Surprisingly quick fixes for dry hair and skin (tried and tested)

Thursday, September 29, 2016 5:13:02 PM Pacific/Auckland

By Kim Bulder, Naturopath & Medical Herbalist

After moving towns recently my skin and hair looked increasingly and inexplicably ravaged - dry, dull and damaged. I was using the same beauty products as always and life was good. What was going on?

Naturally I turned to the internet for answers. After much investigation, I settled on the 3 changes below – I think each one alone would have made a difference, but all 3 together improved the state of my skin and hair immediately. Rarely is anything so simple and so effective, so I though it worthy of sharing…

1. Get a Shower Filter

I am kicking myself for not getting one of these years ago. I’d noticed the strong chlorine odour in the water and limescale build up around taps in my new house. Once I started investigating I discovered the water we bathe in can be wreaking havoc on our skin, hair and health. Good news is a shower filter can solve the problem pretty darn quickly. I bought an inexpensive shower filter to try, and sure enough my hair and skin improved that very day. Plus not showering in toxic chlorine fumes is a massive health bonus.

 2. Sleep on a Silk Pillowcase

Sounds a bit princessy, but this is another simple trick I wish I had tried years ago. Turns out cotton pillowcases absorb moisture and oils from our skin and hair while we sleep, something 100% natural silk doesn’t do. Plus the smoothness of silk prevents friction and skin-creasing. After trialling this for a week I can confirm I wake up looking far less raggedy. And it just feels really nice. Just be sure to use 100% pure silk, the polyester satin stuff will not do (if you’re on a budget or just don’t want to drop $50-$100 on a pillowcase, check out charity shops for pure silk scarves you can fashion into a homemade pillowcase for a few dollars).

 3. Royal Jelly & Manuka Honey

For a double whammy of natural goodness, I’ve been taking Royal Jelly blended with Manuka honey. Admittedly, eating this won’t show skin improvements overnight, but I have also been applying it as a face mask, which definitely leaves my skin feeling softer and plumper.

Manuka honey is a proven favourite for skincare with its healing and hydrating properties, and research shows taking royal jelly may also help with skin aging. Evidence suggests that royal jelly possesses the ability to promote collagen production - a key factor determining whether skin looks young or old. Royal jelly is a natural substance made by worker bees and fed exclusively to the queen bee - sounds like she’s onto something good…



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