While in your teens and twenties, the best thing you can do to assure that you’ll have healthy hair and skin as you get older is to take care of it now. By protecting your hair and skin when you are young, you will be able to prevent
damage that many women experience as they age and their tissues become drier and less elastic. In addition to protecting yourself from the harmful effects of the sun’s rays, feed your hair and skin these products so that you will have a lifetime of healthy tresses and a youthful, glowing complexion.
Moisturize Your Tresses
Regardless of whether your hair is naturally dry, oily, or somewhere in between, keeping it properly moisturized is the key to keeping it healthy, shiny, and beautiful. When strands become dry, they become brittle and are more likely to break off, causing split ends. Dryness also equals dullness, but proper moisturizing will restore hair so that it is shiny and healthy. Shampoos and conditioners containing glycerin work well with normal to oily hair, as the ingredient helps to draw moisture in naturally from the air. For damaged or dry hair, a product containing forms of silicone work well, as the ingredients will help to seal in moisture and prevent further damage.
Protect Your Cuticles
The outside of your hair is covered by a protective coating, the cuticle. The cuticle is somewhat scaly, and both styling and the chemical composition of some hair products will make the scales rougher, preventing them from lying smooth. This affects the texture and look of your hair. To prevent damage to cuticles from styling, use a leave in conditioner before styling, and use a detangler if necessary on wet locks before combing. Because some shampoos, conditioners, and other products can affect the ph balance of your hair and cause a roughening of the cuticles, the use of specific acids, such as lactic acid and azelaic acid, will help to balance the acidity and shrink rough cuticles so that your tresses will lie flat, making your hair smoother and shinier.
Retinoids For Your Skin
Products containing retinoids are great for young skin, and the effects of its use will make your complexion retain its beauty as you age. Retinoids are a derivative of vitamin A, and its use can regenerate collagen, one of the most abundant proteins of tissues. This regeneration can even out your complexion and it is beneficial for clearing pores to prevent whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples. In addition, retinoids have a smoothing effect on tissues, helping to prevent new wrinkles and minimizing the appearance of existing ones.
Alpha Hydroxy Acid
Other ingredients in skin products that will keep you looking beautiful both now and as you age are alpha hydroxyl acids, such as citric acid, malic acid, and glycolic acid. These acids have numerous benefits for the skin due to their ability to gently exfoliate dead cells to reveal newer, younger cells beneath. This provides both a smoother looking complexion and a fresh and healthy glow.