Dry skin on your face or legs is a pain. I know we live in a quick fix culture, but if you want something you have to work to get it. Most people will just complain about things they want to change but are too lazy to do something about it. Some things are more easily remedied than others, and care for dry skin is one of those things that can be regulated.
I believe anyone can have better skin than they have now. With natural skin care and proper nutrition, we could all look better in six weeks. A proper diet, rich in nutrients (check out our FREE Carb Manipulation Protocol here) and hydration will not only keep your skin looking fresh but it will be able to heal and recover faster when problems flare up. I have always had problems with dry or oily skin and can vouch for a nutrition-skin connection.
Next time you go to the grocery store, shop for skin care products in the produce and fruit aisle. I am not joking! Many times, dry skin can be remedied with better quality foods, packed with nutrients. Look for bright colors in your selection of fruits and veggies. Limit processed foods and preservatives and your skin (and belly) will thank you.
Shopping list to feed and nourish dry skin:
Tomatoes– Loaded with lycopene and can protect you against sunburn. Please do not skip SPF! Chop them up for salads or they are great when used as a sauce.
Nuts– High concentrations of Omega – 3 fatty acids can hydrate the skin to lessen the appearance of wrinkles.
Fish– In particular salmon, has been part of Dr. Perricone’s skin diet. Again, Omega – 3 fatty acids will keep your skin firm.
Red meat, kefir and beans– they are all high in zinc, which helps build collagen. Keep the meat lean and drink kefir or yogurt as an elixir.
Spinach– Leafy greens reduce the risk of skin cancer and the high concentrations of lutein and zeaxanthin keeps skin plump.
Berries– Blueberries, strawberries etc are all high in Vitamin C which is acts like an antioxidant in the body to grab onto free radicals in your body. Diets high in Vitamin C are also associated with less skin dryness and wrinkling.
Green Tea– One of the most powerful antioxidants around, it fights free radical damage and inflammation associated with aging, and sun skin damage. Drink up or take a supplement.
Fiber– Keeping your pipes clean helps get rid of toxins that can accumulate in your body and show up as dry skin.
Remember, to get full benefits of these foods, limit alcohol and stop smoking. Wear SPF every day, rain or shine and use bronzer instead of the sun. You will have glowing skin in no time.
-Fiorella DiCarlo RD, RDN, CDN