10 Foods You Should Be Eating To Banish Dry Skin

The best advice I have ever been given for dealing with dry skin is to treat it from the inside. This means keeping myself hydrated and eating a diet with plenty of antioxidants and healthy fats. I don’t know about you, but eating and drinking my way to glowing skin sounds like the ideal way to go!


When dealing with dry skin you can’t be afraid to eat a little bit of fat. Healthy fats act as an internal moisturizer, keeping your skin healthier for longer. You don’t have to feel guilty about indulging in these foods because you’re doing your body a favor! 

Your diet choices play a bigger part in your skin’s condition than any of the skincare products you’re buying. The right food choices can potentially give you that glow you’re trying to achieve. They can also help you get rid of any flaky dry skin for good. Eat well, and you can save yourself money on skincare products. 

If you want to say goodbye to dry skin issues make sure you incorporate the following 10 things into your regular diet:

1. Fish

Eating foods rich in omega 3 fats is your best defense against dry skin. Fish and other seafood (especially oysters) are one of the best choices when it comes to banishing dry skin. Fattier fishes (such as salmon) are loaded with omega 3 acids and zinc, making them the ideal choice.

2. Olive Oil

Olive oil can be used internally and externally when it comes to skincare. It’s a great choice for an all-natural moisturizer because it does not cause breakouts. It’s also very easy to work into your diet because it’s great to cook with, but can also be used on top of salads or as a butter replacement.

3. Cucumber

Staying hydrated is a must if you want your skin to remain healthy. That’s easy to do when snacking on cucumber because they are 90% water. They are also rich in vitamins A and C too!


4. Nuts & Seeds

Nuts and seeds are rich in vitamin E, which hydrates the skin and also protects it from pollutants and other damages.

5. Eggs

Eggs are a great source of protein. The egg yolks are an excellent source of fatty acids and vitamin A, which is important for keeping your skin nourished.

6. Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes are always a good choice when planning a meal. These babies are loaded with vitamins and beta carotene, which is great for fighting that rough scaly skin that happens during winter.

7. Avocado

Here is another excellent example of healthy fat. Eating avocados is the healthiest, and vegan-friendly, way to nourish your skin from the inside. Avocados are rich in vitamin E and C as well, making them one of the best food choices on this list for banishing dry skin.

8. Carrots

On top of being a good source of beta carotene and vitamin C, carrots ate also packed full of potassium. Eating carrots regularly helps your skin retain moisture, making them the perfect winter dinner vegetable.

9. Coconut

Coconuts are a high source of fat, so you know these guys will nourish your skin like no other. They are also loaded with zinc, magnesium, and a lot of other vitamins.

10. Green Tea

Green tea is a great way to flush out toxins. It is also a great anti-inflammatory, which can help soothe your skin from swelling, redness, and irritation.

 

Don’t let dry skin get you down this winter. Make sure you add these 10 food items to your grocery list to keep a healthy glow all winter long. Be sure to check out my other post Winter Skin Care Tips For Dry Skin to stay nourished all season long.

Why You Need To Start A Herb Garden This Summer

With the beginning of planting season just around the corner I have been thinking about expanding the herb section of my garden. Herb plants can be a beautiful addition to your garden, but there are so many other reasons you should be planting some this year.

In my last post, Everything I Learned My First Year Growing Vegetables , we went over some great advice for starting up your first vegetable garden. Herbs are wonderful because if you do not have the space to grow plants outdoors all you need is a little bit of room on the counter (or table, shelf, ect.) in a spot that gets adequate sunlight. I grew a potted basil plant last spring in my dining room, amongst other herbs that I planted outdoors (sage, chives, and mint).

Herbs are often a lot simpler to grow than vegetables. This makes them a better choice for a beginner gardener who isn’t quite sure how green their thumb is. Vegetables can be big commitment, so if you’re not quite ready for them herbs are better option to begin with. 

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Whether you are a beginner or a gardening expert, starting a herb garden (or even just a herb plant) should be something that’s on your spring/summer to-do list. Today I am going to go over some of the reasons why you need one. 
Better Meals
If you haven’t been cooking with fresh herbs you are in for a treat. They add so much flavour and a little really goes a long way. Improve the taste of your dips, marinades, salads, sandwiches, potatoes, sauces ect. with fresh spices. I mean, why add dehydrated oregano to your pizza when you could be grabbing the fresh stuff from your backyard (or kitchen window…wherever your herbs are growing!)
Save Money  
Ok, I understand not cooking with fresh herbs because of the price at the supermarket. Since a little goes a long way, the ones bought from the supermarket often start to go bad before they can be used up. The price of seeds is much less money, and you get way more herb for your dollar. With herb plants you just cut what you need so they stay fresh for longer. Even the pre-started herb plants at the local garden center are quite affordable as well. Do your research on which herbs you choose because many of them are perennial plants, which means they will come back every year. Who wouldn’t want fresh herbs to come back every summer? 
Health Benefits 
These little babies are packed full of vitamins and antioxidants. (Each herb has it’s own benefits that varies from the next) Tasty and healthy, sign me up!

Simplicity

I mentioned earlier that herbs are much easier to grow than vegetables. They are low maintenance which makes them a breeze for newbies and people who have had bad luck with growing things in the past. If you’re looking for an educational activity or experiment for your children this summer than growing a herb plant might be a good place to start.

If you don’t have space to grow a garden outside, herbs can be grown indoors as long as you have a spot where they can catch a bit of sunlight. Make sure they are planted in a pot that is big enough for their roots to grow so the plant can grow to it’s full potential. It is also important to make sure the pot drains properly. 
Perennials
Perennial plants are the best kind of plants because you put in the hard work one summer and then they continue to come back every year afterwards with very little work involved. I love a low maintenance plant! The following herbs are what you should plant if you’re looking for perennial plants:
  • French tarragon 
  • Sage
  • Mint
  • Chives
  • Thyme
  • Oregano 
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender 
Now that I have you convinced, which herbs do you plan on planting this season? Let me know in the comments below!