As a follow up to my last post, I am going to continue talking about the things you can do to prevent winter dryness. While skincare products play a major role in maintaining soft skin, I believe that the best way to ensure that you don’t dry up like a prune this winter is to eat the proper foods that will help to moisturize your skin from within. When you combine proper eating habits with a good skincare routine, you stand a much greater chance of maintaining healthy, moisturized skin. So without further ado, here are the prime foods you should make an effort to eat more of to get that healthy glow.
1. Healthy fats (avocados, coconut oil, olive oil) – these foods are amazing at hydrating your skin. They contain a high concentration of water, thus ensuring that your skin doesn’t dry out. Try swapping butter out for coconut oil (which tastes amazing by the way!) and drizzling olive oil, or even flax oil onto your rice, vegetables, or salad. Don’t cook with these oils though (unless it’s coconut oil) or you could destroy all of their beautifying nutrients. And I recommend trying to eat half an avocado a day. Avocados are one of my favourite foods – they’re all green creamy goodness.
2. Nuts and seeds – These too contain lots of healthy fats that help to nourish your skin. Almond are a great choice as they are high in vitamin E, as are flax seeds, chia seeds, and hemp seeds, all of which are very high in omegas. Walnuts, pumpkin seeds and pecans are great too. Plus, think of all that amazing plant-based protein you’re getting too!
4. Water rich veggies – Certain veggies have the ability to hydrate your skin because it’s like you’re eating your water! Try incorporating more celery, cucumber, lettuce and radishes. Celery is great with almond butter ( a double duty hydrating snack!), and the others are fantastic ingredients to create a nourishing salad.
5. Smoothies – Smoothies are fantastic when it comes to hydrating your skin. Blending all those fruits and veggies together allows those nutrients to absorb into your body much faster, so you reap the benefits that those fruits and veggies have to offer more fully. I personally enjoy a green smoothie every morning, and I can honestly say that my skin has become so much more moisturized since I introduced this daily habit into my lifestyle.
I hope that you guys found this list helpful. Remember, you are what you eat! Try incorporating more of these foods into your diet and watch as your skin begins to soften up and glow more!
What foods do you believe best help you to maintain your complexion?