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Thursday, June 25, 2020

9 Best Foods for Dry Skin

Our skin sure has to put up with a lot of abuse. From within and without, it's forever being subjected to all sorts of factors which compromise what could have been its radiant natural health and beauty. It gets bombarded with all sorts of chemicals, for instance, from the inside and outside; as a mitigating factor, this chemical assault can alone cause enough damage to make our skin not so nice sometimes.

And then we have a whole host of skin problems which can find their origin in chronic dryness as the root cause. Sure, you can lather on all sorts of moisturizing lotions and creams to try to relieve some of the dryness. This is not at all a bad thing to do, especially if you use natural formulations in such an externally-focused manner. But it's far better to combine your skin's outer care with fostering its health internally also.

Your very first and most basic step in relieving (and preventing) chronic skin dryness is drinking a lot of water throughout the day. I'm not one who expects anyone to drink "six to eight glasses of water a day," because this just isn't reasonable for a lot of people. I will say, however, that you can make a wonderful habit out of drinking some plain water every time you think of it. When the thought of drinking water even slightly enters your head, go ahead and immediately drink some, if you can. Now, is it possible to drink too much water? I believe I've only ever heard one isolated case in which a person, a woman, made herself a bit ill by drinking an enormous amount of water in a day (and it didn't even make her seriously ill; she quickly recovered). Realistically, you're far more likely to be in a water deficit than a surplus. Assuredly, if you're drinking lots of water throughout the day, every day, your skin will come to benefit in very short order.

Aside from drinking water, there are some other food items you can consume which will improve your skin's condition, especially where its moisture-retaining potential is concerned. Here are 9 of those such foodstuffs:

1. Coconut oil

Coconut oil is great to apply to your skin after showering for almost sure-fire relief from dryiness, but additionally, using coconut oil in your food works foster your skin's health from deep inside. You can certainly use it as a very healthy cooking oil (it's especially good for stiry-frying vegetables, chicken and shrimp), and you can also consume the oil directly or in softgel form. As a suggestion, though, for taking it directly, you'd be advised to do so with some kind of actual food, and start off by consuming smaller amounts only, like just one 1000-milligram softgel at a time. The reason for this caution is that taking pure coconut oil, by itself and on an empty stomach, causes a lot of people to very shortly thereafter experience the need for an intestinal evacuation (I guess it could be added to the list of potential natural constipation remedies). It often doesn't have this effect if it's used in cooking or somehow otherwise combined with food.

2. Avocado

Avocado is rich in beneficial fats and oils, and the specific types and amounts found in avocado seem particularly conducive to healthy and naturally-moisturized skin. There's a saying among certain natural health advocates that goes, "If you wouldn't put it in your mouth, don't put it on your skin." Well, with avocado, you can do both, as they also sell cold-pressed avocado oil for external use.

3. Apples

Apples are a rich source of vitamin A. Vitamin A reduces the proliferation of free radicals, which damage the skin and can lead to premature skin aging. Apples are also a good source of vitamin C, which helps to delay the onset of skin aging and also reduces skin dullness caused by dehydration and irritation. Apples also have a high water content.

4. Beetroot

Beetroot is a rich source of antioxidants, which offer a whole host of benefits for the skin and the rest of the body in general. Daily use of beetroot in juice, or by eating roasted or pickled beets, leaves the skin looking radiant, red and fresh.

5. Spinach

Just like beetroot, spinach is also a rich source of antioxidants. Spinach can, of course, be used in soup or cooked with vegetables. However, it's hard to surpass fresh spinach as a pure nutrient powerhouse. Eat it in salads whenever you can, but do ensure it's been washed thoroughly first (if possibly, wash it yourself to be certain). Spinach leaves the skin healthy and glowing.

6. Strawberries

Strawberries are rich in malic acid. Malic acid helps in whitening the skin, and it's also rich in antioxidants which reduce skin aging and rejuvenates it. Eat them raw or include them in your juicer mixes.

7. Peaches

Peaches are great to eat not only for dry skin but also for dry hair. Eating peaches regularly will soften the skin and hair and keep them both hydrated.

8. Indian gooseberry

Indian gooseberry is filled with vitamin A and also aids in collagen production, which helps keep the skin smooth. Consuming several ounces of Indian gooseberry juice on an empty stomach daily can increase the level of natural oil in the skin and can hasten skin and hair repairs. You can also obtain Indian gooseberry in capsule form if you can't find the pure juice in your area.

9. Papaya

Papaya is rich in vitamin A and a number of proteolytic (protein-digesting) enzymes. It thus works great as a great exfoliator to get rid of dead skin to reveal healthier layers below. Papaya can be eaten raw or, for topical use, it can be pureed and applied daily as a face mask.

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