Winter Squash/ Butternut Squash
Winter squash is low in calories and rich in dietary fibre and complex carbohydrates. It is a great source of Vitamins A, B and C, potassium, Beta-carotene and iron.
As well as being a great ingredient for casseroles, stews and soups, they’re also great roasted. This versatile winter vegetable can help to leave your skin glowing and looking beautiful as it fuels your body with minerals and vitamins to keep your immune system healthy and able to fight of cold and flu infections.
Winter squash is packed full of slow releasing energy which can help you to control your weight as it keeps you feeling fuller for longer. It is a great addition to winter diet as it will help to keep your digestive system and other organs working effectively. It is essential that the digestive system functions effectively during winter as the digestive system is responsible for making sure vitamins and minerals are absorbed from the food you eat. You need to get your daily dose of vitamins and minerals in winter in order to keep your immune system strong and to help you fight of nasty colds and infections.
Add a twist to your Sunday roast and swap roast potatoes for roasted squash.
Oats are a great winter warmer. As well as being filling, tasty and a good source of slow releasing energy, oats are great for your skin because they care for your body from the inside out. Oats are packed full of proteins, anti-oxidants, minerals and fibre and can help to manage your blood glucose levels and they help you feel fuller for longer which is great for anybody who’s watching their weight.
Try adding a sprinkle of cinnamon for a warm winter boost and to gain extra health benefits. As well as adding flavour and taste to your porridge, a pinch of Cinnamon can help to stimulate your blood flow and circulation. When blood is flowing at a good rate in the body, our skin radiates it. Our skin tone is naturally brighter and has a healthy glow. For extra crunch, add chopped nuts to your oatmeal.
Oats are also good ingredient to use in home skin care recipes as its rough texture helps to clean and buff the skin. They are great to use all types of skin. On oily skin, uncooked rolled oats can help to remove excess oil on the skin and balance out oil production. For dry and itchy skin, using oats helps to add moisture to the skin and soothe itching. Check our recipes tab for some DIY masks and scrubs containing oats.
Many people assume that all chocolate is bad for you but this is not entirely true. The cocoa butter in chocolate helps to soften the skin, this is why in recent years it has become a popular ingredient in skin care treatments and products.
Chocolate stimulates the release of endorphins around the body which help to produce sensations of pleasure and helps to relieve stress. Dark chocolate in particular is extremely rich in flavanoids and ant-oxidants which help to fight the signs of aging by protecting the skin from free radicals. Free radicals can cause cell damage which breaks down the collagen and elastin in skin cells and can lead to heart disease.
The high fat and sugar content in milk chocolate may trigger breakouts and spots but dark chocolate doesn’t contain as much sugar and fat as milk chocolate so the risk of breakouts forming is reduced.
Although dark chocolate has some health benefits, like all other chocolate, it must be consumer in moderation to avoid weight gain and other negative health effects. To get full health benefits of dark chocolate, always choose good quality dark chocolate with at least 60% cocoa. Remember the higher the cocoa content the better the health benefits and always consume chocolate in moderation.
Cranberries are one of the richest sources of antioxidants and they are not only great for your skin but for the health of your whole body. Your skin needs antioxidants to help skin cells stay healthy and recover from the daily damage caused by UV Rays, pollutants and free radicals. During the winter months, your skin is more susceptible to dryness and damage as cold winds and rain robs moisture from your skin. Moisture acts as the skin’s protective barrier and without it, your skin is prone to premature aging, break outs and pigmentation.
These berries are also full of Vitamin A, C and B Vitamins which help with cell regeneration and slowing down premature aging, leaving skin looking and feeling fresh and rejuvenated.
Even if you’re not a fan of the taste, they’re still a great addition to your skin care regime and can be used on all skin types. Our recipes pages has a great DIY facial cleanser that will leave your skin feeling beautifully fresh.
Ginger is a great and versatile spice and best of all; it is great for your skin. It helps to cleanse and improve the condition of your skin from the inside out. Ginger also helps to calm inflammation and to increase your skin’s elasticity. Maintaining your skin’s elasticity is very important for prevent aging and keeping you skin looking youthful and firm.
Adding Ginger to you diet helps your digestive system work more effectively. When our digestive system is not working effectively, our body suffers. We may feel sluggish and lethargic due to vital nutrients not being absorbed from the food we’re eating.
For a daily cleanser and detox, try making ginger tea. You can either boil slices of peeled ginger or add a few slices of peeled ginger to hot water and mix together. Some people find Ginger quite bitter so try adding brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, orange and lemon Slices to the mixture for extra flavour. Drinking Ginger Tea will cleanse your body from the inside out and should help to clear your complexion and improve the appearance of your skin when drunk on a regular basis.
Ginger is a great winter ingredient because it helps to boost your immune system. During the colder months, we need a strong immune system to be able to fight off nasty colds, coughs and flu.
So don’t feel guilty about having the odd gingerbread latte or gingerbread man, because ginger is great for your body and your skin. Over the festive period why not treat yourself to some ginger biscuits and a ginger tea?
Brazil nuts are packed full of nutrients and minerals which are essential for maintaining a healthy body both inside and out. They also contain free radical fighting and immune system boosting ingredients.
Brazil nuts are rich in Zinc which has anti-inflammatory properties and can help prevent breakouts and flare-ups of acne. As well as containing zinc, Brazil nuts also contain anti-oxidants and vitamins A and E amongst many others. All of these are vital to protect them skin and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Zinc also promotes healthy skin cell growth and helps skin cells to retain their elasticity, keeping your skin looking healthy and youthful. They also contain fibre which helps your digestive system function effectively.
Brazil nuts are a tasty winter treat, and are good for your skin but they should be consumed in moderation. Stick to a small handful per day to prevent adverse side effects such as hair loss, brittle nails and weight gain.
It’s now widely known that red wine, when consumed in moderation, can be good for your body, especially your heart. But did you know it is also good for your skin? We all know that alcohol can be a harmful ingredient to use in skin care products and drinking alcohol can often have negative effects on the skin.
Red wine is made with the whole grape- so the skin, seeds and fruit itself, which are packed full of skin friendly nutrients and vitamins.
Everything in moderation is out motto for this Christmas. We have previously highlighted the negative effects caused by drinking too much alcohol and how products with a high content of alcohol can damage your skin. But recent studies have shown that the right type of alcohol can actually help improve the health of your skin.It’s packed full on antioxidants which makes it a useful ingredient in skin care as it helps to stimulate blood flow and increase the skin’s elasticity while protecting the skin against free radicals. Red wine can also help to brighten and detoxify the skin. So if you must drink this Christmas, choose a glass of red.
Red wine has many health and skin benefits but it can also trigger breakouts for those with certain skin conditions such as Rosacea. If you suffer from Rosacea, you should avoid red wine and alcohol as it can aggravate the condition and cause flare-ups.
Check out our recipes tab for a couple of DIY face masks that you can make at home to keep your face healthy and bright this festive period.