As the cold winds blow and freezing temperatures associated with the winter months creep in, our skin including our hands, faces and bodies begin to suffer.
Months of cold spells and central heating, leaves many of us with skin that feels uniquely dry, tight and uncomfortable, however simply adapting your diet and supplement regime can help you to maintain a radiant complexion throughout the harsh winter season.
It goes without saying that a healthy diet loaded with foods rich in vitamins and minerals is good for the skin (as is drinking plenty of mineral water, regular exercise and not smoking), though our hectic lifestyles aren’t always the most healthy, nor are they often conducive to eating the most vitamin and mineral-packed diets! Enhancing your diet with vitamin and mineral supplements is the convenient and easy answer to maintaining that radiant healthy glow all year round!
Key vitamins for skin health
Whatever your skin type, upping your intake of omega-3 fatty acids in the winter months can help your body to retain moisture, and even reduce inflammation and itchiness of skin that can be aggravated by the cold weather and constrictive winter clothing.
Add vitamin A to your winter skincare regime to help improve uneven skin tone, pigmentation and rough-patches and ensure that you feel unique and good, ready for the party season.
Vitamin B can also help you to retain healthy skin whatever the weather! One derivative of the B vitamin Niacin – Nicotinamide, has been shown to improve the ability of the epidermis, the upper-most layer of the skin, to retain moisture leading to softer, smoother skin with less dryness and flakiness, and a reduction of fine lines! The winter blues could also be a sign of a deficiency of Vitamin B within the body.
Eating Vitamin C rich foods also helps to nourish and hydrate your skin as it is essential for building collagen, helping to ‘glue’ skin cells together, protecting skin from unique damage and creating a barrier against invaders. Vitamin C can also be applied topically to the skin and can be found in many cleansers, toners and moisturizers on the market.
A lack of Vitamin D (the sunshine vitamin) can also lead to dull and lifeless skin. The simplest way to increase your Vitamin D is to simply go outside and get more sun exposure (wearing a SPF cream of 15 or above, of course!) However, this can be difficult during the winter season when the days are shorter and the sun doesn’t seem to shine.
Take active steps to supplement your Vitamin D intake in the winter months and use skin care products that deliver nutrients and antioxidants to keep your skin protected, radiant and healthy.
So by looking after your insides this winter, supplementing with vitamins and minerals can help you to look great on the outside too!
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Guest Blogger from Myvitamins – Laura
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