8 Super Hydrating Foods to Combat Dry Winter Skin

The Winter months can affect our skin in the worst ways possible. The lack of sunshine, over heated offices or homes, and being out in the cold coming into artificial heat day in day out all have terrible effects on hydration levels. Sometimes drinking water just isn’t enough. However, there are certain foods that can boost your skin during the dark Winter months so check them out and start shopping smart!

1. Citrus

Pink Grapefruit is heavy in lycopene which helps smooth skin by relieving roughness. You can have it as a fruit juice, or a half grapefruit with breakfast in the morning! Not everyone really likes grapefruit (it is pretty bitter), so if you just can’t force yourself to eat it, try oranges or clementines instead. The high level of vitamin C is pretty effective in evening skin tone, and preventing dryness!

2. Carrots

Beta-carotene helps to heal skin damage whether it be from UV rays, pollutants, or other environmental hazards. Carrots therefore can help you get younger, firmer looking skin! Why not try them in a stew, or a soup, or even just try them raw with some hummus as a mid-morning snack!

3. Tomatoes

High in vitamin C, tomatoes can help prevent damage to your skin, and can also help build collagen meaning your skin will be smoother, and your skin’s structure is supported. Slice some up in a salad, make a homemade pasta sauce, or just add some to your cheeky burger so it’s not as guilt laden!

4. Coconut Oil

We’ve all seen the multitude of benefits that come from a jar of coconut oil so we apologize if we’re repeating ourselves! As a saturated fat, coconut oil keeps skin hydrated and supple. You can use it while cooking, as a replacement for butter, in smoothies, or just apply it directly! It’s up to you!

5. Green Tea

Not only is green tea comforting in the cold months of Winter, it is also a great anti-inflammatory and can help to improve the effects of your sunscreen! So if you suffer from rosacea, or just get red in the face from artificial heat green tea could be your answer, instead of topping up your concealer all day!

6. Salmon

Because salmon is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, it’s one of the best things to eat during the Winter. It keeps skin nourished and moisturized, and is a great ally against acne breakouts or redness and irritation. Try it on a bagel in the morning with some cream cheese – it will cheer you up no end!

7. Squash

Squash is in season over the Winter so it’s cheaper to buy in the supermarket and also contains beta-carotenes which are converted into vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A protects against skin damage, while vitamin C (which it is also full of) keeps your skin hydrated! Try some stuffed, baked squash. It’s comforting, and healthy!

8. Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes are not only delicious, they’re incredibly beneficial for your skin too! High in vitamins A, C, and E, they promote healthy-looking skin. They can help protect against UV ray damage too which a lot of people are surprised can still happen throughout the Winter.

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