‘Twas the weeks before the holidays and all through the land, girls were overdosing on moisturizer on their faces, necks and hands. Yes, as the winter season approaches, our dewy, summer skin begins to fade. Dull-skin fears are prevalent: a recent story in Vogue.com on “Resting Sticky Face” rounds up the best oils, creams and facials to keep our faces beautiful during the murky winter months. But at Reserveage Nutrition, through science, clinical studies and our travels to far-distant cultures, we have learned that the most beautiful skin comes from within. Amp up the benefits of your topical products by prepping your skin through food, supplements and some of our favorite natural tips.
Most of us who are health-conscious rely on low-fat, low-calorie diets. In eating skinless, boneless chicken in our empty iceberg salads, we are missing out on deeply moisturizing and skin-plumping foods. In Asia, where beautiful skin is abundant, they culturally eat so many more foods on the bone–and even the marrow within the bone itself. In doing so, they ritualistically have a healthy dose of the all-important protein, collagen, in their everyday diet. So, when dining out or eating in these winter months, enjoy stews, bone broths and whole roast chickens, meats, whole fishes — these simple savory foods can do wonders for your skin.
Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) like omega-3s and omega-6s in fish oil, capsules, and omega-enriched foods play a critical role in your skin’s appearance and moisture level. The build-blocks of healthy skin membranes, EFAs can deliver skin-protective benefits, reduce inflammation and all sorts of health benefits from boosting your mood to armoring your immunity during winter months. EFAs are easy to incorporate into your diet, from extra virgin olive oil to organic, wild-raised salmon and mackerel to nuts like walnuts and almonds to flax, sunflower and chia seeds. To ensure your daily allowance, take an EFA capsule each morning with your daily supplement routine.
Help protect your skin from the ravages of winter through hydrolyzed collagen supplements, which can help support the internal mesh of your skin by providing key amino acid building blocks found in the collagen matrix. Whether its in a capsule like Reserveage Collagen Booster with Ceramides (which features a the powerful standardized BioCell collagen) or on-the-go with our unique Collagen Replenish Powder (featuring Verisol Bioactive Peptides, Hylaronic Acid and Vitamin C can be mixed into any drink, from your hot cocoa to your green juice) or Collagen Chews.
Sip Green Tea
Adding green tea to your preferred warm winter drinks can be an all-around healer for flaky, winter skin. A antioxidants, green tea can protect your skin from free radicals in the environment and rejuvenate your skin by deactivating dying skin cells.
Try these tips and let me know if they work for you. Have a natural solution? Share it with us on our Facebook page at Facebook.com/Reserveage.