Fall Pumpkins and Winter Squash – Feeding Your Skin Inside and Out!!!
While pumpkins and winter squash are often recognized as an important food source of carotenoids, only recently have studies indicated just how wonderful they are in providing key antioxidants. They can even be the best food source of alpha-carotene and beta-carotene in the entire diet! These veggies really wow with high amounts of vitamins A and C, along with healthy vitamins B1, B3, B5 and B6. Their carbs include good pectins important for the collagen and elastin repair of our skin, with fantastic antioxidant effect. Bonus minerals included are potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium, copper and phosphorous. Finally pumpkin and squash seeds make yummy treats high in linoleic acid (omega-6 fatty acid) and oleic acid (Omega 9). We’ve now come to understand how important all these key nutrients are for our greater health and precious skin!!
How important is it to moisturize?
It turns out that it’s very important. If you skip moisturizing, you won’t just have dry skin for a few days. Skin is a working part of your body, just as much as your heart. All the cells in your body, including those that make up your skin, survive by carrying out biological functions. Lack of moisture in or around cells disrupts normal metabolism and tissue repair. Therefore, dehydrated skin has a decreased capacity for repair and regeneration.