It's cold out! Having the heat blasting 24/7 means itchy, dry, lusterless skin. And who wants that?
These foods will help you keep your skin soft, supple and glowing during the winter months:
Eat the good kind of fat. Beside being downright delicious, avocados are a great source of vitamins C, E, and monounsaturated fats which replenish nutrients in the skin and help lock moisture in.
2. Orange and yellow veggies
Not only are orange and yellow veggies abundant at this time of year, they are chock full of beta-carotene and lycopene which are exceptional for skin. Acting as antioxidants, they are important for tissue growth and repair.
In addition to protecting your skin from environmental damage and dryness, most orange and yellow vegetables contain Vitamins C and A - notorious for repairing body tissues and aiding collagen production.
Some good yellow and orange veggies options include sweet potatoes, carrots, red peppers, and pumpkin.
High in cell regenerating protein, eggs also contain sulfer and lutein which are known to be eggs-cellent (sorry, couldn't help it) at promoting skin hydration and elasticity. While we prefer to eat our egg goodness in salads, applying whipped egg whites externally can also keep your skin looking fresh.
4. Spinach and other dark, leafy greens
Dark leafy greens are busting with iron, omega-4 fatty acids, and vitamins A, B, and E which boost the immune system and hydrate your skin. Greens like spinach, kale, turnip and mustard greens, dandelion leaves, broccoli, and asparagus are all also rich in iron and vitamin K. Iron aids circulation, while vitamin K may help prevent varicose veins - both important in keeping skin looking its best.
5. Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds are a super way to hydrate your skin, encourage elasticity, aid regenerate cells, and protect against pollutants and free radicals. They provide Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, B and E, monounsaturated fats and minerals, and several antioxidants making them the ultimate power food.
Some top choices: almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, and sunflower seeds
6. Bonus: Water
Technically not a food, but a hydrating list couldn't be complete without a reminder to drink lots and lots of water. And then, of course, drink some more.