Winter can be the worst on your skin. While summer is hot and sweaty, it's really the dry skin of winter that can cause major breakouts and dullness. That's why keeping your skin hydrated is so important. Here's the one thing you can do to keep your skin hydrated this winter.
Sometimes, we think doing more is better when it comes to our skin. That's just not the case. We can slather on creams and serums, exfoliate twice a day, and still battle dry skin. Why? Because the key isn't what you put on your body, it's what you put in it. Staying hydrated by drinking water and eating the right foods the best way to maintain healthy winter skin. It all starts with water.
According to Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist and founder of the eponymous salon and skincare collection, drinking water is the essential starting place for great skin.
"Water has many scientific functions that help our body to remain healthy," said Vargas, according to Huffington Post. "It helps carry nutrients and oxygen to the cells and it helps dissolve minerals and other nutrients from the food we eat to make them accessible to the body. Water helps prevent constipation, a big problem which can affect how much your skin breaks out. It also assists the kidneys and liver to flush out waste."
Of course, drinking isn't the only way to get your water. During this time of gathering — family, carbs, alcohol, etc.— you want to incorporate some hydrating foods into your buffet of greatness. Good fats like the kind found in salmon, walnuts, and eggs can help replenish the skin cells by helping your skin retain the moisture it needs. These good fats will also boost good vitamins and expel nasty toxins (i.e., your third glass of egg nog at Aunt Betty's family dinner).
As much as I hate to say it, incorporating more greens will also prevent you from breaking out this Thanksgiving holiday. Celery is great, but it needs to be in more places than just stuffing. Greens like celery and cucumber are full of moisture in the form of silica and can increase your skin's elasticity — say goodbye to wrinkles and fine lines.
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