Summer has come to a close and winter is just around the corner. For some places, winter brings the cold weather, the intense wind chills and the flustering snow. For lots of folks, these harsh winter elements mean dry skin (and a bad mood if you’re anything like me). Hands in particular can get chapped and cracked during the season. Ever tried to put a glove on a chapped hand? It’s not comfortable. For some, dry skin is an issue all year around. Sure, lotions and creams can help. But like so many remedies, lotions act as a solution to a problem that already exists. Why not start from the source and build healthy skin from the inside out? By giving your body certain nutrients, you can eat your way to healthier skin. There are best foods for dry skin that have proven its effect throughout the years. Read on to see which foods prevent dry skin.
One essential ingredient when it comes to skin care is omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 helps to maintain a healthy cell membrane in the skin. The cell membrane is responsible for the cell’s capacity to hold water. Thus, a healthy cell membrane means hydrated, nourished skin. Omega-3 can also help reduce the redness that sometimes comes with dry skin.
As most health-conscious people likely know by now, omega-3 is found prominently in many seafoods, such as oyster, tuna, anchovies and salmon. If it suits your palate, it’s best to get the omega-3 straight from the fish rather than from a supplement or a fish oil pill. If you really can’t stand the sight of a piece of cod, you can also find omega-3 in walnuts, flax, chia seeds or soybeans.
Another bonus? Omega-3 is good for skin in more than one way. It’s not only a solution for dry skin—omega-3 also helps prevent wrinkles. Toss in a handful of chia seeds in your smoothie each morning and you’re on your way to smooth, glowing skin all winter long.
When it comes to skin care, produce-packed smoothies are not a back idea. Vitamin-rich foods prevent dry skin better than a persistent application of Bath and Body’s Cherry Blossom Body Butter. Leafy greens like kale and spinach are chock-full of the good stuff. Vitamin E, in particular, is magnificent for the skin, both internally and externally. You will find that many skin care products contain Vitamin E which acts as an antioxidant, an anti-inflammatory and a moisturizer. You can ingest your Vitamin E by finding it in the leafy greens and other foods like avocado, almonds and olive oil.
As a General Rule
Natural foods prevent dry skin better than any other. Water-dense fruit and veggies, like cucumbers or watermelon, are good for hydrating the skin and are considered to be the best foods for dry skin. Foods containing biotin—which helps to improve the production of fatty acids—will help keep skin moist. Biotin is found in egg yolks and nuts. (That’s two points for nuts! Get munching on those almonds.) Anything processed and/or stuffed with preservatives and salt is going to cause the skin to dry up. Stay away from the bacon in the winter! Instead, turn to the meals high in Vitamins and omega-3.