Don’t Leave Your Skin Out to Dry

by Gabriella Patel on April 21, 2015

If you have dry skin, you know that lotions and moisturizers help. However, other causes of dry skin can happen as a result of frequent bathing, use of harsh soaps, aging, or certain medical conditions.

spinachAnd for those in colder climates, it can stem from cold, dry winter air. If you want to do everything you can to moisturize your skin, don’t stop at applying moisturizer and drinking a lot of water.

But can certain dietary choices combat dry, itchy, scaly skin? They sure can! You can make “you are what you eat” your new mantra and choose foods based on how they will help your skin. Here is a look at the do’s and don’ts when choosing food and drink when it pertains to keeping that beautiful skin healthy, nourished, and moisturized:

  • Any Food With Omega-3’s. Your skin has a natural barrier to help retain moisture, and that barrier contains omega-3 fatty acids. Try adding flax seed, salmon and walnuts to your diet to boost your omega-3 intake and moisturize your skin. Some research suggests that foods that have vitamin E in addition to omega-3s, such as nuts and whole grains, provide an extra skin booster.
  • It turns out that berries aren’t just tasty and fun to eat; they’re also really good for healing your skin. Berries not only contain juice to help you hydrate, but they’ve also got antioxidants and vitamin C that protect your skin. The antioxidants and other chemicals in the berries work to help your skin cells stave off damage.
  • In addition to being chock full of vitamins, such as skin-strengthening vitamin A, spinach has plant compounds that help to keep your skin healthy.
  • Water. Drinking plenty of water not only will keep your body hydrated, but it will add moisture to your skin as well!

What to Avoid

You’ve got the hang of what to eat and drink to keep you skin moist, but to keep on properly moisturizing from the inside out, you also need to know what to avoid.

  • It acts as a diuretic, meaning it causes your body to create more urine, sending you on more frequent trips to the bathroom. Urinating more than usual can dehydrate you by causing you to lose fluid more quickly than normal. So, if you choose to consume alcohol, be sure to drink plenty of water with it to replace any lost fluids.
  • Caffeine acts only as a mild diuretic, and you would have to consume more than 4-7 cups of a caffeinated drink per day in order to see the effects. Caffeine lurks in coffee, tea, soda and energy drinks, so you may be consuming more of it than you think.

The bottom line with alcohol, and caffeine in extreme cases, is that if you are dehydrated, your skin isn’t getting enough moisture and it can dry out. If you’re trying to moisturize from the inside out, you will want to limit these drying culprits, or avoid them altogether.

Gabriella Patel

Gabriella Patel

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
I grew up in a family who has a long history in natural supplements. I've always found such a greater level of health and well being because of the choices I've made to seek natural and organic products. I've taken a lot of my knowledge now to be able to help others make the right decisions to achieve a higher level of wellness. From what I've seen most of where the problems come from is what we put in our bodies, and what we're not. I hope to shed some light on many issues we all face. Subscribe to my work Gabriella's favorite product is Detox Diet 1234
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