Beauty comes from inside. And especially when the cold season starts our skin has a lot to fight for to stay beautiful. This is why I will write about how to stay beautiful using food in Part 3 of my blog series “Stay happy, healthy and beautiful during the cold season”. You can find Part 1 and Part 2 here.
The cold air outside stresses our skin. The blood vessels under the skin contract to store body heat. The renewal of the upper skin layer slows down and the skin’s repair mechanisms are limited. The sebaceous glands also stop producing fat when the temperature drops below 8ºC. This means that the skin lacks its protective oily film: The water evaporates more quickly from the skin’s surface. You might have noticed much drier skin during winter. The low humidity at low temperatures and the dry air in heated rooms further enhance this process. The skin often reacts with a feeling of tension, itching, and dandruff. In winter, the skin is in a permanent fight.
In order to have a healthy looking skin during that time, we use many beauty products and tend to forget that beauty also comes from inside and that we can support our skin a lot with the right food. Here are my three favorite ones for a glowing skin:
Flax seeds are full of healthy Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect, regulate the oil production of the skin, clarify the skin’s appearance and support the protective functions of the skin. At the same time, Omega 3 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect, preventing skin irritation, redness, and rashes. Therefore you can have two tablespoons of flaxseed oil every morning, which provides you with the necessary omega 3 fatty acids.
H2O – Water
Probably no secret anymore, that water improves the elasticity of the skin and prevents wrinkling. It stimulates the metabolism and releases toxins. It is important to supply the body with enough liquid. You should drink at least two liters of liquid every day – preferably in the form of water, herbal or fruit teas. If normal water is too boring for you, just fill a decanter with still water and add some (untreated) lemon slices, mint leaves, or cucumber slices.
Pumpkin seeds contain a high level of zinc. Zinc is very important for our skin. It clarifies skin impurities, regulates the fat content of the skin and counteracts red points on your skin. Furthermore, pumpkin seeds have copper. Copper helps to pigment skin and hair. If you not only want to use the seeds, you can also eat the rest of the pumpkin for your beauty. Pumpkin contains large amounts of alpha and beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the body and keeps skin cells young and slows down the aging process of the body. Moreover, it is used in traditional Chinese medicine today to strengthen the bladder and as a remedy for digestive problems.
With that, I hope you will stay happy, healthy and beautiful during the cold season.