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Healthy Winter Skin and Hair From The Inside Out

February 6, 2017
Healthy Winter Skin and Hair From The Inside Out

Between the recirculated air, frigid temperatures and harsh elements, it’s no wonder why caring for winter skin and hair presents its challenges. Throughout my career in fashion, I’ve tried just about every skincare product, makeup brand and beauty gadget out there. Over the years I’ve discovered that proper nutrition and simplicity are the key elements for a healthy, gorgeous body from scalp to toe.

There is some truth behind the expression, you are what you eat. One of the simplest and most important things you can do for glowing skin is eat a nutrient dense-diet. Science shows that we shed millions of dead skin cells every day. Those cells are then replaced by new cells formed and transported from the stratum basale – the deepest layer of the skin. Every 25-45 days the epidermis or outermost layer of the skin is completely replaced. That’s why it’s so important to fuel and replenish your body with the nutrients it needs for healthy skin function.

Strong, beautiful hair also requires proper nutrition. Load up on iron rich foods and foods containing Vitamin E, zinc and silica. As for nails, enjoy plenty of protein rich foods. Nails are made up of a protein called keratin. Zinc, iron and biotin are also important for nail growth and health.

 


Top nutrients and minerals for beauty:

Vitamin A (Retinoids) – essential for immune function, cell differentiation and skin repair.

Sources of Vitamin A include:  sweet potatoes, eggs, carrots, dark leafy greens, cantaloupe. 

Vitamin C – essential for the production of collagen – a fibrous protein that holds together various structures of the body. It also repairs and builds tissue, maintains skin elasticity and prevents sagging.

Sources of Vitamin C include: citrus fruits, broccoli, strawberries, bell peppers, mustard spinach.

Vitamin E – essential for halting chain reactions caused by free radicals that can potentially damage cells, protecting and repairing skin and maintaining healthy circulation. 

Sources of Vitamin E include: sunflower seeds, almonds, safflower oil, spinach.

Magnesium – essential for bone formation, enzyme function and healthy skin function. ·

Sources of magnesium include: leafy greens, nuts, beans, halibut.

Zinc – essential for DNA and RNA synthesis, healing wounds and scars, rebuilding collagen.

Sources of Zinc include: seafood, tofu, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, brown rice.

Potassium – essential for transmitting nerve impulses, contracting muscles and maintaining fluid balance. (Goodbye puffy eyes!)

Sources of Potassium include: beans, avocados, sweet potatoes, bananas, lentils.

Selenium – essential for antioxidant functions, thyroid metabolism and immune function. 

Sources of Selenium include: fish, shellfish, eggs, brazil nuts.

Essential Fatty Acids – essential for hormone synthesis, neurological function and producing the skin’s natural oil barrier which keeps skin hydrated and plump. 

Sources of Essential Fatty Acids include: walnuts, chia seeds, flaxseed oil, avocados, olive oil, fish.

My go-to winter products:

SKINCARE

Day:

Night:

HAIR

I wash and condition my hair every other day using either:

I also use:

BODY

MAKEUP

 

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