In entertainment, it’s important to keep up with appearances – and not just talent-wise.  Whether you’re going in front of the camera, walking the runway, or representing a brand, you’ll want to make sure you look and feel your best.  The late nights and long hours can do a number on your physical appearance, though.  Let’s take a look at some easy and effective ways to manage your skin and hair care to ensure you are leaving a positive impression.

Skin Care

The number one thing you need to remember is to stay hydrated.  Skin is adversely affected by weather and temperature changes, and often becomes dry and irritated when exposed to the elements.  This is especially true when it’s too hot or too cold outside. Fatigue and dehydration is a lethal combination for skin.  Drink plenty of water to reduce puffiness around the eyes and overall dryness.  Make it a habit to carry a bottle of water with you everywhere you go and purchase a larger size, so you don’t have to refill it as frequently.

Vitamins C and E are vital supplements for maintaining your skin’s natural oils and preventing signs of wear and tear.  According to Cosmopolitan, vitamin C firms and brightens skin, evens out your complexion and prevents premature aging.  Vitamins C and E also act as natural antioxidants, making the combination of the two great for skin, as well as the entire body.  Vitamin E is a natural immune booster and anti-inflammatory.  In order to look and feel your best, it’s important to keep your immune system running properly.  Vitamin E does just this while reducing overall puffiness and redness.

It’s important to have a fairly solid understanding of your specific skin type, in general, and manage it accordingly.  If your skin tends to be dry throughout the year, moisturize frequently.  If you have combination skin, moisturize dry spots and blot oily patches.  Entirely oily?  Cleanse and exfoliate your skin regularly and use weekly face masks to reduce build up.

Hair Care

There is a wealth of vitamins that are essential for maintaining healthy hair, including vitamins A, B, C, D and E.  It’s best to take a multi-vitamin daily.  Vitamins A and B help tremendously with hair growth, and vitamin A stimulates sebum which nourishes the scalp and prevents dreaded dandruff.  Fish oil and zinc contain properties that also stimulate hair growth and repair damage.

Again, drinking plenty of water is key to maintaining hair hydration, and following a consistent care regimen that includes regular trims will help hair look its best.  If you dye your hair, use a clarifying shampoo prior to applying color.  Avoid shampooing processed hair daily and add a deep conditioner to your routine.

These simple steps won’t cramp your busy lifestyle and are easy enough to follow daily.  Vitamins and plenty of H20 will not only leave your hair and skin looking great, but will increase immunity and improve overall health, so you can put your best foot forward and keep going strong!

Sara Teller