Dry Winter Skin? Hydrate From The Inside Out

It’s here. The cold. The dry. The itchy. The inevitable, it seems. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. Keeping your skin hydrated is a process, but it’s one that can start from the inside out.

Key Nutrient: Water

Any hydration begins with water. You need it for every cell of your body, and your skin is no exception. Yes, we need a lot more in the summer to balance out the heat and sweat, but we also need a lot in the winter to keep us from drying out.

Where To Get It

The tap? (Only mildly kidding). Pure water will always be the best way to get your water, but if you just can’t handle the bland, you can add lemon, berries, mint, etc. to your water. Herbal teas are also a great way to increase water intake, but skip the nettle and dandelion, as they have mild diuretic effects. Beverages with caffeine can have a bladder stimulating effect, so you’ll want to limit those. 740567_317924811641050_1693029653_o

While you can get water from foods, bear in mind that the digestive process requires water to break down food. This means that many foods contain only the water required for their own digestion, so make sure you’re drinking some extra, as well.

Key Nutrient: Healthy Fats

Eating enough fat is key to skin hydration. It is one of the most important factors in both skin elasticity and “glowiness”. Omega 3s are especially important for skin elasticity, as they allow your cells to be both flexible and permeable.

Where To Get Them

Salmon, flax, and chia are all great sources of Omega 3s, so make sure to load up during winter months. Other great fats for skin health come from avocados, olives and olive oil, nuts and seeds, and coconut.

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Key Nutrient: Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, so it protects the skin from free radical damage. In addition, it helps the skin retain its moisture, even when exposed to extreme conditions.

Where To Get It

Sunflower seeds are a great source of vitamin e, as well as almonds, leafy greens, and our good pal avocado. This sounds like the makings of a beautiful salad.

Key Nutrient: Vitamin A

Vitamin A is great for the protection and healing of winter-ravaged skin.

Where To Get It

Mostly from your orange foods: carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, and once again your leafy greens.

Key Nutrient: Zinc 

Zinc is an antioxidant, and a skin rejuvenator and healer. It also helps ward off acne.

Where To Get It

Pumpkin seeds! Also beef, lentils, sesame seeds, chick peas, cashews, quinoa, and turkey.

Bonus Round: Probiotics

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Probiotics are important for every facet of your health, including your skin, and aid in the absorption of other nutrients. You can take them in pill form, or get them from yogurt, kombucha, kefir, sauerkraut, and even Bubbies Dill Pickles!

So when you’re feeling dry, reach for a bowl of Carrot Coconut Ginger Lentil Soup for Vitamin A, good fats, and zinc, top it with a yogurt drizzle for probiotics, and pumpkin seeds for an additional hit of zinc and good fats. Make yourself a side salad full of leafy greens, avocado, and nuts and seeds for Vitamin E and fats, sip on some lemon water, and you’re good to go!

Need some tips for keeping your skin healthy from the outside in? Check out this post on Sigrid Naturals Skin Care.


About The Author: 
Kelly Boaz, CNP
Kelly is a holistic nutritionist, specializing in eating disorder recovery and food freedom. She is also a public speaker (TEDx King St. West, TDSB) and a writer. Learn more about Kelly, and about booking private consultations at kellyboaz.com Twitter: @kelly_boaz    Facebook: /KellyBoazDotCom 

 

 

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