Winter is often the season of rich and hearty dishes. We need warmth and comfort, and our cravings inevitably turn to good gratins and dishes with sauce.
There are also many traditional holidays that lead us to indulgence. The wonderful cookies of Christmas, the joyful “Galette des Rois”, the good pancakes and “crêpes” of Chandeleur and Easter and its little chocolates.
Women are never more beautiful than when they take care of themselves. However, we regularly alert on the fact that too much sugar can alter the skin's collagen and its natural renewal process.
Excesses of sugar are not just the preserve of snacks and desserts. Complex carbohydrates are also found in pasta, bread and pizza. Isn't lasagna Bolognese one of the most popular winter dishes?
Like everything else, we need to be balanced. Eating too many carbohydrates can have an impact on the skin, especially on the appearance of blackheads. Some people may also have difficulties tolerating lactose and milk protein from dairy products. Just like excesses of starchy foods, cheese and dairy desserts can lead to pimples and blemishes, even to the point of severe skin redness.
And while balance is important, so is variety. All food families, including fiber, need to have a place in your diet for a beautiful skin.
So, before you tell us that the fresh winter supermarket shelves are lacking in suggestions, we'd like to give you 5 ideas for wellness foods that are good for your morale, your body, your skin and nice in your plate.
1 – Mushrooms
Frankly, we couldn't pass by. Our Immunox® complex contains organic Chaga extracts. This mushroom is the protector of the Birch tree, from which we get the sap. It grows on the wounds of the tree to help it like a natural bandage, which stimulates its immunity. It is also a storehouse of good 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.
They are extremely rich in minerals and trace elements, especially zinc, which protects the skin. As for the Chaga, winter mushrooms contain natural antioxidants, whose virtues are known against cellular oxidation, which induces spots and gray complexion.
Finally, they contain the whole family of B vitamins, including the famous biotin or vitamin B8, which plays an essential role in the beauty of the skin, but also nails and hair.
At this time of the year, oyster mushrooms and button mushrooms are available, especially the Portobello variety, whose size makes it possible to garnish good vegetable burgers. They can be stuffed with garlic parsley, which is excellent for protecting the cardiovascular system. Raw, mushrooms are perfect for winter salads with citrus fruits and a nice sauce made of cider vinegar and hazelnut oil.
2 – Beetroot
Beet is often shunned because of its strong taste. It is a root vegetable, which has a particular taste. It is most commonly eaten cooked, for practical reasons, because they take a long time to cook.
You can choose to consume beet as fresh juice with an extractor. But the easiest way is to cook them in the oven. In this case, peel your beet, cut it into 1 cm cubes. Cook it for 20 to 30 minutes at 240° in a baking dish, coated with olive oil.
The beet contains betaine, known as cryoprotector. It protects the plant against the effects of cold. Perfect for our skin, which needs help in winter to fight against the cold. Betaine also acts on liver’s elimination functions and in particular on toxic products such as alcohol.
On our skin, it acts directly against oxidation on the one hand, but also participates in limiting the grayish or yellow complexion. It also contains polyphenols. In addition to supporting the proper functioning of your cardiovascular systems, it also brings pink to your cheeks.
Beet is one of the richest vegetables in glutamine. This amino acid is the most present in our human body, largely present in the muscles. However, glutamine also acts on skin aging by directly affecting the quality of the tissue.
3 - Lamb's lettuce
The star of winter salads, it is appreciated for its sweetness. It arrives on our shelves in January for the delight of our little bellies.
It is cultivated in the Nantes region for its controlled appellation.
Lamb's lettuce is an excellent source of vitamin C, if it is fresh and eaten quickly, obviously raw. Vitamin C is a major antioxidant of the skin, which helps fight against free radicals. It is a real anti-aging shield. Moreover, vitamin C acts directly on the production of collagen. Imagine a fresh salad with grated carrots, grapefruit, lamb's lettuce and a bit 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 play a role in energy production and cellular integrity. For the skin, this 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 acne.
4 – Pomegranate
Apples, pears, citrus fruits... We sometimes feel a bit limited in our winter fruits. What if we ate the fruit that symbolizes abundance and fertility: the pomegranate.
It is the fruit that will help fight against cellular aging, and therefore the appearance of spots, wrinkles and dark circles. It contains many antioxidants: anthocyanins, tannins, phenolic acids, flavonoids. It is so rich in these molecules that it is included in the field of scientific studies showing 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 completes the roasted vegetables in the oven with yoghurt sauce. For dessert, its tangy taste makes it irresistible in your homemade granola or in a fresh fruit salad.
If you're lucky enough to have a juicer, take some cures of this healthy beverage.
Don't know how to remove the seeds? Cut off the top of the pomegranate as you would do for a stuffed tomato. Remove the white flesh in the center. The fruit is arranged in wedges like a grapefruit. With the tip of a knife, cut into the skin to separate the quarters. Gently pull on each one to detach it. Remove the white film from the seeds and enjoy.
5 - Nuts and nut oil
Omega 3s play an important role in the structural integrity of our tissues. They will act as protectors of the skin, particularly at the level of sebum and hydrolipidic protection, and will help to maintain flexibility. They will play an important role on the cutaneous dryness and the rednesses.
Omega 3s are not heat resistant, so keep nuts and oils in the refrigerator. Add a dash of walnut oil to your vinaigrettes and homemade soups. Sprinkle your vanilla creams and your mueslis....
Let your food be your first ointment