The winter days are getting colder as it becomes more and more of a struggle to climb out of bed in the mornings. Here I am, in my snugly blanket typing away. But, I do love winter fashion, being wrapped in a cosy, oversized sweater, chunky scarf, and a warm thick coat, not forgetting some nice pair of boots.
However, putting that to one side, the cold temperatures are doing us no good to our skin. You can easily develop dry and itchy skin during this season. Skin becomes dry when it loses both water and its natural skin oils so it is important for us to keep it hydrated. Slapping on the moisturisers help to some degree, but i will teach you how to hydrate from inside out!
Follow these tips to keep your skin healthy and supple:
Drink, drink, drink!
No, I’m not talking about alcohol here. The key to keeping your skin looking great is to drink plenty of water! Do you drink your share of water a day? 8 glasses for women. I’ m afraid ladies, that doesn’t include other liquids like tea, coffee, fizzy drinks and alcohol. Water helps flush out the nasty toxins and impurities in your body that slows down your skins healing process and causes dull skin. It’s pretty useless to slather on any kind of cream even if they are the most expensive creams, when you are not keeping yourself hydrated inside!
A good trick that i do is i use a big cup, which is double the size of a standard cup. I have one at home and one in the office – this will save you from being lazy to grab or refill another cup. Alternatively, you can fill up a big bottle (I prefer to be environmentally friendly – since you need to replace them), or fill up a flask. I tend to like drinking hot water in the winter time, keeps me warm too.
Eat high water content fruits
Most fruit are rich in vitamins A, C and antioxidants that replenish nutrients in skin and help promote collagen production and therefore, reduce those big, ugly baddies – lines and wrinkles. So what fruits are we looking at? Make a note! An easier way to add these into your diet is to make some yummy smoothies or what i like to do is cut up and make a box of mixed fruit the night before or in the morning and take it to the office to eat when i’m feeling hungry.
Watermelon and strawberries contain 92% water per volume, grapefruit and star fruit 91%, cantaloupe 90%, other fruits within the 85-87% range include pineapple, plums, oranges, raspberries, cranberries, peaches, apricots and blueberries. Other fruits with slightly less water of 81-84% include apples, cherries, grapes and pears.
Eat high water content vegetables
There are also vegetables that can help keep you hydrated and satisfy nutrient recommendations. Cucumbers and iceberg lettuce top the vegetables list consisting of 96% of water, followed by zucchini, celery, radish and tomatoes with 94-95%. Other vegetables in the 91-93% include spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and sweet peppers. Additional healthy foods are carrots with 87% and green peas 79%.
These are all packed full of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that keep you healthy and give you beautiful skin. Again, you can easily create yummy salads with this lot!
Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)
Both Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids keep your skin cell walls in shape by strengthening them, helping to boost your skins ability to retain water. They help to protect from sun damage, reduce inflammation, soften the appearance of wrinkles and boost your skin’s ability to regenerate.
They can be found in a lot of foods such as fish including salmon, tuna, herring, mackerel, sardines, anchovies, and rainbow trout. Nuts and seeds are rich in these nutrients, and also contain vitamins A, B, E and antioxidants; these include flax seeds, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. You can easily grab a bag and eat as a snack when you’re feeling peckish! Other sources include olives, olive oil, and avocado. Avocados are a great source of vitamins C, E and antioxidants.
Noted? Now, don’t forget to add these to your diet!
I also have one last tip for you which would be to….. limit the junk food! Loading yourself with refined sugars, trans fatty acids and sodium can dehydrate your skin.. and possibly grow nasty pimples – ew. There has been numerous times when that packet of crisps stared at me and told me, “eat me”, and after finishing it.. the next day i grew a ugly pimple, which sometimes lasts for weeks :( Soooo not worth it!!
So… Now, let’s say hello and welcome beautiful, glowing, moisturized and supply skin!
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