What if I told you there was a way to end your dry skin? And it doesn't cost a lot of money, or require expensive creams?
Dry skin is a very common problem, especially as we 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 improve your dry skin from the inside out.
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 amount 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.
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.
Have you noticed a connection between your skin and your diet? What are your top tips to beat dry skin?