The chilly dry wind, low temperature, low humidity and indoor heating that come with winter can play havoc on your skin, lips and other parts of the body.
It can leave your skin dry and flaky as well as cause a dull complexion, cracked lips, itchiness and skin irritation. Along with a proper skin care routine, you need to keep a close eye on what you are eating to maintain a healthy glow throughout the winter season.
Your diet can help protect your skin against dryness and ultraviolet (UV) sun damage, minimize wrinkles and other signs of aging, and promote smooth and glowing skin.
Certain foods can also be used topically to keep your skin healthy, beautiful and glowing even during the cold winter months.
Here are the top 10 superfoods to make your skin glow this winter.
1. Olive Oil
Olive oil is good for your skin, especially during the winter when the skin tends to become drier. Being rich in vitamins A and E as well as several other minerals and natural fatty acids, it helps hydrate the skin to maintain its elasticity and softness.
It also prevents skin aging, the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and protects the skin from free radical damage.
- Before taking a bath, rub warm olive oil over your face, the backs of your arms, your elbows and your knees. Massage gently for a few minutes, then take a warm bath. Afterward, pat your skin dry and wipe away the excess oil. Your skin will become amazingly soft and smooth.
- Also, use extra-virgin olive oil in salad dressings and cooking.
Grapefruit contains vitamin C, an antioxidant that protects the skin from free radical damage. It also has lycopene that helps keep your skin smooth.
The potassium present in it can prevent wrinkles and age spots as well as protect the skin against harmful UV sunrays. The amino acids in grapefruit make your skin more firm and soft.
Plus, the unique phytochemical known as naringin in grapefruit reduces toxins in the liver, which results in healthier skin.
- Drink fresh grapefruit juice on a regular basis during the winter.
- You can also prepare a face mask with grapefruit and use it once a week. Mix the juice of ½ grapefruit, 1 tablespoon of honey and ½ cup of oatmeal powder. Apply it to your face, allow it to dry and then wash it off with lukewarm water. This face mask will provide smooth texture and natural radiance to your skin.
You can also soothe dry winter skin with avocados. Being a good source of vitamins A, C and E along with monounsaturated fats, avocados help your skin lock in moisture. Also, this fruit contains folic acid, magnesium and potassium, which are all essential for healthy skin.
Plus, they help give your skin a more youthful look by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.