Chillier temperatures don’t have to result in dry, chapped skin or embarrassing flakiness. There are natural ways to have better skin for fall and winter, and they start in your kitchen. Look more radiant with compounds found in everything from green tea to walnuts and avocados.
Your skin reflects what you put into your body. A nutrient-rich, varied diet will give your skin cells what they need to thrive. Focus on such nutrients as:
- Vitamin A: This antioxidant plays a key role in protecting and replenishing skin cells. Lack of sufficient vitamin A may lead to dryness and/or rashes. To increase your vitamin A intake, fill your grocery cart with carrots, spinach, cantaloupe and sweet potatoes.
- Probiotics and prebiotics: Acne flare ups this time of year can be particularly miserable because topical acne medications can be drying. Probiotics (the “good” gut bacteria) may play a role in healing acne. To make sure your gut bacteria are thriving, feed them a natural prebiotic such as Sunfiber.
- Green tea polyphenols: Human clinical studies published in the Journal of Nutrition demonstrated that women who consumed green tea polyphenols had improved skin hydration due to less water loss, better density and elasticity, and less UV-induced redness. Sunphenon green tea extract capsules were used in this research.
- Omega-3 fatty acids: These anti-inflammatory compounds are crucial to the production of skin’s natural oil barrier. They may be helpful for people dealing with dry skin, and those whose skin is prone to inflammation. In addition to fish, increase your intake of walnuts and avocados.
- Lycopene: This phytonutrient, responsible for the red color in pink grapefruit and tomatoes, may help to block the sun’s UVA and UVB rays by absorbing them before they can damage skin.
Any stress you’re feeling can also show up in the health of your skin. Suntheanine, a pure form of the amino acid L-theanine, promotes relaxation without causing drowsiness. It also improves quality of sleep, which is great news for your skin.