As the colder weather looms in for these next couple of winter months, don’t forget to put some self care into your own protective layer - your skin! From storms, temperature drops and even snow, these conditions may affect the dryness of your skin. While skincare and protective clothing are essential, eating a balanced nourishing diet can have a positive affect on your skin’s overall look and glow.
Keeping ourselves hydrated is the most important thing we can do to improve our skin’s quality. The dry air from indoor heating can reduce the moisture levels leading to cracking. To avoid this, aim to drink up to 2L of water per day to plump the skin from inside out.
Loading up on Omega 3 dense meals can help maintain the skin’s natural barrier function. It can also prevent moisture loss which aids in creating soft supple skin. Omega 3 can be found in fatty fishes such as anchovies, herring, mackerel, salmon, sardines, and tuna. It can also be found in plant-based sources such as nuts and seeds.
To prevent damage to your skin, remember to apply SPF! This is crucial even on cloudy days to decrease the risk of ageing the skin prematurely and preventing skin cancer.
Research a skincare regime that will work for your skin type and will leave you with healthy glowing skin. There are 4 main skin types: normal, oily, dry or combination - learning yours may increase the chance of finding what works best for you.
Remember to include antioxidant rich foods into the diet such as citrus fruits for Vitamin C, leafy green vegetables for Vitamin E and berries for Vitamin B. Vitamin C helps your body to boost your collagen production.
Consider implementing a supplement into your weekly routine such as Vitamin D in these darker winter months. Vitamin D will absorb your calcium intake to maintain healthy bones. Additionally, some evidence suggests that people with vitamin D deficiency are more susceptible to getting acne.
Cut back on overly processed foods and make sure to read the ingredients label to find out what you’re consuming. Foods that are high in refined sugar or unhealthy fats can contribute to inflammation of the skin.