10 Foods You Should Be Eating To Banish Dry Skin

The best advice I have ever been given for dealing with dry skin is to treat it from the inside. This means keeping myself hydrated and eating a diet with plenty of antioxidants and healthy fats. I don’t know about you, but eating and drinking my way to glowing skin sounds like the ideal way to go!


When dealing with dry skin you can’t be afraid to eat a little bit of fat. Healthy fats act as an internal moisturizer, keeping your skin healthier for longer. You don’t have to feel guilty about indulging in these foods because you’re doing your body a favor! 

Your diet choices play a bigger part in your skin’s condition than any of the skincare products you’re buying. The right food choices can potentially give you that glow you’re trying to achieve. They can also help you get rid of any flaky dry skin for good. Eat well, and you can save yourself money on skincare products. 

If you want to say goodbye to dry skin issues make sure you incorporate the following 10 things into your regular diet:

1. Fish

Eating foods rich in omega 3 fats is your best defense against dry skin. Fish and other seafood (especially oysters) are one of the best choices when it comes to banishing dry skin. Fattier fishes (such as salmon) are loaded with omega 3 acids and zinc, making them the ideal choice.

2. Olive Oil

Olive oil can be used internally and externally when it comes to skincare. It’s a great choice for an all-natural moisturizer because it does not cause breakouts. It’s also very easy to work into your diet because it’s great to cook with, but can also be used on top of salads or as a butter replacement.

3. Cucumber

Staying hydrated is a must if you want your skin to remain healthy. That’s easy to do when snacking on cucumber because they are 90% water. They are also rich in vitamins A and C too!


4. Nuts & Seeds

Nuts and seeds are rich in vitamin E, which hydrates the skin and also protects it from pollutants and other damages.

5. Eggs

Eggs are a great source of protein. The egg yolks are an excellent source of fatty acids and vitamin A, which is important for keeping your skin nourished.

6. Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes are always a good choice when planning a meal. These babies are loaded with vitamins and beta carotene, which is great for fighting that rough scaly skin that happens during winter.

7. Avocado

Here is another excellent example of healthy fat. Eating avocados is the healthiest, and vegan-friendly, way to nourish your skin from the inside. Avocados are rich in vitamin E and C as well, making them one of the best food choices on this list for banishing dry skin.

8. Carrots

On top of being a good source of beta carotene and vitamin C, carrots ate also packed full of potassium. Eating carrots regularly helps your skin retain moisture, making them the perfect winter dinner vegetable.

9. Coconut

Coconuts are a high source of fat, so you know these guys will nourish your skin like no other. They are also loaded with zinc, magnesium, and a lot of other vitamins.

10. Green Tea

Green tea is a great way to flush out toxins. It is also a great anti-inflammatory, which can help soothe your skin from swelling, redness, and irritation.

 

Don’t let dry skin get you down this winter. Make sure you add these 10 food items to your grocery list to keep a healthy glow all winter long. Be sure to check out my other post Winter Skin Care Tips For Dry Skin to stay nourished all season long.

Winter Skin Care Tips For Dry Skin

I have to admit it, I kind of like winter. Tea tastes better, fireplaces are oh so cozy, and surprise snow days give me a break from the office. The thing I hate about winter is what it does to my skin. I have dry skin, and this time of year can be a complete nightmare if I don’t treat it right.


If I treat my skin the same way I do during the other seasons, I become an itchy, flaky, irritated mess. It’s a situation that even the best creams can’t always fix.

Dealing with dry skin in the winter doesn’t mean you have to run your bank account dry with expensive creams. It also doesn’t mean hours of grooming and self care to keep your skin glowing.

Today I’m going to share some of my personal favourite skin care tips to battle dry skin during those bitter cold months. The following post includes affiliate links.

Start From The Inside
This is the most important step to fighting dry skin in the winter time. If you want your skin to stay hydrated you have to keep yourself hydrated as well. It’s easy to slip up and swap your water for a coffee on these chilly days. If you let it happen too often your skin will tell you.

Try to incorporate healthy fats into your daily diet as well. Putting baby oil (or similar oil) on your skin makes it nice and soft. Eating foods with healthy fats and oils has a similar effect, but from the inside. Foods such as fish, eggs, avocado, nuts and seeds are all great choices for healthy skin.

Foods that are rich in vitamins and antioxidants help keep your skin glowing as well, so don’t skip your fruits and veggies either!

How You Treat Your Face
Skip the harsh cleansers during winter months and go easy on the toner. Trying too hard to maintain clear skin can often leave you with flaky skin. Look for a gentle face wash, or even a moisturizing bar soap. Instead of using toner, try rosewater. It works just as well, without drying your skin out.

When choosing a moisturizer for your face try to avoid using one with a fragrance. If you find that a moisturizer just doesn’t cut it, go for a facial oil. I have been using a honeysuckle oil this winter and am no longer dealing with a flaky forehead.

 
Treat yourself to a face mask, but keep it natural. They are a gentle way to clean and hydrate your skin, giving you a natural glow. In a previous post of mine 15 Natural Ingredients For Flawless Skin I mention some items you probably already have in your kitchen to get you started. My favourite are honey masks. These aren’t only for your face, you can use these masks wherever your problem areas are. (External use only)

Aloe Vera Is Your New BFF
Whether you take it internally or externally, if you have dry skin you’re destined to fall in love with aloe vera. Aloe vera juice is amazing for keeping your skin healthy, and it tastes pretty good too! When I wash my face before bed I like to moisturize it with aloe vera gel. It will hydrate your skin without the worries of breakouts. I prefer to use aloe on my face before bed because it takes a little bit longer to dry than an oil or lotion. If you wear makeup this doesn’t work for a morning moisturizer.

What’s In Your Bath?
A nice soak in the tub can be an amazing and relaxing way to soften your skin. Bath bombs can work like magic if you get the right ones. Check the ingredients to make sure the ones you are using are made with natural oils and aren’t full of chemicals that will dry your skin out even more. If bath bombs aren’t your thing simply just add a few tablespoons of coconut or baby oil into your bath and relax. You will feel silky smooth in about half an hour. Just make sure you clean that tub up after so nobody slips in there.

Buttermilk Soak
This is one of my favourite ways to hydrate my hands and feet. I buy buttermilk powder from Amazon and mix it with warm water until it has a similar texture to coffee cream. Add in a few drops of peppermint oil and soak for 15-30 mins. Rinse off, moisturize, and your hands/feet will feel (and look) so much better!

Other Tips
– Moisturize after every wash
– Wear sunscreen if you go or for a walk. The cold doesn’t block the sun.
– Don’t use exfoliants more than once a week
– Always put on lip balm before exposure to freezing temperatures.
– If you have a particular problem area on your body rub petroleum jellycoconut or olive oil on it and cover it with saran wrap overnight.

Don’t let dry skin ruin your winters. We have enough to worry about between snowstorms and icy roads, we don’t need to worry about dry skin as well. Follow these tips so your winter skin care worries are a thing of the past.

What are some of your go-to winter skin care products? Let me know in the comments below.