Make Your Skin Glow Without The Sunshine!

When it’s the middle of the winter, lack of sunlight and warmth not only wreak havoc on our psyches but also our skin. Dry, long and dark days could be causing your skin to feel dry, pale and lack luster. Although we can’t control the season, aside from escaping it – we can control the foods we eat.  There are some specific foods with incredible properties that can help give your skin the glow it’s been yearning for!

Here are my top 4 foods for getting your glow on!

Avocado – This full fat fruit is one of the most powerful nutrient dense sources of vitamin E. This is incredible for your skin because it is an antioxidant, which helps to protect and spruce up the plumpness of your skin. Also, the monounsaturated fats in avocado help to nourish your skin from the inside out. Giving your skin that extra needed boost of hydration and smoothness that it is just craving in the winter months. My favourite way to eat avocado is straight up, in a smoothie, on a salad, in a collard wrap or as a dip. Did you also know that you could smash up an avocado with some raw honey and apply it directly to your face?  Leave it on few several minutes to rehydrate and soothe the skin. Don’t worry if you lick a little into your mouth.

Bone Broth – I am not just talking about grandma’s chicken soup. I am talking about extracting all the goodness from good quality organic chicken bones and creating a nourishing broth from it. There are various recipes online. However what you are getting from bone broth is all the minerals, and vitamins that your body needs to heal and protect it. Not only does it boost your immune system and repair gut problems, but also the collagen present in bone broth can provide your skin with natures most healing internal anti-aging cream. It does have the ability to help with wrinkles and smooth out the skins appearance. We can’t get most of the nutrients found in bone broth in other foods. So sipping on this miracle drink is truly one of a kind!

Blueberries – Small but mighty blueberries are. You may be overlooking just how beneficial blueberries are for your skin. If you are not currently getting in ½ cup more than a few times a week you may want to reconsider. I know it’s not blueberry season, but it’s worth getting your hands on organic frozen or wild blueberries. Add them into your smoothie, defrost some into your yogurt or just munch on them as a snack if you get them fresh. What blueberries give your skin are antioxidants helping to protect your skin from aging. Not to mention that magical blue colour present (a.k.a anthocyanin) is something we don’t come by it too readily in nature so this is your chance to indulge. Blueberries are also a fabulous source of vitamin C, which helps with collagen production, keeping your skin firm and youthful. When blueberries are in abundance in the summer months, I highly recommend stocking up and freezing them at home, that way they retain all of their beneficial nutrients.

Sweet Potatoes – Sweet potatoes are truly natures candy. They are delicious and can be prepared in so many ways – baked fries, mashed, added to muffin batters, burger recipes or just roasted up on the side. Not only lovable for their taste, here’s what sweet potatoes can do for your skin. That orange glowing colour is a result of the Vitamin A and C present in them. They are also rich in antioxidants, which helps to protect your skin, giving it a healthy glowing complexion. They can help with puffiness, inflammation and breakouts. If that’s not enough you can even use the water from boiling sweet potatoes and apply that directly to your skin for a clean and natural toner. Don’t you just love when you can double up on your food in the kitchen and in the bathroom?

So there you have it, some of my absolute favourite ways to naturally lift my skin during the winter months. Eat your way to glowing skin; it’s easy, affordable and delicious!

Marni Wasserman Real Food and Good Life Strategist and Author Spynga Toronto

Marni Wasserman
Real Food and Good Life Strategist and Author

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