You know that tight, dry feeling after you wash your face.
The fine lines, flakiness and maybe even – gasp! – crepey skin around your eyes.
So you slather on some thick cream. Depending on your skin that day it either soaks in immediately and goes dry again, or sits in a greasy layer on top of your skin – not getting the moisture where it’s needed!
If this is your experience with your skin, you’re not alone.
Dry skin and early signs of aging are two of the issues I hear most frequently from our community. And there is a better way to deal with dry skin, than just finding thicker and richer creams. We’re going to tackle the problem in 2 parts – what you put IN your body, and what you put ON your body.
First up – home remedies for dry skin that you eat. Because as you know, what you eat becomes what you are!
Are you eating enough of these foods to moisturize your skin from the inside out?
Wise Vintage Philosophy #1: You are what you eat.
Yes, yes, that’s what our mother and grandmother used to say. But modern science is catching up and realizing that they were right.
Your body can’t function at it’s peak if you’re feeding it highly-refined, processed, nutrient-depleted foods. And unfortunately, that’s the mainstream diet today: processed convenience foods.
The nutrients that we eat form the building blocks for every other part of our body. It makes sense that we can improve our skin by improving the building blocks available.
As a health coach, I work with clients to create a customized plan to improve their skin. But today I wanted to share my favorite tips and guidelines for foods that improve dry skin from the inside out.
Vintage Amanda’s 6 Foods to Eat for Dry Skin
Here are my very favorite foods for moisturizing your dry skin. You won’t see improvement overnight, but add them to your diet for at least one month and your skin will feel better!
1. Healthy Fats: This is the absolute best way to improve your dry skin from the inside out. You have to eat healthy fat! (Don’t be scared, eating fat does not make you fat. Contact me with questions about that.) Fats and oils are naturally moisturizing and will gradually make your skin softer and less dry. Healthy fats include avocados, nuts, coconut oil and olive oil.
2. Omega 3 Fats: Skin irritations and misbehaving skin can be a sign of inflammation. Omega 3 fats reduce inflammation in the body which is good for your skin – and your health in general. Find them in walnuts, flax seed and salmon.
3. Water: Dehydration can be a common cause of dry skin, and it’s an easy one to fix. Keep a bottle of water with you and sip on it throughout the day. Aim for 8 glasses of water per day – or more if you’re still thirsty. Everytime you feel hungry, take a drink of water first (it’s easy to confuse thirst and hunger). Don’t like plain water? Try water with lemon or cucumber, or some caffeine free herbal teas (nettle tea is especially good for dry skin.)
4. Homemade Chicken Stock: Homemade chicken stock and other bone broths are so incredibly nourishing and healing to the body. Not only do homemade stocks and broths contain a high water content and fat, but they also contain collagen which helps to keep the skin firm and soft.
5. Homemade Sauerkraut: Traditionally prepared sauerkraut (fermented veggies) is a natural probiotic! Eating a few spoonfuls of sauerkraut every day boosts the bacteria in your gut which can improve a variety of skin conditions. I have recipes for sauerkraut with purple cabbage and a kimchi-like super veg.
6. Do a Dairy Experiment: This last one is something to avoid. Dairy can cause skin inflammation and aggravate skin conditions for many people. I’m not saying this will be the case for you, but it’s worth a try. Simply avoid all dairy products for 2 weeks, and see how your skin reacts. If you don’t notice any difference you can go back to the dairy afterwards. But ditching the dairy can be an easy, quick way to improve your skin – so why not do a 2 week dairy-free experiment?
Now I’d like to hear from you!
- Have you noticed that your diet affects your skin?
- Have you healed your dry skin through eating more of certain foods?
- And if you have dry skin, which of the above foods are you going to eat this week?
Leave a comment and let us know!
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