Our skin is amazing. Everyday it is there just doing its job to its best ability, not complaining too much, unless you're not feeding it properly. Yes, your skin gets hangry and thats why it starts showing signs of stress, such as dryness. When your skin starts showing signs of stress, it is easy to go and grab a nice face mask for a quick fix. This is all well and good, however, it will not solve the problem in the long term. For this, we must take a look at your diet.
People with dry skin may want to address these things to help them get better, more hydrated and glowing skin.
1. Avoid Caffeine
You've heard it a million times I am sure, but caffeine is a diuretic and it reduces the amount of blood flow and nutrients to the tissues, decreasing cell turnover. This lack of cell turnover means a build up of dead cells on the surface of our skin, causing dull 'lack lustre' skin instead of glowing skin! Alcohol is also a diuretic, so too many prosecco's will also inhibit dewy skin.
2. Eat more oil
This doesn't mean you can go to Five Guys and eat all the fries (IF ONLY 😩), instead, you need to increase your uptake of omega 3 oils. You can find this in your 'fatty' fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines as well as in grass-fed organic beef or lamb and flaxseed oil.
Lacking in these oils is one of the biggest causes of dry skin.
3. Get your vits out
Certain vitamins and minerals are needed to repair and moisturise the skin. Zinc maintains smooth skin as it has anti inflammatory benefits. Vitamin C is required for collagen production, which in turn acts as a sponge for moisture, making the skin plump. Copper and Zinc also keep collagen dense. A deficiency in Vitamin A can lead to dry hair, fingernails, eyes and skin.
If there is one food product to include in your diet every day, it is this beautiful green little vitamin bomb. It is packed with essential oils and vitamins for the skin. Mash it up on toast with poached eggs on top, or even blend it with some raw cacao powder and a splash of almond milk to make an insanely yummy vegan chocolate mousse.
If you're not drinking 2L of water a day, your skin won't be looking as good as it can. Period. Water is SO important for maintaining your bodily functions, including cell turnover, so your glow relies on your drinking habits.
These steps won't take immediate effect in getting rid of your dry skin, it takes the skin weeks to renew, so you must be patient. The increased uptake of water will make you look more hydrated quickly, however. Persevere, it is about creating a nourishing diet and good habits that will make your skin glow.