How Seasonal Changes in Eating Habits Can Impact Our Skin

Eli Brecher Nutrition Seasonal Changes Eating Skin

Eli Brecher Nutrition Seasonal Changes Eating Skin

Does your skin act up with the change in seasons? You’re not alone.

If you notice that your skin takes time to adjust to a new season, it could be due to changing eating habits in accordance with the weather – both from warmer to cooler weather in the autumn/winter, and the other way around in the spring/summer. As the body’s largest organ, the skin’s condition is often a reflection of what we eat. Changes in the seasons can indeed take a toll on our skin, and the effect can be even more pronounced when we change the way we eat.

From Summer to Autumn

The drop in temperature and humidity from summer to autumn can make it harder for our skin to stay hydrated. At the same time, we may naturally become less thirsty (as the weather is cooler and we spend less time outside), and may also be consuming less hydrating fruit and vegetables such as watermelon or fresh cucumber and tomato salads.

In addition, the colder weather can lead to comfort eating for many of us, with an increase in heavier foods, rich creamy sauces and indulgent desserts, as well as a surge in alcohol consumption around the festive period. The combination of all of these can wreak havoc on our skin, leading to inflammation in the skin and acne breakouts.

How to Combat Dry Skin in the Winter

One way to combat dry skin in the winter is by consuming plenty of nourishing healthy fats, such as salmon, avocado, olive oil, nuts and seeds, as these can help reduce inflammation and prevent the breakdown of collagen. To learn more about how I can help you start your journey to the healthiest version of yourself (with clear glowing skin!), head over to Consultations.

From Winter to Spring

The warmer weather of the spring/summertime brings its own issues for the skin too. Higher temperatures promote the production of sebum, leading to oily skin, as well as increased sweating which can block pores and result in spots.

Our appetites and eating habits tend to change naturally as summer approaches, with our body craving lighter foods and more liquids to hydrate. On top of this, many of us feel the pressure to get “in shape” for the summer holidays, often leading to extreme dieting and calorie restriction. This can cause nutrient deficiencies and can be damaging to our skin, promoting collagen breakdown and causing our skin to lose elasticity.

Another factor to consider in the summer is that we may be exposing ourselves to the sun a lot more, which can cause skin pigmentation, sunspots and cellular damage as a result of the sun’s free radicals. The good news is that, along with SPF, diet can play a role in counteracting this.

Which Foods Can Help Protect the Skin in the Summer?

Consuming plenty of antioxidants from colourful fruits and vegetables, like berries, sweet potato and beetroot, can help combat free radicals. Vitamin C in particular, found in strawberries, kiwi and citrus fruits, can help to fight these free radicals and protect the skin.

I’ve written a whole blog post about how we can use nutrition to support the health of our skin, in which I discuss six key nutrients to include in your diet for healthy skin. These include antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin A, zinc, lutein and omega-3 fatty acids.

If you’re interested in working together to optimise your nutrition and overall wellbeing, or to target specific issues such as gut health, hormones, weight management and skin concerns, please get in contact via Consultations

Eli Brecher Nutrition Seasonal Changes Eating Skin

 

If you’re interested in working together to optimise your nutrition, transform your health and elevate your quality of life, please get in contact via Consultations or book in for a FREE call

 

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https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28805671/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35054770/

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