Winter can be one of the hardest months on our skin—the cold weather can seriously dry it out. So now that are transitioning into a new season, dreaming of warmer days and are focusing again on our health, try loading up on foods that give you shiny, healthy hair and hydrated skin. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “You are what you eat,” so eating foods that hydrate can be hugely beneficial for the skin. While there are many products that help, it’s best to also hydrate from the inside out!
- Lemon water
It encourages radiance. The vitamin C from the lemons helps not only the inside your body, but your skin, too. It helps boost collagen to fight wrinkles and prevent acne. And of course, the more water you drink, the better your skin is in general.
High in Omega 2 and Omega 6, it limits water loss in skin cells. They’re a great source of vitamin C, E, and monounsaturated fats. This helps lock in moisture.
- Spinach and other dark leafy greens
They’re all packed with iron, omega 4 fatty acids, vitamins A, B, and E, which protect skin and improve your immune system. Phytochemicals and folates help hydrate skin and keep it healthy. Steam it, enjoy in a salad, or in cold pressed juice for maximum benefits.
They hydrate the body, replenishing it with vitamins and minerals while helping the body eliminate toxins. The flesh of cucumbers is primarily composed of water, but also vitamin C and caffeic acid, both of which help soothe skin irritations and reduce swelling—which is why cucumbers are often used to help swollen eyes and sunburn. Most of our cold pressed juices have cucumbers, so drink up! Or enjoy in a salad or as an afternoon snack.
- Nuts and seeds
With omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, B, E, monounsaturated fats, and a load of antioxidants, nuts and seeds are a surefire way to hydrate our skin. All of these elements promote the skin’s elasticity and help regenerate cells, which in turn fight against pollutants and free radicals.
They hydrate and protect—especially water-dense fruits. Most have powerful antioxidants that replenish nutrients in skin, promote collagen production, and keep skin firm.
- B vitamins
Vitamin B helps to restore skin’s collagen (a protein that keeps it firm), which is especially important as you age. So load up on Vitamin B-full foods like whole grains and protein to keep your skin looking fantastic!
- Aloe vera
It’s not only a great topical to heal skin, but it’s a great drink too… which just one sip of our aloe vera water will prove.
- Limit processed foods
The more you take these foods with refined sugars out of your diet equation, the less dehydrated your skin will be. Start today and you’ll see a big difference.