5 Seasonal Foods for Healthy Skin
Posted: Nov 15 2015
The food your eat can have a great impact on the health of your skin. We’re big fans of eating seasonally and in November and December you can eat delicious in-season foods that feed and nourish your skin from within, including root vegetables and delicious kale.
Kale is a brilliant source of iron and fiber. It is a natural anti-inflammatory and contains three essential vitamins for your skin: vitamin A, which helps repair the tissues underneath your skin, vitamin K, which can help prevent dark circles under your eyes and vitamin C, which contains collagen and can help prevent sun damage and premature ageing.
Try baking kale at a high temperature with soy sauce and chilli powder for a healthy snack.
2. Carrots & Sweet Potatoes
Root vegetables are in their prime at this time of year and carrots and sweet potatoes are both abundant in vitamin C and vitamin A, which help keep your skin healthy and glowing. They are also filled with antioxidants, which can help with skin conditions including acne and dermatitis.
Carrots and sweet potatoes are delicious roasted and included in a stew or soup. Alternatively eat carrots raw and bake sweet potatoes in their skins as a healthier alternative to jacket potatoes.
Although it’s not quite Christmas we would recommend opening the chestnuts early due to the amazing benefits they have on your skin. Chestnuts contain vitamin B, which promotes healthy skin and helps your brain function. They also contain complex carbohydrates, which can help keep your energy levels steady throughout the day.
Fresh chestnuts must never be eaten raw, once cooked remove the tough shell and papery skin and enjoy!
Apples are a source of copper, an essential mineral for healthy skin. Copper helps make melanin, which naturally protects your skin from the sun. Apples also contain collagen, which brightens and hydrates your skin.
We would recommend stewing apples and adding them to porridge for a healthy start to the day.
Lettuce contains potassium, which is rich in nutrients and oxygen and helps improve circulation, resulting in healthier looking skin. It also contains high levels of revitalising vitamin A.
For a nourishing winter salad combine lettuce with the root vegetables of your choice and add a citrus fruit as a garnish.