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5 Natural Dietary Remedies for Dry Skin

Elizabeth Renter
December 16th, 2012
Updated 05/09/2013 at 7:46 pm
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peopleattractivegirl 260x162 5 Natural Dietary Remedies for Dry SkinIt’s winter, and things are dry – at least in some parts of America and the world. The air is dry and likely so is your skin. But slathering lotion on at every turn might not be the most effective solutions. Like other skin conditions including eczema and wrinkles, dry skin is often best treated from the inside out. That is to say, you can find numerous remedies for dry skin right in your kitchen.

There are several foods that can help you combat dry winter skin. Including these in your winter diet will help maintain moisture throughout the colder months:

1. Remedies for Dry Skin – Flax Seeds and Walnuts

Both are great sources of omega 3 fats, which are excellent for reducing signs of skin aging and helping to retain moisture.

2. Bell Peppers and Citrus Fruits

These veggies and fruits are excellent sources of vitamin C. Vitamin C is crucial in maintaining collagen within the skin—keeping it both firm and supple. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that higher dietary intake of vitamin C actually reduced the visibility of a wrinkled appearance.

3. Sunflower Seeds

Also amount remedies for dry skin, sunflower seeds are loaded with vitamin E, something you actually see in some body lotions. But rather than just rubbing the skin-saving vitamin on, you can add it to your diet.

4. Protein

Whether you get it from meat or nuts and dark green vegetables, protein is crucial in maintaining skin health. Research shows that women with higher protein intakes have fewer wrinkles and cracks in their skin. It helps retain moisture too.

5. Water

This should be a given—stay hydrated. Without moisture your skin will be dry, and if you aren’t hydrating from within, your protective barrier to the world will be irritated and cracked. Aim to drink 48 ounces of water each and every day for the best health benefits.

In addition to these foods, which are also some foods you can eat for a more attractive look, certain bath tips are useful in fighting dry skin. Try to use lukewarm water rather than hot water, as hot water is more drying. Add some oatmeal to your bath water to soothe itchy and irritated winter skin on a budget. Also, applying unscented natural body creams and oils will be less likely to irritate already dry skin than those with strong perfumes.

Be sure to let others know which remedies for dry skin work and don’t work for you.

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  • Layla Bates

    i have very bad dry skin on my face and im sick of useing cream on my face cause when i do my face looks all shiny and gross and im just
    sick of these moisturizers that say oil free when they show through out the whole day.

    please someone help me?! what do i do? ive tried
    Olay,Murad,and some dermotologist cream. it gets rid of the dryness but not the
    shineyness.. that cerave stuff , is that even meant for face?

  • jinu

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  • Pure Energy

    Don't believe what they tell you about flaxseed it is incorrect, flaxseed is always rancid and carcinogenic. However Coconut Oil is the most beneficial oil on the market…make sure you have 100% pure Coconut Oil from non-hybrid plants.

    • jefletch

      appreciate your helpful comment about rancid oil

    • Skin

      Can you please back up your claim that coconut oil is the most beneficial? Isn't that like saying that eating one particular vegetable is the most healthy?

  • Cindy

    Dry brushing skin before showering removes dead skin cells. Bathing with natural soaps such as the one I've used faithfully for 15 years called Miracle II soap keeps the skin's pH in check. the best moisturizer ever is coconut oil and it can also be taken internally.

  • Doberty2

    Would never have thought or known about a lot of these… nice resource!