Dry skin is a very pronounced condition that many people experienced at this particular time of the year, mostly because of change in weather and some other factors. Dry and flaky skin is mainly associated with insufficient moisture in the superficial layer of our skin. Our hands, face, arms and lower legs are the most affected part of the body. There are certain factors that predispose us to dry, flaky and itching skin which could be frequent bathing, use of harsh soap for bathing, deficiency of certain vitamins and minerals, age, genetics, family history, as well as medical condition such as asthma, allergies, eczema, diabetes and atopic dermatitis. There is this popular saying that “You are what you eat”, which is true, treating dry skin is more of what you eat than what you apply on it. Today we will be discussing on foods which are not expensive and are easily accessible to us that we can add to our diet for improve healthy and glowing skin.
1. Your number recipe for dry skin is Water – It has been proven scientifically the health benefit of water, drinking 2 litres (6-8 glasses) of water everyday hydrates our skin and body, it flushes out toxic substances from our system, so as to give us a clear skin. Our skin uses nutrient from the various foods we consume and water is a major carrier of this nutrients and even oxygen. Water play a key role in our digestion, circulation, absorption and excretion of waste products from our system.
Consumption of fruits and vegetables with high water content cannot be overemphasized here, daily consumption of any of the following fruits and vegetables (melon, apple, oranges, pineapple, celery and cucumber) will go a long way to hydrate the skin and also provide essential vitamins and mineral to maintain glowing skin.
3. Food rich in selenium and Zinc is another great ingredient to smooth, soft and glowing skin. Selenium is a trace mineral which help to eliminate free radicals from the body, while zinc helps heal wound by repairing damaged skin and protecting it against further damage. These minerals are found in food such as Salmon, tuna, shrimps, cooked beef, bean, turkey, halibut fish, oysters, crabs, sardines and whole-wheat pasta. Two (2) to three (3) times consumption of these foods will show an improved result in skin elasticity and moisture.
4. Food rich in essential Fatty-acids such as Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids help to keep dry skin and blemish away, they are healthy fats which when consumed provide our skin with the required natural oil barrier against dryness by retaining moisture, thus giving us smooth and younger-looking skin. Extra virgin olive oil and canola oil are great sources, fish such as sardine, mackerel and salmon, walnuts and flaxseed also provide us with good amount of these essential fatty acids.
5. Food rich in essential vitamins such vitamin A, C and E- Vitamin C helps in collagen and elastin formation which keep skin firm and healthy, protect us against skin cell damages caused by free radicals. Vitamin E serve as antioxidants which also protect us against UV effect and helps skin retain its natural moisture. Vitamin A has an important role in soothing dry flaky skin by repairing damaged skin cells, the supplements are usually prescribed for people suffering from acne, and other skin condition such as wrinkles, it is a known vitamin for combating early aging. These essential vitamins are popularly found in dark green leafy vegetables, carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, pumpkin, avocado, flaxseed, broccoli, papaya, kiwi, citrus fruits, red bell peppers, egg and low-fat dairy.
Green Tea and Green Juice- Green tea is a powerful antioxidants which help to stop skin inflammation, delay DNA damage and protect our skin against the effect of sun. Drinking a green juice at least five (5) days in a week will give you a clear and glowing skin, this can be done by blending spinach, cucumber, kale, and few drops of lemon together, you will be amazed at the result you will get after few weeks. You can also check online for further recipes of green juice so as to have varieties to choose from.
To achieve the best results, it is advisable to moisturize the skin at least 2-3 times daily with petroleum jelly, glycerine, emollients and any other good moisturizers especially when the skin is still damp.
Should there be no significant improvements, please consult your doctor for proper medical check-up.