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Foods That Help Dry Skin

Foods That Improve Dry Skin

Winter's cooler temps can leave skin feeling a mess. Since there's less humidity in the air than in the Summer months, skin is more likely to become dry, uncomfortable, and itchy — often resulting in a red, flaky mess! Aside from using a rich moisturizer, turning down the heat, and using a humidifier, eating these foods can also help improve dry skin.

Water
From a food perspective, the best thing you can do to keep skin from getting dry is to keep hydrated. Drinking water is essential in promoting skin circulation at its base. (It’s also a much cheaper option than expensive creams.) Use our stat calculator to find out how much water you should be drinking. Beyond drinking water, eat fruits and veggies that have a high-water content like melon, apples, oranges, pineapple, celery, and cucumbers.

Foods High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids
The good-for-you fats help soften dry skin by holding in moisture and plumping it up, which will can also help decrease the look of wrinkles — instant face lift! In fact, having an omega-3 deficiency can exasperate symptoms of dry skin and in some cases may even lead to eczema. Foods high in omega-3s include salmon, tuna, and trout. If fish isn’t your thing, look for flaxseed, avocado, and walnuts.

See which other foods to add to your diet after the break!

Foods Containing Zinc
If skin is dry and cracked, look to foods containing zinc. Zinc helps heal wounds by repairing damaged skin while also protecting it from future abuse. Foods like oysters, beans, turkey, crab, and lean beef are rich in zinc.

Foods Rich in Vitamin A
Vitamin A goes a long way when soothing dry, flaky skin and is easily found in dark, leafy greens. Vitamin A can also help repair skin damage — helpful if you find yourself in the wind or sun a lot. Besides leafy greens, pick up some carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and pumpkin — how convenient that these are all seasonal, Fall veggies!

Foods High in Vitamin E
This powerful vitamin helps skin retain its natural moisturizers and bolsters UV defense. Foods high in vitamin E include nuts and seeds, avocado, wheat germ, ground flaxseed/flaxseed oil, dark leafy greens, and broccoli.

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meetphysicians meetphysicians 2 years
Thanks for this post. I have Dry skin and I need relief..
Mei38524 Mei38524 2 years
I may add that avoiding sugar, trans fat and fast food will also do the skin good! :) Mei of EczemaBlues.com
SharonSwanson91182 SharonSwanson91182 2 years
This post was super helpful to me! I would love to eat salmon all day, but I am allergic to it. So, I get my O 3's from avocados...love those! I also use a ton of CapriClear to moisturize my skin. I got tired of all the other moisturizers that ended up staining my clothes or were really thick and took ages to rub in. CC I can just spray and go and it leaves my skin feeling smooth and less dry!
SperryChick SperryChick 4 years
Great post. I try to load up on salmon, tuna, and eggs during the colder months. I also use A LOT of moisturizers, i'm the type who has to have it on her at all times or i'll start to dry out like crazy. Last winter I started doing some work with Eucerin so I started using their Original moisturizing lotion, and it worked wonders. Seriously, it did a great job at keeping my skin healthy and less flaky.
Allytta Allytta 7 years
yeap, alcohol will do that to the skin, but also a good hangover cures all of my blemishes and spots right away, and my skin is like velvet.
emalove emalove 7 years
Thanks for the food list...I have such dry skin, already use tons of creamy moisturizers and two humidifiers. I need some relief!
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Tuna and eggs, my favs!
swt-strwbrry-sgr swt-strwbrry-sgr 7 years
still haven't checked out this flax seed stuff
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
I consume everything on the list on a daily basis, including the bad stuff like caffeine and alcohol. I drink coffee in the morning, and red wine the evening.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 7 years
Good list! I love everything on it!
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