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The benefits of winter vegetables on your skin.

Winter can affect the overall wellbeing of our skin, by adding vegetables to our diet, especially in the winter season, it can to help boost our skin radiance.

Seasonal winter vegetables can withstand the cold temperatures due to the higher amount of sugar that they contain. The sugar found in the water of winter vegetables causes them to freeze at a lower point, giving them a sweeter taste. Here are some winter options that will be perfect for the picking:

Kale is a cold-hardy, leafy green vegetable that contains an impressive amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Its properties help the skin detox from within, reducing dark circles under the eyes and tightening the skin.  As well. as reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Kale also promotes collagen production, which is essential for the skin’s strength.

Brussel Sprouts the mini, cabbage-like heads of the Brussels sprout plant develop during the cold weather months. Brussel sprouts are packed with nutrients and are especially rich in vitamin C and K. The high concentration of Vitamin C helps collagen production, creating better skin elasticity.

Carrots are harvested during the summer months but reach their peak sweetness in the autumn and winter season, the cold conditions cause the carrots to convert stored starches into sugars to keep the water in their cells from freezing. They are packed with vitamin C and powerful antioxidants. Carrots have great healing properties, they help reduce skin inflammation and help speed up skin recovery from external wounds and trauma.

Parsnips grow sweeter making them highly nutritious and an excellent source of vitamins B and E, potassium, magnesium and manganese. Parsnips are highly nutritious root vegetables that contain an impressive amount of soluble fibre. Rich source of vitamin C, antioxidant and anti-ageing properties helping to prevent wrinkles, enhance skin elasticity, and repair damaged skin cells.

Cabbage both green and red, are extremely healthy, the red variety has a greater nutrient profile. It is a great source of A, B, C and K vitamins, manganese and potassium. Perfect for curing pimples or other skin irritations, place a steamed cabbage compress on the affected area over night and experience spotless skin the next morning. The vitamin E helps purify the skin complexion.

Radishes are an excellent source of vitamins B and C as well as potassium. They are low in calories and do not have any cholesterol. Ideal for boosting your skin’s health also keeps your body hydrated due to its high water content and helps keep dryness, acne, pimples and rashes at bay.

Here’s to a healthier happy winter!