If you have dry skin, you understand how rough and cracked it looks even after your effort. You moisturize, cleanse tone, and exfoliate, yet; nothing seems to be working. Worst still, you spend thousands of dollars yearly on skincare products to ensure you're not left out in the business of looking good. Don't feel too sad because you're not alone in this mess. Regardless of the number of persons that are in this shoe, there is a way out.
Dry skin looks dull and breeds skin infections. If you have tried all the external therapies and it's not working, it would be best to look inwards. By that, I mean, you should switch to a healthy skin diet. Did you know that the quality of food you consume rubs off on your skin? The healthier your food, the more glowing skin you have to flaunt. For the sake of this article, food cover fruits, water, vegetables, and animal protein.
So, yea, this article looks at five foods that moisturize and hydrate your skin. Do you envy others with flawless skin? You can flaunt yours if you consume the following foods:
It shouldn't come as a shocker that water is number one on the list. Have you ever had a bad headache, and a glass of water was all the cure that was needed? As simple as this regular liquid may sound, it is the solution to many life problems – skin problems too. Do you have dry skin? Pause for a second and gulp a glass of water, then resume reading. Have you done this? Let's go on. Water is known to rehydrate your cells and keeps them functioning, maintain homeostasis, and prevents aging. Trust me; your skin never gets tired of too much water. Lack of water leads to numerous skin problems, including dry skin. Experts advise that you take at least 3 liters of water every day – this could be more if you're engaged in physical activities. Here's a quick tip to drink more water: add sliced herbs or fruits to your water to make it tastier. That way, you consume more water without knowing.
Bananas are everywhere. If you walk to the nearest grocery store, you'll undoubtedly find them. The good thing about this fruit is that they are not seasonal – they are available all year round. Bananas are rich in vitamins A, B, C, and D. They also contain sufficient amounts of dietary fiber, magnesium, iron, zinc, thiamin, riboflavin, potassium, and calcium. That's a whole lot if you ask me. Regular consumption of banana gives your skin the glow and freshness it needs. The dietary fiber in this fruit also helps to flush out toxins in the body, thereby rejuvenating skin cells. However, you may want to avoid eating bananas if you have diabetes or suffer kidney problems. One banana a day is an ideal match for your skin. Instead of munching the fruit alone, you can be more flexible by adding it to your pancakes, muffins, or cereal. For others who can't ingest banana, you can prepare a face mask. Mash half a banana with one tablespoon of yogurt and honey, then apply on your face and wash it off after twenty minutes. Kapish?
What we know as olive oil is obtained from olives, a traditional tree crop. The oil is produced by pressing the olive and extracting the oil. This ancient oil is used to manufacture numerous beauty products. The fatty acid in the oil heals wound faster, maintains the integrity of the epidermis, has antioxidant properties, and protects your skin from photodamage. What's more? This ancient oil keeps your skin hydrated and prevents the formation of a scar. If you are scared of applying oil, you should have a rethink. Do you know why? The oil doesn't irritate your skin, and it is not as sticky as coconut oil. Here's how you can use olive oil to your skin's advantage: cook all your meals with extra virgin oil. If possible, restrict the use of vegetable oil and replace it with a healthier option. And yes, you can also apply this oil topically. So, let's say you are trying to reduce your oil intake, and you're wondering how olive oil benefits you. Mix a tablespoon of olive oil, honey, and milk then rub gently on your face. Wash the mixture after 30 minutes and whoop! Your face would smile at you.
By now, you should have heard that fish is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. Cold-water fish like Salmon (oh, I love this food), herring, and tuna are beneficial to your skin because they have sufficient omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Have you ever wondered why your skin dries out a few hours after moisturizing? One reason could be that your skin lacks essential nutrients like healthy fatty acids. Consuming fish reduces inflammation, locks in moisture, and flushes out toxins from your body. Incorporating fish in your diet results in a nourished, moisturized, and glowing skin. You can find fish at the closest supermarket in your locality. You should eat the skin with the fat layer because it is the part that harbors the omega-3 fatty acids. There are no hard and fast rules to consuming fish as you can poach, bake, or grill the meal to your taste. Another option to consuming real fish is to consume fish oil capsules. These capsules are also rich in skin-friendly nutrients such that recipients are not losing out. Fish oils, however, should be taken according to a recommended dosage.
Dark leafy greens
Vegetables are packed with essential nutrients but did you ever think consuming leafy greens positively affects your skin? Greens like broccoli, spinach, cabbage, kale, dandelion greens, etc., are rich in vitamins A, B, C, and K. It also boasts of essential nutrients like folic acid, iron, dietary fiber, and magnesium. Because of their anti-inflammatory and antioxidative nature, they heal dry and itchy skin by flushing out toxins from the skin. It is easy to take in greens in your meal, and you can use them to prepare nearly any kind of meal. They are also affordable, so you don't have an excuse not to eat them every day. You can snack on some greens like cabbage if you want. Leafy greens are delicate and should not be stored for more than three days so that the nutritional value remains intact.
- If you consume all the foods I've listed above but consume alcohol, it is counterproductive. Why do I say so? Alcohol causes dehydration, thus, causing your skin to get dry regardless of your diet and skincare products.
- If you cannot have at least eight hours of uninterrupted sleep every day, try to sleep for six hours. Sleep reduces cortisol hormone production, which helps the skin recover from damages during the day.
- If your body reacts negatively to any of the foods I listed above, see a doctor. Your doctor would prescribe an alternative and give you suggestions on how to go about it.
- Apply sunscreen before stepping out of the house because it protects your skin from harmful UV rays. These foods do not protect your skin against sunburn – sunscreen does.
Your skin deserves all the best things in the world because it shows forth your inner beauty. Your skin makes a loud statement about your personality, and so, if you must make a positive impression, you should do things right. Other foods that you can add to your skin diet are coconut oil, chamomile tea, sweet potato, cucumber, eggs, and aloe vera. Most of these foods are affordable, but you should be glad to invest in your skin even if it costs much. The foods I listed above do not replace moisturizers but complement them.
A healthy skin boosts self-esteem and keeps you productive all day long. Wouldn't you love to receive compliments from friends and colleagues?