You are what you eat, and your skin reflects this year round. Even if you’ve given up gluten and sip kale smoothies every morning, you face combat winter skin dryness. One simple trick to improve skin health this winter? Eat right. Here’s what we’re adding to our diet for better skin health this winter.
Best Foods to Eat for Dry Skin in Winter
Between the chilly air outside and the dry air inside, it’s no wonder your skin suffers in winter. Show your skin a little love by nourishing it from the inside out with these foods:
- Fish: Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, fish is a great part of a healthy diet. Fish oil pills or fish (such as sardines, tuna, or salmon) can help you stay healthy, keep your hair shinier, and have brighter skin. Omega-3’s also promote collagen, which keeps your skin soft and supple.
- Citrus: Nourish your immune system and ward off a cold with citrus fruits. Fewer colds mean better skin around the nose, less irritation, and more energy.
- Leafy greens: Dark, leafy greens are great for you all year round, but in winter they deliver a mega boost of vitamin C that can help you stay healthy. Vitamin-C rich foods also reduce dryness and promote collagen retention.
- Carrots: Raise your hand if you forget to put on sunblock during winter. Ward off those harmful UV rays from winter sun by eating more carrots (or drinking carrot juice), which reduces skin redness associated with UV exposure.
- Water: Quench your thirst with water, which directly combats seasonal skin dryness and dehydration.
- Hot cocoa: Rich and satisfying cocoa isn’t just a great way to warm up in the winter, but a skin health booster when it is made with dark cocoa powder, which contains the flavanoid epicatechin. Drink up to see improved skin texture and circulation.
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