Food to Help Dry Skin

Fall is here and winter is steady approaching. That means the dry air can do some damage on your skin. Lotion goes a bit faster in these cooler months. They say you are what you eat and that means for your skin too!

"A common loop that I see people in is they wash their skin with a cleanser that gets the grease off, then they tone it with something that gets even more of the natural oils off, then their skin feels dry so they have to put a moisturizer on," says dermatologist Lisa Donofrio, M.D., a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology with private practices in New Orleans and Madison, Connecticut. "But if you just cleansed your skin with something that wasn't stripping, you wouldn't need the moisturizer." To keep skin healthy from the inside out, Donofrio recommends incorporating foods into your diet like tomato paste, which protects the skin from the harmful effects of UV light; sardines, which are loaded with anti-inflammatory omega-3s; and kale, which absorbs and neutralizes free radicals.

Milk and Honey

Reap the benefits of both of these foods in one bottle. Donofrio says the fats and lactic acid in milk are incredibly calming for irritated skin when applied topically. Make a cool milk compress at home by soaking a cloth in a bowl of cold milk and applying to irritated skin. Honey is not only a natural humectant, which means it attracts and retains moisture, but its antibacterial and antifungal properties help fight germs living on your skin's surface.

Coconut Oil

In addition to being naturally moisturizing, coconut oil also boasts antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties, says Donofrio.

Olive Oil

"There are fewer signs of aging in people who consume more olive oil than people who don't," says Donofrio. This is because olive oil is packed with polyphenols, a type of plant compound with antioxidant properties. It's also the main moisturizing ingredient in Belmondo.

Soy

Used topically or consumed, soy improves skin elasticity and prevents collagen from breaking down, says Donofrio

AND my favorite year round super food is...

Green Tea

Green tea protects the body against UV light both when used topically and when brewed to drink, says Donofrio. Topical green tea has also been shown to improve rosacea, acne, and eczema.

During these cold and dry months try some of these awesome super foods to keep your skin beautiful and moist! Health is in everything you do! Have a great day loves!

Source: Women's Health Mag - "5 Foods The Can Heal Insanely Dry Skin"

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