By Tess Hardy
Caring for your skin internally is just as important as caring for your skin externally. This is essential not only for Winter, but for all year round. The renowned expression ‘you are what you eat’ is so true!
Your skin reflects the foods that you eat. So making a conscious effort with your diet, as well as looking after the external surface of your skin, is an absolute must. Below, I have listed some well-loved, natural products to use when adapting to the cooler climate, and nutritional foods recommended for each skin type.
You might think that having dry skin gets ten times worse in the Winter months, and yes, it might – especially if you neglect it and do not give it the attention it needs! However, there are thousands of natural products to choose from that will help to give your skin some extra Winter loving.
Best foods for dry skin:
- Olive Oil, Sesame Oil, all types of Berries, Bananas, Yellow Bell Peppers, Pumpkin, Sweet Potatoes, Salmon, Trout, Halibut, Sardines, Broccoli, Spinach, Zucchini, Eggs, Avocados, Almonds, Cashews, Sunflower Seeds, Walnuts, Coconut Oil, Flax, Chia and Hemp Seeds, and Aloe Vera.
Oily skin is caused by an excess of natural skin oil called sebum. Producing too much of this can highlight clogged pores – my living nightmare! Here are some non-clogging products to make them less visible and take away that greasy shine:
Best foods for oily skin:
- Almond Milk/Coconut Milk, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Butternut Squash, Pinto Beans, Quinoa, Spinach, Asparagus, Broccoli, Blueberries, Blackberries, Dried Dark Cherries with no sugar added, Green Tea, Grapefruit, Watermelon, Cucumber, Onion, Turmeric and Ginger.
Believe it or not, normal/combination skin is the most common skin type, with an oily ‘T-zone’ and dry cheeks/under the eyes. This is most likely down to genetics. Our top tip is to avoid harsh, chemical ingredients in your skincare, such as sulfates, alcohol and soap. Instead, look for products with balancing properties.
Best foods for normal/combination skin:
- Broccoli, Kale, Swiss Chard, Cabbage, Arugula, Spinach, Carrots, Wild-caught Salmon, Trout and Sardines, Chicken Eggs, Olive Oil, Quinoa, Brown Rice Millet, and Fermented food.
If you have sensitive skin, your skin can be easily affected and can react to a variety of things, such as allergies, the weather, temperature change or chemical/synthetic irritants. Any of these can cause symptoms of sensitivity, but using natural ingredients will provide you with suitable, soothing benefits.
Best foods for sensitive skin:
- Asparagus, Kale, Tomatoes, Olive Oil, Flaxseed, Oranges, Green Tea, Avocado, Apples and Berries.
Having this knowledge of natural products and foods for each skin type could help you on your way to conquering healthy Winter skin. That being said, try not to indulge in too many treats over the Christmas period that include wheat, dairy, sugar, soy and processed foods, if you want to avoid triggering inflammation and breakouts.
It is all about balance at the end of the day, so having a balanced diet will ultimately improve the overall condition of your skin. ‘Your glow comes from within’, as they say. Remember to nourish your skin and your body to maximise results, then you will be winning!
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