In the winter, the brisk, windy air outside and the warm heated air inside can dry out your skin. Good topical products and plenty of sleep are always a helpful remedy for winter dryness. What many may not realize is that what you eat can also help your skin stay comfortable, healthy and beautiful.
Here is a list of foods to enjoy that can hydrate your skin throughout the dry winter season:
- Orange Veggies: Orange and yellow vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and pumpkins, contain beta-carotene which is an antioxidant that protects skin from harmful sun exposure and damage. Most of these vegetables also contain vitamin A and C, vitamins that help to the body to repair tissues and which are necessary for the body to produce collagen.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Extra virgin olive oil is filled with vitamin E and healthy fats. These fats moisturize the skin from the inside out.
- Spinach: Spinach is packed with iron and vitamins A, B and E. These vitamins protect the skin and improve the immune system. Steaming spinach as a side dish or enjoying it in a salad with an olive oil dressing are both healthy, tasty choices that also benefit the skin.
- Nuts and Seeds: Nuts and seeds are embryonic foods – containing the nutrients required for healing and growth. They contain omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, B and E, monosaturated fats, and minerals. Nuts and seeds also promote skin elasticity and help the body to build new cells. Some great options include almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts and pistachios.
- Fruit: Water-dense fruits such as mangos and peaches are good options when trying to hydrate and protect your skin from the environment. Eating fruit keeps the skin firm due to high concentrations of vitamins A and C.
Article by Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, a world renowned skincare expert and founder of the Inclusive Health movement. Click here to learn more about Dr. Murad.