photo: wandering Stephanie
This year the pendulum of winter has swung from bomb cyclone apocalypse to mild spring-time temps. There’s no denying that climate change is making things straight-up weird. This shift doesn’t just affect our psyche (WTF is going on), it also beats up our skin, nails and hair. I, therefore, bestow this gift of winter-madness wellness tips with the hopes that your hair flows, skin glows, and nails are as tough as your baaad self.
1. Eat Clean(er)
It’s easy to get a little side-tracked by pizza, wine, ice cream…must I continue? Unfortunately, these treats can contain gluten and other highly-processed ingredients, which can deprive your body of key nutrients required to grow and rejuvenate your skin, hair, and nails.
Bring your balance back by:
- Including seasonal fruits & veggies in your meals on a regular basis
- Cutting back on sweets – keep that Ben & Jerry’s locked away until Sunday
- Your morning sets the tone for the day – start off with some triple berry Kura shaken with ice water to simultaneously hydrate and kick-start your metabolism
2. Don’t Underestimate Exfoliating
When your skin cells die, they don’t just POOF disappear. They linger. Hopefully, the vision of dead flakey skin cells is the kick in the booty you need to get exfoliating. Here are some of our faves:
- Dry skin brushing (using a bristle brush like this one and brushing from toe to head in a counterclockwise motion)
- Using a sauna to detox the skin and sweat out impurities
- Increasing cardio exercise to promote additional sweating
As for your mane, an easy detox trick is to wash it with apple cider vinegar to help remove chemicals, environmental toxins and build up. Mix the following ingredients* in a glass bottle, pour on wet hair, let it sit for 3-5 minutes, and then rinse:
- ⅛ cup organic apple cider vinegar
- ¾ cup purified water
- 10 drops lemon essential oil
- 10 drops rosemary essential oil
*Recipe adapted from draxe.com
To give your nails some breathing room, we recommend switching to a clean nail polish brand that’s free from these chemicals and alternating the weeks that you wear nail polish.
3. Up Your Mineral Intake
Remember the carb, fat and protein ratio we talked about? The next piece of your nutritional equation is essential minerals like zinc, copper, iodine, selenium, and iron (all found in Kura!). Without them, our hair can become weak, skin becomes cracked, and nails can become thin and brittle. Get on top of this by making sure your diet includes things like:
- Kura Dairy or Plant Protein
- Sunflower seeds
- Greens like kale or spinach
Easier said than done, but the fact of the matter is dry, unhealthy skin, hair, and nails can be a sign that stress is getting the best of you. Prolonged stress can divert the body’s attention away from non-vital areas of growth and function, leaving them depleted and malnourished. Sometimes stress is unavoidable, so control what you can – and that, my friend, is your caffeine intake.
As hard as it is to admit, caffeine can be a big stressor to the body and should be enjoyed in moderation. Instead of that 2pm cup of joe, maybe attend a lunch-time yoga sesh to keep you centered and focused.
Spring might still be a ways out, but that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice your health. Cheers to these little wellness secrets getting you through til April.