Despite this relatively mild November (so far!), we’re ahead in our game play and have already switched up our skincare and body care routine for the approaching winter. If you haven’t already winter proofed your skincare regime, check out our clean & natural winter skin hacks.
But this winter it’s all about upping our game plan and feeding the skin from within. We’ve all heard the old adage, you are what you eat… well this couldn’t be truer, the bottom line is that what you eat has a significant impact on your general well being and subsequently the health of your skin. Eating nutrient dense food simply feeds your skin the vitamins and minerals it needs to renew, repair and protect itself.
We’re not asking you to ditch cakes, ice creams and crisps from your diet, just limiting them and being mindful that they’re really not helping your skin and can cause premature ageing!! Ah!
Simply put, you could invest in the most expensive, revolutionary skincare or body care products, but these will give you limited results if you haven’t tackled your diet!
Glowing winter skin? Yes, I’m ready for you!
EAT A RAINBOW
Yup, had to get the clichéd no-brainer in there first. But it’s absolutely essential that you eat your 5 a day, EVERYDAY, if not more! Fruits and vegetables are a natural powerhouse of antioxidants, which protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals, extremes in environment and pollutants. They are essential is giving your skin the helping hand it needs for healthy cell development.
Omega 3 fatty acids are a key element in maintaining supple, moisturised and healthy skin and hair. It is essential that you incorporate this into your diet because we don’t produce these naturally in our bodies.
Fatty fish, or what I call fishy-fish, like salmon and mackerel are naturally rich in omega 3 AND omega 6 fatty acids. Rich sources of omega 3 can also be found in walnuts, chia seeds and linseed. Omega 3 encourages the body to produce anti-inflammatory compounds which can help ease skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
Not all fats are created equally and the importance of healthy fats in our diets has been pushed by nutritionists for some time now. Aside from finding healthy fats in fish and nuts, look to seeds and the avocado to give your body an adequate and natural dose of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
Avo toast anyone??
You need to make sure you’re perfectly hydrated (even in the winter) for perfectly flawless skin. Drink up your eight glasses of water a day and reach for those herbal teas when the temperature dips, as those still count towards your fluid intake, just try and limit caffeine and alcohol. You could try eating your water by munching through fruits which have a high-water content like cucumber and watermelon.
Vitamin C serums and creams are all the rage in skincare at the moment but again their use will have limited results if you haven’t got an adequate dose of good old Vit C in your diet.
Not only does it support our immune systems, which tends to need a boost come winter, but it helps skin to heal and regenerate. It also helps our body to produce collagen which strengthen the capillaries that supply our skin. The best sources for vitamin c are blueberries, strawberries, oranges and even broccoli and sweet potatoes!
LOW GI CARBS
Stick to slow releasing carbohydrates in your diet that provide a steady supply of energy. High GI foods like cakes and biscuits lead to a production of insulin which can damage collagen in the skin and accelerate wrinkles. Legumes, lentils, porridge and sweet potatoes are all low GI foods, which can help you feel fuller for longer without having an adverse effect on your skin.
It’s simple when you think about it, beautiful skin starts from within. Now is a great time to overhaul your diet and look after your body so its ready to take on the extremes that winter will throw your way. Eat your rainbow, drink plenty of fluids and make those essential winter skin care switches, so that come winter you and your skin are radiant, healthy and ready to take on the elements.