Did you know that your skin is the largest organ in the body.
We take our skin so much for granted, some of the skins function are:
- It regulates our body temperature
- Prevents our body from loosing essential body fluids and acts as a barrier that prevents toxins into
- the body.
- It protects us from harmful UVA rays from the sun
- Helps us sense the world around us.
Lifestyle and how you treat your body can have a huge impact on its appearance.
In this winter weather we see more of the environmental effect on our skin. The drying of the skin from air conditioning at work, the heaters in the car, the constant changes in the weather and the overall lack of sunshine.
So rather than just lathering your skin with the latest miracle face cream you can look at your diet and cherish your body from the inside out.
The Way To Flawless Winter Skin
You should try to aim for 2 litres of water or herbal teas daily, this plumps the skin and softens fine lines and wrinkles.
The amino acids that are needed to produce cologne and elastin which keeps the skin firm and flexible are found in protein foods like lean meat, fish, eggs, bean lentils and pulses.
Omega 3 and 6
Upping your intake of Omega 3 and 6 which is found in oily fish, linseed, sunflower and sesame seeds. Increasing your oily fish intake of mackerel, sardines, trout and salmon as the omega 3 as this has anti-inflammatory properties on beneficial fats which keep the skin internally moisturised and hydrated.
Alcohol is a major dehydrator and age accelerator so cutting down on this will brighten your complexion.
Smoking is one of the major cause of premature aging so stopping this will also help.
Nuts and Seeds
These are high in Selenium and Vitamin E which are both skin nurturing nutrient and can act as a natural sunblock helping the skin from damage from the sun. They are also good sources of zinc which can reduce the inflammatory process with in your body which helps to heal blemishes reduce inflammation and redness. Good sources are walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds and seeds.
The key to choosing a wide variety of colours this way you are getting a wide range of valuable nutrients like vitamin C and flavonoids.
Fruits and vegetables with an orange, yellow and red colours (mango, peppers, tomatoes, butternut squash). They reduce the skins sensitivity to the sun.
Dark green vegetables (kale, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cabbage) contain collagen protecting properties.
High Fibre Low GI Foods
This keeps the blood sugars lower and avoid hormone spikes of insulin which can accelerate fine lines and wrinkles. Choose wholegrain bread, pasta, quinoa, buckwheat and rice instead of white varieties.