The foods you eat can have a big impact on the condition of your dry skin. Nourishing your body with the right minerals and vitamins through food gives your skin the chance to retain water and keep itself moisturised.
So why not try to incorporate some of the best foods for dry skin into your meals where you can and start feeding your skin!
A simple and refreshing addition to salads, cucumber contains silica - the mineral which boosts moisture and elasticity in your skin and encourages collagen formation.
Almost effortless to prepare, upping your intake of cucumber is an easy step to take in keeping your skin supple. Not a fan of cucumber? Celery also contains silica, try that out instead.
Eaten as guacamole, spread on toast or as another wonderfully simple salad addition, avocado is a great food source to help your skin hold on to that all important moisture.
Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, avocados reduce inflammation and maintain the fluidity of skin cell membranes. They also contains vitamin E, which not only also helps moisture retention but will improve your skin’s UV defense too.
Steamed, boiled or eaten raw, broccoli is a great way to sneak multitudes of goodness into your body.
Not only does it contain vitamin C to help dry skin restore smoothness and elasticity by promoting collagen formation, it also comes packed with vitamin E for moisture retention and UV defence. Just make sure not to overcook it and lose all it’s nutrients!
Another well known omega-3 wonder food, salmon will up your intake of these important healthy fats and acids to keep your skin supple and soft.
What’s less well about salmon? It also contains astaxanthin, a carotenoid which enhances cell repair and collagen production, which in turn increases your skin’s moisture.
5. Sweet Potatoes
Substitute sweet potato for regular potatoes where you can and you’ll be doing your dry skin a big favour.
Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamin A, an antioxidant that protects your skin from free radicals that dry out your skin. Vitamin A also helps the skin rebuild tissue, making it great to heal wounds or other damage to the skin.
6. Coconut Oil
Ok so it’s not technically a food you would eat on it’s own, but using coconut whenever you can is a simple step to take for nourishing your dry skin. Simply replace your other cooking oils with coconut oil to start reaping its many benefits.
Another source of healthy fat, coconut oil is also a great anti-inflammatory and will even curb sugar cravings!
By mixing and matching the above best foods for dry skin, you can keep your diet interesting as well as rich in mineral and vitamins for nourishing your dry skin.
We’d love to hear about your food routine - which foods do you incorporate into your diet to nourish your skin? Let us know below in the comments!
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