Winter is often the season for rich and invigorating dishes. We need warmth and comfort and our desires inevitably turn to good gratins and dishes with sauce.
There are also several traditional festivals that lead us to gluttony. The wonderful Christmas biscuits, the joyful galette des rois, the good pancakes and galettes for Candlemas and Easter and its little chocolates.
A woman is never more beautiful than when she is having fun. However, we regularly alert you to excess sugar that can induce an alteration of the skin's collagen and its natural renewal process 1 .
But excess sugar is not just the prerogative of snacks and desserts. There are also complex carbohydrates in pasta, bread, pizza. Lasagne Bolognese, aren't they one of the quintessential winter dishes?
It's like everything, balance must be in order. Eating excess carbohydrates can have an impact on the skin, especially on the appearance of blackheads. Some people may also have a poor tolerance of lactose and milk protein from dairy products. In the same way as excess starchy foods, cheese and dairy desserts can lead to pimples and blemishes, even going to strong skin redness 2.3.
And if balance is required, so is variety. All food families, including fibers, must have their place in your diet to have beautiful skin.
So before telling us that the freshness stalls of winter are poor in proposals, we submit to you 5 ideas of foods for the well-being of the skin, good for your morale, your body, your skin and good on the plate.
1 – Mushrooms
Frankly, we couldn't miss it. Our Immunox® complex contains organic Chaga extracts. This fungus is the protector of Birch, from which we draw the sap. It grows on the wounds of the tree to come to its aid like a beneficial natural dressing, which stimulates its immunity. It is also a reserve of good nourishing nutrients.
All mushrooms contain beta-glucans. These molecules are soluble fibers. They nourish the intestinal barrier, support the microbiota and regulate transit. This acts directly on the condition of our skin, stimulating the natural elimination of our body.
Mushrooms are excellent skin foods, extremely rich in minerals and trace elements, including skin-protecting zinc. As with Chaga, winter mushrooms contain natural antioxidants, whose virtues against cellular oxidation, which induces spots and gray complexion, are known.
Finally, they contain the whole family of group B vitamins, including the famous biotin or vitamin B8, which plays an essential role in the beauty of the skin, but also of the nails and the hair.
At this time of year, there are oyster mushrooms and button mushrooms, especially the Portobello variety, the size of which makes it possible to garnish good vegetable burgers. They can be stuffed with garlic parsley, itself an excellent protector of the cardiovascular system. Raw, mushrooms are foods for the skin that go perfectly with winter salads with citrus fruits and a nice sauce based on cider vinegar and hazelnut oil.
2 – Red beets
Beetroot is one of the foods for the skin that is often shunned because of its strong taste. It is a root vegetable, which has character in the mouth. It is most commonly eaten cooked, for practical reasons, as they take a long time to cook.
You can choose to consume the beet in the form of fresh juice with an extractor. But the easiest way is baking. In this case, peel your beetroot, cut it into cubes of about 1 cm. Cook it for 20 to 30 min at 240° in a gratin dish, coated with olive oil.
Beetroot contains betaine, called cryoprotectant. It protects the plant against the effects of the cold. Perfect for our skin, which needs help in winter to fight colds. Betaine also acts on the elimination functions of the liver and in particular toxic substances such as alcohol.
On our skin, this acts directly against oxidation on the one hand, but also helps to limit the grayish or yellow complexion. It also contains polyphenols. What, in addition to supporting the proper functioning of your cardiovascular systems, bring you rosy cheeks.
Beets are one of the most glutamine-rich skin foods. This amino acid is the most present in our human body, largely present in the muscles. However, glutamine also acts on skin aging by acting directly on the quality of the tissue.
3 – Lamb's lettuce
Star of winter salads, lamb's lettuce is one of the foods for the skin appreciated for its sweetness. It arrives on our stalls in January for the greater good of our little bellies.
It is grown in the Nantes region for its appellation contrôlée.
Lamb's lettuce is one of the foods for the skin that contains an excellent source of vitamin C, if fresh and eaten quickly, obviously raw. Vitamin C is a major antioxidant for the skin, which will help fight against free radicals. It is a real anti-aging shield. In addition, vitamin C acts directly on the production of collagen. Imagine a fresh salad with grated carrots, grapefruit, lamb's lettuce and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Distressed skins will thank you.
Lamb's lettuce also contains chlorophyll, the green blood. Indeed, this natural pigment has a cellular structure capable of transporting oxygen. This will affect energy production and cellular integrity. For the skin, it is of major interest to bring back luminosity and a beautiful color. In addition, fresh and oxygenated blood promotes healing and cell regeneration. Perfect for skin damaged by traces of acne.
4 – Pomegranate
Apple, pear, citrus… We sometimes feel a little limited in our winter fruits. And if, we ate the fruit symbol of abundance and fertility: the pomegranate.
It is one of the foods for the skin that will help fight against cellular aging, and therefore the appearance of spots, wrinkles and dark circles. It contains many multiple antioxidants: anthocyanins, tannins, phenolic acids, flavonoids. It is so rich in its molecules that it falls within the scope of scientific studies demonstrating an impact on the proper functioning of the cardiovascular system and certain cancers.
Equipped with so many protective agents, our skin can only appreciate this ancestral fruit.
In oriental dishes, it perfects oven-roasted vegetables with yoghurt sauce. For dessert, its tangy taste makes it irresistible in your homemade granolas or in a fresh fruit salad.
If you're lucky enough to own a juicer, take a few shots of this beneficial beverage.
Not sure how to remove the beans? Cut the top of the pomegranate as for a future stuffed tomato. Remove the white flesh in the center. The fruit is organized into quarters as for the grapefruit. With the tip of a knife, incise the skin side to isolate the quarters. Gently tug on each one to detach them. Remove the white film on the beans and enjoy.
5 – Nuts and nut oil
At Saeve, you know that we favor natural French ingredients. There are two specialist regions in the cultivation of walnuts: the Grenoble area and the Périgord. Pay attention to where they come from when shopping.
The walnut is an exceptional food for the skin since it contains a balanced ratio of essential fatty acids, in particular between omega 3 and omega 6. It is therefore classified among the foods for the skin that are sources of good lipids.
Studies have shown that many of us are deficient in omega 3.4 The metabolism of omega 3 enters into direct competition with that of omega 6, which we do not lack. Where omega 3 is essential because our body cannot produce it.
In winter, the last harvests are ripe for tasting. The first oil pressures were also made.
Omega 3s play an important role in the structural integrity of our tissues. They will act as a skin protector, particularly in terms of sebum and hydrolipidic protection, and help maintain suppleness. They will play an important role on skin dryness and redness.
Omega 3s don't like heat, so keep nuts and oils in the fridge. Spruce up your vinaigrettes and homemade soups with a drizzle of walnut oil. Sprinkle your mueslis and your vanilla creams….
May your food be your first ointment