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Combat Dry Skin Naturally

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Combat Dry Skin Naturally

The colder weather of autumn and winter is upon us.  While we can hide beneath layers of clothing, the elements still take their toll on our skin.  Cold weather and dry, windy conditions can wreak havoc on skin, particularly if you’re a fan of outdoor exercise.  With a little TLC and some natural remedies, seasonal dry and chapped skin can be a thing of the past.

Skin 101

Skin is the body’s largest organ.  It not only shields us from the elements around us, it also assists with detoxification, and protects our tissues and organs from damage.  Skin also reflects our inner health.  It readily shows stress and tension, hormonal imbalances, and nutritional deficiencies.  The best way to combat dry skin that accompanies the colder weather is by working from the inside out, rather than just slathering on creams and ointments and hoping for the best.

Water, Water Everywhere

One of the main components of healthy skin is water.  The body is composed of over seventy percent water that makes up every cell, including skin cells.  The first step toward preventing or healing dry skin is to increase your water consumption.  This will help keep your skin properly hydrated.  While the standard recommendation is eight cups per day, more may be required to cope with dry indoor air and harsh fall and winter elements outdoors.  For every caffeinated or alcoholic beverage you drink, add another glass of water to the total.

Eat Your Fats
(Before you start piling the French fries on your dinner plate, keep reading.)

To combat dryness, you will need to increase your consumption of healthy fats, also known as essential fatty acids.  There are many different types of healthy fats, all of which are required to prevent dry skin and chapping.  Fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, and tuna are helpful.  Adding cold-pressed flax or hemp oil to salads or drizzled on steamed veggies or baked potatoes is another excellent way to add healthy Omega-3 fatty acids to your diet.

Avoid cooking with flax or hemp oil since the heat eliminates any benefit to taking them.  After cooking food, you can use these oils in place of butter as a condiment on foods.  Most people are quite surprised to find that they actually taste quite good.  If you are not among them, you can sneak some flax or hemp oil into a smoothie.  Try to get two tablespoons of these oils per day.

Keep reading to discover foods and supplements that prevent dry and chapped skin…

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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7:38AM PST on Nov 11, 2013

Thank you, Michelle and Jessica P.!

1:47AM PDT on Jul 24, 2013

Another helpful article on why you should moisturize.....

7:50PM PDT on Jun 3, 2013

That was really good to know. If you want to know why Naturals are better for you take care of your skin check out:

10:13AM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

Thank you

3:22PM PST on Feb 17, 2013

Really enjoyed your posting! I totally agree that a lot of products say they're all natural but aren't. I finally found a product that makes a difference and that I am totallly hooked on called Yume Blush. It's so natural it's edible and tastes awesome too. I found your article because I was looking for what I could do for the inside of my body not just the outside. Great ideas!

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6:49AM PST on Dec 19, 2012

Thanks for a truly informative article. I'm quite fond of using body butters but your emphasis on using 'what's inside' to improve the skin never occurred to me!

10:14PM PST on Nov 26, 2012

Very good info'. My skin has been dry lately and itching due to the winter season here. Switched to using oatmeal soap, all natural. I do have almond oil, think I will try some of that for my skin. Thank you.

5:40PM PST on Nov 26, 2012

Some useful info., thanks.

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