With health benefits like reduced risk of heart disease, protection against certain forms of cancer, decrease in bone loss, and weight control, it’s no wonder we’ve been told to eat our veggies since we were old enough to hold a fork. Since what we put in our bodies is a reflection of what shows on the outside, it’s no surprise that vitamin-rich vegetables promote glowing skin, too. To get the best benefit, try to eat the ones that are in season. Here’s what winter has to offer:
Kale: Due to its high sulfur content, kale can help to reduce redness and flakiness — two common side effects of winter weather. This leafy green is packed with anti-inflammatory vitamin K that can help to calm sensitized skin.
Carrots: Inexpensive and easy to find, carrots are chock-full of vitamin C, which helps your body produce collagen to help preserve the elasticity of the skin. The orange veggie is also rich in vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant that attacks free radicals that can cause an uneven complexion and wrinkles.
Winter Squash: Common types of this vegetable include pumpkin, acorn squash, and spaghetti squash. All are rich in vitamins A and C, both of which can promote collagen production and aid in cell turnover.
Cabbage: While there are several varieties of cabbage, green cabbage is easy to find and it has copious skin benefits. It’s full of antioxidants and phytochemicals, two compounds that can fight free radicals that can prompt skin conditions like acne. Cabbage has a high amount of detoxifying potassium, so it’s great for flushing out impurities and promoting a glowing complexion. It’s a great source of vitamins A, E, and D, which rejuvenate skin tissue and guard against the signs of premature aging such as fine lines, wrinkles, and dullness.
Radishes: You may not be used to eating this root vegetable, but it shouldn’t be overlooked. Due to a high dose of vitamin C, zinc and B vitamins, radishes can help keep your skin hydrated and glowing during the winter months.