Winter has arrived and a range of skin and hair related issues begin to surface. One of the most common issues during winter is DRY SKIN. Many people develop dry and lifeless skin texture in winters. Market is already flooded with moisturizing creams and herbal remedies for hydration of skin by giving protective shield to nullify the effect of weather. But experts believe that real solution lies in your diet and kind of nutrients you give to your body.

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Get, set, ready for winter!

One should understand that our diets need to change every now and then to allow our body to get proper nutrients. If you are following a fixed pattern of diet then this will definitely challenge our body system to fight back the changes in weathers. In india we have variety of seasons and variety of seasonal produce which are available in daily grocery market and veggie market. These fresh things signal us to take home for more variety and season friendly eating.
While dry skin can be a result of the drying up of the sebaceous glands of the skin, it can be worked upon externally only up to an extent. No amount of external moisturisation will render a glow that comes from within and is achievable only when you practice healthy eating habits. Winter in India can get quite brutal; this is exactly why we need to load up on more nutrient dense items that would give extra nourishment to the body.
So as far as dry skin is concern we have two questions ….
– What to apply?
– What to eat?

What to apply – External oil application works wonder; in case you battle acute dryness try applying a thin film of oils like sesame, coconut, corn or sunflower oil on your face before turning in.

We will focus on second question , what to eat ?

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1. Sweet potatoes

The humble tuber is a winter favourite and comes loaded with vitamin A, essential for skin repair, and beta-carotene which helps shield the skin against winter woes.
Sweet potatoes are also an excellent source of beta carotene which is an antioxidant that turns into vitamin A in our bodies. Antioxidants protect our skin from free radicals and vitamin A deficiency is a huge reason for dull, dry skin. While consuming foods high in beta carotene is essential for healthy hair and skin, using vitamin A driven products is ideal for supple, glowing skin. This is just one of the reasons why vitamin A has been listed as one of the top vitamins for healthy skin.

2. Nuts and seeds

Nuts and seeds are good for your health. But aside from filling a hunger gap with good fats, fiber and protein, they can help make skin supple, smooth and younger looking.
Need we say more? These are loaded with antioxidants, vitamin E and essential fatty acids that play a pivotal role in nourishing the body from within. Regular nut consumption helps in staving off and repairing skin cell damage from free radicals and accelerates the process of skin cell repair and regeneration. You will feel your skin getting smoother and suppler after introducing these to your daily diet, just a handful a day is enough. Almonds, walnuts and sunflower seeds top the list of vitamin-e enriched items.

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3. Spinach

This seasonal delight needs no introduction. It comes packed with a bevy of nutrients, vitamins and minerals like iron and the skin-friendly vitamin E. Vitamin A and C present in this leafy vegetable initiates and maintains skin repair process. Spinach is also loaded with antioxidants and H20, for that extra dose of hydration.

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4. Avocados

Avocados come with a buttery texture and a nutty aroma that makes it quite a hit with people. It also comes packed with staggering skin-benefiting properties. A rich source of antioxidants, betacarotene, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C and E, avocados can go a long way in giving your skin that extra dose of nourishment this winter and keep dryness at bay. Avocados are nutrient dense are popularly known as ‘nature’s butter’.

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5. Fish

Let us reiterate that essential fatty acids work wonders for your skin and hair health. Fish is one of the richest sources of omega 3. If you plan to include fish in your diet ensure cooking it the healthy way – steaming, grilling, poaching, baking – over deep frying it. Fish consumption has also been tied to fighting inflammation. Some of your best bets for the season would include Salmon, Mackerel, Sardines among others.

What you eat certainly reflects on your face and the way you look. Regular consumption of a healthy diet will definitely lend a healthy glow to your skin. Get in touch with a certified diet expert to know more about including skin friendly foods in your diet and how to battle dryness this season.

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