Keeping skin healthy during the cold winter months can be quite difficult, mostly because it dries out easily because of the cold, however, latest studies have shown another interesting phenomenon – skin of women can gain a lot more wrinkles during winter, than in any other season of the year – which makes it even more important to think about skin care during this cold time of the year.
But, what can you do to take better care of your skin? No, the stuff you see advertised on the TV won’t make your skin shine and it sure won’t be healthier. However, be prepared to be surprised if you ask any dermatologist or a nutrition expert – they will recommend you to have a balanced diet that has lots of antioxidants, which help skin glow and become firm. Furthermore, the same antioxidants have another important role – they fight against aging of the skin. Don’t think that this is an idea or something that someone thought of recently – actually, there have been hundreds of researches that have come to the same conclusion.
If you want to try keeping your skin healthier by having a balanced diet, here are some foods that you should incorporate in your diet:
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, one research has shown that around 40 fruits and vegetable contain antioxidants and of all these the blueberries have the most antioxidants. Free radicals set in motion various processes that cause damage to body and skin cells and this is where antioxidants step in – they actually slow down the whole process. Antioxidants that are known to help with keeping healthy skin are vitamins A, B, C, D and selenium, lycopene and lutein.
Carrots are packed with vitamin A and some other antioxidants that are known to help reduce aging of skin cells all over your body. Furthermore, vitamin A is great when it comes to maintaining smooth skin and preventing wrinkles.
Cauliflower is known as a quite versatile vegetable, but when it comes to healthy skin, it has lots of vitamin C, which helps our bodies create more collagen. Collagen is a protein that acts as glue and it keeps tendons, bones, ligaments and skin together. Collagen is what gives our skin structure and elasticity.
Cucumbers have two important elements for skin – first is the vitamin C (also known to protects skin from sun damage) and second it contains caffeic acid which protects our skin from the UV radiation.
Turnips have lots of elements of the vitamin B group – like thiamine, folate and pantothenic acid, which are very healthy for our skin. Furthermore, vitamin B12 helps pigmentation of our skin be even and regular.
- Wild Salmon
Salmon has lots of Omega3 fatty acids that are great for our diet, but the same acids have an important role – they keep our skin moisturized. Furthermore, wild salmon has lots of selenium, which is know for protecting skin from the negative effects of too much sun exposure.