The weather may be chilly outside but that’s no reason to neglect your healthy eating routine! The things we put into our bodies will always effect how we look and feel. Though we might be craving stodgy ‘comfort’ foods high in fat or sugar, eating the right balance of nutrients can be the first step to healthy skin and all round well-being this winter.
A top tip for healthy skin is simple – drink water! This flushes all the nasties out of your system and allows you to stay hydrated and fresh, which is of course reflected in your skin. At least eight glasses of water a day is a good amount to aim for.
Fresh fruit and vegetables such as blueberries, tomatoes, carrots, oranges, sweet potatoes and plums are high in anti-oxidants which are vital to our well-being. They can help repair cell damage from pollution, smoking or alcohol, as well as that caused by natural processes such as metabolism and respiration.
If like many of us, you suffer from dry skin during the cold winter months, increasing your beta-carotene intake, found in yellow and red peppers as well as spinach, can be helpful. The ‘good’ fats found in omega-3 rich are also beneficial, found in lots of types of fish as well as walnuts.
The main culprits for oily skin is are often foods high in fat and sugar. However, if you suffer from long term acne problems, foods high in selenium such as Brazil nuts, cashew nuts, sunflower seeds, fresh tuna and wholemeal bread alongside lots of vitamin E can help. Here at Natura Skin Clinic we also offer acne scar removal which could give you a more permanent solution.
Always remember that results from diet won’t be instant; visible results may take at least six weeks whilst new skin emerges to the surface. However, if the winter blues really are getting you down, we offer a range of skin treatments which we can recommend based on your individual needs and lifestyle through a free skin evaluation.