Entertainment Fashion & Style Diatomaceous Earth for Hair and Skin Share PINTEREST Email Print savvyteasandherbs.com Fashion & Style Hair Accessories Tops & Sweaters Dresses Skirts Jeans Pants Outerwear Lingerie & Swimwear Do It Yourself Shoes Skincare Advice Makeup Fragrance Tattoos and Body Piercings Kids and Teens Bumps & Babies Learn More By Giulia Heiman Contributing Writer Giulia is a contributing writer for Byrdie and a freelance hair stylist. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Giulia Heiman Updated February 18, 2018 Silica is one of the most important trace elements in our body. In fact, the human body holds seven grams of silica which is much more than any other mineral, such as iron or magnesium. Because of this, it's crucial that we derive enough silica to help with numerous bodily functions and to aid in mineral absorption. So, where can we find silica and how does it help with hair and skin? Diatomaceous Earth is made up of 89% silica.....89%! Naturally. That's very impressive, and there isn't any vitamin on the market that could produce the same results. Diatomaceous Earth is made up of tiny fossilized water plants that are ground into a fine white powder. On a microscopic level, these tiny, sharp particles move through your system, attracting everything from bacteria, fungi, protozoa, viruses, endotoxins, pesticide and drug residues, E-Coli, and heavy metals. Diatomaceous Earth is a terrific colon cleanser and detoxifier and as it passes through your system, it literally scrapes it clean. You know how great you look when you've been eating right or after you've completed a cleanse? Well incorporating Diatomaceous Earth into your daily routine can produce similar beauty results. Diatomaceous Earth for Skin Diatomaceous Earth is very popular overseas and is used extensively as a health and beauty product for hair, skin, and nails. Collagen, which is extremely important for healthy skin, is mostly made up of silica. When we are deficient in silica, our collagen breaks down more quickly, which makes the skin look old and dull. Taking silica can restore and repair the collagen in our body. Silica also helps with skin problems like eczema, rashes, acne, warts, burns and insect bites. Following a healthy silica regimen will leave you with healthy, glowing skin. Diatomaceous Earth for Hair Silica has been shown to stimulate hair growth and has been used as a treatment to prevent balding. Our hair is made up of 90% silica, so it would make sense that it's thirsty for the stuff. Taking just 1 tablespoon of food-grade Diatomaceous Earth daily gives you enough silica to support healthy, strong hair. Diatomaceous Earth for Nails Diatomaceous Earth strengthens your nails by supplementing the nail bed with silica. Taking Diatomaceous Earth will restore the appearance and strength of weak nails and will prevent them from breaking. How to Take Diatomaceous Earth Diatomaceous Earth is a fine, white powder that can be taken with juice, soda, water or mixed into smoothies and yogurt. There is no taste, but it does have a somewhat chalky texture. If mixing in liquid, make sure to stir and drink immediately or else the powder will settle on the bottom. You can take Diatomaceous Earth every day and most people take 1-2 tablespoons. It is very important to look for food-grade Diatomaceous Earth. Diatomaceous Earth is also used in pest control and to clean pool filters. This type of Diatomaceous Earth has been heated, changing its structure, and therefore, its use. This type of Diatomaceous Earth should obviously be avoided for ingestion. You can order Diatomaceous Earth online or find it in bulk at your local health food store. Another bonus about this amazing product is that it's very cheap, usually not more than 50 cents an ounce.