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What you put into your body a have lot’s of effects on your skin and there is also the possibility of the change in weather causing your skin to dry out, the skin tends to dry out really fast during winter but most importantly your nutrition plays a vital role in your skin health, an unhealthy diet can cause your metabolism to damage leading to weight gain, liver and kidney damages, and unhealthy skin.

What you eat does have an impact on your skin hence when dry skin is noticed, your diet routine might need some adjustment to bring nutrients back to the skin and keep it properly hydrated.

If you have tried various beauty to products and still finds it hard to lock in moisture then it’s time to incorporate some of these foods listed below into your diet plan.

14 Best Foods To Eat If You Have Dry Skin

1. Avocado

Avocado is quite popular among healthy foods to eat for smooth skin, avocado contains vitamin C, E, K, B-6 and as well as riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and potassium which are all properties that lock in moisture, nourishes and moisturizes the skin (1).

Avocado can also be made into a homemade recipe for your skin. Avocados are relatively high in calories, you keep a proper calory count to avoid excess weight gain.

2. Oatmeal

Healthy Homemade Oatmeal with Berries

Oatmeal is not just a delicious meal but very healthy and easy to add to your breakfast or dinner, oatmeal consists of compounds called saponins which are natural cleansers, they remove the clog and pores that builds up on your skin, oatmeal acts as anti-inflammatory properties help to treat dry skin and remove dead skin cells, oatmeal can also be used as a homemade cleanser for removing dead skin cells (2).

3. Sweet Potatoes

You did have to love those delicious potatoes, not for the taste alone but the nutritional benefit accompanied by it, sweet potato is highly nutritious and effective in locking in moisture while keeping your skin healthy and smooth, there are many delicious dishes you can make with sweet potato hence adding in into your diet plan shouldn’t be difficult (3).

4. Carrot

Carrots are great if you suffer from dry skin as they are packed with potassium, there are lots’ of ways you can also include carrot in your plan, carrot juice is also believed to regularly keep you hydrated during winter any other season (4).

Other benefits that can be gotten from carrot include lowering calory level, improves eye health, may help prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease and preventing memory loss.

5. Eggs

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Eggs are high in protein which makes it the most suitable for dry skin, it promotes cell regeneration and supplies sulfur and lutein in the body and in the process hydrates the skin and there are many ways eggs can be made into a facial mask for an even faster and longer result (5).

Eggs benefit are not limited to your skin, it works wonders on your hair as well.

6. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are high in nutrients, a medium-size tomato is filled with hydrating properties and high level of lycopene which is antioxidant for keeping the skin smooth and fresh, the best season to have tomatoes are during winter and it’s more effective when eaten than being used as a beauty product.

Tomatoes also act as a bleaching agent when used as a skincare product (6).

7. Soy

Products that contain milk are usually recommended for retaining moisture in dry skin however having soy as part of your meal plan is even more beneficial and effective, this also applies to oily skin, soy contains properties that not only hydrates your skin but keeps it looking young and healthy (7).

8. Citrus Fruits

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Citrus fruits are packed with folic acid and not only is it healthy for your skin but also plays a role in keeping liver and kidney health, your skin can benefit a whole lot from fruits like orange and lemon, both can be easily added to your beauty routine or taken before breakfast and dinner.

Citrus fruits are best eaten before meals for a more beneficial result (8).

9. Shellfish

Shellfish contain zinc and other important nutrients for restoring moisture to dry skin, most people are allergic to shellfish hence they tend to avoid and if that’s the case then you stick to fishes like salmon and mackerel as they are beneficial as well, shellfish helps relieve dry skin from inside out hence it’s an important food for dry skin (9).

10. Water

When your skin is super dry then it’s time to check your water intake, water won’t necessarily make dry skin go away if factors causing it are still there but water would contribute a lot in sustaining your skin nutrition and keeping it from getting chapped and becoming unhealthy.

You should avoid drinking water in excess though as this might lead to other health problems (10).

11. Mackerel And Salomon

 

Eating foods high in omega 3 is one of the best choices you can make for your skin, omega 3 fatty acids are necessary to keep skin supple, thick and moisturized in fact a deficiency in omega 3 fatty acids can cause dry and unhealthy skin and you can easily get enough omega 3 from mackerel and salmon, there are lot’s of dishes you can make with mackerel and salmon hence do not hesitate to have it included in your diet plan (11).

12. Dark Leafy Greens

The study did found leafy green vegetables as nutrient-loaded food for improving the state of your skin and also the darker the green the more effective the results especially during winter (12).

Dark greens like kale, swiss chard, broccoli raab or mustard greens are some of the best for dry skin, they are tender greens with more ways of making them or simply have them tossed in your salad if you are a vegetarian.

13. Coconut

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Coconut might be the last food that you did think of for dry skin but over the years studies did show that coconut is really effective in restoring moisture to dry skin, coconut significantly improves skin hydration and it’s just as effective as mineral oil (13).

Coconut’s healthy fat and antibacterial properties can keep acne away and lock in moisture for a long time during winter.


Dry skin mostly occurs when your skin doesn’t retain sufficient moisture and this can happen if you bath frequently, during winter, use of harsh soaps, aging or certain medical conditions.

It is also vital to know the cause of your dry skin as food alone is not a remedy for some dry skin conditions which might be external alone and not internal.

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