Is dry, windy weather taking a toll on your skin? In many cases, having dry skin isn’t a serious health condition—but it can be uncomfortable. Your skin is 64 percent water, and when it isn’t well hydrated, it can become dull, tight, rough, and irritated. Wrinkles are also more noticeable on dry, crepey skin. In some cases, the lack of moisture may be due to not having enough essential fats in the outer layers of the skin. Sometimes, the skin’s outer barrier may be damaged. Many common skin care products and fillers, such as JUVÉDERM® ULTRA, that Los Angeles patients use to address static wrinkles on the face contain similar water-retaining substances to the ones your skin normally produces on its own.
However, dry, windy weather and indoor heating often strip the moisture from our skin—at this time of year in particular—so it may be necessary to make some overall lifestyle changes to alleviate this problem. What you eat has a major impact on skin health and aging. Here’s what you can include in your diet so that your skin naturally becomes softer and smoother:
When you’re dehydrated internally, it shows on the surface of the skin. One of the simple ways to remedy this is by drinking plenty of plain water each day to improve cell function and help the skin to cleanse toxins.
Include omega-3 fatty acid-rich fish in your diet, such as salmon, herring, cod, tuna, and trout. These are great sources of protein to maintain skin strength, are high in antioxidants, can produce an anti-inflammatory effect that benefits dry skin, and help to stop water from evaporating.
Dark Leafy Greens
Vegetables such as broccoli, kale, spinach, and collard greens are strong antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties. They contain a variety of vitamins and minerals like copper, zinc, and vitamin C to maintain glowing skin.
Nuts and Seeds
Add walnuts, sunflower seeds, pistachios, hazelnuts, and peanuts to your diet to give your skin a supple, dewy appearance. Many nuts contain skin-boosting fatty acids, selenium, and vitamin E.
Dr. Derek Jones is a renowned Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area dermatologist practicing in cosmetic and general dermatology.