from home, which is in Southern Italy, I get news about snow! From Munich they call me telling me about -10C! In Asia where I live, at the moment after beautiful fresh mornings we face sunny days with about 30C!
Wherever you live, your skin is exposed not only to the famous free radicals, but also to various, sometimes harsh, weather conditions. You yourself might not even consider them harsh, but 30C or -10C, sand or ice in the air, long hours spent in the sun or walking outside with cold wind in your face, is not easy to "digest" for the largest organ of your body.
And we tend to forget, how sensible that organ is and how in order to maintain it youthful we also have to do something, not only with all different kinds of cremes (which do not always do good to your skin by the way), but we can do a lot from inside through the right nutrition!
What you want to eat:
1. Yogurt. Thanks to its richness in calcium, Vitamin D, and Vitamin A, yogurt has many healthy properties, including for the skin. Make sure to choose a low or non fat yogurt that isn’t high in sugar as sugar is very bad for the skin.
2. Strawberries. Like other berries, they are a rich source of phenols, anthocyanins, and ellagitannins. These nutrients have been shown to help protect cell structures in the body and to prevent oxygen damage.
3. Sunflower Seeds. This easy and healthy snack is perfect for your skin due to its high levels of healthy oils. A handful of these seeds contain nearly a days worth of Vitamin E and half your requirement of Vitamin B1.
4. Salmon. One of the world’s most renowned super foods, salmon is also good for your skin. It contains many fatty acids that are essential to keeping your skin from drying out.
5. Turkey. This bird is high in protein, selenium, and low in fat. It also contains iron, zinc, and B vitamins and is a fantastic choice for sandwiches, as well as entrees.
6. Walnuts. You get your Omega fatty acids found in salmon. Just one serving contains nearly an entire day’s worth of Omega 3’s. So even if you don't like fish, you must not deprive yourself of these fatty acids.
7. Avocados. They are extremely high in Vitamin K and oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that can help in skin health.
8. Tomatoes. They also contain antioxidants, in addition to vitamins A and C.
9. Turnip Greens. Don’t know how to eat turnip greens? Then learn because they contain high levels of Vitamins K, A, and E, while keeping a low calorie count.
10. Most essential: Water. Everyone knows to drink eight glasses a day. But did you know that lack of water, or dehydration, can affect the skin? Be careful though with your choice of mineral water, this is not the moment to save money! Not all bottled waters keep what they promise!
11. Green tea. As it is made from unfermented leaves, green tea reportedly has the highest level of polyphenols. Many studies have shown its ability to help in the anti-aging process, along with many other benefits. I am drinking 1l of Green Tea every day since many years and I certainly cannot complain about my skin. And that is not ONLY thanks to my Mum :)
What you want to avoid:
Coffee, salt, greasy foods, alcohol, white starches, soda (!), processed meats. These food dehydrate your skin and provoke acne and wrinkles. We are always talking about overdoing it here, remember! One glass of whine once in a while will not damage the skin, but especially cocktails contain loads of sugar.
I also found you this link with amazing recipes for natural face masks:
Have a look and try some, they are not too complicated and definitely much more nutritious for your biggest organ than all the chemical stuff you can get!