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6 Easy Habits for Healthy Skin and Hair

Great hair and glowing skin aren’t always the result of expensive spa treatments or hours in front of the bathroom mirror. Sometimes making small adjustments to your daily routine can have a big impact on your appearance. Here are six simple hair- and skin-friendly habits that you might want to make your own.

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Dry your hair with a lightweight T-shirt instead of a towel.

Terry cloth can cause breakage and frizz. T-shirts are a gentler way to absorb moisture. This will hep your hair be less frizzy, plus then you won’t need to put any product into your hair. 

 

Hit the cold-button on your hair dryer.

Much like steak continues to cook after you remove it from the grill, if your hair still feels hot after you blow dry it or use your flatiron, it may still be frying. A quick blast of cool air helps prevent heat damage.


 

Nourish your hair with tocotrienols.

The foods you consume – as well as genetics, age and hormones – may influence your hair. Scientists are proving that tocotrienols, a less-common form of vitamin E, may promote hair growth and reduce hair loss. Tocotrienols are powerful antioxidants that can absorb damaging UV light and may repair hair-thinning sun damage on the scalp.

One study found that people who supplemented their diets with tocotrienols had a 34% improvement in hair growth. While tocotrienols can be found in wheat, barley, rye and some other grains, the richest source is tropical palm oil. Be kind to the planet by using only products made with Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil, which has been used for more than 5000 years to enhance natural beauty.

Tocotrienols have 40 to 60 times more antioxidant power than the more common vitamin E form, tocopherols. Most multivitamins and supplements only contain tocopherols because they are more inexpensive to obtain. Healthy Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil can be found in family favorites such as Nutella, Kind Bars and Smart Balance spreads. That’s great news for those of us who want easy ways to boost our tocotrienols intake.


 

Add products made with sustainable palm oil to your pantry and skincare regimen.

Tocotrienols are in palm oil and is a favored ingredient in skin products including anti-aging lotions, foundations and soaps. That’s because it helps restore your body’s natural oils. Tocotrienols also work from the inside out to help restore skin’s natural radiance.

Research has also shown that tocotrienols work wonders on skin by helping to reduce wrinkling and oxidative stress, protecting skin against UVA sun damage, enhancing wound healing, increasing skin’s moisture and elasticity, and promoting a more radiant appearance. These are all beautiful reasons to make sure that your beauty products and pantry shelves contain items made with sustainable Malaysian red palm oil.


 

Limit your exposure to everyday household toxins

Skin can absorb chemicals in cleaning products, so try to avoid direct contact as much as possible by choosing non-toxic brands. And dress up your decor with live plants. Plants are nature’s air filters, helping to rid homes of indoor air pollution.


 

Take short showers

Long exposure to hot water can remove skin’s natural oils. Use warm water and limit bath or shower time. And always choose a gentle cleanser to further preserve your skin’s moisture barrier.

 

Keep in mind that limp, lifeless hair and a sallow complexion may also be signs of an unhealthy lifestyle. Anything you can do to nurture your wellbeing – from limiting sugar and processed foods to consistently getting a good night’s sleep – may also contribute to a naturally healthier appearance that doesn’t require a ton of extra time or money to maintain.

 

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TWL Working Mom

Jennifer is the Owner of TWL Working Moms and Co-Owner of Influential Mamas.  Along with blogging + freelance writing, she is a mom, army wife and full-time teacher. Jennifer lives in Washington State and is a born + raised New Yorker. In her spare time, she loves traveling, yoga, the beach, writing, listening to books and drinking coffee.

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