As we change seasons, you may notice that your skin is a little worse for wear, and it is important to find ways to help your skin recover. One easy and great way to support your skin’s recuperation and rejuvenation is through diet. If you increase your intake of vitamins, antioxidants and omega 3’s your skin will definitely thank you!
Vitamins A and C aid in recovery, boost the skin’s immune system and bring out the healthy glow that everyone desires. Two foods that are relatively easy to bring into your diet and support your skin are kiwifruit and sweet potatoes. Kiwi fruit is so high in vitamin C that you will get your daily needs met with one serve. Sweet potato is also a great source of vitamin C and more importantly contain more vitamin A than just about any other vegetable. Although vitamins will help to kick-off the skin recovery process, antioxidants will take it to the next level.
Antioxidants protect the skin from sun damage and aid in its recovery, and with seasonal changes these can easily become depleted. Boosting your antioxidant levels back up will improve skin health and also help to protect it from further damage. Green tea contains plenty of antioxidants and is a great way to help your skin recover, with minimal effort. A single cup of green tea daily will see you meeting your antioxidant needs. If tea isn’t your thing then eating cherries is a wonderful and tasty alternative. Either way, increasing your antioxidant levels is vital to overall skin health.
Another fundamental element of skin health is to do with the consumption of omega 3 fatty acids. These help to regulate oil production and in particular help keep your skin from becoming scaly or dry, which is a common seasonal skin symptom. Flaxseeds are incredibly high in omega 3, but some people find it difficult to bring these into their diet. A great alternative is walnuts, which are very easy to include in a salad or just eat on their own for a healthy snack. If nuts are not to your taste, then salmon could provide a great alternative in meeting your omega 3 requirements.
Regardless of how your skin is doing at the end of this season, it is important to support your skin’s recovery and to increase its durability before it faces the pressures of the next season. The above foods and their associated similar vitamins, antioxidants and omega 3’s are a great simple way to keep your skin healthy and strong all year round.
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