Ever notice that as the temps drop, so does the healthy glow in the apples of your cheeks? Suddenly all that good summery pink and and pretty gives way to dry and sallow. So unfair!
Well guess what Social Gals and Gents? In addition to good products instrumental to “weathering” the harsh effects of transitioning seasons, there are also a pack of good foods – fortified with the right nutrients – that can take dehydrated complexions from merely surviving the elements … to thriving in them.
And who better to supply that strategic list than Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O., an osteopathic physician board certified in family medicine, anti-aging medicine and chelation therapy who knows exactly what “skin food” is required. Ready set, eat your way gorgeous:
- Olive Oil fortifies skin with healthy, unsaturated fats with anti-aging benefits. It’s rich in vitamin E, and can be used to treat and prevent dry skin naturally.
- Avocado contains fats which help to lubricate skin and protect it from damage, and also promote clear, youthful skin. Avocados also rock anti-aging properties.
- Oatmeal brims with oodles of antioxidants, along with vitamins and minerals that improve skin health. The fibers in oatmeal also help slough dead skin and prevent redness when applied topically.
- Sweet Potatoes are an amazing source of vitamin A, which, in turn, locks in moisture, giving your skin a healthy glow and shield from damage.
- Carrots contain the carotenoids beta carotene and lycopene—both of which help shield your skin against UV damage.
- Grapefruit is all about skin smoothing carotenoids. When buying grapefruit, opt for one with a red-pinkish hue because these colors are from lycopene and it means the fruits are loaded with carotenoids. People who have higher concentration of lycopene have smoother skin.
- Broccoli stars vitamin C, an optimal synthesizer of collagen, a protein that keeps skin firm helping to guard against wrinkles.
- Spinach and dark, leafy greens like kale are filled with iron, omega-4 fatty acids and vitamins A, B and E, which protect skin and improve your immune system. The phytochemicals and folates also help hydrate skin and keep it healthy.
- Coconut Oil is rich in fats and provides lubrication in addition to preventing acne thanks to their antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.
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