Cozy sweaters, colorful scarves, fuzzy earmuffs—it’s time to start bundling up, which also means it’s time to prepare your skin for winter weather. Eating certain foods and applying others topically can give your skin a smooth, rosy glow and fight a flaky, scaly crocodile pallor. Here is your Daily 4-Step Prescription to get through winter in your most beautiful way yet!
1. Take a tea break. Baby its cold outside—why not curl up with a warm cup of tea? While you might not be as thirsty in the winter as you were during the summer heat, staying hydrated in the winter is equally essential. Drinking 8-10 glasses of water and tea per day can help flush out toxins, prevent the skin from drying, increase cell turnover and keep your skin young and fresh. Herbal teas are a great way to stay hydrated; we love Pukka teas from England. Or you can choose a green tea variety to help reduce inflammation for extra beautification. Just be sure to combine drinking plenty of water and/or tea with applying plenty of topical moisturizer—moisturizers help hold water in the skin’s top layer, so they work hand in hand. This translates into great glowing skin despite the harsh winter weather!
2. Eat one orange food and one green food (and no we don’t mean M&Ms!). Halloween is over, but that doesn’t mean orange is out just yet—orange veggies, such as carrots, squash, pumpkins, and sweet potatoes are full of carotenoids. Carotenoids increase our defense against the sun and damage from UV rays (remember it is important to always use sunscreen for protection, even in the winter!). They also help prevent acne breakouts and flare-ups that can make your skin blemished and blotchy. Green foods, such as kale and spinach, are full of vitamin C, which can act as your food equivalent of the fountain of youth—vitamin C helps to repair skin by building collagen and helping to ward off those pesky wrinkles. Eat at least one orange and one green food every day and your skin will thank you!
3. Snack on (healthy) fat. We love fat. We aren’t talking about the kind you find in butter, pie and french fries, but rather the healthy fats found in salmon, avocados and chia seeds. These foods contain omega 3 fatty acids, which aid in heart health and weight loss…but did you know they can also give you healthy skin? They help reduce inflammation and prevent collagen breakdown (translation: less wrinkles). New to chia? Simply mix 2 tablespoons into your yogurt for an added 5 grams of omega 3s. One food that is as good in your belly as it is on your face is an avocado. Avocados contain monounsaturated fat that is rich in vitamins A and E. Vitamin E enhances your skin’s collagen production (translation: smoother skin) while sealing in vital moisture. Try this avocado Go Green Scrub from the O2 Diet and let this double-duty powerhouse work its magic!
4. Eat at least one colorful fruit every day. Fruits such as blueberries, blackberries, and cranberries are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants not only fight damaging free radicals in your body, they also can fight those winter skin blues too! Antioxidants help protect your skin against damage caused by the sun and harsh weather conditions in the winter. Blueberries have the added benefit of containing compounds that slow wrinkles and the effects of aging. Think of antioxidants as your youth elixir, keeping you beautiful, ageless and energized no matter what the weather has in store. An apple a day could keep those wrinkles at bay!
Got any winter skin secrets of your own that you want to share with us?