As the season changes it is important that we change with it, switching up the cold and raw summer foods for more warming and nourishing ones that will create a more supple, moist and lubricated skin this winter season.
MY FAVORITE FOODS FOR COMBATING DRY SKIN THIS WINTER SEASON:
Sweet Potatoes, Spinach, Pumpkin Seeds, Dark Chocolate and Avocados
Sweet potatoes are loaded in hyaluronic acid, an essential lubricant found in synovial fluid that reduces the friction many of us feel in our joints during the colder months and it is also essential for cushioning and lubricating our skin to allow the maintenance of moisture we need for that supple surface we desire. Magnesium is essential for the biosynthesis of Hyaluronic Acid so adding high-magnesium foods like spinach, dark chocolate, pumpkin seeds, avocados and chard are perfect additions to your winter meals this season.
Nuts and Whole Grains
Brown rice, millet, barley, Brazil nuts, walnuts and macadamia nuts are all loaded in B vitamins that play an important role in the health of your skin. A deficiency of Bs can manifest into acne, uneven skin texture, surface inflammation, premature age spots and wrinkles, sensitivity to sunlight and dryness as well as psoriasis, eczema and even topical rashes. If you are experiencing any of these conditions I would recommend getting more B’s in your diet from both supplements and foods.
Grapes, Oranges, Olives, Hemp, Flax and Sunflower Seeds and Sardines
These foods contain healthy doses of complete omega essential fatty acids that will make a huge difference in your red, scaly, itchy and chronically dry skin this season. There are published studies too confirming the positive effect that omega fatty acids (especially omega 6’s) have in treating Atopic Dermatitis / Eczema and their superior effect at retaining moisture and smoothness to both dry skin and skin damaged from harsh treatments and products . In addition, these nutrients will help balance hormones and support overall eyes, brain and heart health. In Ayurveda, grapes were recommended thousands of years ago as a must-have food for vitality and longevity.
Ghee, Olive, Coconut, Sesame and Avocado Oil
Adding more natural fats and avoiding the refined ones like canola and vegetable oil will make a huge difference in your dry skin this season. The best way to do this so you have the results you are looking for is to add a tablespoon of coconut or avocado oil to your smoothie and to make a point to finish all your dishes like baked sweet potatoes and squash, soups, stews, grains, porridge and salads with a healthy drizzle. Also, cook your eggs in ghee or spread it across your toast instead of using plain butter.
Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Mint, Turmeric, Fennel, Cumin, Parsley and Allspice
These spices contain the trace minerals your body needs to be hydrated on a cellular level. Cinnamon, ginger and cloves are high in glucose which is essential for hydration, turmeric, cumin and allspice are high in sodium and parsley and mint are high in calcium. Try making a tea with a cinnamon stick, a clove, allspice and a few slices of ginger or adding mint leaves to your water. The other spices are easy to incorporate in any winter soup or stew. Get creative and enjoy the aromas and flavors these herbs and spices have to offer you this winter season.
We tend to eat out of habit without much forethought but if you are looking to have visible results, I recommend you pay more attention to what you are eating this winter season. I also advise noting your sugar, alcohol and salty food intake this season. I know they will be abundant at holiday dinners, but after the holidays you can definitely give these a break, especially if you want to see your skin transform. This also goes for caffeinated drinks and sodas. Instead make sure your beverages are warm, even the water you drink and try your best to get in at least 32 ounces before you leave the house in the morning
Of course getting enough rest (7-8 hrs) and maintaining a consistent evening skin care regimen are essential, so make sure to compress, cleanse with your Clean pH cleansing waters and moisturize with Crème Vert and Smooth, both of which contain omega 6-rich borage oil. If your skin is already dry lay off the peels, micro-needling, harsh cleansers and toners and definitely favor coconut and sesame oil to cleanse the face instead of a foaming wash. I also recommend doing this outside of the shower to avoid direct heat with friction on the surface of your skin. Also, make sure to mask with Sweet Clean 2-3 times per week for extra hydration and protection against the elements. Exfoliating with Rum & Roses is gentle enough for the season for most any skin and will allow for a bright and smooth texture as well.
You got this and believe it or not, real results are easier to achieve than you think when you are mindful and consistent. Hello Gorgeous!