Eat Right for Your Skin Type: Dry Skin

Source: flickr.com user Livin' Spoonful
Source: flickr.com user Livin’ Spoonful

Using dry skin care products like the Atopalm MLE, Real Barrier, and 130+ lines are the perfect way to moisturize dry skin from the outside, but what about moisturizing from the inside out? You can support healthy moisture levels from all angles when you eat right for your skin type.

All skin types require proper moisture levels to function properly, but dry skin tends to have the hardest time recovering once its become over-dry. Prevent dry episodes by eating healthful foods that will promote healthy moisture even without your normal skin care routine. Here’s a look at five great foods you can eat if you have dry skin.

Nuts
Loaded with vitamin E, nuts are the perfect skin care food. Vitamin E helps the skin in multiple ways including by protecting against oxidative cell damage and environmental damage like UV rays and pollution. Incorporate nuts into your daily salads or snacks to get a big skin care boost!

Sweet Potatoes
Baked, french-fried, or mashed — sweet potatoes are a dry skin dream. Beta-carotene is the star nutrient of sweet potatoes, and it supports skin in two ways. Beta-carotene can be broken down by the body to become vitamin A, also known as retinol. Vitamin A helps reduce visible signs of skin aging while protecting against skin dryness. Beta-carotene can also offer skin care antioxidant protection to further prevent skin aging, as well as cell damage within the body.

Olive Oil
Heart-healthy (and delicious!) olive oil is a perfect pair for dry skin. Vitamin E offers antioxidant and skin conditioning benefits while omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats work to provide the skin the nutrients it needs to moisturize and protect itself. Olive oil can even help shield your skin against UV rays, and may improve or prevent dry skin conditions like eczema.

Bonus: avocados feature many of the same nutrients as olive oil. A perfect dry skin care snack? Olive oil drizzled over avocado with salt and pepper. YUM!

Water-rich vegetables
Watery veggies like cucumber and celery will have a direct effect on dry skin. These vegetables are high in silica, which boosts moisture and skin elasticity. Antioxidant vitamins including vitamin A and vitamin C also work to calm dryness, combat free radical damage, and improve the overall appearance of your skin.

Fish
You can strengthen the skin’s barrier to prevent moisture loss by eating more fish! Omega-3 fatty acids keep the skin moisturized and healthy. You’ll be glowing from the inside out when you incorporate salmon, herring, tuna, and trout into your weekly diet.

Eating right for your skin type is and easy (and delicious way) to support the skin and reinforce your dry skin care Atopalm routine. What’s your favorite dry skin-friendly meal or snack? Share in the comments!

 

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