Itchy skin, cracked lips, and dry, sensitive hands, unfortunately these unpleasant issues are back in our lives as the cold winds blow. This means it’s time to take special care of our skin, even with Spring time just weeks away.
While using homemade natural products such as vegan DIY body scrubs for dry skin that can help a great deal with soothing, yet, eating foods rich in vitamins and minerals that contribute to building up our skin’s protective layers shouldn’t be neglected. In fact, when it comes to combating dry and flaky skin, what we eat is paramount. It turns that dry skin to healthy vegan glow.
Ladies, did you know that deficiencies in certain micro-nutrients, such as vitamin E and zinc, can actually cause dryness, breakouts, and other skin issues? It’s okay if not, since I had no clue. They do, which means that protecting our skin can be as easy as eating the right foods.
Not sure where to start? Eating any of these delicious and healthy vegan foods on a regular basis will help take you from dry skin to healthy vegan glow through the cold and frosty temperatures.
What Types of Vegan Foods Help Dry Skin?
Slice them, dice them, put them on a sandwich. or include them in your next kale salad. Tomatoes are packed with the antioxidant lycopene, which helps protect your skin from age-inducing free radicals. While you’ll surely want to lather on sunscreen to ward off sun damage, studies have shown that tomatoes also offer ample protection against harmful UV rays.
Flax seeds are rich with omega-3 fatty acids and help keep the skin hydrated, making them one of your greatest allies in the battle against wrinkles. They also keep your heart strong by lowering triglyceride levels and reducing inflammation; you can get your flax fix with these Peanut Butter and Jelly Banana Muffins.
Keeping a clear complexion can be pretty sweet—the cocoa powder in dark chocolate is filled with anti-aging antioxidants known as flavonoids. Besides contributing to a youthful appearance, chocolate has also been shown to prevent cancer and heart disease. To satiate your sweet tooth and maintain your healthy glow, we recommend keeping a pack of Newman’s Own Super Dark Chocolate Cups on hand for mid-morning or afternoon snacking.
Sweet potatoes are one of our fall favorites — how can they not with their vibrant orange flesh and comforting flavors? Their benefits for our skin is only one more thing to add to the list of why we love them so much! Sweet potatoes are a rich source of vitamins A and C, both of which play an important role in skin renewal and the production of collagen (what makes our skin glowy and supple). These vitamins also contribute to protecting our skin from dryness by their antioxidant effects, scavenging inflammation-causing free-radicals. Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamin C, a nutrient that has been proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles by bolstering collagen in the skin.
Citrus fruits pack a powerful punch of vitamin and nutrients that help keep your skin smooth and silky. Under their thick skin, oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and limes present a plethora of flavonoids and a huge helping of vitamin C, which will help keep the wrinkles at bay. Citrus fruits have also been shown to help prevent cancer, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and treat headaches. Eat them solo, add them to a fruit salad.
While safflower oil may come in handy in preparing tofu scramble, it also helps to protect and moisturize skin. Besides external use, incorporating safflower in your cooking also promotes dermatological health, and may be useful in treating skin conditions.
Walnuts are another superfood laden with omega-3 fatty acids. They will also help you feel as young as you look. Boosting your heart health by lowering your cholesterol and keeping your arteries clear. Serve walnuts as an entrée in this Kale Slaw with Barbecue Walnut Crumble or incorporate them into your dessert menu with these Mini Raw Vegan Berry Cacao Cheesecakes.
Carrots’ high levels of beta-carotene will provide you with vitamin A and antioxidants that are crucial for healthy skin. Go simple and pair some carrot sticks with your favorite brand of hummus, or infuse an Eastern influence into your evening meals with this Asian Coleslaw.
Popeye’s favorite food is one you should include in your diet regularly if you want your skin to be strong and resistant against the negative effects of harsh weather. Indeed, spinach is pretty awesome when it comes to protecting us from dryness as it contains a high amount of zinc. This mineral has a crucial role in helping with the absorption of essential fatty acids which nourishes our skin. Also, zinc promotes the reproduction of skin cells and the healing of wounds. Deficiencies in zinc doesn’t only make your skin scaly, it can actually lead to skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis.
Along with regular application of sunblock, you may want to load up on leafy greens before you hit the beach this summer—an 11-year study, published in the International Journal of Cancer, found that consuming vegetables such as spinach and collard greens reduces the risk of developing skin tumors by more than 40 percent. How about making up some Crispy Potato Spinach Balls to get your spinach intake in?
Sunflower seeds are notorious for being a great snack. However, did you know that they’re a powerhouse of nutrition and are amazing for your skin? These little seeds are rich in iron, folate, zinc, selenium, magnesium, copper, and manganese. They’re also an excellent source of vitamin E and B-vitamins, both of which are essential to maintaining and strengthening our skin membranes, which helps them retain moisture.
You can reap the skin-moisturizing benefits of sunflower seeds by eating a handful everyday or using them to make delicious recipes like this Italian Sunflower Seed and Chickpea ‘Meatballs’
This exotic fruit is truly one of the greats when it comes to protecting our skin. Did you know that mangoes contain twice the amount of vitamin C found in an orange? They do! For this reason, they’re a great pick if you want to get rid of dry skin.
Want to include more delicious and hydrating mangoes into your diet? How about trying this Spicy Mango Tofu Tacos?
Besides being a nutritious breakfast option, oats can do wonders for our skin. How? Well, they’re a great source of B-vitamins and biotin. These vitamins play an important role in the production of new skin cells and the proper functioning of oil glands. Both of which are vital to combat dryness and other skin issues. In fact, a deficiency in biotin can lead to atopic dermatitis, eczema, and dandruff.
Spring will be we know it, which means you may be venturing outdoors to socialize and soak up some sun. Your jackets and sweaters will be in winter storage. Surely you’ll surely be showing some skin as the temperatures rise in the next few months. For a truly radiant glow, indulge in these nine nutrient-filled foods.