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How to look absolutely fabulous at any age

Support your hair, skin and nails by working these natural beauty tips into your daily routine.
Dry skin, dull complexion, thinning hair, cracked nails: these are some of the common problems that women in the UK worry about. The worsening haze that surrounds us nowadays may well be taking a toll on our hair, skin and nails, while stress, lack of sleep and not-too-healthy eating habits are culprits, too.

But don’t fret. Here are some natural remedies to common problems women often face.

Hair loss

Many women experience thinning hair and a sensitive scalp. Various factors come into play including: genetics, hormonal imbalances, poor diet and stress. Excessive use of heat-styling tools and chemical treatments, such as hair bonding and perming, can also harm your precious tresses. But there’s help.

Massage your scalp using your fingertips with warm coconut oil an hour before you shampoo. Coconut oil has essential fats, proteins and minerals that condition the scalp and encourage hair growth, while the massaging motion helps increase circulation.

Dull and dry skin

Are you a fan of steamy showers? Consider cutting back on the high temperatures because long, hot showers can strip moisture from your skin. So do harsh, drying soaps and detergents.

To get the glow back into your skin, remember to exfoliate and moisturise diligently. Make a natural exfoliating scrub using lemon juice and sugar to remove skin patches and lighten skin tone. And here’s a tip for foodies: yoghurt also makes an excellent face mask.

If you suspect a lack of sleep and poor diet makes your skin dull and dry, help support the radiance of your skin with a supplement that contains essential vitamins, such as vitamin C that support collagen production. Be like Britain’s Got Talent Judge Alesha Dixon, who says that the hectic schedule of celebrities can be supported with “supplementing our diet with nutrients that we don’t always get from food.” *
Her choice? Swisse Ultiplus Hair Skin Nails, which consumers have given a five-star product rating.

Cracked nails

If your nails easily crack or split, you may need a little extra help from selenium and zinc, both of which help support nail health. Sources of selenium and zinc can be found in everyday foods such as meats, poultry and seafood.

You may also be leaving on nail polish for way too long, or using harsh acetone-based polish removers, which can make your nails brittle.
Always be gentle with your nails and cuticles. Clip and file your nails when they’re wet, and push back cuticles gently with a damp washcloth. For dry, brittle nails, rub on petroleum jelly or a thick hand cream to hold moisture around and under your nails. Cure cracked cuticles by mixing honey and oil, and apply the mixture to your damaged cuticles for five minutes twice a week.

Vitamin supplements formulated for supporting nail health may also help. As Academy Award-winning actress Nicole Kidman shares in an interview with allure.com: “I really believe in taking vitamins and supporting my skin with nutrients from within. My nails are probably the worst part of me – they’re always breaking – so I use Swisse Hair Skin Nails to support my healthy diet.”

*Food supplements are not intended as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.