Foods to eat this winter to ward off dry skin

Come winter and your skin and hair seem to perform odd tricks. Dryness, flakiness, irritation – your skin really acts up. Out come the emollient-laden moisturizing creams and lotions, and rightly so. Your skin needs special protection in winter.

Winter dryness is a result of the drying up of the sebaceous glands of the skin. But external applications aside, the problem can be combated effectively by eating the right kind of food. If you take care of your diet and nutrition, you are more likely to escape the winter blues.

Here’s what you need to eat to keep the problems at bay.

1) Nuts and seeds

Nuts and most seeds are rich in antioxidants, vitamin E and essential fatty acids, which nourish the body from within. If you eat nuts regularly, not just in winter, but all year round, any damage to your skin cells resulting from free radicals will be repaired faster. Nuts and seeds not only speed up skin cell repair, they also help in skin regeneration. So, get ready to munch on almonds, walnuts and sunflower seeds, and the like.

2) Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are full of vitamin A, which is essential for skin repair. It also contains beta-carotene, another weapon against skin dryness. Make it a point to include several servings of this tuber in your diet this winter.

4) Avocados

Avocados are full of antioxidants, beta carotene, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, and Vitamin C and E.  They are like a tonic for your skin, nourishing it and keeping dryness at bay. Have them at least thrice a week.

5) Spinach

Spinach has many beneficial properties, and you absolutely must include it in your diet as often as possible. Rich in a host of nutrients, vitamins and minerals such as iron, Vitamin E, A and C, spinach is great for the skin. The antioxidants present in this leafy vegetable help counter free radicals and the water content hydrates you amply.

5) Fish

Fish are a rich source of essential fatty acids that work wonders for your skin and hair. Fish are packed with omega 3, and having three to four servings of fish every week will work wonders for your skin and hair. Go for steamed, grilled or baked fish, rather than fried fish, as frying kills several nutrients.

So, eat right and say bye bye to winter dryness.


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