One of the many reasons why I dislike winter is because my skin screams with dryness! The first time the cold air hits my face, it immediately goes into fright mode, making my face red and blotchy. I would spend tons of money on all different types of products for my skin, but none of them really helped a whole lot.
But this was prior to me learning about healing foods and all-natural products for my skin.
There are actually many foods that offer plenty of hydration, many of which you probably already eat. Some of these foods can also be used topically on skin! Increasing these foods during winter months helps the skin to create a protective barrier against the dry and cold air. Here are my top 4 all-natural foods/remedies to help combat dry skin:
- Avocados: these are nutrient dense fruits with valuable amounts of monounsaturated or "healthy" fats and natural oils. You are probably used to seeing avocado oil used in various skin products too, because it works! You can even apply avocado topically to your face for a moisturizing mask.
- Antioxidant rich veggies: kale, broccoli, asparagus, spinach.
- Low sugar fruits: apples, bananas, berries and watermelon.
- Chia seeds: these seeds can hold up to 12 times it's weight in liquid. By soaking chia seeds in milk or water, they are a great option to keep yourself hydrated.
In addition to these hydrating foods, I have a handful of my favorite beauty products that also keeps my skin looking supple and hydrated from head to toe. My favorites are the products from Nubian Heritage. The shea butter is highly moisturizing and has a lovely scent. I even use it on my feet and then slip on a pair of socks to keep my feet nice and soft. I typically use the jojoba oil in addition to the body lotion for those days that I know I'll be outside for an extended period of time. It offers an extra barrier against the dry and cold air. For my face, I stay away from heavy foaming cleansers, which tend to strip the skin of its natural oils, so I opt for a gentle cleansing creme. About once a week, I use an oatmeal mask on my face.
Fight back against dry winter air! Do you have ways that you combat dry skin? Please share below!