Trying to keep your skin health involves catering to its particular nutritional needs. Like the rest of your body, your skin benefits especially well from particular nutrients in your diet. Some of these are good for most of the year while others can end up gaining slightly more importance depending on circumstance. Eating the right foods and applying the right topical products can help give your skin the extra boost it needs if you’re willing to make the effort. You’re also going to need to know what nutrients are the best help for your skin to ensure that you know what to eat and use. That’s where we come in. With spring beginning to settle in, it is the perfect time to discuss what your skin is going to crave over the course of spring. It is a fairly crucial time for skincare as your skin will be trying to properly recover from winter. Learning to do this right can help speed your skin’s recovery and get you looking your best faster than you might expect.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Winter is incredibly trying on your skin. Cold, dry air constantly wears your skin down to sap all the moisture out of it. This leads to the various problems caused by dry skin and can end up making it incredibly difficult for your skin to recover while winter is still a factor. You can get past it easily enough in spring when moisture begins to creep back into the air. Helping your skin make the most of that factor is particularly important though as your skin will need help getting back to normal. Omega-3 fatty acids are important in this process as they support your skin in several ways. One of these is the way in which they can help manage stress hormone levels to keep you feeling good and thereby prevent stress related skin damage. We’re slightly more interested in their ability to support your skin’s natural moisture barrier though. Omega-3s support cell barriers and allow them to retain moisture better by supporting the repair of damage done during the winter. So remember to eat your fatty fish and walnuts to get your share of these nutrients.
Most people tend to focus on nutrients that have a direct and obvious benefit all on their own when discussing important nutrients. The truth of the matter is that there are actually a lot of vital nutrients whose entire purpose is supporting your body’s natural processes so other nutrients can do their jobs. Selenium is a good example of this. It ends up neglected a lot of the time when people are discussing skincare despite the fact that it does a lot that most people ignore. The mineral is particularly good for helping to support your skin’s natural repair mechanisms and enhancing the capability of the antioxidant rich vitamin E. In spring your skin is going to want a lot of it as it will need all the extra help it can get to get your skin back to normal after winter. The indirect support of selenium allows your products that contain vitamin E to work in overdrive. Magnifying these results creates a situation where your skin will heal faster and be more protected against the rigors of the world than it would without a healthy amount of selenium. Happily, all you need to do to get enough of it is eat your oatmeal or another source of whole grains.
As one of the big three of vital skincare vitamins, there was no way we could neglect vitamin C’s place in all of this. Your skin will be wanting a little more than usual come spring as it will be the time your skin can start healing. The damage from dry skin and other problems over the course of winter tends ot leave your skin damaged in a number of ways. Vitamin C is one of the crucial nutrients for helping to heal all of that damage in a timely fashion. It supports the skin on one level because it is a potent antioxidant. This helps to neutralize the free radicals left in your skin after a winter of dry skin leaving it more susceptible to sun damage. Additionally, the elements of vitamin C are incredibly useful to your body as it can be broken down into the compounds necessary for the creation of collagen: the primary structural protein of the body. It helps provide you with firm and youthful skin instead of allowing your skin to sag from a lack of support. Your skin will want this benefit come spring, but you’ll primarily want to look for it in your products as ingested vitamin C will get shared to produce collagen all over the body instead of just your skin.
Eating the right food and using the right products can help your skin bounce back in spring. The effects of winter don’t have to be permanent. We’ve covered a few of the major ways to make the most of your spring, but there are others. Learning to make the most of all of these will ensure your skincare helps to you look radiant far sooner in spring. So take advantage of these tips and build the beautiful spring you.