn, extreme cold, or sun. If there are visible spots and rashes to go along with the itching or burning, it could also be a skin condition like eczema or psoriasis. Internal signs can manifest on your skin in this way too, like liver malfunctions, vitamin deficiencies, and conditions like diabetes. Don’t panic! If the discomfort doesn’t go away after a few days and you’re sure nothing you’re putting on it is the cause, then definitely call up your doc. This is one of those signals your skin sends when something potentially much deeper is the root of the problem.

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8 Quick Beauty Boosts for Dry Skin and Hair

Menopause can zap moisture from your normally healthy locks and well-hydrated complexion. Here's how to get it back.

By Jennifer Acosta Scott  Medically Reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH 

 

You may know to be prepared for hot flashes and night sweats when they hit menopause, but you may not know that falling estrogen levels can also affect the health of your skin and hair. According to the North American Menopause Society, collagen loss begins early but is most rapid in the first few years of menopause, leading to dry, flaky skin and lackluster locks.

“Estrogen helps keep things hydrated and plump and youthful-looking,” says Alicia Stanton, MD, an obstetrician-gynecologist in Hartford, Conn., and the author of Hormone Harmony. “When estrogen levels drop during menopause, the skin gets more wrinkled and dry, and in some women, it can even be itchy.” This is because oil glands in the skin shrink after menopause, and less is secreted.

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Nourishing your skin and hair from the inside and protecting them on the outside will go a long way toward easing these menopause symptoms.

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Have your thyroid checked. Levels of thyroid hormone can decrease in menopausal women, which can also contribute to dry skin and hair. In fact, Dr. Stanton says, women who begin developing dryness should consult their doctor about having their thyroid function tested. Dry skin is a symptom of hypothyroidism, a potentially dangerous condition caused by low levels of thyroid hormone in the body.

Boost your intake of vitamins and minerals. Once medical causes for dry hair and skin have been ruled out, a few simple changes can often help relieve the dryness. Getting adequate levels of nutrients through a well-balanced diet and a multivitamin (or supplements that are approved by your doctor) may just give your body the boost it needs to get your hair and skin back on track.

Ban the tobacco. Tobacco use also reduces estrogen levels in a woman’s body, so quitting smoking may have a positive effect. “If you need another reason to stop smoking, that could be a good one,” Stanton says.

Baby your complexion. Topical treatments for dry skin and hair abound, but you don’t have to splurge on expensive brands. The key is to look for certain ingredients on the label. Skin products containing vitamins A and C, for example, can improve skin due to their antioxidant effects, while creams with collagen (a naturally-occurring substance that keeps skin firm) may help keep skin youthful-looking. For severely dry skin, seek out moisturizers with lactic acid or urea. “You don’t have to spend a ton of money,” Stanton says. “Many of my patients do fine with over-the-counter treatments.”

Soothe your scalp. If dry scalp is a problem, consider using a shampoo that contains zinc or selenium, ingredients that reduce dandruff for some people. Dry hair may also get a boost from a deep conditioner. Be sure to limit how often you shampoo and use your blow dryer and other damaging heat appliances. Whenever you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors, treat your hair to a protective leave-in conditioner with zinc oxide and wear a hat; both will help your hair retain moisture.

Protect your hands. If you plan to be outside in cold weather, make sure you wear gloves — dry winter air can rob your hands of even more moisture. In the summertime, wear sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher — overexposure to the sun can make you more prone to dry skin, not to mention wrinkles and age spots.

Relax. If you really want to go the extra mile to combat dry skin and hair, try relaxing. Stress can lower your body’s levels of estrogen and thyroid hormone, Stanton says. Take time out of every day to unwind, and you may just be rewarded with a better complexion and healthier-looking hair. “Yoga and tai chi can relieve stress, and that can help your estrogen and thyroid levels,” Stanton says. “Things that allow you to decompress a little can provide some benefit.”

Hydrate from the inside. Finally, drink more water. Your skin can't get hydrated if the rest of you isn't. It’s an easy enough thing to do, but something that many women neglect during their busy day.

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Genetics play a role in almost everything, including dry hair and skin. It is not uncommon to get eczema, thin or dry hair, and brittle, dry nails from a relative. Environmental exposure is the number one cause of dry skin, although aging can negatively affect skin and hair, according to the Mayo Clinic. Nevertheless, dry skin and hair can also be symptomatic of underlying health issues.

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Menopause

 

Women going through perimenopause or menopause experience many changes in skin and hair. They experience a drop in estrogen and other reproductive hormones, as well as collagen, which contributes to dry skin and hair loss. With the loss of hormones, oil glands are not as inclined to produce, and skin becomes dry and wrinkled.

Excessive testosterone levels cause hair loss and unwanted hair growth on other parts of the body. It is important to discuss all symptoms with your health care practitioner in order to rule out other medical conditions.

Hypothyroidism

 

The thyroid gland is known as the weight regulator. Hypothyroidism slows down the production of thyroid hormone, which affects the metabolism and can lead to weight gain. Women over 50 are at increased risk for hypothyroidism. Symptoms include dry skin and thin, dry, brittle hair, as well as fatigue, depression and increased sensitivity to cold temperatures.

Laboratory tests are run to determine the level of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) in the blood. If needed, synthetic medications are prescribed in order to stimulate the thyroid. Symptoms of hypothyroidism typically dissipate with treatment.

Environmental Exposures

 

Before heading to the doctor, you may want to evaluate your lifestyle and the skin and hair products you use. Harsh soaps, hot water and detergents are drying because they strip water, lipids and oils from the hair and skin. Excessive blow-drying will leave the hair thirsty, too.

The skin is driest in cold weather because of reduced humidity. Sun exposure during warmer months damages collagen and elastin fibers, creating wrinkles and sagging skin. Heating and cooling your home can also reduce the humidity in the air and dry out your skin and hair.

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Having a bad hair day?
Dry hair could mean more than bad weather…
Are you having a bad hair day? It may be worse than you think.Chances are you will experience dry hair at some point in your life. You may even suffer from dry hair on a daily basis.The type of hair you have, your lifestyle, and how you style your hair all play a part in what causes dry hair. What you may not know is dry hair could also be a sign of serious health trouble.

The average person has roughly 100,000 hairs on their head. Each hair shaft has three layers. With healthy hair, the scales of the cuticle, or outer layer, lie flat and overlap tightly so that the inner layers are well protected.

But when your hair is damaged, the scales separate and are no longer able to protect the inner layers. Oil and moisture escapes your hair, which causes dry hair that looks dull and breaks easily. Your hair loses desirable sheen and soft texture.

Dry hair can come and go due to outside influences. How well you care for your hair from the time it emerges from the root plays a role in how healthy it looks.

External Causes of Dry Hair

#1: Excessive Hair Care Habits - Hair care habits like excess shampooing strip away elements that keep your hair moist. Hair dyes and perm treatments that expose your hair to harsh chemicals also have disastrous effects on your locks. The overuse of heat through blow dryers, curling irons, and electric curlers only intensifies dry hair.

#2: Environmental Exposure - Extreme temperatures can affect the texture of your hair. If you live in an area with extreme heat or extreme cold then your hair might become brittle. Constant exposure to the sun and wind can cause dry hair. Chlorine is murder on your hair so be careful when swimming in chlorinated swimming pools. Plus be aware your local water supply may contain a high mineral content which is known to dry out hair.

Fortunately, external causes of dry hair are often easily corrected. Of course, start with prevention first: Cut down the use of heat and chemicals on your hair. Stay away from harsh shampoos and wear a cap when swimming. Use a shower filter if you have hard water at home. And cover your head when you’re in the sun for prolonged periods.

In addition, try these natural dry hair treatments:

Oil Massage – Combine coconut oil, crushed almond, and lemon juice. Warm the mixture and massage it on your scalp. Cover your head with a warm towel for about half an hour then wash your hair.

Vinegar – Try this homemade conditioner to add moisture to your hair. Combine half a cup of vinegar and two cups of water. Apply it after shampooing then thoroughly rinse out after a few minutes.

Eggs & Milk – Mix two eggs and a little milk with a squeeze of lemon juice and bit of coconut oil. Apply to your scalp and hair. Leave in for an hour to nourish your hair and give it vitamin support. Then wash your hair with a mild shampoo.

Avocado and Banana – Combine a small overripe banana with avocado and olive oil. Spread mixture into your hair and leave in for an hour to repair and restore hair effectively. Rinse out with warm water.

Mayonnaise - Apply one tablespoon onto your hair and rub it into your scalp. Work the mayonnaise into your hair from the root to tip, then cover your hair with a plastic cap. Wait around 30 minutes then rinse thoroughly.

Internal Causes of Dry Hair

Age and menopause cause changes in the amount of hormones produced in the body. Common side effects include dry hair or even hair loss. Pregnancy also affects hormone levels and can result in dry hair until the pregnancy ends and hormones stabilize.

If you struggle for an extended time with an illness, you may develop dry hair. Cancer patients undergoing conventional treatment often experience dry hair due to the medications and therapies used.

But you should know that dry hair itself can be the symptom of an undiscovered disease. When accompanied by dry skin, brittle nails or other hair problems, it could be a sign of overall nutritional deficiency or disease. Dry hair marks all of these medical conditions:

#3: Malnutrition – Malnutrition is the condition that occurs when your body doesn’t get enough nutrients. An inadequate diet, problems with digestion or absorption, and certain medical conditions can all play a factor. Many are surprised that malnutrition causes dry hair, but it ranks right up there with heat and chemical damage.

A well-balanced diet can usually prevent malnutrition but remember most factory-farmed foods and even many organic foods are now grown in nutrient-depleted soil so you may need to supplement just to reach a minimal level of nutrition.

#4: Anorexia Nervosa – Anorexia is an eating disorder that causes people to lose more weight than is considered healthy, leading to nutritional deficiency. Dry hair and skin are early symptoms of anorexia.

Recognizing you have an issue is a necessary first step towards implementing a diet that contains the nutrients necessary to regain luster and shine in your hair if this is the underlying cause behind your dry care. Seek help from your healthcare professional or support group if you struggle with proper eating.

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#5:  Menkes Syndrome - Menkes syndrome (also called Steely hair disease, Menkes kinky hair syndrome and Kinky hair disease) is an extremely serious disease caused by a gene defect. This defect prevents the cells in your body from properly absorbing copper. Low copper levels affect the structure of bone, skin, hair, blood vessels and nerve function. Dry hair is only one minor but notable symptom of Menkes.

Being a genetic disorder, Menkes syndrome runs in families and those affected typically do not survive past their first few years. If you have an infant or toddler with notably dry, brittle and kinky hair, unusual irritability and pudgy, rosy cheeks you should contact your pediatrician to rule out Menkes syndrome.

#6: Hypoparathyroidism - The parathyroid glands help control calcium use and removal by the body. Hypoparathyroidism is an endocrine disorder in which the parathyroid glands in the neck do not produce enough parathyroid hormone. The disorder can occur due to injury to the parathyroid glands during head and neck surgery. Symptoms include dry hair and skin, cataracts, muscle cramps and muscle spasms.

#7: Hypothyroidism - The butterfly-shaped thyroid gland, located in the front of your neck, produces a hormone that controls the way your body processes proteins and energy. Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid fails to produce enough of the hormone. Dry hair is only one physical change that affects patients with this condition. Other symptoms include obesity, fatigue, depression, weakness, and joint or muscle pain.

If your thyroid is a concern, there are several key nutrients and other natural supplements like specific amino acids and electrolytes that can help trigger your thyroid to begin functioning better again. Schedule a Wellness Consultation with Dr. Rispoli and get the help you need now.

Other Early Warning Signs

As you can tell, dry hair can act as an early warning system of major trouble. Paying attention to the symptoms of dry hair you have can help you take early action to protect yourself from dangerous conditions… but it’s not the only window into your body’s health.

Similar to dry hair, the health of your nails and tongue are also related to your overall health. So after you check out your hair, check out these other important articles that provide additional important health warnings:

8 Health Warnings Your Fingernails May Be Sending

5 Health Warnings to Watch for on Your Tongue

Call to set up a nutritional consultation so that tests can be performed and a comprehensive strategy of lifestyle, dietary modification and nutrient supplementation can be implemented to aid you in reversing this disorder.

Teresa Rispoli has her Ph.D. in Nutrition, is a licensed Acupuncturist and clinical researcher. She has been in practice for well over 25 years. It is through her clinical practice that she has gained insights into chronic health conditions. If you are suffering from unexplained symptoms that come and go you owe it to yourself to find out why. Find out today call for a Nutritional Consultation with Dr. Rispoli.

Your happiness is a reflection of your health call today For an appointment, contact her office at (800) 956-7083 or (818) 707-3125.

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The information herein is not intended as diagnosis, treatment or a cure. Should you have a medical condition please seek the advice of your medical doctor.

 

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