I’m sure most of us have experienced many skin and hair-related issues at multiple points in our lives. We have often stressed over them, attempted to hide them, or sometimes not cared about fixing them at all.
In this blog, I hope to address those issues, but not by marketing Scentora’s products to you. Instead, I hope to talk to you about how you can treat yourself from the inside-out.
THE INSIDE-OUT APPROACH
The inside-out strategy is simply about treating your outward-showing symptoms by analyzing the health of your body and brain.
Never forget that pimples, acne, hair fall, and hair breakage are all symptoms, but they are not the disease itself.
The disease itself lies in the way you eat, drink, and live. And there is no point in fixing the symptoms while ignoring the root cause. You might end up getting those symptoms again.
Now, don’t get me wrong. Certain ingredients used in combination can help reduce acne, hair fall, and the like. And of course, you should be looking for products that can help mitigate the damage.
But they should not be the first or the only aspect to focus on, which is most often the case with the people who approach us. Many want 100% results guaranteed within a specific timeframe and are beyond disappointed when they don’t see the outcomes they crave.
RESPECTING THE BODY AND BRAIN
Holistic self-care is all about this inside-out approach to health. And we at Scentora wholeheartedly embrace this formula of solving skin and hair care issues by targeting the root cause as well as by mitigating the symptoms.
So, we continue our skin and hair care routine, but we also prioritize the following:
Getting Vitamin D -
Sunscreens are necessary when you’re out too much in the sun, but that doesn’t mean we should reject the sun either.
The body produces vitamin D through direct contact with the sun, and this is essential for the skin, hair, and the entire body in general.
Research shows that this sunshine vitamin can help create new hair follicles, enabling hair to grow better. It also contributes to skin cell growth, repair, and metabolism.
So, get your daily dose of sun. Take a 30-minute walk around your neighbourhood when the sun is up, and bask in the fresh air and the sun’s warmth.
Hydrate Yourself -
It goes without saying to keep yourself well-hydrated.
Drink the recommended amount of water every day. You can also up your water intake by consuming more water-rich fruits and vegetables like cucumber, watermelon, tomato, orange, and more.
Up the omegas -
Omega-3 and omega-6 are fatty acids necessary for the body. The skin and hair need these fatty acids, especially omega-3s, to produce the appropriate amount of sebum.
And these omegas are essential since our bodies cannot produce these fatty acids on their own.
So, include some omegas in your diet. Some sources are dark leafy vegetables, flax seeds, chia seeds, walnuts, hemp seeds, soybeans, and nettle seeds.
Reduce stress -
Stress is unavoidable. But that doesn’t mean that stress shouldn’t be managed and mitigated.
While taking a break from work, stretch your muscles, and nudge the brain to engage in any other productive activity that takes you away from your computer or phone.
Also, practice self-care and self-love by taking time out to indulge in your daily skin and hair care routine. You can even treat your muscles to a relaxing massage. Breathing exercises like pranayama, alternate nostril breathing, wim hof routine, etc., are also brilliant for mitigating stress.
The underlying point is to take some time out to reduce and manage stress effectively, in whichever way it works for you.
Having a steady exercise routine helps your skin more than you can imagine.
Exercise and physical activity improve blood circulation while sending more oxygen and nutrients to your skin to make it look healthier and younger.
Yoga, running, and cycling are some great routines to include in your life, both for your physical and mental health.
Cut out toxins -
Respecting the body and brain means that there’s no room for smoking habits, excessive alcohol consumption, or indulging in any other obviously harmful practice.
You can plan a detox and start working on your gut health for a healthy body. Good gut health ensures good digestion, better immunity, and even better skin health.
So, include prebiotics and probiotics in your foods to keep your gut healthy, which in turn keeps your skin healthy.
Scrub and Oil -
Dry skin brushing and body scrubs help to clear out dead skin cells and promotes fresher supplies of nutrients for repair and rejuvenation.
Practice applying oils to your body regularly and wash it off with any earth-friendly powder cleansers.
It is also important to oil your hair regularly to improve hair lustre and for overall hair health.
Balanced diet -
Eat nutrient-rich foods and get health check-ups done. You can even choose to supplement vitamins if required.
- Vitamin C is known to boost collagen production.
- Vitamins C, D, and E are good sources of antioxidants.
- Vitamin A can help maintain and repair skin.
- Vitamin B is essential for the formation of skin, hair, and nail cells, while also helping with tissue regeneration and healing.
So, that’s the tea about the inside-out approach.
Take care of the body from the inside, and choose effective self-care products for your daily skin and hair care routine.
The everyday effort will accumulate to give you better skin and hair health in the long run.
Written by Ambica Gayathri (Co-founder of Scentora)