Your complexion does not have to suffer during the winter season. Some of the ways to keep skin looking its best are to apply skin creams or lotions. Still, there is a more natural way to keep skin soft and supple all winter long and that is by altering your diet. By including foods rich in vitamin A,C, E and omega 3 fatty acids, damage to the winter skin can be reduced.
The main reasons why skin suffers in the winter are cold air, wind and indoor heat. These elements take moisture out of the skin leaving it dull and dry. Also, skin may become itchy and irritated. Vitamins A, C , E and Omega 3s provide antioxidants that help skin maintain its natural oils and plumpness. http://www.examiner.com/article/omega-3-foods-promote-youthful-skin
Look at the ingredients in many skincare products and you will find one or more of the antioxidant vitamins. They are used in products to maintain moisture, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, keep skin firm and fight dermatitis. While these antioxidants help to fight the signs of aging, each one has a unique function.
Vitamin A is a key ingredient in Retinol, a medication used for acne and eczema. It is also an exfoliate as well as an effective acne treatment. Foods high in vitamin A are mostly orange or red in color such as carrots, watermelon, sweet potatoes, apricots and re peppers; however, some foods are green such as spinach and kale, while others are yellow such as butternut squash.
Vitamin C is widely used in skincare products due to its collagen building effects against wrinkles. This vitamin helps the skin repair itself against further damage. These foods also come in a variety of colors: oranges, lemons, bell peppers, mustard greens, strawberries, acai berries, broccoli, kiwi and kale.
Vitamin E is said to help prevent skin cancer as well as used to treat psoriasis, scars and blemishes. It is an excellent lubricant that prevents dry skin. These foods contain large quantities of vitamin E: wheat germ oil, olive oil, avocados, sunflower seeds and peanut butter.
Alpha-linolenic acid, found in skincare products, is a major form of omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids protect the skin from the sun’s UV rays while helping skin retain firmness, strength and elasticity. Foods that contain omega 3 fatty acids are walnuts, salmon, flaxseed oils and chia seeds.
Eating a diet rich in these foods will help protect your skin this winter. On tomorrow, the role of water and how it helps beautify the complexion will be discussed. Stay fit and fabulous!