Foods to Moisturize Dry Skin
If you have dry skin, it probably feels like there isn’t an amount of moisturizer that can help keep it soft, supple, and hydrated. (These are the best facial moisturizers for your skin type.) This doesn’t mean you have to skimp on hydration, but it does mean you should watch your diet. The foods you eat contain nutrients that can help improve skin health and, most importantly (for those with dry skin), keep it hydrated. (This is also the difference between dry and dehydrated skin.)
So, which foods are dry skin friendly? We spoke to a wide range of experts, from registered dietitians to dermatologists, who identify the best foods that people with dry skin should add to their diet and why. Also remember that you should consult a dermatologist to see which treatment plan is best recommended based on your skin care needs.
Eat more sweet potatoes
These tasty tubers are not only delicious, but they are also super healthy and a great remedy for dry skin. “This root vegetable—don’t forget to eat the skin—has a double dose of skin-protecting nutrients, including vitamin A and beta-carotene,” says Alex Roher, MD, a board-certified anesthesiologist in San Diego.
Why it works: Vitamin A aids in skin repair, while beta-carotene strengthens the skin’s protective barrier, helping to hydrate and plump skin cells.