As the weather gets chillier in our country, you might start to feel that your skin is getting drier, flakier and itchier. You might have begun using all kinds of winter serums, toners and moisturisers that can keep your skin hydrated and moisturised. But, the skin needs nutrients to help heal and repair itself and there are some more ways with which you can hydrate your skin from the inside-out this winter.
– Drink water: 60% of your body is made up of water and it sure plays a crucial role in your body’s functioning, including nutrient-transportation to your cells and whisking away toxins. It even keeps the skin cells plump which is essential to do away with dry and dehydrated skin. You can also start eating fruits and vegetables that are high in water content like watermelon, musk melon, spinach, lettuce and celery.
– Eat collagen-rich foods: When your body doesn’t get enough fats or protein through your diet, your skin starts to dry up. You need to increase your collagen intake by drinking bone broth as it is naturally high in collagen, good fat and protein. It’s the best lubricating moisturiser too. You can also consume foods like garlic and citrus fruits as they boost collagen synthesis in the body.
– Up your consumption of vitamin D: If your body has vitamin D deficiency, which is a fat-soluble vitamin, the skin tends to get dry. It triggers the receptors which are otherwise responsible for promoting the formation of skin barrier. So if your skin feels dry or itchy, it could be due to a lack of vitamin D. Foods that are loaded with vitamin D or supplements will help.
– Add foods that have high omega-3 content: It helps with improving your skin’s hydration and can be found in fatty fish like salmon. It also regulates the oil production of your skin. Those who don’t like to eat fish prefer to take fish oil supplements. Just make sure you don’t overdo it as it can cause toxicity. You can skip your supplements on days when you eat fish. Flaxseeds are also a great alternative for omega-3s.
– Choose to eat vitamin A-rich foods: Foods like sweet potatoes, carrots and other vitamin A-rich foods will help in maintaining skin elasticity. They attack free radicals and stimulate fibroblast production, which are the cells that are responsible for developing tissues that keep your skin healthy and firm.