November is on the horizon, and that means winter is almost here. Winter months bring with them freezing temperatures, harsh winds, and dry indoor heating that leads to your skin becoming rough, dry, and irritated.
The winter cold exacerbates conditions like psoriasis and eczema. Supplementing your diet and skincare regimen with these vitamins, minerals and compounds will leave your skin feeling bright and healthy all winter long.
Vitamin A increases the rate of skin cell turnover, promoting faster skin cell renewal in your body. As we age, this process slows down naturally. Vitamin A is especially helpful during the wintertime, as it can help to prevent and diminish skin cracking and flaking.
Water-soluble Vitamin B6 helps to transport oxygen throughout the body, promotes production of enzymes, and supports metabolism. Through all of these functions, vitamin B6 can help to prevent skin dryness caused by harsh winter conditions.
Vitamin C and Collagen
Vitamin C assists in the production of collagen within the body. Collagen preserves and restores moisture in the skin, in turn helping to ward off dryness caused by the winter winds and dry indoor conditions. As an added bonus, collagen also helps relieve brittle nails; another symptom of the cold weather.
As the winter closes in, the amount of sunshine being absorbed by your skin decreases, drastically reducing the amount of Vitamin D in your skin. This fat-soluble vitamin promotes calcium absorption needed for bone growth and health, and helps your muscles and immune system function properly. The only ways to properly ensure that your body is getting enough Vitamin D in the winter, according to the NHS, is through diet and/or supplements.
If you experience seasonal dry skin, there’s a good chance you may be lacking the proper amount of Vitamin E. This fat-soluble vitamin is best known for being a natural skin moisturizer, helping to soothe itchy, flaky, red skin.
While our bodies don’t need a lot of this skin-saving mineral, it plays an extremely important role in keeping our skin healthy. Selenium helps to fight off skin infection and reduces inflammation on the skin. When applied topically, selenium can even soothe irritated skin and treat dandruff and an itchy scalp.
Zinc helps to support a healthy and functioning immune system, which is vital for fighting off skin infections and maintaining healthy-looking skin.
Almost everybody has suffered some ill effects on their skin caused by the wailing winter winds, dry indoor heating, and cooler temperatures. With a healthy diet, plenty of water, your daily skincare regimen, and these essential vitamins, minerals and compounds in your diet, you’ll have healthy, radiant skin all winter long.