Protecting Your Skin From Winter│Q & A


Although this is, I’ve always been open to answering questions about pretty much anything, so long as it can in some way or another be related to health and fitness. This week, I received an email from young lady who asked:

“Hi Aqil, great blog, keep it up. Apart from fitness, I also noticed that you have a good knowledge of the human body in general, and therefore I was wondering if you could give some advice in relation to skin. I don’t know what it is exactly but my skin (face) has become really dry. Are there any foods I can eat, or vitamins I can take which can help me? Thanks [sic].”

Great question, thank you! You can read my response after the cut.

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Before I go on, can I just say how great it is to answer a question that doesn’t have involve the gym.

I’m sorry to hear that about your skin – but have you considered that this could be due to a recent change in weather? Wintertime can wreak havoc on your skin; cold winds combined with dry indoor air can really dehydrate your skin, causing it to flake and peel. That said, there are a few steps you can take to fight back.

Firstly, rehydrating your skin starts from the inside. Although the weather may be cooler, this isn’t an excuse to drink less water – if anything, you should be drinking just as much water as you would in the warmer months. Furthermore, avoid drinking too much coffee, as caffeine has a diuretic affect which will only dehydrate you more. I recommend that you drink no less than 3 or 4 litres of water a day.

Found in leafy greens, eggs, fish and poultry, vitamin B can help delay ageing and moreover, improve the skins complexion through the generating red blood cells. Besides foods, I would also recommend buying a B-complex vitamin supplement, which can be bought on the cheap from your local supermarket.

Continuing with vitamins, vitamin C is perhaps the most popular vitamin that is associated with skincare.  Vitamin C is particularly useful at protecting your skin from free radicals, molecules responsible for aging and tissue damage. In addition, those suffering from acne will appreciate the benefits of vitamin C, since it can also help heal blemishes. Vitamin C can be found in across a variety of different foods, including citrus fruits, peppers, broccoli, tomatoes, and like vitamin B, can be bought in supplement form too.

Finally, vitamin A and E are provide a whole host of skin-related benefits. The latter can be found in leafy greens, wholegrain cereals and oils, and is effective at healing damaged skin. Vitamin A, on the other hand, encourages skin shedding which helps to reveal new, healthier skin. Like vitamin E, vitamin A can also be found in leafy greens, as well as eggs, dairy, fruits and interestingly, creams too!

If you act on all of the above, then I promise you that you’ll see results in no time. Good luck and let me know how it goes.