Peeling lips, shrivelled hands and flaky, itchy, red skin all mean one thing: it's wintertime. During the colder months, our skin tends to get very dry, because of the low of humidity in the air. Humidity levels reflect the water content within our skin; so low humidity means our skin’s moisture levels are low. Combat the dryness from the inside out with these five foods.
1. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are not only delicious, but incredibly nourishing for your skin. Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin A and beta-carotene, which is what gives them their bright orange colour. Vitamin A is so important for skin maintenance and repair. It stimulates the growth of new skin cells and helps these cells maintain their structural integrity.
How to eat it: Steam sweet potatoes with their skin on. Once they’re soft, mash them up well. You can also cut sweet potatoes into cubes and roast them in the oven with coconut oil and sea salt.
2. Flax Oil
Flax oil contains essential fatty acids, also known as omega-3s. This nutrient is so essential to our health because we don’t naturally produce in our bodies and must consume it from food. Omega-3s prevent dehydration, have lubricating effects and prevent inflammation in our cells. Omega-3s are also found in walnuts and cold-water fish, like salmon.
How to eat it: Take about one tablespoon of flax oil a day. You can drink it straight, drizzle it on oatmeal or pour it into a morning smoothie. Keep the flax oil bottle in the fridge or freezer for approximately two weeks after opening; it is super sensitive to air, light and heat.