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Healthy winter skin

“It’s important to get plenty of vitamins A and E either in supplements or products,” said Weiss dermatologist Natalia Anikin, M.D.

In addition, WebMD recommends looking to the foods you eat to keep your skin vibrant and glowing. After all: the healthier the foods going into your body, the healthier your skin. Consider the following:

Dairy products: Along with Dr. Anikin many experts claim that skin health relies on vitamin A, which keeps the skin and mucous membranes moist. People with diabetes or thyroid conditions should make a concerted effort to include vitamin A in their diets because often these conditions prohibit them from converting beta carotene into vitamin A. The A in dairy products is a direct way to get the vitamin into your system.

Berries and plums: High in antioxidants, these foods can repair the skin damage caused by  sun exposure and other free radicals. According to a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and plums ranked highest in antioxidant capacity. Other foods high in antioxidants include artichokes, beans, prunes and pecans.

Fatty acids: Found in salmon, walnuts and flax seed, fatty acids (i.e. omega 3 and omega 6) keep cell membranes healthy, ensuring that your cells have a barrier to harmful radicals. The stronger the membrane, the more water retention within the cell, which means more hydrated skin.

Green tea: Full of anti-inflammatory properties, green tea also helps protect the cell membrane. It also can reduce the risk of damage from ultraviolet light.

Healthy oils: Oils labeled cold-pressed, expeller-processed or extra virgin help keep skin lubricated. Because these oils require less processing, they  retain the nutrients that will help keep skin healthy.

Selenium: This mineral—found in whole wheat, turkey, tuna and Brazil nuts—protects cells from oxidative damage. Selenium also may decrease effects of sun damage.

Water: Hydration, hydration, hydration! Hard water especially benefits the skin because it’s high in minerals. Eight glasses a day will help your cells clear out the toxins and help you sweat more efficiently.

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