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.

Winter Skin Care Tips For Dry Skin

I have to admit it, I kind of like winter. Tea tastes better, fireplaces are oh so cozy, and surprise snow days give me a break from the office. The thing I hate about winter is what it does to my skin. I have dry skin, and this time of year can be a complete nightmare if I don’t treat it right.


If I treat my skin the same way I do during the other seasons, I become an itchy, flaky, irritated mess. It’s a situation that even the best creams can’t always fix.

Dealing with dry skin in the winter doesn’t mean you have to run your bank account dry with expensive creams. It also doesn’t mean hours of grooming and self care to keep your skin glowing.

Today I’m going to share some of my personal favourite skin care tips to battle dry skin during those bitter cold months. The following post includes affiliate links.

Start From The Inside
This is the most important step to fighting dry skin in the winter time. If you want your skin to stay hydrated you have to keep yourself hydrated as well. It’s easy to slip up and swap your water for a coffee on these chilly days. If you let it happen too often your skin will tell you.

Try to incorporate healthy fats into your daily diet as well. Putting baby oil (or similar oil) on your skin makes it nice and soft. Eating foods with healthy fats and oils has a similar effect, but from the inside. Foods such as fish, eggs, avocado, nuts and seeds are all great choices for healthy skin.

Foods that are rich in vitamins and antioxidants help keep your skin glowing as well, so don’t skip your fruits and veggies either!

How You Treat Your Face
Skip the harsh cleansers during winter months and go easy on the toner. Trying too hard to maintain clear skin can often leave you with flaky skin. Look for a gentle face wash, or even a moisturizing bar soap. Instead of using toner, try rosewater. It works just as well, without drying your skin out.

When choosing a moisturizer for your face try to avoid using one with a fragrance. If you find that a moisturizer just doesn’t cut it, go for a facial oil. I have been using a honeysuckle oil this winter and am no longer dealing with a flaky forehead.

 
Treat yourself to a face mask, but keep it natural. They are a gentle way to clean and hydrate your skin, giving you a natural glow. In a previous post of mine 15 Natural Ingredients For Flawless Skin I mention some items you probably already have in your kitchen to get you started. My favourite are honey masks. These aren’t only for your face, you can use these masks wherever your problem areas are. (External use only)

Aloe Vera Is Your New BFF
Whether you take it internally or externally, if you have dry skin you’re destined to fall in love with aloe vera. Aloe vera juice is amazing for keeping your skin healthy, and it tastes pretty good too! When I wash my face before bed I like to moisturize it with aloe vera gel. It will hydrate your skin without the worries of breakouts. I prefer to use aloe on my face before bed because it takes a little bit longer to dry than an oil or lotion. If you wear makeup this doesn’t work for a morning moisturizer.

What’s In Your Bath?
A nice soak in the tub can be an amazing and relaxing way to soften your skin. Bath bombs can work like magic if you get the right ones. Check the ingredients to make sure the ones you are using are made with natural oils and aren’t full of chemicals that will dry your skin out even more. If bath bombs aren’t your thing simply just add a few tablespoons of coconut or baby oil into your bath and relax. You will feel silky smooth in about half an hour. Just make sure you clean that tub up after so nobody slips in there.

Buttermilk Soak
This is one of my favourite ways to hydrate my hands and feet. I buy buttermilk powder from Amazon and mix it with warm water until it has a similar texture to coffee cream. Add in a few drops of peppermint oil and soak for 15-30 mins. Rinse off, moisturize, and your hands/feet will feel (and look) so much better!

Other Tips
– Moisturize after every wash
– Wear sunscreen if you go or for a walk. The cold doesn’t block the sun.
– Don’t use exfoliants more than once a week
– Always put on lip balm before exposure to freezing temperatures.
– If you have a particular problem area on your body rub petroleum jellycoconut or olive oil on it and cover it with saran wrap overnight.

Don’t let dry skin ruin your winters. We have enough to worry about between snowstorms and icy roads, we don’t need to worry about dry skin as well. Follow these tips so your winter skin care worries are a thing of the past.

What are some of your go-to winter skin care products? Let me know in the comments below.

The No Makeup Challenge

One night, a few weeks ago, I stayed up way past my bedtime binge-watching The Good Place (Netflix, if you see this we’re ready for 3rd season already!). Needless to say, the next morning I was not ready to wake up when my alarm went off. Late nights have never treated me well, I feel out of sorts the next day if I don’t get an adequate amount of sleep. Some people are able to get by on 4 hours of sleep and function at a normal pace. I am most definitely not one of those people.

Every morning when I wake up, before I start getting ready I have a cup of coffee and check my phone to catch up on current events. That’s my pre-morning preparation break and it’s mandatory if you expect me to function at work for the day. 
So that particular morning I was not up for moving. I had my coffee and sat there thinking “nope, not in the mood today.” That was the morning I made the decision to skip out on my usual makeup routine and sit back with an extra cup of java.
The following day I woke up feeling extra hungry. I mean I could have eaten an entire order of pizza and garlic bread to myself style hungry. So that day I decided to skip out on my makeup routine and make myself a big hearty breakfast instead. I sat down, ate my breakfast and caught up on some reading. It felt really good to do that and not feel rushed. This is when I came up with an idea. I decided at that moment I was going to do a 2 Week No Makeup Challenge.
Yes, that’s right. Two whole weeks- no mascara, no highlighter and NO…no purple lipstick. Oh the horror! I can picture Kylie Jenner going into cardiac arrest at the idea of this challenge. 
The rules of this challenge are simple. I go bare face everyday and jot down how this experiment affects my lifestyle. 
Why?
You might be wondering why I decided to do this challenge. I love cosmetics, there’s something about that black line across my eyelid and the extra shimmer on my cheekbones that makes me feel glamorous. I know it’s the obvious Basic Betty’s resoning, but I feel good when I look good. 
I really wanted to get down to the bottom of why I thought that way though. To be fair I am beyond bored of “pretty” being the first word that comes to mind when someone is thinking of something positive to say about me. If you really think about it a face is just something you are born with, it’s not something you have achieved. I would much rather be known for who I am than what I look like. Intelligent, witty, creative, kind…these are just some of the words I find more important to be known as than “looking good”. 
My First Thoughts on the Challenge
Honestly I didn’t think I would last. I really hate my natural eyebrows (or lack of them) and thought nobody would recognize me without them coloured in. My skin is flawed and blotchy so I wasn’t sure if this was how I wanted to present myself to the world. In all fairness I usually only left the house makeup free if I were sick or incredibly late. My bare face was usually a sign to people that I wasn’t ready for what the day was about to throw my way. 
Makeup vs No Makeup
One thing I definitely did not do was take many pictures. I am not much of a photographer. I tend to live in the moment and forget to capture it. I felt like maybe I took less pictures with a bare face because I put no effort into it. When I wear makeup I usually spend a good 30-45 minutes on my routine. That right there is probably why I took more pictures, because why put in all that work if I can’t show the face off. (Yes, I cringed at how shallow that sounded in case you were wondering. I had to be honest though.) Here are a couple pictures just to show you the difference. 
In this picture I am full face with my signature purple lipstick. 
Here I am makeup free, looking a little paler but spending some quality time with my cuddle buddy.
How Did This Challenge Affect:
My Mood
While doing this challenge I originally expected that I would feel very insecure about myself. The results ended up being the opposite. I had extra time every morning before work. I felt less rushed which ultimately put me in a better mood for the rest of the day. 
My Job
I work in an office so it is important that I come to work prepared and presentable. If you are wondering how this experiment affected my job let me tell you this, it didn’t. Literally nobody that I worked with noticed or cared. Turns out that I was the only person who cared if I left the house with or without makeup on. Not a single person treated me any differently than they did when I wear makeup. Despite not wearing my usual look, I still felt confident with in my performance at work. I always thought looking my best and feeling confident went together but this experiment proved I was wrong on that theory. I didn’t feel any hesitation on presenting an idea or meeting new clients. 
My Relationship
Here’s a shocker. It didn’t! It didn’t phase my partner at all. It could be because he’s more into me than my face. Simple as that. 

My Skin
This was honestly the best thing I could have done for my skin. I have dry skin and am prone to breakouts. Since I didn’t have a face full of product to clean off everyday I was actually able to cut down on the amount of products I was using to keep my skin fresh. Since it got to the point where I wasn’t using cleanser as frequently my skin was naturally softer and smoother. Even though they make plenty of products to clean the makeup off off your skin doesn’t mean that it is good for your skin to be using them frequently. I think my pores really appreciated the break, it didn’t take long for my blackheads and breakouts to clear up. My skin isn’t perfect but it does feel a million times better. When the challenge was done and I did put on makeup again my face was so much smoother and brighter so the makeup ended up looking 10 times better than it normally did. It encouraged me to take makeup free days more frequently.
What I Learned
Cosmetics can be a lot of fun. Getting dolled up and looking like a movie star can actually feel pretty amazing. What isn’t amazing is being hesitant to be seen without a face full of product. If you are feeling insecure to ever be seen without any makeup on it’s time to sit back and really think about why. 
Striving to be the most attractive person in the room is pointless. At the end of the day people will remember who was the funniest, the bravest, the kindest. They remember who had something interesting to say and who was there for them when they needed a shoulder to cry on. Nobody remembers who was the best looking. So if I run into an old acquaintance while I am out running errands there’s no need to hide my undone face in shame. No makeup doesn’t mean not put together, it means too busy enjoying life to care!

I will still continue to wear makeup but I no longer feel like I rely on it to express myself. Being confident in my own skin will continue to be my number 1 priority. 

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A DIY Tutorial: Cinnamon Lip Plumping Scrub

Let’s talk about lips. Full, plump, smooth lips that can wear any lipstick colour like a second skin. I love the look of bold colourful lipstick, but if your lips aren’t perfectly smooth it will look cracked and messy. 

This can be especially tricky during the winter months. The air is colder and dryer. My water intake goes down while my coffee intake goes up. It seems like no matter how much lip balm I put on, my lips still feel dry and chapped. 
A sugar scrub is an amazing all natural (and super affordable) way to keep your lips smooth and hydrated. They scrub off all of the dead skin leaving your lips looking and feeling rejuvenated. 
There are so many different diy lip scrub recipes out there, so it did take some experimenting to find the one that stood out as my favourite. As you can see from the picture below I started off with dry dull lips that were in need of a pick me up. After the scrub (and a layer of lip balm) my lips look fuller and healthier. 
There are only 3 ingredients in this scrub, and you probably already have them in your kitchen. All three ingredients play a crucial role in the making of this lip scrub. 
Rubbing cinnamon on your lips will increase the blood flow which will result in your lips plumping naturally. 
Sugar will scrub away any dead skin that has built up on your lips leaving a smooth shiny surface. You can use brown or granulated sugar for the recipe. Either one will do the job. 
Olive oil will be needed as the base to hold the sugar and cinnamon together. It will also nourish and hydrate your lips leaving them healthy and shiny. 
Recipe:
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 
1/2 tsp sugar (brown or granulated)
1 tsp olive oil
Mix all 3 ingredient together in a small dish. You will probably end up with more product than you need for one application. You can keep the rest covered and try to keep it in a cool dry area.
Before applying this mixture make sure you have clean dry lips. Also test the mixture out on a small area of skin to make sure you do not have a reaction to any of the ingredients. 
All you need to do is gently massage the mixture into your lips, giving extra attention to the dry spots. Don’t worry about getting this all over your face, it’s safe for your skin. I also got it all over my teeth, it tasted pretty good to be honest. 
See…I made a mess with it! You will notice a slight tingley feeling as you’re massaging the mixture. That’s the cinnamon plumping your lips. 
Once you’ve given your lips a nice little massage wipe the mixture off with a damp face cloth. It will come off easily. Apply a layer of lip balm to keep those lips moisturized.
As you can see from the pictures my lips look so much healthier after that scrub. This is something you will only need to do once a week (two times maximum). If you do it too often you will exfoliate the oils and skin cells you need away. 
If you enjoy diy beauty treatments try out an all natural face mask with some of the ingredients from one of my other posts 15 Natural Ingredients For Flawless Skin and don’t forget about the All Natural Pore Cleansing Scrub to get your face ready for that face mask. 
Now that your lips are ready go bold and try out that lipstick colour you’ve had your eye on. What’s your favourite shade of lipstick? Let me know in the comments below. 
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