Food to the Rescue
Sometimes we get by with a little help from our friends. Our friends, in this case, are fruits and vegetables.
There’s much focus on taking care of our skin during the summer months (hydration, sunscreen, etc.) but not so much during the winter months. We’ve previously written about steps to help your skin (limiting hot showers, deep moisturizing, etc.) but this post tunes into helping your skin from the inside.
That’s right – there are certain foods that are particularly beneficial during the cold months. Eating antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies goes a long way to keeping your skin soft and supple, as do the healthy fats found in seeds, nuts, and fish.
Top Winter Help From:
Carrots. These vegetables are powerful, no two ways about it. They are rich in Vitamin C, A and antioxidants called carotenoids (this is what gives carrots their bright orange colour). Carotenoids are absorbed by fat tissue which, in turn, gives your skin a healthy glow as it helps your body produce collagen – that protein that plays a huge role in maintaining skin elasticity.
Leafy Greens. The name of the game here is Vitamin K. Spinach, mustard greens, Swiss chard, mustard greens all contain this skin-nourishing vitamin. They also contain anti-inflammatory properties which translates to less flaky skin.
Berries. We use berries in our smoothies a lot. That’s a good thing as berries contain free radical-fighting antioxidant properties which can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Sweet Potatoes. That’s right. These guys contain heaps of Vitamin A so if you deal with itchy, irritated eyes in the winter due to the lack of moisture in the air, eat more sweet potatoes. Vitamin A ensures the cells in your eyes are lubricated.
Oatmeal. Oats are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. Fiber is so important as it boosts metabolism, helps make us regular, as well as assisting in dead skin cell turnover and alleviating redness.