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Combat Dry Skin Naturally

Foods and Supplements

To prevent dryness and chapped skin, your body’s needs for vitamins A, E, and D may be higher during the cold weather months.  You can take these nutrients in supplement form but I recommend that you also try to eat foods high in these nutrients.

Carrots, carrot juice, sweet potatoes, yams, and green leafy vegetables are excellent sources of vitamin A.

Vitamin E is prevalent in raw, unsalted seeds and nuts such as pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, and whole grain cereals and breads.

Vitamin D is made in the body when the skin is exposed to sunlight, however, that can be inadequate during the colder weather.  Excellent sources of vitamin D include sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes, fish, eggs, and sprouts.

From the Outside In

The best moisturizers to fend off dry skin are those that contain few harsh chemicals, emulsifiers, preservatives, and alcohol, all of which can further irritate dry skin.  While many companies claim that their products are “natural,” few actually live up to the claim.

An oil-based moisturizer is best, preferably one that contains vitamins A, E, or D.  Pure, cold-pressed oils are also effective.  You can find hazelnut, almond, apricot kernal, grape seed, avocado, and other pure oils in many natural food stores.  You can also add pure essential oils.  Tomorrow I will share my recipe for a soothing and moisturizing chapped skin ointment.

With a little extra attention you can prevent your skin from withering up during the colder months ahead.  If you’re already experiencing dry skin, you can turn it around with a little TLC, some healthy foods, extra water and some soothing natural moisturizers.

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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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