7 Foods to eat in win­ter for a healthy skin

In­dulge in these foods this chilly sea­son to en­sure that you have a healthy, glow­ing skin

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - LIFESTYLE - Ab­hi­nav Verma

There is noth­ing more an­noy­ing in win­ter than con­sis­tently ap­ply­ing mois­turiser on your face and still won­der why it is dry all the time. Well, a good diet can change that. Here is a list of foods that can help your skin beat win­ter blues.

SWEET POTA­TOES

Sweet pota­toes are a very good source of vi­ta­min A and beta-carotene. Vi­ta­min A is im­por­tant for skin re­pair whereas beta-carotene is re­quired for strength­en­ing the skin bar­rier, as well as for mois­tur­is­ing and pro­duc­ing new skin cells.

SUN­FLOWER SEEDS

If you want to keep your skin soft and sup­ple in win­ters, munch on sun­flower seeds. They are an ex­cel­lent source of vi­ta­min E. They also make your skin mem­branes strong, which is im­por­tant for keep­ing the skin hy­drated. This process pro­tects the skin from get­ting dry.

EGGS

Con­sum­ing eggs in the cold weather ben­e­fits the skin by pro­vid­ing vi­ta­min A and vi­ta­min E. It helps to re­plen­ish the skin bar­rier and keep the skin mois­turised. Eggs also con­tain vi­ta­min D and sul­phur that is im­por­tant for the syn­the­sis of col­la­gen.

SALMON

Win­ter is just the per­fect sea­son to en­joy salmon. An ex­cel­lent source of Omega 3 fatty acids, which bal­ances lipid mem­brane that helps the skin re­tain mois­ture. It also pro­tects the skin against red­ness and acne in the cold sea­son. If you’re a lover of seafood, then salmon is one thing you need in your diet.

CO­COA

Yes, that’s right! Co­coa is a source of a flavonoid called epi­cat­e­chin. Epi­cat­e­chin is re­spon­si­ble for in­creas­ing the blood flow to your skin. So, if you want that shiny glow then you know what to eat. It also im­proves the skin tex­ture, pre­vent­ing it from get­ting dry.

EDAMAME

If you want to re­duce the dam­age caused by the sun in the win­ters, then go for edamame. Also known as baby soy­abean, edamame con­tains isoflavones that act like an an­tiox­i­dant. Isoflavones re­moves all the harm­ful free rad­i­cals caused by the sun ex­po­sure. It also pre­serves col­la­gen, which is re­spon­si­ble for keep­ing our skin firm.

POMEGRANATE SEEDS

In the cold weather you are more prone to get­ting wrin­kles be­cause the skin gets dry eas­ily. Pomegranate seeds are full of polyphe­nol an­tiox­i­dants that boost blood flow, which helps to re­gen­er­ate col­la­gen and pre­vent wrin­kles. They also in­crease the skin’s im­mu­nity against the harm­ful rays of the sun.

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