15 Aug 2019

Healthy Hair, Skin & Nails

Who doesn’t like to look beautiful? The look-good feel-good factor is known to us all! Whether you have a wedding, christening, holiday or another occasion is on the horizon, we can help you look good and feel good. By supporting your beauty and nutritional needs we can enhance your preparation for any life event. At Hickey’s Pharmacy, we offer a range of beauty products and nutritional supplements to meet all your hair and skin needs daily.

Healthy Hair

Hair loss and its causes

Hair loss can happen at any stage in varying severities. Factors affecting hair loss can include stress, medications, cancer treatments, genetics, thyroid/autoimmune or hormonal issues (pregnancy or menopause), and surgical or cosmetic procedures or over styling. Alopecia is thought to have hereditary and autoimmune factors (where the body mistakenly attacks itself).

Women may lose hair following childbirth or while in menopause. Women who have hormonal imbalances can have hair loss. Aside from genetic male pattern baldness, men can lose hair as their hormonal composition changes with age. Hair loss is caused by your follicles’ response to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT).

Diet for healthy hair and skin

A healthy diet can help your hair stay strong and shiny and support your skin. What you eat can also keep you from losing your locks. If you’re not getting certain nutrients from food, you might see the effects in your hair and skin.

Essential fatty acids, especially omega-3s, play a key role in the health of your skin, hair, and nails. You should eat some of these foods, which are rich in omega-3, every day:

  • Salmon, tuna, mackerel, and other fatty fish

  • Flaxseed oil

  • Walnuts and almonds

Vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid are also important to your hair. Vegetarians and vegans often don’t get enough of them. Foods with B6 include bananas, potatoes (both white and sweet), and spinach. Major sources of B12 include meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products. You can get folic acid with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, especially citrus fruits and tomatoes. Whole-grain and fortified-grain products, beans, and lentils also have it.

Protein is also critical for keeping your hair skin and nails healthy, but many people don’t get enough. Lean meats like fish and chicken, eggs, and soy products are good sources. Eat one serving every day.

Because trace minerals like iron, magnesium, zinc, and biotin also affect hair, it’s a good idea to take a daily multivitamin or one of the supplements below.

Vitamin D stimulates hair follicles, so a deficiency may lead to hair loss. There is some evidence that having a vitamin D deficiency does cause hair loss and other hair problems. Vitamin D stimulates hair follicles to grow, and so when the body does not have enough, the hair may be affected.

Although your diet is essential for healthy hair and skin you can supplement it with our range of complementary therapies and supplements.

Products & Supplements to help with hair and skin

Revive Beauty Complex

Revive is our hero product for anyone seeking the goodness from within to improve their skin and hair health. It is a loved product amongst brides to be or anyone planning for a special occasion.

Revive beauty complex has a unique blend of natural ingredients formulated to contribute to normal collagen formation for the normal function of skin, it protects cells from oxidative stress, it maintains normal nails & hair and helps with normal skin & hair pigmentation. It contains vitamins C and E, selenium, Marine collagen, phytoceramides and hyaluronic acid.

Beauty Complex comes in a convenient powder sachet, just add to your morning smoothie or pop it in your bag for on-the-go simplicity. It has no artificial colours, flavours, preservatives or sugar and is naturally sweetened with Stevia. It has a tasty orange and pineapple flavour and can be taken any time of the day. Beauty Complex comes in a 21 day supply (Per box) we recommend taking Beauty Complex every day for 9 weeks to allow your skin time to absorb the collagen, phytoceramides & hylauronic acid which will transform your skin. After 9 weeks, a maintenance dose of 1 sachet every other day will allow your skin to stay hydrated & healthy. Always check with one of our trained staff if you are taking medication or have any other medical conditions.

Viviscal Range

Viviscal maintains normal healthy hair growth from within. Viviscal supplements contain AminoMar C - a scientifically formulated marine protein complex, Biotin and Zinc, Vitamin C, Niacin, Iron, and Millet Seed. It is recommended to take this supplement for 3 to 6 months for maximum benefit.

For best results the Viviscal tablets should be used with the shampoo and conditioner.

Regaine extra strength to maintain hair growth

Regaine Extra Strength 5% contains the active ingredient minoxidil and is suitable for adult women & men between 18 and 65 years of age. It is clinically proven to reverse the progression of hereditary hair loss. It is unscented, easy to apply and dries quickly. It works by increasing the blood supply to the hair follicles which helps to strengthen existing hair and stimulate secondary hair growth.

  • It may take at least 2 to 4 months of a twice a day treatment before results are seen. Onset and degree of hair growth may be variable among patients.

  • In the absence of any clear response in men, the treatment should be discontinued after 12 months (8 months in women).

  • Always check with the Pharmacist if you are on other medications or have any other medical conditions.

Perfectil Range

The Perfectil range offers a variety of options to supplement health hair, skin and nails depending on your specific requirements. Ask in store for more options. The main product to support all needs is Perfectil Max.

Perfectil Max offers a triple active support for skin hair and nails. Perfectil Max complements your daily beauty regime. Our skin, hair and nails all require specific vitamins and nutrients. Perfectil Max works by delivering nourishment through the bloodstream, so works ‘from within’.

For Skin Health

The formula includes nutrients targeted specifically at skin health including:

  • Biotin, zinc, iodine, riboflavin (vit.B2) and niacin (vit.B3) which contribute to the maintenance of normal skin

  • Copper contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress and contributes to normal skin pigmentation

  • Vitamin C contributes to normal collagen formation for the normal function of skin.

  • Other ingredients include Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil and Omega-6 fatty acids from Starflower and Blackcurrant Seed oil, Lutein, Co-enzyme Q10 and Lycopene extract all which support your skin.

For Hair Health

The changes which occur to our hair as we age are due to the factors such as inadequate diet, stress, hair styling and lifestyle. Perfectil Max includes:

  • Selenium and zinc which contribute to the maintenance of normal hair

  • Copper which contributes to normal hair pigmentation

For Nail Health

Perfectil Max includes nutrients specifically targeted at nail health including:

  • Extra selenium which contributes to the maintenance of normal nails

  • Copper which contributes to the maintenance of normal connective tissue

  • Also includes Horsetail Botanical extract and MSM

In addition to supporting skin, nail and hair health it acts as a multivitamin to support all round general health and wellbeing. Vitamin C and copper contribute to the normal function of the immune system and iron which contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue. Because Perfectil Max is so comprehensive, there is no need to take an additional multivitamin.

Tips to Prevent Hair Loss

  • Avoid hairstyles that pull on the hairline.

  • Ditch hair tools that use high heat – straightners, curling tongs etc.

  • Be wary of chemical processing- dyes, chemical treatments etc.

  • Use hair products targeted to restore hair growth (Regaine, Viviscal, Bioxsine).

  • Consider a topical medication with consultation with your doctor or pharmacist.

  • Try scalp massage with almond oil.

  • Consider essential oils- coconut oil.

  • Review your diet and nutritional needs.

Want More For your Hair, Skin & Nails?

Our stores offer a further range of beauty products to support the supplements that keep your skin, hair and nails in optimum condition. Call in to our stores to view our ranges such as La Roche-Posay, Dr. Hauschka, Vichy, CeraVe, Skingredients by The Skin Nerd, Pestle & Mortar and many others. Our West St Drogheda and Ballincollig stores carry the exclusive Lancome and Clarins skincare ranges.

Remember to always read the label.