Dry skin is a very common problem, especially as we age and treating dry skin can even more difficult due to many factors outside of age. In just a few years, our youthful glow can turn into a dry, dull, flaky complexion. So we slather ourselves in heavy creams, hoping they’ll hold the key to softer skin. In reality, these may clog your pores and only solve part of the problem.
When dealing with dry skin, it’s important that skincare is an inside job as much as it’s an outside one. Although not a quick-fix like applying face cream, adding these five foods to your diet will in treating dry skin from the inside out. Start healing your dry skin today!
Healthy fats and oils will add needed moisture and make your skin more supple. So the key to healing your dry skin is to increase the number of healthy fats (such as avocados, nuts, and olive oil) in your diet.
This is another great fat that can be used topically on your skin, as well as internally. Coconut oil is anti-inflammatory and has a range of benefits. It curbs sugar cravings and leaves you satisfied longer, which can promote weight loss if that’s your goal. Add coconut oil to a smoothie, or use it for cooking.
You’ve probably heard that you should drink enough water to hydrate your dry skin, and it’s true. But you can also boost your skin’s hydration with herbs by drinking caffeine-free herbal infusions. An infusion with rose and marigold (calendula) is especially helpful for dry skin because of the plants’ moistening and healing properties. Another great way to increase the impact of the water you drink is by drinking clustered water.
Clustered water penetrates the cell walls more rapidly than regular water. This allows for greater cellular communication between cells, flushes out toxins and transports nutrients into the cells. With properly hydrated cells they are plumper and hold in the moisture longer.
The Omega-3 fats in salmon reduce inflammation in the body, which can also reduce the inflammation and redness in your skin. Vegetarians can find Omega-3s in flaxseed and walnuts.
We’re learning that our gut health is key to our overall health, and it shows on our skin. Instead of buying expensive probiotics, try making your own version. Great-grandma would have called it sauerkraut, but you can make a modern version of this superfood with an assortment of crunchy veggies and serve it as a small side salad.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.