Several lifestyle strategies can help you keep your hair, skin, and nails healthy. Try the following:
Eat enough protein. It’s important to maintain a healthy diet for overall health. But getting 30 percent of your daily calories from protein (preferably lean) can help keep your hair in shape.
Treat them well. Be cautious with hair dye (semipermanent is less damaging than permanent), blow dryers, flat irons, and styles such as tight ponytails. Moreover if you bite your nails, keep them trimmed or consider using a clear, bitter-tasting polish to help you stop. Similarly wear cotton-lined gloves when washing dishes, moisturize hands and nails daily, and use moisturizing soap. Moisturize skin frequently and take short, tepid showers. Additionally run a humidifier in your bedroom or office to keep the air between 30 and 50 percent humidity. If you smoke, work at quitting.
Additionally protect yourself from the sun. Exposure to its UV rays can cause premature wrinkling, sagging, spots, and skin coarsening. Limit sun time and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30 daily.
Consider Rx help. Generally Prescription topicals such as tazarotene and tretinoin creams have been shown to reduce fine-line wrinkles, skin roughness, and sun and age spots. Finally over-the-counter formulations with retinol, retinaldehyde, retinyl esters, and oxoretinoids are also available, though less evidence supports their effectiveness.