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Video:Tips to Care for Your Skin, Hair and Nails

with Dr. Debra Jaliman

Your skin, nails and hair all require special care in order to look and feel as healthy as possible. To that end, here's a video with professional tips on caring for your hair, nails and skin.See Transcript

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Transcript:Tips to Care for Your Skin, Hair and Nails

Hi, this is Dr. Debra Jaliman, a board certified dermatologist in New York City and author of "Skin Rules," and I'm here today for About.com to talk about your skin, hair and nails.

Wear Sunscreen to Protect Skin

One of the things I always tell people that's so important is to wear SPF 30 every day, and it's so important to use a broad spectrum sunscreen. And what does that mean, "broad spectrum suncreen"? You want to wear one that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. It's very easy to find one. Just look for ingredients that contain either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. If you don't wear a broad spectrum sunscreen, you may be blocking the burning rays, but you won't necessarily be blocking the rays that cause the brown spots, the red spots, the uneven pigment and some of those unfortunate wrinkles that we all get.

Use Skin Products With Retinol

The other thing you can do for your skin is look for a product that has retinol in it. Retinols help to reverse some of the aging changes and some of the sun damage that all of us have gotten when we haven't worn our sunscreens. The other products you can use at night to reverse aging changes are peptides, as well as antioxidants.

Have Moles Checked by a Dermatologist

The other thing you want to do is get to know your moles. You want to know your moles so that if they start to change, if you start to see changes in them, you'll be aware of them, and you can go to your dermatologist and get a check. It's very important for everybody to get a yearly skin check. Make sure you go to a board certified dermatologist to have all your moles checked and make certain that you do it once a year.

Special Nail Care

The other thing is, if you're somebody that goes to a salon and gets a manicure or a pedicure, make certain to bring your own tools. Even if you go to a fancy salon, I often see people coming back with infections both in their nails and in the area around the nails. So, if you can do that, you can prevent a lot of infections and save yourself a lot of aggravation.The other thing you may want to do is take biotin. We know that biotin is a B vitamin that helps strengthen the nails. You can increase your nail strength by 22% just by taking a simple B vitamin supplement like biotin, which you can just get at your health food store.

Increase Hair Diameter

The other thing you may want to do is to take biotin to increase the hair diameter. Alot of people are concerned about their hair and worrying about hair loss, and even though it won't increase the number of hairs you have, it will increase the thickness of each hair that you have. So, pretty nice to get a little thicker head of hair.

So, those are some of my tips. If you need more information, go to About.com.

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