If winter weather is leaving your skin raw and dry, there’s help and it comes from the kitchen.  Moisturize from the inside out with these foods that you are probably already putting in your grocery cart!

Kiwi

Kiwis are packed with as much Vitamin C as an orange and that’s great for your skin.  Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which promotes collagen, something we naturally lose as we age, but Vitamin C helps slow that aging process.

Chop it up and add it to your oatmeal, on top of Greek yogurt, or in your salad.

Grapeseed Oil

Grapeseed oil is extracted from the seeds of grapes is a good source of essential fatty acids and vitamin E. Linoleic acid, a polyunsaturated fat, is also what makes this oil so sensational for the skin; it helps fight wrinkles and protects skin.

Use this oil for sautéing (it has a very high smoking point) and salad dressings.

Soy

Soy is high in protein and isoflavones which research has shown to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and even help reverse sun damage. While soy garners a lot of conflicting health attention, doctors generally feel a little goes a long way.

Don’t load up on soy supplements, but instead, try adding soy milk to your daily diet, sautée tofu as a protein, and try topping your salad with edamame, which are soybeans in the pod.

Avocados

Avocados are a wonder food, loaded with good-for-you fats and oils and something called oleic acid. This is a monounsaturated fatty acid that helps maintains moisture in your skin, keeping it soft and hydrated.

Spread on your sandwich bread instead of mayonnaise, add it to a breakfast burrito, or just enjoy solo with a touch of grapeseed oil and salt.

Leafy Greens: Chard, Kale, and Spinach

Leafy greens are full of antioxidants such as Vitamin C and lutein, which help your body make collagen.  Translation:  healthier, younger looking skin.

Sautee these greens for a warm welcome to your winter meal or puree them and try them in a winter soup.

Eating aside, food can moisturize from the outside in, too.   Homemade masks made of everyday items such as pineapple, or oatmeal can do wonders for your winter skin.

Whether you eat up or lather up, try heading to your refrigerator, rather than the beauty counter, to get your skin glowing all winter long.