Winter is approaching, bringing with it a change in climate that can sometimes have a detrimental effect on our skin.
During the winter months, humidity in the environment is lower, which results in dryer skin. The constant pumping out of central heating in our homes and workplaces adds to these drying effects. There’s also less of a desire to drink water in the cold season. Lack of water can stop the skin cells functioning properly leading to a loss of protective oils. These are essential for helping to maintain the skin’s lustre and elasticity. Keeping hydrated is essential – if you don’t fancy cold water swap to herbal teas. Keeping a portable humidifier in the bedroom to increase the humidity levels can be particularly useful because the skin renews itself during the night.
It makes sense to nourish the skin from within and there are a number of nutrients that can help to keep the skin moisturised, hydrated and supple. Collagen is a natural protein that gives our face structure. The collagen fibres weave together to form a framework in which new cells can grow. Vitamin C is essential too as it helps to aid the synthesis of collagen and is involved in tissue renewal. Equally important is hyaluronic acid, which plays a vital role in the body’s water maintenance by binding water molecules to tissue. In addition to this, astaxanthin is an amazing skin protecting antioxidant found in salmon, lobster, crab and red trout. It helps to counter free radical damage caused to skin cells by the drying effects of winter and central heating. We mustn’t forget either to eat five or more portions of fruit and veggies for their skin enhancing vitamins, minerals and bioflavanoids. Finally… adding in two portions of oily fish a week gives the skin a good dose of lubricating essential fatty acids, helping to keep it in tip top condition!
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By Jacqueline Newson, Nutritionist at Higher Nature. Higher Nature is a UK based, independently owned company, with over 20 years history as pioneers in nutrition, specialising in vitamins, supplements and health foods to suit all.