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It’s getting cold day by day.

You either worry about your kids getting sick or their winter skin care routine.

Recommended reading: How to boost your child’s immunity and prevent falling sick in winters?

The sudden change of temperature with a chill outside and a heater inside ruins your child’s sensitive skin. The heated environment can cause low humidity and dry air that draws moisture from the skin. The chilly air outside aggravates the situation to a whole new level.

During winters, another factor that adds to this mayhem is a hot shower. Too hot and too long exposure to water washes off the natural body oils in one’s skin, thus making it dry. Again, harsh and fragrance soaps available for kids in the market do the damage.

 

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So, is it just the outside environment that harms the skin or is it also related to the food you put inside?

Yes, what you put in your body can have a huge effect on the way your skin looks and feels.

In a chilly weather, our taste buds automatically reach for the foods high in fat and sugar content. These foods provide us with the fuel that keeps the body warm.

Also, one’s consumption of water decreases with the decrease in temperature. Rather mothers opt for hot drinks like hot chocolate, soups, etc. for their kids.

But are they enough to replace water?

ABSOLUTELY NOT!

Therefore, hydration not only from outside but also from inside is crucial during winters to keep your kid’s skin soft and supple.

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Skin is an organ and just like every other organ, it needs Nutrition to function perfectly.

Adequate nourishment and hydration stave off flaking and cracked skin of the face, hands, and soles. It also prevents premature wrinkles, and the dryness associated with hormonal changes in kids.

Include these wonder foods in your kid’s diet to given them enough hydration from within:

#1 Water

Water before a meal is a nectar of life. It replenishes the fluids and encourages the digestive organs to work. Small sips during a meal are like honey. It helps turn food into a sauce. Water after a meal is however a poison because it dilutes the stomach acids.

 

#2 Avocados

Avocados are rich in vitamins and minerals. They contain essential fatty acids, fibre, and some amount of protein. A great dietary addition for the skin care in the winter, they are easy to blend with any kind of food.

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You can eat it on its own, in a salad or blend into a smoothie, dip or a dessert. The proteins in avocados help in maintaining the integrity of the collagen wall structure of the skin cells and elastin in the skin. The natural fats in avocados keep the skin moisturised.

 

#3 Sweet Potatoes

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Sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamin A, a regeneration vitamin. It helps in the renewal of skin cells and promotes cell growth. This vitamin stimulates the growth of fibroblasts, the cells responsible for keeping our skin healthy and firm.

 

#4 Carrots

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Carrots are rich in Vitamin A and C. While Vitamin A renews the dead skin cells, Vitamin C is a precursor of collagen production. Collagen maintains the skin cell wall integrity and keeps it firm and soft.

 

#5 Nuts and Seeds

Nuts like walnuts and seeds like chia seeds and flax seeds are brilliant sources of essential omega-3-fatty acids. These essential oils keep the skin glowing. Nuts also contain a lot of Vitamin E which strengthens the skin barriers and retain the moisture in winters.

 

#6 Eggs

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Eggs are a rich source of protein and contain lutein, a special skin protein that helps in improving the skin elasticity.

 

#7 Green tea

Though many kids might not like at first, but green tea is its own trend. Green tea is full of antioxidants that help in fighting the free radical damage in the skin. It also has soothing anti-inflammatory properties and calm down the skin rashes and inflammation due to hormonal changes at puberty.

 

#8 Tomato

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Tomatoes are high in lycopene, an antioxidant that keeps the skin younger, glowing, self-nourished, and soft. Cooking enhances the lycopene content in tomatoes, so a warm tomato soup or stew can become an integral part of your kid’s winter menu.

 

#9 Coconut oil

This oil can be used in cooking or applied to the skin. Coconut oil deposits itself under the skin and acts as a barrier to the moisture loss.

 

#10 Sunflower seeds

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A special mention of sunflower seeds is essential as they keep your kid’s skin supple. Rich in proteins, fatty acids and minerals along with Vitamin A, C and E, they guard against the free radical and UV rays damage.

Bonus tips:

  • Besides these wonder foods, go for the natural/herbal skin care products for your kids that are less fragrant and contain essential oils and vitamins.
  • Do not prolong hot showers. The water must be warm enough and not too hot.
  • Apply the moisturiser as soon as the kids come out of the bath to lock the moisture.

How to take care of skin in winters naturally?

Winters are tough. But the winter skin care need not be.

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With the right knowledge and right ingredients, one can prepare to welcome them. Include these wonder foods in your family’s diet and forget about the battle: Skin v/s winters!

 

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Dr Vinita Vashist

Hi, I am Dr Vinita, a homoeopathic medical professional and a post-graduate in Dietetics and Nutrition. Intrigued by the role of diet in one’s health, I share my ideas and knowledge on this blog to help parents understand the important nutrients required for their child’s health, which they cannot substitute later in life. It will help you and I understand the basic problem of today’s generation regarding nutrition and how can you inculcate healthy eating habits in your child.

2 Comments

Anshu Bhojnagarwala · November 24, 2018 at 1:19 pm

Excellent tips. My daughter and I drink vco every morning… Keeps the.body moisturized. Drinking water is an issue when it’s cold, will try to set a reminder so that I drink it. Will try to consume more sweet potatoes too.

    Dr Vinita Vashist · November 26, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    Hello Anshu

    I am happy that you took out time and gave it a read. I hope it helps you and your entire family in keeping your skin well nourished and hydrated from within. Thanks for your motivation. Stay tuned for more related blogposts.

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