In the cold, low-humid weather of winter, the battle begins: chapped hands, dry skin, and cracked lips might issues during this season. That’s why we’ve gathered up some foods for you to help take good care of your skin during these harsh conditions and keep it soft and glowing.
10. Green Tea .
Polyphenols in green tea helps prevent saggy skin, wrinkles and age spots. It’s also rich in antioxidants that fight free radicals and keep your skin hydrated. Two to three cups of green tea a day is healthy and skin nourishing.
9. Spinach .
The many nutrients found in spinach are important for fighting off the aging process. Spinach is also highly rich in vitamin A and C that help repair skin cells and keep your skin looking beautifully radiant. Iron-deficiency leaves your skin pale and dull looking; spinach is an excellent source of iron. Add spinach to your salad and dishes or drink half a glass of spinach with lemon to help cast away dry irritated skin.
8. Salmon .
Including salmon in your diet is a necessity. Omega-3 fatty acids in salmon nourish your skin from within and maintain its moisture. Selenium protects your skin from UV rays and zinc helps produce new skin cells.
7. Broccoli .
Broccoli is a wonder vegetable for your skin. It’s rich in vitamin A and C and natural estrogens that are fantastic for your skin. Vitamin C in broccoli stimulates collagen production. Vitamin B helps exterminate dry patches on your skin that you might suffer from during winter. Regularly eating broccoli, steamed or roasted helps maintain a vibrant healthy look to your skin.
6. Avocado .
Being loaded with vitamins A, C, E and monounsaturated fats, avocado is a brilliant moisturizer for your skin this season. Its magnesium, potassium and folic acid contents also add to its positive contribution to healthy skin. Thoroughly mashing an avocado fruit and mixing it with honey and olive oil makes a perfect highly hydrating mask.
5. Grapefruit .
Grapefruit contains vitamin C, which is a good antioxidant that protects the skin against free radical damage. Grapefruit keeps your skin smooth due to its lycopene content. It also contains potassium that protects the skin against harmful UV sunrays, preventing the appearance of wrinkles and age spots. Moreover, grapefruit is rich in a phytochemical that helps detoxify the liver resulting in a more radiant skin.
Prepare a face mask using grapefruit juice, honey and oatmeal powder. Mix them all together, apply the mask and allow it to dry then wash it off with warm water and enjoy the smooth texture of your skin. Drinking grapefruit juice regularly will also do the trick.
4. Almonds .
Potent antioxidants are present in these nuts that can guard your skin. Almonds are a good source of vitamin E that protects your skin against harmful UV rays. Massage your skin with almond oil before a bath to attain almond’s remarkable benefits.
3. Olive Oil .
Olive oil contains Vitamins A and E, minerals and natural fatty acids that will keep your skin soft and hydrated especially during the winter when your skin tends to dry out. It also prevents the appearance of wrinkles and signs of aging. Gently rub olive oil on your face, backs of your arms, your elbows and your knees before taking a shower. Additionally, use olive oil in salad dressings and in cooking.
2. Dark chocolate .
Dark chocolate is great for protecting your skin during harsh damaging cold. Flavanols found in dark chocolate are antioxidants that increase blood flow through your skin and keep it soft. They also protect your skin from free radicals and UV rays. A bit of dark chocolate weekly as a treat will do magic.
1. Carrots .
Carrot is full of Vitamin A and antioxidants that will protect your skin from dull winter skin, keep it radiant, and protect against wrinkles, uneven skin tone and pigmentations. Carotenoids beta-carotene and lycopene in carrots also protect skin from UV sunrays that can cause damage. Treat yourself with carrot juice daily for a healthier, radiant skin. Alternatively, use the moisturizing carrot mask: pureed carrots, honey, milk cream and a few drops olive oil, mix them and apply the mask on your skin for 10-15 minutes.