Supplements for hair, skin and nails seek to provide nutrients that are believed to help maintain the appearance of body parts most visible to other people. Hair, skin, and nail supplements commonly contain antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, and E, or Coenzyme Q10, as well as biotin, a B-complex vitamin. The minerals manganese and selenium are often found in supplements marketed for healthy hair, along with fatty acids such as fish oil and flaxseed oil. These supplements may be used to fill in nutritional gaps that can result in a deficiency. These supplements may also promote the texture, tone and overall appearance of hair, skin and nails. For example, insufficient intake of vitamins A and E can cause rough, scaly skin patches. A deficiency of biotin may cause eczema and hair loss.
About our integumentary system:
- Skin is made up of several layers of tissue that protects the internal systems of the body from foreign microbes and pathogens. Skin regenerates over a period of 30 days. New skin cells synthesis in the inner layers of skin and gradually push out to the outer layers, fill with proteins to create a hard barrier before flaking off. Skin also plays a role in temperature homeostasis, sensory touch, and the synthesis of vitamin D. Disruptions to healthy skin may affect the normal function of skin.
- Hair is a protein filament made of the fibrous structural protein. Hair is formed by distinct structures, including the follicle and the shaft. These structures are made of cells that are organized in a way that forms the entire fiber (strand) of hair. Disruptions to normal hair growth can affect appearance, hydration and more.
- The human nail covers the end of the fingers