Did you have great, smooth skin in the summer? Is your skin dry and flaky now that the colder weather is upon us? Dry skin happens to a lot of people, so you’re not alone. The cold air and decrease in sunlight seem to zap our skin of all moisture it’s holding. This results in skin that’s dry, itchy and doesn’t look healthy.
We’re guessing you’ve tried lotions to hydrate your skin or other skincare products that guarantee your skin will stay luxurious in the winter. Some of those may have worked. But the problem with those is they need to be applied every day, sometimes multiple times in a single day. That’s not a solution to the problem. That’s just a temporary fix.
One thing that has been found to help damaged skin in the winter is working from the inside out. What we mean is eating a diet that helps your skin feel and look healthier.
Omega-3s and Omega-6s for Healthy Skin
A great food to incorporate into your diet to help your skin is unhulled hemp seeds. First off, hemp seeds are packed with Omega-3s and Omega-6s. We’ve already mentioned how Omega fatty acids are great for heart health and decreasing inflammation, so let us tell you how they’re awesome for healthy, hydrated skin.
Omegas are fatty acids that help with healthy skin by supporting the health of your cell membranes1. What does that mean? It means that they support your skin’s barrier. Your skin’s barrier helps keep a clear passageway for good things to go into your body and waste to come out1. When dirt and other unwanted particles from the environment can get into your skin, it can cause illnesses as well as damaging your skin. If the waste cannot get out, your skin will start to look dull or not smooth, which is undesirable.
A stronger skin barrier also leads to cells holding water more efficiently. More water means plumper, more vibrant, and hydrated skin! Hydrated skin is much less likely to itch and flake compared to unhealthy, dry skin.
Vitamins and Minerals in Unhulled Hemp Seeds for Healthy Skin
Another benefit of eating unhulled hemp seeds is you get vitamins and minerals that help with healthy skin. The three major nutrients that are beneficial to your skin are Vitamin E, Vitamin A and Potassium.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that deals directly with skin protection against UV-light and the damage UV-rays can cause2. UV damage from the sun is one of the major causes of skin issues, even in the winter when the sun isn’t out as long. The winter can be worse since people don’t think to put any sunscreen on. Vitamin E also helps as an antioxidant by protecting cell membranes against damage. This protection keeps the body from forming autoimmune antibodies, which can cause damage to the skin3.
Vitamin A is the second important nutrient in unhulled hemp seeds. It has wonderful benefits for your skin. It is an antioxidant like Vitamin E, so it’s always working to decrease the oxidation process. This is great news for your skin because oxidation breaks down your skin and cells, making your skin look less healthy. Vitamin A also helps with helping your skin heal from quicker when wounded4. This means minimal scarring and less discomfort from the cut.
The last nutrient in unhulled hemp seeds that’s beneficial to your skin is Potassium. Potassium is a mineral that your body can use to function properly and to keep your skin healthy. It’s an electrolyte that our cells need for their bodily processes. When you have enough potassium, your body works better, leading to better moisture balance. Better moisture balance means more hydrated skin, which is always healthier and more radiant.
Healthy, glowing skin can be tough in the winter compared to the summer, but it is possible. A healthier diet, especially one that includes unhulled hemp seeds, like Eaton Hemp’s Super Seeds, is a great start. It’s also one of the most effective ways for healthy skin. Tomorrow morning, sprinkle a tablespoon or two of unhulled hemp seeds on your morning toast to give you (and your skin) the healthy boost you need.
1 Bouchez, Colette, “Want Healthy Skin? Feed It Well”, WebMD, https://www.webmd.com/beauty/features/want-healthy-skin-feed-well#1
2 Michels, Alexander J., “Vitamin E and Skin Health”, Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State University, https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/health-disease/skin-health/vitamin-E#:~:targetText=Vitamin%20E%20is%20a%20fat,the%20maintenance%20of%20healthy%20skin.&targetText=In%20addition%2C%20vitamin%20E%20can,free%20radical%20damage%20to%20skin.
3 Keen, Mohammad Abid, Hassan, Iffat, “Vitamin E in Dermatology”, NCBI, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4976416/
4 Angelo, Giana, “Vitamin A and Skin Health”, Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State University, https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/health-disease/skin-health/vitamin-A