Dry skin requires moisture, actually lots of moisture, on the outside as well as on the inside. As the saying goes on this one, if you have dry skin you need not only to drink up but also eat your water, i.e.: you need to include in your dietary habits foods that will support your cause for a more hydrated skin.
The drier a skin is the more water it needs. Though the recommendation is to drink a lot of water and apply tons of moisturizers, there is not clear reference on how much water and how much moisturizer would be required. In most likelihood the quantities would have to be provided by the attending physician who will determine the exact skin condition.
But neither drinking, nor moisturizing may be enough against a dry skin. It would also require eating foods that contain a lot of water such as celery, cantaloupe, cucumbers, grapefruit and watermelon. However, the first food to turn to, is whatever contains Omega 3.
Omega 3 is included in the family of superfoods who possess the greatest nutritional values for the human being. Apart from the water content, omega 3 also offers anti-inflammatory properties which sooth the skin.
But most of all it affords a greater ability for the skin cells to retain moisture for longer periods of time. For a dry skin this could very well mean the difference between flakes or dead skin or one that looks healthy. All the above could be handed to you if more salmon, herring, mackerel, tuna and walnuts are added to your diet.
On the contrary, eating junk and processed food, apart from the very little nutritional value they provide, they also have nothing to offer for the skin. Try to concentrate on foods with ingredients that, apart from moisture issues, have more nutrients for the skin. Such foods are:
Especially their content of lycopene will keep the skin smooth and provide another layer of sunscreen. Do not go for lycopene supplements. Eat the tomatoes themselves.
Tofu and other foods coming from soy contain isoflavones which act on collagen. Collagen keeps the skin firm.
This may sound strange but one cup of coffee per day lowers the risk of skin cancer by 10%, Drinking as much as 6 cups will reduce the risk of non-melanoma cancer to a minimum.
At this time it is necessary to mention that there is one habit that, of you have dry skin, you must absolutely kick before you even try remedying the situation with food, water and moisturizers. The habit of rubbing the skin dry. This is the absolute worst thing you can do. The friction that comes from rubbing strips the skin and takes away all moisture. If you rub your skin dry, all the above tips and advice are actually useless.