It seems apparent that whoever determined the traditional holiday menu was not too concerned with skin care. High salt and sugar content are no strangers to the winter table and no friends to your skin. However, there is still plenty more winter to go, and plenty of winter foods to keep your skin glowing.
How else do you think the Italian women combat the fierce winds from the Mediterranean? Olive oil is great for your skin all year long, and is essential when winter dryness sets in. With loads of vitamin A and E in addition to natural fatty acids, olive oil is a key ingredient for skin hydration. For authentic Italian skincare, look for products that contain olive oil, or use extra virgin olive oil in foods and dressings.
Citrus is great for everything in the cold weather, your skin included. The Vitamin C in grapefruit protects skin from radical damage, while the lycopene keeps skin smooth. Grapefruit is also high in potassium to help prevent age spots and wrinkles caused by UV rays and amino acids, which will keep skin smooth and soft. Eat the wonder fruit for breakfast, or in fruit salad, or drink its juice on a regular basis.
Avocado has vitamins A, C, and E as well as mono- saturated fats to help skin maintain moisture. It also contains magnesium, potassium, and folic acid, which all contribute to the general health of your skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. And besides, what doesn’t taste better with avocado?
Carrots are a great source of antioxidants like Vitamin A which keep skin vibrant, prevent pigmentation, and keep the skin tone even. They also contain carotenoids, like lycopene and beta-carotene, which protect against UV rays, and potassium, which helps skin lock in moisture. Carrot juice can be great on its own or blended into a veggie smoothie, while raw carrots can add some crunch to almost any salad.
Although broccoli has seemed to have take a backseat to its more glamorous cruciferous cousins, its effects on the skin should not be underestimated. Packed with vitamins A and C, and natural estrogens, the vegetable stimulates collagen, strengthens the skin cell membrane and prevents UV damage. Broccoli also contains B vitamins to eliminate dry, flaky patches commonly associated with winter skin. Try it roasted or steamed for optimal nutritional benefits.
A handful of almonds are a great energy boost that can do wonders for the skin. The vitamin E in the nuts will protect skin from the sun and may also contain anti-aging properties to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Let us know what you’re eating to keep your skin beautiful this winter! We love to hear from you!