(BlackDoctor.org) — The humid days of summer leave skin feeling moist and supple, but Fall’s cooler temps have just the opposite effect. Since there’s less humidity in the air, skin is more likely to become dry, uncomfortable, and itch – often resulting in a flaky, ashy mess! Besides using a rich moisturizer, turning down the heat, and using a humidifier, eating these foods can also help improve dry skin.
From a food perspective, the best thing you can do to keep skin from getting dry is to keep hydrated. Drinking water is essential in promoting skin circulation at its base. (It’s also a much cheaper option than expensive creams.) Use our stat calculator to find out how much water you should be drinking. Beyond drinking water, eat fruits and veggies that have a high-water content like melon, apples, oranges, pineapple, celery, and cucumbers.
The good-for-you fats help soften dry skin by holding in moisture and plumping it up, which will can also help decrease the look of wrinkles — instant face lift! In fact, having an omega-3 deficiency can exasperate symptoms of dry skin and in some cases may even lead to eczema. Foods high in omega-3s include salmon, tuna, and trout. If fish isn’t your thing, look for flaxseed, avocado, and walnuts.