We’ve all heard the word Keratin bandied about the beauty world, on everything from hair products to lash lifts, but what is Keratin used for? As it turns out, Keratin, along with good fats are the building blocks for beauty. This article explains more..
What Is Keratin Used For?
Many of us will have heard about Keratin and the different treatment processes that are available in relation to it (many at the hairdresser), but most people have no idea what it actually is and what different types of Keratin are available.
What is Keratin? Essentially it is a strong protein. It’s the protein that builds our skin, teeth, nails, and hair. While it cannot compete with products such as those from Advance Whitening in terms of giving you a pearly white smile, it can be used as part of your weekly routine to help with overall health in these areas.
An array of different types of Keratin are available. For instance, you can get a hard and obstinate type of Keratin, and also a soft and delicate Keratin for your skin. Given that Keratin is made from amino acids it all depends on the different types and the different levels of amino acids in the protein with regards to what type or Keratin you will end up with.
In fact, most Keratin we come across is not even alive. For instance, our hair and skin are both formed from dead Keratin cells. This is because the body constantly has new cells coming up from underneath and in the process it sheds dead cells from our bodies.
So what is Keratin used for? Many of you who have already heard of Keratin have probably encountered it in relation to hair. This particular protein is extremely beneficial to the upkeep of our hair and therefore a regular intake is highly recommended. There are also many different Keratin treatments available which prevent exterior damage to hair and these can be highly beneficial.
Lastly, there is hydrolysed Keratin, and you may be wondering what this actually is. Hydrolysed Keratin is essentially a higher and stronger type of protein compared to regular Keratin. While it has a very strong smell and has an amber colouring it helps to make your hair healthier and stronger by leaving a protective coating.
In fact, hydrolysed Keratin can be highly beneficial for your skin as well. Hydrolysed Keratin is used in an assortment of different products like body and face treatments, shampoo and conditioners, body wash, and make-up in the form of foundation, lipstick, and mascara.
In summary, the protein in Keratin is greatly beneficial for hair and skin, as well as nails and teeth, so look for it where possible any time you undertake a treatment for one of those areas! And, if you opt for something made of hydrolysed Keratin then look for the stark amber-coloured liquid.
Make Sure Your Diet Includes Healthy Fat
It’s a big mistake to try and rid our bodies of all body fat. Body fat is extremely important for both looks and body function (it regulates the temperature of our bodies.) Within ‘body fat’ there are many types and not all have the same function. For example, subcutaneous fat, which is the layer of fat closest to our skin, possesses no health threats at all.
However, visceral fat, which resides deep in our bodies, can be very harmful. This is because it collects around the stomach and can interfere with the functioning of vital organs, such as our liver. It can also increase the risk of certain illness such as heart disease and diabetes. In order to eliminate this excess fat, we may have around our stomach areas the best place to start is to eliminate the “five C’s”. The “five C’s” means cola, cookies, cake, candy, and chips.
Losing belly fat is not an easy thing to do – there is no denying that fact! When exercising, be sure to work on all muscle groups, don’t just target the ones that you think are specific to your stomach area. If you target all areas you are more likely to reduce belly fat by 10-15%. The best exercises to lose weight around the stomach include swimming, walking, aerobics, and cycling.
As we commonly hear, eating some fat is good for us and it is vital we include this in our diet. MUFA, also known as Mono Unsaturated Fatty Acid, is one of these good fats that we should include in all meals. MUFA is available in an array of different foods, such as:
Oils: pesto oils, canola, soybean, sunflower, walnut, peanut, sesame, flaxseed, safflower, and olive oil.
Seeds and nuts: sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, macadamia nuts, pumpkin seeds, almonds, pecans, pistachios, walnuts, hazelnuts, pine nuts, roasted pumpkin seeds, Brazil nuts, dry-roasted peanuts, dry-roasted sunflower seeds, natural peanut butter, dry-roasted cashews, cashew butter, and almond butter.
Some chocolates: semisweet chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, chunks of dark chocolate, chunks of semisweet chocolate.
Green or black olives
All in all, maintaining healthy teeth, skin and hair, and losing belly fat is important to so many of us as it helps us feel good about ourselves both physically and mentally. Be sure to incorporate Keratin where possible and maintain a balanced diet to boost your natural beauty from within.