With the winter soon to be upon us, chances are that your skin will turn parched and flaky. Weather is one of the main culprits for dry skin. Especially in winters, the low levels of humidity draw out the moisture from our skin, making it dry and more prone to damage.
Even if you prefer staying indoors, the air conditioner when switched on for long periods of time can draw the moisture out from your skin, leaving it flaky and dry. And having dry skin makes you susceptible to some serious skin problems such as eczema.
Often, our first instinct is to lather our bodies with expensive creams and lotions, in the hope that our skin will retain all the moisture that it requires. In certain cases, if you check on the labels of the lotions and the creams for ingredients, you will find there are some components that can actually make your skin drier. With lotions, you try to create an interfering barrier on your skin in order to prevent the moisture from dissipating. While this could certainly be a temporary solution, it may not be an appropriate one in the long run.
Using products is not the only solution; you need to rejuvenate the skin from within by choosing the correct diet as well. Eating healthy foods can help keep you hydrated, making your skin soft and smooth. Just like your body, your skin needs essential nutrients in order to heal and repair itself, thereby, staying smooth and supple.
Here’s a guide to some of the foods that you can include in your diet to nourish your dry skin:
Avocados are excellent sources of dietary antioxidants, vitamin C and E, along with fatty acids. They help improve your skin from inside out.
The antioxidant properties of vitamin C and its role in collagen synthesis and elastin production, both of which work to strengthen and structure your skin, make vitamin C crucial to your skin’s health.
Avocados are rich in vitamin E as well, which works to block free radicals from your body. Free radicals play a significant part in the ageing process. In addition, Vitamin E can also help reduce the damage caused by overexposure to the sun.
The best part about avocados is their versatility which allows you to easily incorporate the ingredient in various dishes.
Not in the mood to eat avocados? Well, you can also apply them on your face. They work brilliantly to soothe and soften dry skin.
Follow these steps to get soft and supple skin:
Mash one ripe avocado into creamy pulp. Add 2 tablespoons of raw honey, and stir the mixture till you achieve a thick consistency. Apply this mask on your body and let it sit on for about 20 minutes. Then, rinse it off with lukewarm water.
Throwing honey into the mix is an excellent idea for those with dry skin. Since honey is a natural humectant, it helps moisturize and hydrate your skin. You should repeat this process twice a week for creamy soft skin.
This protein-packed food is not only great for your overall health but works wonders for your skin too. Egg whites are a great dose of nourishment for your skin and they help restore its elasticity while hydrating it at the same time. They also help soften your skin significantly.
Eggs contain amino acids that help in the generation of new skin cells.
Eggs are easy to work with as well. You can relish them for breakfast or apply them on your body. Follow these steps to make an egg mask:
Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil (or yoghurt) and egg yolk, and whisk this mixture until smooth. Apply the mixture to your face and wait for about 20 minutes. Then, rinse off the mask with lukewarm water. We would recommend that you try incorporating the use of this mask in your daily routine.
Oily fish such as salmon, sardines, tuna, mackerels, and trout are great for your skin since they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help your skin to retain moisture, strengthen your skin's barriers, and give it certain radiance.
One of the major signs of an omega-3 deficiency is dry skin. Thus, one should try to include fish in the diet. Fried fish though isn’t particularly healthy and is also higher in fat. Stick to pan-frying your fish, since it is a much healthier option.
Milk is a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals that are healthy for your skin. It includes vitamin A, which helps treats dry and flaky skin.
Milk is also rich in vitamin D, which boosts collagen production. Along with collagen production, it enhances the skin’s elasticity as well and helps slow down the occurrence of fine lines and wrinkles by protecting your skin from the free radicals that cause premature aging.
Milk is loaded with biotin, which helps revitalize dry and withered skin while the lactic acid in milk moisturizes hydrates and nourishes your skin. The protein in milk, on the other hand, helps repair tissues and to promote a youthful look.
Apart from consuming milk, you can also use it to nourish your dry skin.
Milk baths are an ancient form of therapy for the skin, one that even the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra used to retain her beauty and youth. While we don’t encourage indulging in a milk bath, since that would lead to tremendous wastage of such a precious commodity, there’s nothing stopping you from creating a mask using milk.
Follow these steps for supple and silky-smooth skin:
Add 2 tablespoons of honey to milk and whisk this mixture. Honey is important for opening up the pores and to get rid of the dirt. Now, apply this mixture as a mask and let it sit on for about 20 minutes. Then, rinse it off with lukewarm water. This milk mask works beautifully in nourishing dry skin.
Try to apply this mask on your face and your skin as many times as you can throughout the week.
Olive oil is rich in vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, fatty acids, and omega-3, nutrients that help repair and revive your skin. It is also an excellent agent for helping in the restoration of withered skin.
Olive oil moisturizes your skin and gives it a radiant glow.
It also helps protect your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Dry, itchy skin can lead to problems such as eczema. Olive oil is the perfect remedy against such skin problems.
Olive oil can be used as a moisturizer, especially by those with dry skin. With the winter season approaching, olive oil can come really handy in treating dry, flaky skin.
Along with using olive oil as a moisturizer, you can prepare a mask from it as well. Follow these steps to get well nourished and moisturized skin:
Start off by mixing milk, turmeric and olive oil together. Mix till you get an even paste. Apply this mixture on your body, and let it sit for about 15 minutes.
While the milk hydrates your skin, turmeric plays an important role in soothing it.
Repeat this process regularly throughout the week for well nourished and healthy skin.
Nuts consisting of vitamin E are a healthy addition to your diet. They are among the healthiest of foods, as they are loaded with antioxidants, protein, vitamins and minerals. They are also a great way of dealing with hunger pangs and staying healthy.
Nuts can also protect your skin from the harsh UV rays of the sun, which are a major reason for dry skin.
Almonds, in particular, can help you deal with skin problems like eczema and dark spots whereas cashews are loaded with selenium, which is an excellent hydrating agent for your skin.
Introducing the above mentioned foods into your diet and beauty routine will help you and your skin stay healthy and well nourished.