During the winter months, it is common for the skin to become dry, flaky, and sallow. Keeping the skin moisturized is the best way to handle the common winter skin problems.
There are many body wash, body lotions or creams designed specifically for the winter season to fight dry skin. But for extra supple skin, instead of using these products try hydrating your skin from the inside out by including the right foods in your diet plan.
Here is a list of best 8 foods that promote skin health.
Avocados are a great source of vitamins C, E, and monounsaturated fats, which help your skin to lock in moisture and replenish nutrients in skin. It also promotes collagen production, and help keep your skin supple and firm. You can enjoy avocado as a whole fruits or in salad form.
Grapefruit contains lycopene, a carotenoid that help to keep your skin smooth. In a study published in 2008 in the European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics, researchers found that of the 20 individuals studied, those who had higher skin concentrations of lycopene had smoother skin. Also grapefruit contain a good amount of vitamin C, which helps turn back the clock by preventing wrinkles.
Carrots contain the carotenoids beta carotene and lycopene—both of which help fight dry skin and protect the skin from harmful sun rays and environmental damage. Also carrots contain vitamins A and C, which help repair body tissues and produce collagen, respectively. A glass of carrot juice in the morning can do wonder to your skin.
Spinach boasts lutein, a carotenoid that protects the skin from harmful UV rays of the sun. Also spinach contains high levels of vitamins C, K and E, along with iron and omega-3 fatty acids, which hydrate skin, keep it healthy and improve the immune system. You can steam spinach leaves as a side veggie, or enjoy it in salad or soup form.
The most important thing you need to do to keep your skin glowing during the winter is to drink a lot of water! Our body is made up of about 60% water, so water is required to keep the body hydrated. Also water helps to get rid of waste and toxins, which are the main cause of dull skin. A well hydrated skin looks great even without any kind of makeup.
Almonds are considered as the ultimate power food for the chilly winter days. Almonds contain a good amount of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, B and E, monounsaturated fats and minerals, and several antioxidants. All these nutrients help to keep the skin hydrated, and promote skin elasticity, help regenerate cells, and protect against pollutants and free radicals. You can enjoy almonds as a snack or sprinkle some on yogurt or cereal, or used as crunchy toppings for baked products.
Eggs are high in protein, which help in cell regeneration, and contain sulfur and lutein, which promotes skin hydration and elasticity. Eggs can also hydrate the skin when used topically. Whip egg whites until frothy and then use it as a face mask. Leave for a few minutes and then rinse with warm water. You must also regular eat eggs for healthy skin. You can eat eggs in poached, boiled, scrambled and fried form.
Fishes like salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel are extremely good for your skin. due to the presence of omega-3 fats. This essential fat strengthens skin cells, helps protect skin from sun damage and reduces the risk of skin cancer. Regular intake of fishes can help your skin stay supple, smooth, and tight. Instead of deep-fried fish, opt for grilled or baked fish dishes to enjoy its health benefits.
So, eat the right foods and keep the winter skin problems at bay. Now go out and enjoy the winter days with others without worrying about your skin.