Dry and cracked skin is a major concern for many people, especially in winter. While moisturizers, oils, and creams are incredibly effective for daily use, treating your skin from within can help to rehydrate your skin.
Vitamin C helps increase skin hydration helping to prevent wrinkles. Foods rich in vitamin C include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, pineapple, kiwi, oranges, and avocados.
Vitamin E protects the skin from free radicals, which can lead to early signs of aging. Almonds, sunflower seeds, spinach, avocado, trout, walnuts, sweet potatoes, and olive oil are some of the foods rich in vitamin E.
Beta-Carotene works to protect the skin from UV damage. Some foods rich in beta-carotene are sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, squash, red peppers, peas, and broccoli.
Healthy fats help keep skin hydrated and supple. Avocados are one of the best foods that contain healthy fats along with cheese, extra virgin olive oil, fish, eggs, chia seeds, and dark chocolate.
Omega-3 fatty acids can do wonders for the skin. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids include seafood, wild salmon, chia seeds, walnuts, sardines, soybeans, and olive oil.
Zinc can help create new skin cells. Seafood, dark chocolate, mussels, lamb, wheat, pumpkin seeds, and spinach are all rich in zinc.
Potassium fights another element that can dry out your skin: sodium. Bananas, sweet potatoes, spinach, watermelon, avocados, nuts, yogurt, dark chocolate, tomato soup, and pumpkin are some of the many foods that are rich in potassium.
Antioxidant-rich foods have many benefits, but they specifically protect the skin from free radicals. Dark chocolate, blackberries, blueberries, walnuts, spinach, strawberries, and artichokes are all members of the antioxidant-rich family.
When it comes to sun exposure, you’ve probably heard of UV rays, UV radiation, UV index, or broad-spectrum UV protection. But what does all this mention of UV mean, and why should you care? UV, or ultraviolet, is radiation that refers to the rays of sunlight that are not visible to the human eye. The reason you should care is that exposure to this radiation is what causes skin aging and skin cancer. Crow’s feet, laugh lines, wrinkles, fine lines, etc. are the main problems caused by the action of the Sun on our skin. As we age, our skin loses its structure (AKA collagen) and its ability to be elastic (elastin), causing wrinkles to form and the skin to deteriorate.
In addition to traditional natural aging, several other elements can create wrinkles. Since I can’t stop time, let’s take a quick look at some of the other factors that affect the formation of wrinkles and what you can do to keep your skin soft and youthful!
Free radicals acquired thanks to UVA radiation destroy collagen and elastin of the skin and cause hyperpigmentation.
Signs of aging from the Sun: Many people mistake the signs of sun damage as normal signs of aging, but with sun protection, many of these can be avoided.
Use SPF cream every day, even on cloudy and seemingly sunless days. Do not forget to reapply the cream after activities such as swimming, or physical activities that cause sweating.
Do not underestimate the protective effect of good glasses and hats, they are two very important objects that will bring you very good benefits. During peak hours, it is recommended to stay in the shade or indoors as much as possible. (10:00-16:00). Keeping your skin healthy is up to you, but it is possible if you take good care of it and are vigilant about sun protection. This is how you can make your skin maintain its beauty for years to come!