All you have to do is step into any grocery, drug or department store to see that the personal care industry is B-I-G business.
Entire aisles and store sections are devoted to an array of lotions, creams, shampoos, conditioners, cleansers, toners, scrubs, etc.
And the manufacturers of these products know darn well that people are willing to spend copious amounts of money and do practically anything to look good. I swear that a personal care company could bottle used motor oil and market it as a moisturizer!
Now, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to look good! Feeling attractive on the outside can certainly boost confidence and self-esteem, and help lift your mood, among other things.
But what many people don’t realize (and the personal care manufacturers are hoping it stays that way) is that the real key to glowing, smooth skin and shiny, silky hair comes from within.
Sure, personal care products can certainly help improve your appearance to a degree, but the true secret lies within you.
To help you see the connection between your inner health and your outward appearance, let’s start by looking at some…
Fun skin and hair facts
Your skin accounts for about 7 percent of your bodyweight and varies in thickness from about 4/100ths to 16/100ths of an inch.
If you were to "slide out” of your skin and lay it flat on the ground, it would cover about 21 square feet--the size of a twin bed mattress!
Even though it's thin, your skin is made up of 3 layers.
The top one is the epidermis, which is your main protective shield. Your nails are also part of your epidermis, so when we’re talking about skin health, that also includes your nails!
The next layer down is the dermis. New skin cells are born in the dermis and migrate up to the epidermis, plus your oil and sweat glands live in the dermis too.
The boundaries between the epidermis and dermis are not always smooth. For example, in your fingertips these boundaries are studded with bumps and ridges--this is how your fingerprints are created.
Your innermost skin layer--the subcutaneous layer--is below the dermis and binds your skin to your tissues and bone. It’s also where your fat cells reside.
The average full adult head of hair has about 100,000 hairs on the scalp, and each hair lives about 4 years before it falls out.
The roots of your hair lie in the dermis (middle) layer of the skin, but the pits from where your hair grows (the follicles) are in the epidermis.
The visible part of your hair is called the shaft, and shafts come in 3 styles:
- Round shafts produce straight hair.
- Oval shafts produce wavy hair.
- Shafts that are flat like ribbons produce tight, curly hair.
Your hair color comes from cells called melanocytes at the base of the hair follicles. These melanocytes secrete a blend of colors (yellow, red, brown and black) which becomes your hair color.
Unfortunately, melanocytes die off as we age...and our hair turns gray, white or salt-and-pepper.
Makes yours shine and glow!
Here are some very effective ways you can help create smooth, soft skin and shiny, lustrous hair from within:
Take care of your gut
Your gut has a HUGE effect on the health of your body from head to toe, and that includes your skin.
Many skin problems like rashes, dryness, hives and acne are the result of inflammation due to poor digestion, wastes and toxins in your bloodstream and an unhealthy gut microbiome.
And all the fancy personal care products in the world can’t change that.
This is yet another of the growing list of reasons to pamper your gut with fermented foods (like sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha) and take Super Shield multi-strain probiotic formula every day!
Nothing beats Super Shield’s complete blend of 13 robust, healthful probiotic strains when it comes to supporting your gut microbiome, paving the way for better digestion and nutrient absorption (and less gas and bloating!) as well as encouraging strong immune function.
Nourish your skin and hair too
Having a healthy diet of nutritious real foods is a must. Like they used to say in the computer industry, garbage in, garbage out. If you put junk inside of you, trust me, the outside of you will clearly reflect that fact.
Stick to fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, poultry and fish, eggs, real butter, olive oil and coconut oil.
And although all nutrients are important in their own way, the superstars for healthy skin and hair are:
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
If you want to make sure you have those important nutrient bases covered, Super Core multi-vitamin formula is just what you need!
Super Core contains healthful doses of all those nutrients, plus antioxidants which help counteract premature aging from free radicals, and anti-inflammatories which support skin health!
Get enough Omega-3 essential fatty acids
You need proper levels of Omega-3 essential fatty acids to maintain healthy cell membranes--and that includes hair and skin cells!
In addition to eating more fatty fish (like wild salmon) VitalMega-3 fish oil formula can help support your body’s Omega-3 EFA needs.
VitalMega-3 provides a soothing 1,200 mg of pure, pharmaceutical-grade Omega-3 fats in every daily 2-capsule dose.
And in addition to supporting hair and skin health, VitalMega-3 can help encourage lower blood pressure and healthy cholesterol levels too!
Drink enough water
Water provides natural moisture and carries needed nutrients to your skin and hair, and it sweeps away waste products, both of which in turn help keep your skin smooth and clear.
A good place to start is to drink at least eight 8-oz. glasses of filtered water a day.
An easy way to tell if you're drinking enough water is to look in the toilet bowl. Your urine should be relatively clear and very light yellow. If it's opaque and dark yellow (at any time other than first thing in the morning), chances are excellent you need more water.
Get your thyroid tested
Dry skin, hair loss and brittle nails are all signs of low-functioning thyroid (hypothyroidism). See your doctor if you suspect this is an issue for you.
Insist on a TRH Stimulation test (also known as a TRH Challenge test). The go-to TSH test can miss several cases of hypothyroidism, whereas the TRH test is much more sensitive and thorough.
This should be obvious—if you smoke, QUIT.
Nothing will destroy your skin and hair (as well as age you) faster than smoking.
There are many stop smoking programs and aids out there, so pick one and get going.
(Note that I must caution you against resorting to Chantix. Its list of side effects reads like a horror movie script and includes anger, anxiety, nightmares, behavioral changes, panic and suicidal thoughts.)
To help your hair and skin look their very best, in addition to taking care of them on the outside, you need to take care of them from the inside too!
I bet you’ll see a difference very soon.
To your health,