Dry skin is an issue that almost all skin types encounter; even oily and sensitive skin types go through their “dry skin” phase with itchiness, stretchy feeling, redness, and inflammation being common symptoms. If you are someone who slathers tons of heavy-duty moisturizer to calm and soothe excessively dry and irritated skin. This type of skin has less moisture compare to other skin types leading to stretchy, flaky feeling. The situation worsens with age. So dry skin beauties lather themselves with a lot of moisturizers, lotions and creams hoping to get supple and softer skin, but in reality that is just half the job done. Dry skin tends to lose moisture, soon so one needs to heal the skin from inside. Apart from using cosmetic products, one needs to include following foods in daily diet which will hydrate and nourish the dry skin effectively.
1. Oatmeal: It’s a great option to apply topically as well as consume internally to calm down dry and irritated skin. Oatmeal has avenanthramides which are polyphenols with anti-inflammatory properties and provides UV protection as well. Oatmeal is an excellent exfoliator and cleanser, it can absorb excess oil. It is also known to lighten skin tone and improve complexion. If you think soaps and face washes are harsh for your skin, switch to oatmeal to clean your face. For beautiful skin, check out 10 Homemade Oatmeal Face Packs.
2. Avocados: Every skin type needs healthy fats for suppleness and you can found them abundantly in avocados. The fact that avocados also help boost weight loss makes them priceless. Avocados contain a high amount of Vitamin C, E, and monounsaturated fats, which help to heal skin from inside leaving your skin moisturized. You can also use avocados for topical application, as we have used in this Homemade Anti-Ageing Avocado and Kiwi Face Mask here.
3. Nuts: Walnuts, cashews, pistachios have omega-3 fatty acids that help to strengthen the skin cells, protect from sun damage and help to reduce inflammation of the skin.
4. Yogurt: You can include yogurt in homemade face packs to get rid of tan and to gently exfoliate skin, but the amazing probiotics works wonders for your gut, flushing out toxins, and the zinc fights acne and lactic acid hydrates and adds glow.
5. Citrus Fruits: Oranges, lemons, tangerine, grapefruit have one great skin-beneficial ingredient in abundance – vitamin C! It helps to fight dry skin and protects from sun damage. Vitamin C content fights tan and increases collagen production.
6. Yellow Vegetables: All the orange and yellow veggies contain a great antioxidant named as beta-carotene that increases skins’s defense to fight UV radiation and helps maintain softness and suppleness. Most of the orange-yellow veggies also include Vitamin A and C, which aides in producing collagen and repairing body tissue making your skin tight and soft.
7. Olive oil: Olive oil is the great source of Vitamin E which helps to moistures your skin a great deal. You can cook with this oil and even use it as a makeup remover. It will do magic to your skin from inside to outside.
8. Coconut: Coconut oil is great to moisturize dry skin internally and externally as well. This oil has vitamin E and K, along with healthy fats that reduce inflammation, soothe your skin as well as deeply moisturize it.
9. Leafy Green Vegetables: All leafy green veggies including spinach should be a part of a healthy diet. Spinach and other dark veggies include iron, Vitamins A, B, and E, that helps to repair skin cells, have antioxidants to fight free radicals, and the phytochemical present in these veggies helps to hydrate your skin and keep it healthy. You can enjoy these veggies as steamed salad or enjoy our own saag with makke ki roti!
10. Water-Dense Fruits: Water dense fruits such as these (Top 19 Water-Rich Fruits) greatly help to hydrate and protect dry skin. These fruits contain a high level of Vitamins A and C, powerful antioxidants, and nutrients which promote collagen production and keep skin firm and supple. Mangoes, oranges, pineapples, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, watermelon, muskmelon and grapefruits contain awesome skin boosters for dry skin. So try to eat one bowl of water-based fruits every day.
11. Eggs: We all know eggs are high in protein, which is necessary for cell regeneration. Apart from this, eggs also contain sulfur and lutein which promote skin hydration and elasticity. Egg also does an excellent job when applied externally as a form of egg mask.
12. Sweet Potatoes: If you have been peeling the skin off sweet potatoes, please don’t because there are abundant antioxidants right there beneath the peel and also fiber, vitamins A, C, E, all of which are amazing for all skin types, especially dry skin.
13. Carrots: This orange-colored vegetable has rich beta-carotene content along with vitamin C, and antioxidants that protect dry skin.
14. Almonds: Zinc, healthy fats, B vitamins, vitamin E help to make skin soft, smooth, and supple. Almonds are good to nourish skin and protect it from premature ageing.
15. Flaxseed: Here’s another omega-3 fatty acid rich food option and that makes it a powerful anti-ageing food. The lignan content repair skin cells and there’s antioxidants to fight free radicals, protecting skin against dryness.
Hey, beauties with other skin types, you too can include these foods to make your skin soft, smooth and flawless. Also, Rati Beauty diet includes all of these food options in their diet to help you lose weight as well along with improving the texture of skin. Additionally, drink plenty of water to hydrate your skin, and do make it a point to drink more than 3 liters of water per day to flush out toxins and to tackle all major skincare woes.