Alligator skin? Chapped lips? Flaky face? Do the cold months leave you with dry, itchy skin? If you’ve tried to shake up your beauty regime but you’re still finding it difficult to lock in moisture, you may need to look at your diet. Your Winter beauty fx is hiding in your kitchen!!
Beat the Winter and tortured skin with these super beauty foods (your waistline will thank you too)
We all know the never ending list of coconut oil benefits, but did you know eating the actual fruit lends itself to a range of benefits too. The healthy fats found in coconuts and the antibacterial nutritional make-up keep acne flare-ups away and help keep your skin moisturised, which is key for looking healthier and younger.
You might be sick of seeing avocado recipes popping up on your instagram feed, but there’s a good reason that our little green friends are so popular. The avocado’s blend of healthy fats, proteins and vitamins make it a powerhouse for your body inside and out. The protein helps support the structures of collagen and elastin in your skin, while the fat keeps your skin moisturised.
Not only is it yummy on a cold Winter’s morning but oatmeal is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals but, most importantly, fibre which is essential in helping prevent dead skin and alleviating redness. Fibre also naturally boosts the metabolism, and a healthy gut is essential for clear skin.
Sweet potatoes help lock in moisture, give your skin a healthy glow and protect it from damage thanks to their abundance of vitamin A. Dry skin is often a sign that your diet needs more vitamin A, you’ll recognise Vitamin A in skin products as retinol. Aside from their nutritional and aesthetic benefits, their high vitamin C content helps fight off winter colds.
Salmon is amazing for your skin as it’s full of omega-3 fats, which strengthen skin cells, can protect against cancer and help reduce inflammation. Certain fish like halibut and yellowfin tuna also contain selenium, which preserves elastin in the skin, helping your skin stay supple, smooth and tight. If you’re not a fish eater, look for other foods that are rich in omega-3 (like chia seeds, walnuts, flaxseeds, egg yolks) to help preserve collagen, fight inflammation and keep skin firm.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
The vitamin E and good fats of olive oil help moisturize skin, which is why it’s a popular skincare ingredient. Luckily, using the fat in your cooking will reap the same benefits.
Carrots are loaded with vitamin C, which is a precursor to collagen production. Collagen is essential for skin elasticity. In addition, the vitamin A found in carrots attacks free radicals and can prevent wrinkles and uneven skin tone.
Dark Leafy Greens
Spinach and dark leafy greens like kale and broccoli are packed with iron, omega-4 fatty acids and vitamins A, B and E, which protect skin and improve your immune system. The phytochemicals and folates also help hydrate skin and keep it healthy.
Nuts & Seeds
Nuts and seeds are power foods that host omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, B and E, monounsaturated fats, minerals and antioxidants. Their nutritional density hydrates skin, promotes its elasticity, helps regenerate cells and protects against pollutants and free radicals.
Tomatoes contain high levels of lycopene, an antioxidant which keeps skin fresh and has anti-aging properties. The nutrient levels are higher in canned and cooked tomatoes. Lycopene in tomatoes gets absorbed more easily when tomatoes are cooked and when eaten with a little oil.