With less exposure to sunlight, dehydrating central heating and harsh weather conditions, the cold winter season can really put our skin through its paces!
There are some delicious foods that are at their best during winter and packed full of nutrients that your skin needs to look and feel great. Check out our top skin-boosting foods below (the last one is our favourite!).
Walnuts & Brazil Nuts
Walnuts contain significant amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids, which help to protect your skin. Brazil nuts are also rich in selenium, a mineral that helps to improve the skin’s elasticity.
The main event in your warming winter roast not only tastes great, but is beneficial to your skin too. It’s high in protein, which is the building block of collagen and elastin tissue that keeps the skin firm.
Vegetarian? Get your protein fix with quinoa, nuts, chickpeas, tofu, leafy greens and chia seeds.
During winter, the dark mornings and nights result in less exposure to the ‘sunshine vitamin’, vitamin D.
Vitamin D is crucial for immune system and bone health, but can also help to boost the skin’s elasticity and collagen production.
Oily fish such as mackerel or salmon are good dietary sources of vitamin D, along with essential fatty acids that help your skin to retain plumpness and moisture.
Boiled, roasted, mashed or steamed, carrots are one of winter’s most delicious vegetables! Carrots are packed with beta-carotene as well as antioxidants, vitamin A and C.
Beta carotene is converted into vitamin A in the body which is helpful in repairing skin tissue and providing enhanced immunity to the sun’s harmful rays.
Yes that’s right, you can eat chocolate guilt-free! Whilst not always so ideal for the waistline, dark chocolate is great for the skin. It contains flavonoids called flavonols that help to protect your skin from harmful UV damage, fight free radicals and increase blood flow.
Choose your chocolate wisely though – you must eat chocolate with at least 70% cocoa to reap these benefits!
Whilst eating a healthy, balanced diet is key to maintaining a radiant winter complexion, applying natural skincare products can help give it a helping hand. Our natural skincare range features a variety of botanical extracts to help repair, protect and hydrate the skin.