Cold weather not only makes you feel chilled, but the cold, dry air found in winter climates can also strip away your skin’s natural moisture. While you can attempt to moisturize from the outside with lotions, there are foods you can eat that can help your skin glow from the inside out. Check out these 9 natural solutions below provided by Dr. Christopher Calapai which offer much less expensive alternatives to help your skin thrive in cold weather.
9 Foods That Keep Skin Thriving in Cold Weather
1. Olive Oil helps to provide your skin with healthy, unsaturated fats with anti-aging benefits. It is rich in vitamin E, and people can use this oil to treat and prevent dry skin naturally.
2. Avocado contains fats which provides lubrication and protection from damage to promote clear, youthful skin. Avocados also contain anti-aging foods properties.
3. Oatmeal contains a large number of antioxidants, along with vitamins and minerals that improve skin health. The fibers in oatmeal also help slough away dead skin and prevent redness when applied topically.
4. Sweet Potatoes are a great source of vitamin A. This vitamin can help to lock in moisture, give your skin a healthy glow, and protect it from damage.
5. Carrots contain the carotenoids beta-carotene and lycopene—both of which help shield you against UV damage.
6. Grapefruit contains carotenoid, which will make your skin smooth. When buying grapefruit, opt for one with a red-pinkish hue. Why? Because these colors are from lycopene, and it means the fruits are loaded with carotenoids. People who have a higher concentration of lycopene have smoother skin.
7. Broccoli contains vitamin C which synthesizes collagen, a protein that keeps the skin firm helping to protect from wrinkles.
8. Spinach and dark, leafy greens like kale are filled with iron, omega-4 fatty acids, and vitamins A, B, and E. These protect skin and improve your immune system. The phytochemicals and folates also help hydrate skin and keep it healthy.
9. Coconut Oil is rich in fats and helps provide lubrication. It can also help to prevent acne thanks to their antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.
Try adding these nine items to your diet or eating more of them if you already do to help your skin thrive this winter.
Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine and anti-aging medicine. Find out more at www.drcal.net.
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