Monday, January 22, 2018

Can Foods Really Help Heal Dry Skin?

For some, the freezing temps, whipping wind and lack of daylight are the best, most refreshing parts of winter (those people are few and far between, though). For the rest of us, winter weather has long lost its charm. Instead of leaving the comfort of the indoors to battle the frigid cold, many of us curl up on the couch and bask in the warmth. After all, it seems like a no-brainer—right?

And while all that glorious warm air, those snuggly (yet itchy) fabrics and extra-long, extra-hot showers may seem like the perfect way to spend a chilly day, it’s actually a recipe for chapped, dry skin—something that’s as annoying as it is painful.

So, when all the lotion and skin cream in the world don’t provide relief for dry skin, what should you do? As it turns out, the answer might be hiding in the foods you eat—or don’t eat. To help quench your thirsty, dry skin, try these nourishing foods:

Pomegranate seeds: If fruits and vegetables don’t top your grocery list during the winter months, you’re definitely not alone. Enter pomegranates. These delicious and nutritious powerhouses are packed with antioxidants, which help skin fight UV damage, inflammation, collagen breakdown, as well as boost blood flow.

Sweet potatoes: Whether you like them sweet or savory, there’s simply no denying that sweet potatoes are unmatched in their ability to help protect and support skin health. With ample amounts of both vitamin A and beta-carotene, this veggie helps to repair skin and its protective barrier.

Eggs: What’s not to love about a food that you can boil, scramble or fry? As if you weren’t already sold, eggs aren’t just versatile, they’re also loaded with a variety of different vitamins and nutrients, including: vitamins A, B5, D and E. These vitamins work to help fight inflammation, support collagen synthesis and overall skin function.

Citrus: If you’re feeling blah, chances are your skin is, too. Thankfully, citrus fruits of all shapes and sizes are the perfect solution. While vitamin C is often thought of as an immune-boosting nutrient, it can also help to support skin health by plumping-up collagen and softening complexion.

Nuts: Yet another example of how some of the best things come in small packages, walnuts and sunflower seeds boast a powerful array of skin-loving nutrients. With omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, antioxidants and selenium, your skin will be looking and feeling supple, hydrated and protected.

Salmon: It isn’t just the omega-3 fatty acids that make salmon a skin health all-star, although they do help to balance skin’s lipid membrane and retain moisture. This cold-water fish also offers a beneficial dose of vitamin D, which helps skin with acne, eczema and redness/irritation.

Healing from the inside out.

Skin is often a good indicator of overall health—after all it is your body’s largest organ. Everything from dehydration and allergies, to hypothyroidism and hormone imbalances can be visible on your skin. So, for many of us, dry skin is really just scratching the surface of overall skin health. To get a better understanding of what your skin may be trying to tell you, it’s important to see your primary care provider.

With a wide variety of services, up-to-date technology and the latest treatment options, Gwinnett Medical Group Primary Care is your partner in lasting health.