Everyone loves winter, but nobody wants the dry, chapped, and ashy skin most of us get. As soon as the cold season starts, the moisturizer aisle in the supermarket starts to get empty faster and faster. Everyone wants to lather their body with products but not many realize that they can achieve similar results by changing their diet.
As they say, ‘Your body reflects what you eat’. If you don’t provide the right nutrition at the right time to your body, it will show negative signs. Dry skin is a sign of low moisture retention in the body. Here are 8 foods that you must include in your diet during the winters to keep your skin healthy.
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8 Foods to Tackle Dry Skin This Winter
Avocado may look funny and not taste that great individually, but they have a lot of benefits for the human body. The fruit is full of fats which have a great nutritional value to the human body. These benefits are not just restricted to our inside organs, but it also helps in improving the skin.
Avocado is an excellent source of Vitamin E and nearly 20 other vitamins and antioxidants. The fats that avocado has, are called monounsaturated fats. These fats help in keeping the skin moist and reduce inflammation.
If you walk down the skincare products aisle of any supermarket, you’ll notice one common thing. Most of the products have walnuts as the main ingredient. Walnuts are a very rich source of essential fatty acids that our body cannot make by itself, these are Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
The Omega 3 acids help in reducing the inflammation of the skin thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. These anti-inflammatory properties help reduce pimples too. Walnuts also contain Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Zinc, and selenium all of which play a really important in maintaining healthy soft and bouncy skin.
Fatty fish like Salmon, are another great source of Omega 3 acids as well as a lot of other vitamins and minerals. A lot of people don’t know this, but a deficiency of omega 3 acids can one of the causes of dry skin.
Fish is also a great source of protein which helps in maintaining the thickness and structure of the skin. They are also rich in Vitamin E and zinc. Vitamin E acts as one of the most powerful and essential antioxidants for our skin. Zinc helps in regulating the inflammation of skin as well as the production of new skin cells.
4. Sweet potato
All plants contain a nutrient called beta-carotene. Beta-carotene acts as provitamin A. Our bodies can convert this into vitamin A and use it. Beta-carotene is actually a Carotenoid. Carotenoid acts as a natural sunblock for our skin.
Vitamin A that our body will generate from provitamin A, helps in promoting healthy skin cell reproductions. This a really interesting finding by PubMed central, it says that, if your intake of beta-carotene is very high, your skin will take up a warmer tint, indicating healthy skin.
Other vegetables and fruits that contain beta-carotene are Orange, Carrots, Spinach, etc.
5. Flax seeds
Flax seeds are the best source of Omega 3 for all the vegetarian people. All nuts and seeds contain some amounts of these essential fatty acids but flax seeds, have them in the highest concentration.
You can eat them raw or add them to your salads. The taste of flax seeds is an acquired one, and not everyone would be happy consuming them raw. Thankfully, flaxseed oil is available in the market which can be used in salads, dressings, smoothies, it can also be applied topically on the dry skin, etc.
6. Dark chocolate
It is estimated that over 1 billion people consume chocolate every day. If you want to understand it better, ask around your office or ask your friends in the classroom. But a few are a fan of the dark chocolates, maybe because it has a bit bitter after taste.
Dark chocolate can benefit your health when consumed in regulated quantities. In fact, vaseline has a cocoa-based moisturizer too. Cocoa is a great antioxidant that helps in maintaining a thicker and more hydrated skin.
“Cucumber, Vitamins, minerals very high number, cucumber”, this is from the cucumber song by Macka B. You can check out the song here “Macka B – Cucumber”. It’s fun, and it helps you learn a lot.
Seriously, Cucumber is 95% water and it has so many benefits. It has water retention properties that help moisturization and hydration of the skin. Cucumber also helps in pushing out the toxins throughout your body, and it helps in cleansing the kidney. There is a link between your kidney’s health and the health of your skin.
Cucumbers also contain a large amount of Vitamin C, which is essential for your skin to be soft and bouncy.
Eggs are a very high source of protein. If you ever go to a gym, the first change the trainer makes in your diet is asking you to eat eggs. The protein we get from eggs helps in the regeneration of muscle tissue and skin cells.
Eggs also provide our skin with sulfur and Lutein, which are responsible for hydrating our skin and maintaining its elasticity. There are a lot of studies that show that eggs have helped in rejuvenating and replenishing dry and wrinkled skin.
These are the 8 best foods that will help you fight dry skin. It is important to remember that your body, your skin will reflect what you eat. If you eat healthy, you look healthy. Another important tip that you should follow is, avoid foods that are high in salts. Salt takes away all the moisture from your body and keeps it dehydrated.
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