Can a single supplement restore your hair, skin and nails? Research reveals that majority of hair, skin and nail supplements contain vitamins A, C, E, biotin, manganese and selenium. Insufficient intake of these nutrients may lead to brittle nails, hair loss and dry skin. Should you invest in a hair, skin and nail supplement? Here’s what you need to know in order to glow from the inside out.
We Can’t Stop Nature
Surprisingly, there’s no concrete evidence on the benefits of supplements. Most doctors seem to agree that a supplement of this sort might be unnecessary for a routinely healthy individual. It’s unlikely that any one supplement can treat natural age-related hair loss or nail damage.
Signs of Deficiency
If you find your nails and hair break easily, or you’re having dry flaky skin for no clear reason, it may be time to talk to your doctor about taking a supplement. There are no accurate blood tests to detect biotin deficiency, so trying out a biotin supplement for a few months to see if your hair, skin and nails improve may be beneficial.
Back to Basics
There are things you can do in your everyday life to improve the health of your hair, skin, and nails. Make sure to eat enough protein and healthy fats, wear moisturizer with SPF every day, and avoid excessive heat products to your hair. It’s also always important to limit your time in the sun to avoid wrinkles and skin damage. If you’re a nail biter, try to break the habit with applying a coat of clear nail polish. Don’t jump to conclusions and buy a pricey supplement because it’s marketed to make you look younger or grow your hair longer. Go back to the basics and make sure that you are taking care of your body from the inside out. You’ll find yourself glowing more than ever.
Written by GUADS intern Lindsey with contributions from consumerreports.org