A change in season and colder weather means your face needs a little extra protection. We bundle up our bodies, but our face will be exposed to all the elements a midwest winter throws our way for the next several months. The cold wind and dry air can be tough on our skin. While moisturizers help, taking care of our skin from within can do a lot of good as well. The Healthy Living department at msn.com has some helpful tips to keep your best face forward this winter.

Eat Skin Friendly Fare: What is good for your body is also good for your face! If you’re looking for the one food that is like an edible fountain of youth, it’s cooked tomatoes. They have a heavy dose of the antioxidant lycopene, which your body uses to fight the effects of environmental damage. Comfort foods like a big pot of chili or platter of spaghetti are beneficial! Berries, greens, yellow squash, and green tea are also high in antioxidants. Drinking lots of water can also help restore moisture to our skin, the body’s largest organ.

Avoid these: Overly salty or sugary foods are the enemy! They spike your insulin production, which causes inflammation and ultimately slows down your skin’s ability to regenerate itself. Instead, nuts and dried fruit can satisfy the need to crunch and munch, without sacrificing the health of your skin.

Apply these: Grapefruit has an amazing ability to brighten your skin! At bedtime, try this skin treat: Mash up a peeled grapefruit and the whites of two eggs. Massage onto your face for 5 minutes, then rinse. Grapefruit has skin brightening vitamin C, while the egg whites tighten pores and firm skin.

Take care of your body and you’ll be able to face colder weather with a smile!

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