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.