The days are growing shorter, the weather just that little bit colder and chances are your skin is also showing the hints of the winter that’s yet to come.
But just as there are foods to improve your mood, up your energy, and increase your metabolism, there are also some that give your skin a welcome boost even though the weather is less than glowing.
The cold takes a fair toll on the condition of our skin, with wind, chill and even the varying temperatures of going from the great outdoors to the welcome warmth inside all playing their part.
As a result, your skin might be less than glowing and instead be a little more prone to wrinkles, dryness, cracking, and even eczema or rosacea.
The good news is the food we ingest can help support skin health. So, without further ado, here are six foods to see your skin glow through winter…
Rich in Vitamin E and packed full of antioxidants, almonds help alleviate skin dryness and also combat the signs of aging.
Ideally, you should soak four to five almonds each night and consume them in the morning, but even adding them to your trail mix and soups or enjoying them as a snack is said to have benefits.
Sure, we tend to associate berries with summer, but even in winter these antioxidant-rich little gems pack a real punch.
Blueberries in particular are considered a superfood, meaning they’re high in antioxidants and help reduce free radicals.
At a time of year when the weather’s taking its toll on your largest organ, they’re ready and willing to play their part.
Considered a must-have superfood that really hits its stride in winter, carrots are high in Vitamin A and a host of antioxidants.
All of these help keep the skin supple, nourished and healthy at any time of year but particularly during the cooler months.
Oh, and in case you needed further encouragement, these almighty antioxidants also assist in the fight against wrinkles, discolouration, and scars.
It’s little secret Vitamin C plays a major role in skin health, and few fruits pack as much of a Vitamin C punch as grapefruit.
As an added bonus, grapefruit is also rich in lycopene – a chemical which helps keep the skin smooth and also fights harmful UV rays.
Broccoli, spinach and green tea - we’re lumping all these under one simple colour here because between them they offer some super benefits for your skin that are particularly useful in winter.
Broccoli is rich in Vitamin A and C, the latter of which helps maintain collagen production. It also features Vitamin B which helps reduce dry and flaky skin.
Spinach also boasts Vitamin A and C along with antioxidants that help fight infections, and as an added bonus, can boost your iron count, which helps combat anaemia and fatigue while adding a little colour to your skin.
Meanwhile, green tea is also packed full of antioxidants than can help reduce those dry, scaly skin patches, and is also said to assist in combatting fine lines and wrinkles.
Yes, you read that correctly. Chocolate is absolutely recommended when it comes to maintaining the health of your skin in winter. But there’s a caveat here, it’s dark chocolate, not just those Easter eggs you have lingering in the cupboard.
Dark chocolate contains flavanols that are said to help your skin glow, while it also acts as protection against UV rays.