The best foods for dry skin relief are those nutritious foods that add moisture from the inside out, bringing about greater health and giving a powerful punch to your skin.
Oily fish: Sardines, mackerel and fresh tuna brim with essential fatty acids (EFAs), which can calm inflammation and keep your skin moisturized. Try to eat fish three times a week to see the benefits or try high quality fish oil supplements. If you are vegetarian, go for flaxseed or its oil.
Nuts and seeds: Sprinkling walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds on your dishes adds Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A and E and Bs, healthy monounsaturated fat and minerals. These antioxidants protect your body and your skin against pollutants and promote supple skin.
Avocados: Packing in monounsaturated fats and moisture-locking, antioxidant vitamins E and C, avocado makes for beautiful skin. Consume avocado by drizzling olive oil to half an avocado with a touch of sea salt; add chunks to sandwiches and salads, or make into guacamole.
Extra virgin olive oil: Packed with good fats and the antioxidant vitamin E, olive oil has long been used both internally and externally to moisturize skin. Use as a butter substitute in salads, and in pasta dishes.
Spinach: The Vitamin A and iron in this leafy green improve your immune system and protect skin. The phytochemicals in spinach, kale and other dark leafies are known to keep new skin cells healthy and hydrated.
Garlic: Another amazing food, garlic is known to protect the body against cardiovascular disease and to considerably reduce the cholesterol levels in one’s body.
Ginger: Helps you stay young and maintains your skin so it is often called the ‘root of life’. It is especially effective in boosting the immune system and improving the circulatory system.