Winter can be harsh on the skin, causing it to become dry, flaky, and itchy. One way to protect your skin during winter is to eat a diet rich in healthy fats.

 

The warm water poured over LJ’s head, enveloping him in a comforting embrace. He opened his eyes and glimpsed the icy stars scattered across the winter sky through the skylight above. He smiled as he remembered his jogging through the quiet neighborhood earlier, passing neighbors getting ready for dinner or taking out their trash cans. And now, he was enjoying a well-deserved shower before settling for the evening. He turned off the faucet and grabbed the towel, but as he dried himself off, he noticed that his skin was starting to itch again, just like it had been for the past few days. He reached for the back scratcher and rummaged through the cabinet for lotion.

Annie walked into the bathroom. “Need some help?”

“No matter how often I shower or use lotion, my skin is still itchy. It’s especially bad on my back.”

She took the back scratcher from him and picked up a bottle of moisturizer. “Winter can be tough on our skin, making it dry, flaky, and itchy. But there are ways to protect it during these cold months. One way is incorporating healthy fats into your diet; they help maintain healthy skin.”

LJ was intrigued. “What are some healthy fats?”

“Well, there are many healthy fats that you can eat,” Annie replied. “Some of the best include avocados, nuts, seeds, and fatty fish. All are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which support healthy skin.”

“Omega-3 fatty acids?” LJ repeated. “What are those?”

“Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fats essential for good health,” Annie explained. “They are called ‘essential’ because our bodies can’t produce them independently, so we must get them from our diet. Omega-3s are important for many functions in the body, including skin health.”

“That’s interesting,” LJ said. “What are some other healthy fats?”

“Another great source of healthy fats is plant-based oils,” Annie said. “Plant oils rich in monounsaturated fats are also good for your skin.”

Here are the top 6 healthy fats to eat to help keep your skin healthy from within:

  1. Avocado and olive oils are great sources of healthy fats because of their monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These fats help to keep the skin hydrated and supple. Both are also rich in vitamin E, which is an antioxidant that helps to protect the skin from damage caused by free radicals.
  2. Chia, flax, and pumpkin seeds are known for their many health benefits. They are a great plant-based source of ALA omega-3 fatty acids and provide a hefty dose of fiber and protein in each serving. Studies show eating these seeds as a part of a healthy diet can help keep your skin moist and healthy and lower the risk of chronic diseases.
  3. Walnuts and Almonds: One ounce of each nut contains an impressive 2.57 g of ALA omega-3 fatty acids. These nuts are also high in vitamin E, protein, potassium, fiber, and antioxidants, which help support healthy skin cell function.
  4. Salmon, Mackerel, Sardines, and other fatty fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help keep your skin healthy and glowing.
  5. Tahini is a paste made from toasted, ground sesame seeds. It’s rich in healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals that support healthy skin.
  6. Cacao is packed with antioxidants and healthy fats, which can do wonders for your skin and help reduce inflammation. The abundance of cacao antioxidants shield and repair the skin from damage and premature aging.

“Wow, I had no idea that food could have such an impact on my skin,” LJ said.

“Food is just one part of the equation,” Annie said. “Staying hydrated and protecting your skin from the sun is also important. But eating a healthy diet can help keep your skin looking its best.”

 

 

Annie and LJ are a fictional couple. Their storyline promotes healthy eating and earth-friendly practices.

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