The winter season is upon us and we all know what that means, cold and dry weather. This type of weather wreaks havoc on our skin causing it to become dry, itchy and dull. If you are like most, you turn to your bathroom cabinet or nightstand to find your favorite cream hoping that it contains the miracle ingredient to bring back your soft and subtle skin that was there a few months ago.
The truth is that most of these commercial creams contain harsh chemicals such as: detergent, dyes, preservatives and synthetic fragrances. These ingredients clog our pores and provide us only temporary relief and results. Aside from using a natural moisturizer, turning down the heat, and using a humidifier, eating these five foods can also help improve dry skin.
1. Fish are rich in vitamin A and D, and minerals, such as calcium, iodine, selenium, phosphorus, potassium and iron. Fish also are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been attributed to reducing inflammation in the body and repairing skin damage. Eating about 2 to 3 servings of fish per week, can help your skin to stay firm and smooth.
2. Avocadoes protect your skin from environmental damage that leads to fine lines, wrinkles and other visible signs of aging. It also is high in vitamin C and E. These along with other healthy fats bind together with your skin cells and help to maintain firmness and structure.
3. Bell Peppers are high in vitamin C. They help to increase collagen production both our hair and skin. With age, collagen production slows and the cells structures weaken. The skin gets thinner and is easier to damage; hair gets lifeless and skin sags and wrinkles.
4. A food that is high in Iron, Omega-4 and vitamin A, B and E is spinach. Spinach helps protect skin and improves the immune system. Phytochemicals and folates help hydrate skin and keeps it healthy.
5. Water-dense topical fruit is a great way to hydrate and protect your skin. Vitamin A and C help replenish nutrients, promote collagen production and keep skin supple. Delicious water-dense fruit are cantaloupe, mango, oranges, strawberries and watermelon.