With the change in seasons and climate often come changes in our skin. Everyone’s skin will react differently to the change in seasons. Now that the cold is arriving many of us will find ourselves with dry skin. Dry, flaky, and cracked skin can be painful.
We all know that fancy products, such as moisturizing body creams and body lotions help in fighting dry skin, but certain foods can also help. Many of us overlook the role food plays in keeping our skin hydrated and glowing.
Here are some foods that will help nourish your skin and keep it healthy and moisturized:
Avocado is an excellent source of vitamin E, antioxidants, and healthy fats, that keep the skin moist, reduce inflammation and prevent the skin from premature aging. These nutrients help repair the skin tissues, rehydrate the skin cells, and decrease the roughness of the skin. Moreover, avocado is high in oleic acid, that maintains the moisture in the epidermal layer of skin, keeping it feeling soft and hydrated.
Sweet potatoes are sweet for the winter season. This root vegetable is rich in vitamin A and beta-carotene. Vitamin A is one of the most important nutrients for preventing dry skin and repairing skin damage. Beta-carotene helps fight dry skin and protects the skin from harmful sun rays and environmental damage. Other orange and yellow veggies and fruits, which contain beta-carotene include carrots, cantaloupe, red peppers, mangoes, pumpkin, and papaya.
Seeds and Nuts make an ideal snack for your skin. Nuts are loaded with essential fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega-6, vitamin E, and B group vitamins. Vitamin E protects the skin from inflammation and sun damage. Omega-3 fatty acids strengthen skin membranes by locking in moisture and protecting skin cells from external damage such as UV rays. Almonds, walnuts, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, and sunflower seeds, all contain variations of these healthy pro-skin ingredients, and act as a natural dry skin remedy.
Coconut oil has been used for thousands of years to treat many skin problems. It has antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. Coconut oil is a good source of Vitamin E and K, antioxidants, and proteins. It provides the skin enough fat, an integral part of cells, and moisturizes the skin, making it soft and shiny. You can consume it directly, use it as a cooking substitute for vegetable oil, or apply it directly to the skin to help moisturize it. Olive oil can also be used, which is rich in vitamin E and good fats, and can help nourish and soften your skin.
Cucumber is excellent for treating dry skin. It contains vitamins A, C, K, omega-3 fatty acids, and other minerals and antioxidants. Vitamins A and C help to soothe skin and fight damage. Moreover, cucumber is a great source of silica. Silica nourishes, hydrates, and firms the skin.
Fatty fish like salmon and tuna are high in omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids reduce inflammation caused by UV radiation and may help reduce the risk of inflammatory skin problems like dermatitis, skin dryness etc. Consuming these fish will help your skin hold more moisture, making it look nourished, soft, and glowing. Walnuts and flaxseed are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
Staying hydrated is essential to prevent dry skin. If you are dehydrated, your skin starts to look dull and dry. Water helps rehydrate your cells, prevents aging, and keeps all your cells active and functioning. It is recommended to drink at least 2-3 liters of water per day to help your cells maintain their volume and shape. Consuming high-water content foods like oranges, cucumbers, and watermelons can also help. You will notice a great improvement in your skin’s appearance through proper hydration.
No need of expensive skin care when you have healthy food!