It’s not just exposure to the sun that can cause your skin to age and feel and look dry.
Dry skin can be caused by a combination of environmental stress, poor nutrition or eating foods that are nutritious but that don’t support your body’s needs. You may need to experiment to see what is causing your skin to become dry.
Here are five tips to help keep your skin moist and soft:
- Hydrate! When cells are dehydrated, they lose their plumpness and structure. Make sure you are drinking at least half your body weight in ounces of water a day. Alcohol and caffeinated beverages do not count and in fact cause your body to need more water.
- Eat foods rich in essential fatty acids, such as fish, nuts and seeds, and include healthy fats, such as avocados, olive oil, coconut oil, sesame oil. For a severe dry skin condition, consider supplementing with fish oil, flaxseed oil or evening primrose oil.
- Eat fruits and veggies that are high in vitamin C. Vitamin C is essential for collagen production, which helps to keep skin supple. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people who ate foods rich in Vitamin C had fewer wrinkles and less age-related dry skin than those who had a diet low in Vitamin C.
- Consider the effects of poor calcium metabolism – calcium is a drying mineral. If it’s not processed properly, it can get deposited into the “wrong places,” including your skin cells. A hair analysis is a good way to determine if this is happening to you.
- Be sure to protect your skin from environmental factors like dry weather, exposure to the sun and the impact of environmental toxins.
Low thyroid hormone levels can cause many symptoms, including dry skin. If you have other thyroidism symptoms, be sure to see your doctor.