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General Health - Mother of the Bride - skincare advice

By Corin Evans DipION FdSc MBANT

My daughter is getting married in a couple of months and, obviously, I want to look my best for the wedding! I am 55 years old and think I eat quite healthily, but my hair is looking very dull and lifeless and my skin feels rather dehydrated. Can you recommend some nutritional support for me?

As the mother of the bride, it’s natural to want to look and feel your best on your daughter’s big day, and there are certainly some nutrients worth considering to help you do just that. First of all, aim to drink two litres of water a day, as this is vital to hydrate the whole body, including the skin. Then look at how many essential fats you are getting in your diet from oily fish, nuts and seeds. Being deficient in these crucial fats can result in dry skin and poor hair condition. Supplementing with omega 3 fatty acids is a good idea, but it’s even better to take extra hemp or starflower oil, which contain omega 6 GLA and is excellent at supporting healthy skin and maintaining hydration. 

Sulphur plays an important role in keratin and collagen production, with keratin being the key protein that forms the structure of the hair, and collagen the structure of the skin. Taking MSM in supplement form may be beneficial. Similarly, taking collagen may help maintain healthy skin, and is best taken alongside vitamin C and zinc, which are both important in collagen synthesis. Silicon is also useful, as it is necessary for collagen formation. 

Antioxidant nutrients are essential for healthy skin, as they help protect against oxidative damage. Particularly useful is astaxanthin, a powerful carotenoid that has been shown to help protect collagen fibres from age- accelerated damage, and maintains moisture and elasticity in the skin. 

Indeed, thinning, dull hair and poor skin can be a sign of an under-functioning thyroid gland, so nutrients that support the thyroid, such as tyrosine, zinc, iron and selenium, may also be helpful.

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