Oh, the weather outside is (turning) frightful, but not to worry, your skin can look delightful! Although proper skincare products are imperative for maintaining a happy and hydrated complexion, remember that overall healthy skin starts from within. So today, we’re sharing five winter skincare superfoods you can easily incorporate into your recipes and skincare routine this season. Get ready to dash through the snow with a complexion that’ll surely glow thanks to these beneficial, skin boosting fruits and veggies!
Five Winter Skincare Superfoods
This winter skincare superfood sure does make us nutty (in a good way)!
You know we love a good hydration situation and when guzzled down, coconut water is extremely hydrating, due to its high electrolyte (AKA an essential mineral that’s crucial for many key bodily functions) content. And when applied topically, coconut oil (the most common form of this fruit in beauty products) provides a plethora of skin benefits! In its oil form, coconuts are great at cleansing the skin and keeping it soft, supple, and youthful.
And for those experiencing dryness and flakiness, coconut oil is great at moisturizing and repairing damaged skin! This skin-boosting fruit can also reverse the effects of tanning and remove makeup when used topically and can boost oxygen and promote blood circulation when ingested. If you want to start incorporating this fruit into your beauty routine, have a peek at these DIY coconut face masks!
Dermatologists highly recommend this reddish-brown fruit and for good reason, too. It’s the pomb!
Pomegranates are rich in polyphenols (micro-nutrients found in plant-based foods) like anthocyanins and ellagic acid, making this fruit extremely effective at detoxifying the skin and repairing it from any environmental stressors such as air pollution and UV radiation. And due to its high content of ellagic acid, the oil extracted from pomegranate seeds can protect against the formation of skin tumors! They also help protect the outer layer of the skin, reduce the signs of aging, and soothe cracked and irritated skin thanks to punicic acid, an omega 5 fatty acid in pomegranates, which helps prevent moisture loss. If you’re digging all the benefits of this fruit, check out these easy peasy pomegranate smoothie recipes that’ll help quench your skin’s needs!
Now we know why Bugs Bunny loved his carrots…
These crunchy gems are loaded with antioxidants, making them effective (and delicious) skin-perfecting pals. Carrots are abundant in vitamin A and other nutrients such as beta carotene (the red-orange pigment that gives carrots their rich color), which helps reverse the effects of UV damage. Beta carotene is also known for helping treat and heal acne blemishes and scars. They also contain vitamin C, one of the most popular and powerful antioxidants out there, which works to enhance skin radiance, diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, boost collagen production, and more! And when ingested, carrots (which are water-soluble) help flush out unwanted toxins from the body. Simply put, this orange veggie knows how to nourish skin from the outside and within!
The benefits of this winter skincare superfood can’t be beet!
This root vegetable is loaded with essential minerals and vitamins, like vitamin B and C. When consumed, beets and beet juice can aid in slowing down the signs of skin aging, increasing collagen production, improving the appearance of hyperpigmentation, and eliminating impurities from the body, all of which can result in a radiant, blemish-free, and hydrated complexion. And speaking of hydration, beet juice can also help bring moisture to the skin. So, the next time your lips are dry and flaky, try combining beet juice with some sugar to create a natural lip exfoliant or whip together a simple beet treatment to help restore undereye skin where pesky dark circles have formed. And although they provide many skin-boosting benefits, do keep in mind that these blood-red buddies have the highest sugar content of any veggie out there, which can potentially lead to the unwelcome and unpleasant formation of acne when consumed excessively.
We sure do love these small, round, and hard fruits cranberry much!
Because cranberries are naturally acidic, they not only work well as an exfoliant to remove dead skin but also as a treatment for those with oily complexions by decreasing sebum production and unclogging pores. They also have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which can help treat acne and common fungal skin infections that can occur anywhere on the body. Oh, and that’s not all!
Cranberries, due to their vitamin A and C content, can help reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, fight free radical damage, and boost collagen production. But do proceed with caution when incorporating this fruit into any topical beauty treatments, especially if you have sensitive skin. As mentioned, they are highly acidic, so it’s best to test patch any natural remedy that contains cranberries first and standby for any potential side-effects before you decide to work this superfood thoroughly and regularly into your skin.
And that’s a wrap, friends! We hope you enjoyed learning all the benefits of these un-brr-lieveable winter skincare superfoods and that you’re ready to start incorporating them into your diet and daily skincare regimen this time of year. Not only will your tummy thank you, but your skin will, too!