The Best Foods for Dry Skin Relief
The best foods for dry skin relief are those that add “moisture” from the inside out for greater health and beauty. These foods offer nutrition and healthy fats that pack a powerful punch to your skin.
Oily fish – Oily varieties of fish – sardines, mackerel and fresh tuna (not canned) – are brimming with healthy fats known as essential fatty acids (EFAs), which can calm inflammation and keep your skin moisturized. So they’re especially great for dry skin. Try to eat fish three times a week to see the benefits. If you don’t care for fish, try high quality fish oil supplements. If you’re vegetarian, go for flaxseed or its oil (see below).
Nuts and seeds — In addition to Omega-3 fatty acids, sprinkling walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds on your dishes adds vitamins A and E and Bs, monounsaturated (healthy) fat and minerals. These antioxidants protect your body and your skin against pollutants in the atmosphere and promote supple skin.
Avocado — A powerhouse of monounsaturated fats and moisture-locking, and antioxidant vitamins E and C, this ugly fruit makes for beautiful skin. It is a must-have on the grocery list if you have dry skin. Drizzle a half an avocado with olive oil and a touch of sea salt and eat with a spoon, add chunks to a sandwich or salad, or make into guacamole.
Extra virgin olive oil — Packed with “good” fats and the antioxidant vitamin E, olive oil is considered akin to medicine in the Mediterranean and it has long been used both internally and externally to moisturize skin. Plus it has the added benefit of looking after your heart. Use as a butter substitute in salads, pasta dishes and in cooking (just be careful; it has a very low heating point).
Spinach — The Vitamin A and iron in this leafy green improve your immune system and protect skin. According to some research, the phytochemicals in spinach, kale and other dark leafies help to keep new skin cells skin healthy and hydrated.
Don’t forget to drink plenty of water, juices and herbal teas to also help keep skin hydrated. A good anti ageing moisturiser is essential, too, to keep that nutrient-rich moisture in the skin itself.