Many of us overlook the role diet plays in keeping our skin hydrated and radiant. There are a wide variety of foods you can easily add to your diet to help with treating dry skin.
The following list includes foods to help dry skin and relieve the discomfort of inflammation.
The most obvious place to start is addressing your water intake. Keeping water intake high can prevent your skin from drying out.
Are you drinking 2-3 litres a day? Remember to also replace the fluid lost from exercise during the day.
Along with drinking up, you can help your skin by consuming high water content foods like apples, oranges, and cucumbers. You will notice a significant improvement in your skin's appearance through adequate hydration.
Salmon, mackerel, anchovies, and sardines contain good-for-you omega-3 fatty acids, helping your skin hold moisture for a more youthful appearance. They are also known to prevent inflammation and cancer.
Signs of omega-3 deficiencies include dry skin, so keep your skin hydrated by eating fish throughout the week.
3. Fruit - Mangos/Papaya/Berries
Fruit is amazing for keeping your skin hydrated and youthful. Antioxidant-rich fruits like berries fight free radicals, while mango and papaya are rich in vitamins to keep your skin nourished.
They are also incredibly hydrating as they are high in water content. Citrus fruits are especially beneficial as they help the skin produce collagen.
Flax seeds contain essential fatty acids to keep your skin moisturized and smooth. For the skin moisturising benefits consume a tablespoon of ground seeds everyday, or opt for flaxseed oil if this is easier for you.
Avocado is rich in vitamin E, antioxidants, and healthy fats that reduce inflammation. This fruit (yes, it’s a fruit!) also keeps the skin moist and fights free radicals to prevent premature aging.
They are high in oleic acid, which maintains the moisture in the epidermal layer of skin, keeping your body feeling soft and hydrated.
An omega-9 fatty acid, oleic acid assists in regenerating damaged skin cells and improves irritation and redness. You can count on this beautiful food to naturally improve dry skin!
6. Orange and Yellow Vegetables
Orange and yellow vegetables are rich in Beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in our bodies. Vitamin A is beneficial for repairing skin damage, and also helps the skin heal quickly.
Next time you’re at the supermarket pick up some sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin and squash, for a skin soothing meal! It’s so easy to prepare a soup, or even something delicious like sweet potato fries (go easy on the oil, though).
Nuts are also rich in vitamin E, and are a healthy addition to your diet to protect your skin from harsh UV rays that can cause dry skin. In particular, brazil nuts contain selenium, a powerful antioxidant.
Selenium is not only great for the immune system but it’s also crucial in keeping your skin protected against the elements. An easy way to get your daily intake of selenium is through eating just one brazil nut per day!
Introduce the above foods into your daily diet and you’re sure to see an improvement in your skin’s health. For more advice, take a look at our post on how to care for dry skin.