When the temperature drops, here’s how to eat your way to a glowing complexion
If you’re plagued by dry skin, brittle nails and chapped lips when the cold weather hits, help may be found right in your own kitchen. Choose the right foods and supplements, and you’ll achieve beauty benefits from the inside out.
Choose friendly fats to eliminate dryness
Colder weather outside and indoor heating can zap the moisture from your skin, hair and nails. To re-hydrate them, grab a handful of walnuts, toss ground flaxseeds into a smoothie, or feast on cold-water fish like wild salmon. These foods contain healthy omega-3 fats that lock moisture directly into your skin cells, while soothing inflammation associated with dryness. Aim to consume two 3.5-ounce servings of fish each week, or take a purified fish oil supplement daily. Limit your intake of spicy foods and highly caffeinated or alcoholic beverages, all of which can further dehydrate your skin.
Repair damaged skin with berries and tea
The sun may be weaker in the winter months, but you may not realize that it can still be damaging to your skin because the glare from buildings and snow intensifies the UVB rays. Grapes and blueberries (and even the occasional glass of red wine!) may protect your skin due to their resveratrol content, an antioxidant which prevents fine lines and slows the breakdown of collagen. You can also drink several cups of green tea each day, which helps repair damaged skin because it has anti-inflammatory properties and protects cell membranes from UV damage.
Pump up the produce for a youthful glow
Colourful produce, especially the selection widely available in the winter, packs a nutritional punch that will keep your skin glowing during the colder months. Vitamin A, found in dark leafy greens, carrots and winter squashes, is necessary for the growth and maintenance of healthy skin cells. Broccoli and sweet potato are rich in beta-carotene, an antioxidant nutrient that helps to prevent wrinkles and will keep your skin looking fresh and youthful. To boost the production of collagen in your skin, ensure you get plenty of vitamin C, which is found in apples, citrus fruit and tomatoes.
For a further natural collagen boost, try Jamieson Collagen Anti-Wrinkle. This formula is clinically proven to reduce the number of deep wrinkles in 28 days by providing collagen to two layers of skin (the epidermis and dermis) to help replace lost structural collagen and achieve firmer, more youthful-looking skin.
Strengthen brittle nails with a B vitamin
If you have weak nails that tend to peel or break easily in the cold, damp winter weather, it’s wise to get more biotin in your diet. This B complex vitamin has been shown to thicken brittle or splitting fingernails and may also add strength to your hair. Biotin can be found in oatmeal, egg yolks, nuts, soybeans, bananas and mushrooms.
For even greater nutritional support, try Jamieson Hair, Skin & Nails, which provides 5,000 mcg of biotin in every delicious fast-melting tablet. This formula will not only help to strengthen your nails, but it also promotes thicker and stronger hair, and improves the appearance of your skin.