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The Best Seasonal Winter Foods for Healthy Skin
Posted by Dr. Joshua Fox

The Best Seasonal Winter Foods for Healthy Skin

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With the winter season approaching as of December 21, the most wonderful time of the year hosts frigid temperatures which unfortunately leads to dry, irritated skin. Lotions, moisturizers and serums provide a temporary fix, but what you really need is adequate hydration from the inside out. Altering your diet to include nourishing foods is a simple way to provide your skin with the hydration it longs for. These delicious foods boost your immunity and are rich in the vitamins, antioxidants and oils your body’s largest organ desperately craves.

Moisture Enhancers

There’s a reason why your lips become chapped as soon as December rolls around, as the cold literally absorbs moisture from your skin, often leaving your lips feeling dry and uncomfortable. Regularly consuming foods rich in fatty oils will do your body a great deal of good over the long winter months. Healthy fats found in avocados, coconut oil, wild caught salmon, spinach and walnuts help develop stronger cell membranes. This naturally locks in moisture and helps your skin retain water during colder months.

Natural Glow

We know a simple and tasty way to obtain a natural glow all winter long and it’s not only conveniently inexpensive, but can be found at your local grocery store. Simply buying some of your favorite Beta-Carotene enriched foods effectively combats dull, dry skin. Delicious winter veggies like sweet-potatoes, butternut squash and broccoli contain impressive amounts of Beta-Carotene, which converts to healthy doses of Vitamin A. The superfood naturally enhances the development of skin cells, providing you with beautiful and glowing results.

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Break Free from Breakouts

As many individuals may notice, irritating breakouts during the winter tend to arise more. This is an unfortunate combined result of drying outside conditions and keeping warm indoors. Artificial heat lacks moisture and wreaks havoc on your complexion. Since extreme cold isn’t a viable option either, we’ve developed a few tricks to help you through the next few months. Along with plenty of water, these tasty treats should help fight and keep those blemishes at bay. Healthy foods such as artichokes are rich in vitamin E, efficiently removing toxins from your body, leaving you with clearer skin. Spices like garlic, turmeric and fennel help fight inflammation and produce bright, beautiful skin.

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Following our diet tips and properly hydrating will having you looking and feeling better in no time at all. For additional skin relief during colder months, use a humidifier to add moisture to the room. We also recommend covering up with a hat and gloves when going outside and using gentle moisturizers to protect and soothe your skin.

Regularly consuming foods rich in vitamins, antioxidants and healthy fats is a deliciously easy way to remain hydrated throughout the cold winter months ahead of us. Committing yourself to a proper diet year round is vital to maintaining a beautiful complexion. If you have additional concerns about recent skin changes, excessively dry skin or are looking for a general consultation, please contact any of our offices to schedule an appointment!

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