Diet to Heal Dry Skin


Do you have dry skin? Dry skin can plague you year-round and become itchy, flaky and uncomfortable. Dry skin can start in the summer due to higher temperatures, the sun and even irritation from being in the air conditioning. Did you know you can change your eating habits to help cure dry skin?

Here are some of the best foods and vitamins and minerals to add to your regular diet to help your dry skin this summer:

  1. Aim for more foods high in omega-3 fatty acids. This includes fatty fish like salmon, flaxseed oil, some types of eggs and grass-fed beef. Also, aim to get some omega-6 fatty acids which can come from evening primrose oil and borage seed oil. If you don’t like fish or you are pregnant and can’t eat it, try a supplement.
  2. Healthy fats like avocados. Healthy fats can help your skin lock in moisture.
  3. Get more vitamin C. You can take this in supplement form and you can also get it from many foods including citrus fruits, peppers, broccoli, kale and much more.
  4. Add zinc and copper too. Vitamin C, copper and zinc (all common in most multi-vitamins) work together to create plump, hydrated skin.

Here are some things that you should avoid if you have dry skin:

  1. If you overdo it on caffeine, it can dehydrate you and also reduce your blood flow. If you don’t have healthy circulation to begin with, this can make your skin extra dry.
  2. It is no secret that alcohol isn’t the best for your body and dehydrates you, but long-term alcohol use can dry out your skin.
  3. Remember that if you use these things in moderation, your skin should be fine. Be sure to hydrate properly and use skin care products that will help heal your dry skin as well.

Did you know you can help heal dry skin by changing your diet and adding and removing certain things? Or did you think it was all about the lotion? Share with us!

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