Are you feeling the burn of winter? Frosty mornings, toasty heaters, and hot showers sound pretty good right? Unfortunately your skin may not feel the same way.
Dry skin is a common problem for many people but some of us are more prone than others, particularly during the cold and dry months. Patches of dry skin can appear anywhere on your body and are typically marked by scaling, flakiness, itching, tightness and cracking. In most cases you can treat the symptoms of dry skin when they appears by using moisturisers. But in the most severe of cases it can develop into chronic eczema and other serious skin conditions.
Why do we get dry skin?
Your skin is composed of fat (lipids) and protein. Normally the lipids help to prevent your skin from drying out, however when the oils are removed your skin loses its protection. As a result it looses moisture easily and is more prone to damage. As we discovered in our article Winter Is Coming! How The Cool Changes Affect Your Skin, the cold and dry conditions during the winter months can accelerate this process leaving you with dry and damaged skin.
Apart from the weather there are many other lifestyle factors that contribute to the development of dry skin, including:
- taking hot baths and showers (see our article, Cool It Down To Save Your Skin);
- using harsh soaps and detergents;
- using inappropriate skin care;
- your age and hormones; and
- medical conditions.
What can we do about it?
Restoring balance to already damaged skin is one thing, but as we know, prevention is always the best medicine. And where better to start than your dinner plate?
As well as using quality skin care products like Immortal Cream, your diet also plays an important role in keeping your skin and body hydrated from the inside out. Our skin is the largest organ and it, like the rest of our body, requires certain vitamins and nutrients to perform its functions and remain peak condition. It comes as no surprise then that eating plenty of fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants is good for your overall health, including the health of your skin.
If you are serious about combating dry skin this winter, try including some of these super foods into your diet.
Apart from being everyone’s favourite go-to breakfast, avocados are a rich source of vitamins C and E. Vitamin C is one of the best antioxidants for boosting collagen production and keeping our skin naturally healthy, while vitamin E is known to keep the skin hydrated and fight the free radicals that cause premature ageing.
Avocados also contains oleic acid, a type of omega-9 fatty acid, one of the building blocks of a healthy complexion. This fatty acid maintains moisture in the epidermal layer of your skin helping to make it soft and hydrated. Furthermore, oleic acid also helps to regenerate damaged skin cells and reduce facial redness and irritation.
Your dry skin will thank you for your daily smashed avo on toast.
Speed up your skin’s natural healing process with fish containing a high concentration of Omega-3. Salmon, tuna, herring, sardines and mackerel all contain high amounts of these essential fatty acids, which are known to reduce redness and inflammation, prevent scaly skin and act as moisturizers by releasing natural oils.
Symptoms of an omega-3 fatty acid deficiency in your diet includes dry skin, so including a fish option in your weekly menu is a good idea. However, if you aren’t keen on fish you can also get your omega-3 fatty acids intake from flaxseed oil and some types of eggs.
Orange fruits and vegetables
Orange fruits and vegetables contain beta-carotene, a type of antioxidant. Scientific research shows that a diet high in carotenoids (like beta-carotene) can improve your skin’s density, thickness, tone and general appearance.
Beta-carotene, which our body converts into vitamin A, is also an essential vitamin for protecting our skin from damage . Vitamin A is also known to reduce premature ageing in our skin, particularly facial wrinkles, fade brown spots, and smoothing roughness.
Vegetables like sweet potato, carrots, butternut pumpkin and fruits like oranges, pawpaw and apricots are all good sources.
Foods that contain zinc
Foods that contain zinc help with cell production, protein and collagen synthesis. Zinc also assists the body in the normal functioning of the sebaceous glands and heals wounds.
Foods high in zinc include spinach, beef, kidney beans, oysters, nuts and pumpkin seeds.
Combat dry skin with the support of Immortal Cream
Improving your diet to address problematic skin is only half of the story. Immortal Cream is the missing piece.
Our skin is under constant attack from harsh UV rays, pollution, the climate, and our lifestyle. Immortal Cream can help.
With its unique combination of youth-promoting vitamins, powerful antioxidants and all day hydration Immortal Cream can help you combat dry skin and regain your glowing complexion.