Sep 02

Prepare your skin now for the colder months

Prepare your skin now for the colder monthsCold and dry air takes a toll on our skin. Right now, prepare your skin for winter by following the Canadian Health Food Association’s (CHFA) tips on how you can nourish it from within.

Did you know that our internal health is just as important to the skin’s condition as what we put on its surface? A balanced diet, which includes certain key nutrients, will add vibrancy to your complexion and help you nourish your skin from the inside out.

The first and most commonly cited vitamin for skin health is vitamin C. There is no doubt vitamin C plays an important role in healthy, vibrant skin, as it is essential for the formation of collagen. Extensive research has shown benefits of both topical applications and adequate intake of vitamin C through a balanced diet or supplementation. This helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improves skin texture and strength. Many of these benefits are a result of the role vitamin C plays in collagen production.

A lesser-known nutrient that also boasts benefits for skin health is vitamin B3. This essential nutrient plays many roles in the body, including repairing damaged DNA. Numerous studies have also found that topical application of vitamin B3 can improve the appearance of age spots, reduce wrinkles and improve skin elasticity.

Another common nutrient is vitamin A, one that is most important for the healthy growth of new cells. Vitamin A is often found in anti-acne skin care products, as it is one of the first-line approaches for stimulating collagen production in the skin, promoting strong connective tissue and, in turn, producing fuller, healthier skin. Since vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin, it is recommended that you speak first with your health care practitioner to ensure you are getting the right dose from diet, natural health products, and from topical applications.

Spirulina is a blue-green algae superstar that is often found in tablet form or as an ingredient in powder supplements, like Greens. As a natural health product, spirulina plantensis is high in protein, vitamins and antioxidants – and it’s considered a superstar. When it comes to skin, research has shown that supplementing with spirulina lessens inflammation after UV exposure and helps with its long-term health, while promoting a healthy glow.

There are so many choices for skin care. Speak with a natural health care practitioner about which products would be best for you. Visit chfa.ca for more tips on healthy living and to find your closest CHFA member health food store.

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